Wonderwall Around the World
Back when I wrote about the songs I heard most often in Southeast Asia, there’s one song that always got an enthusiastic reaction:
Lots of songs get people excited. But Wonderwall elicits something else — genuine affection. When Wonderwall comes on, it feels like it’s still 1996 and it’s the hottest song on the radio.
Here are four very different versions of Wonderwall in Southeast Asia:
In Ao Nang, Thailand, at teeny tiny bar Red Balcony, several expats joined in with the Thai guy on his guitar.
Wonderwall was one of the songs played, albeit off-beat, by “Vietnam’s #1 Boy Band” on the epic Nha Trang boat trip.
At Q Bar in Vang Vieng, Laos, where girls balanced on shoulders, Wonderwall signaled the end of the night.
And, as always, Wonderwall was a popular song by the guitarist in the rooftop bar on Khao San Road in Bangkok.
It’s not just Southeast Asia — Wonderwall gets the same reaction all over the world. And it always makes me smile.