Andrew Loog Oldham, Best Ever Song polls, Bitter Sweet Symphony, Britpop, Keith Rochards, lawsuit, lead single, Mick Jagger, Music, no credit, One Hit Wonder, orchestral cover, Richard Ashcroft, Rolling Stones, The Last Time, The Verve, Urban Hymns
Bitter Sweet SYmphony (Hut, 1997)
Bitter Sweet Symphony was based on a sample from the Andrew Loog Oldham orchestral cover of the Rolling Stones’ song The Last Time. Vocalist Richard Ashcroft initially didn’t credit Mick Jagger and Keith Richards with credit so they brought a plagiarism charge against him and they were quickly added. Bitter Sweet Symphony was the lead single off English alternative rock band The Verve’s third album Urban Hymns. At the 1998 Brit Awards it was nominated as Best British Single. Otherwise it peaked at #2 in Iceland, Italy, Spain and the UK while only topping the Canadian rock chart. Bitter Sweet Symphony remains one of the defining tracks and music videos of the Britpop era and routinely tops Best Ever Song polls.