Released on 12 January 1998, the track peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart; it's the longest single ever to do so (the track on both the CD and 12" release is 18 seconds longer than the album version found on Be Here Now ).
The single went gold in the UK. This was the last Oasis single to be released on the Creation Records label.
"All Around the World", nearly ten minutes long, is embellished with string and horn pieces, and is followed by a two-minute-long instrumental, "All Around the World (Reprise)". Upon its release the reviews were generally positive. It is in keeping with many Oasis songs, such as "Whatever", "Acquiesce", "Live Forever" in that it preaches the belief that "it's gonna be okay".
The song features a backing vocal of "na-na-na"'s in the coda similar to the corresponding section in The Beatles ' song "Hey Jude".
The song was one of the first to be written by Noel, and there are recorded sessions of the band rehearsing it at the Boardwalk club as early as 1992. However, despite Noel's fondness for the song, it did not appear on their first two albums, Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, as he wanted to wait until the band could afford to produce the song in the extravagant manner in which it was to eventually appear. From time to time, Gallagher has claimed that this is one of the best songs he has ever written.
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