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Rolling Stone: 50 Greatest U2 Songs

Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 5:38 am
by Live in Phoenix
Top song from each album is in bold.

1. One
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
3. Beautiful Day

4. Sunday Bloody Sunday
5. Bad
6. Where the Streets Have No Name
7. With or Without You
8. Moment of Surrender
9. I Will Follow
10. Even Better Than the Real Thing

11. New Year's Day
12. Pride (In the Name of Love)
13. Every Breaking Wave
14. Please
15. Mysterious Ways
16. Zooropa
17. Walk On
18. Gloria
19. Running to Stand Still
20. Out of Control

21. Bullet the Blue Sky
22. A Sort of Homecoming
23. Mofo
24. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
25. All I Want Is You
26. Vertigo

27. The Unforgettable Fire
28. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
29. 11 O'clock Tick Tock [1980 single]
30. Breathe

31. Discothèque
32. City of Blinding Lights
33. Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of
34. Gone
35. Until the End of the World
36. Desire
37. Drowning Man
38. The Electric Co.
39. Luminous Times (Hold On to Love) [1987 B side]
40. Love Is Blindness

41. Volcano
42. In a Little While
43. Lemon
44. No Line on the Horizon
45. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me [Batman Forever]
46. Sweetest Thing [1987 B side]
47. North and South of the River [1997 B side]
48. Acrobat
49. Numb
50. 40

Re: Rolling Stone: 50 Greatest U2 Songs

Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 9:51 am
by PlasticRam
Number two and number three are my personal favorites, so I like this list. Though I can see why someone might feel the opposite.

Re: Rolling Stone: 50 Greatest U2 Songs

Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 2:44 pm
by Harold
Biggest surprise: four tracks from Pop, giving that much-maligned album exactly the same number of entries as War, The Unforgettable Fire, Zooropa, and All That You Can't Leave Behind. Achtung Baby has seven entries (appropriate, I think), and The Joshua Tree has five - those five comprising the entire first half of the album, with none of the second half's six tracks making the cut (really? not even "In God's Country" or "Trip Through Your Wires"?).

Re: Rolling Stone: 50 Greatest U2 Songs

Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 2:56 pm
by Pierre
Harold wrote:Biggest surprise: four tracks from Pop, giving that much-maligned album exactly the same number of entries as War, The Unforgettable Fire, Zooropa, and All That You Can't Leave Behind.
That's welcome for me, as I consider both Pop and Zooropa (to a lesser extent, of course) underrated on account of electronic music-phobia from rock critics. Although I can understand why some people think these albums are too much polish and atmosphere over actual musicianship. But I like those two sides of U2.

However, I'll never get their obsession for Moment of Surrender, a pretty dull track for me. No Line on the Horizon, which is lower on the list, is a better song IMO (without being fantastic either). But I'm talking about a really weak album here, not like Pop, and I wouldn't have been uncomfortable with it not being represented at all...
Harold wrote:(really? not even "In God's Country" or "Trip Through Your Wires"?)
... in order to make room for these two, for instance.

Re: Rolling Stone: 50 Greatest U2 Songs

Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 7:33 pm
by Live in Phoenix
I'm surprised that "Pride" didn't make the Top 10, because I thought that it is (or was for a long time) their signature song.

After clicking on "Moment of Surrender" on this site, I noticed that Rolling Stone is the only entity that has been heaping praise on it.

Re: Rolling Stone: 50 Greatest U2 Songs

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 4:01 am
by Dexter
The top 3 sounds about right. "Pride" and "New Year's Day" should be in the top 10. The notable omissions for me are "Two Hearts Beat as One", "In God's Country", "The Fly" and "Staring at the Sun."

Re: Rolling Stone: 50 Greatest U2 Songs

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:52 pm
by Listyguy
So much disrespect for War on this list. And the entries they chose (other than the big two) are somewhat suspect. "Drowning Man" is a good song, but "40" might be the worst song on the album. Would have loved to see "Seconds", "The Refugee" or "Red Light" instead.