Whatever” was the longest single the band had released up to that point (it was later surpassed by “D’You Know What I Mean?” and “All Around the World”). The song follows an AB structure, which differs from Verse-Chorus, as the main hook occurs at the beginning of the song. The song suddenly changes key during the bridge, before returning to the main chord progression of the song, which repeats for a two-and-a-half-minute outro in which, one by one, each instrument cuts out until only the strings are playing. Finally, the song ends with an extended, recorded applause track.
The Christmas single was released in 1994 as a stand-alone single, bridging the gap between Oasis’ debut album, Definitely Maybe, and their second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. “Whatever” entered the UK Singles Chart at number 3, their first single to enter the top 5, something every Oasis single released since has also accomplished, aside from the download-only single “Lord Don’t Slow Me Down”, “I’m Outta Time” and “Falling Down”. Like “Lord Don’t Slow Me Down”, this is a non-album release, but as it is a single it has been included on the compilation album Time Flies… 1994–2009 which features all 27 of Oasis’ singles released in the UK. The strings were played by the London Session Orchestra which featured former Electric Light Orchestra violinist Wilfred Gibson. The strings were arranged by Nick Ingman and Noel Gallagher.
“Whatever” has sold 540,000 copies to date. The song re-entered the UK Singles Chart on 20 June 2010 at number 64, due to the release of Time Flies, and was the first time that it had been available to purchase