I ranked One #4. I think the tone of the guitar partners with the lyrics perfectly.
I'm at 4 on One. A song that they admitted may have saved the band, or at least the Achtung Baby studio sessions.(2) - 3 - One
(1) - 2 - Bad
I am at 1 on Bad and 3 on Where the Streets Have No Name.(5) - 1 - Where the Streets Have No Name
Bad was my #1 and always will be. I really like a lot of U2 songs, but it's the only one I feel in my soul. Hearing the Wide Awake... version still causes chills and seeing it live actually has been known to bring tears. Streets is great too, but will never reach that level for me.
Damn, such a great post @scorchy. Thank you for that. Bad has always been very personal and special to me, in ways I don’t even feel comfortable talking about. No other song reaches me like this one, though it’s worth noting that “Running to Stand Still” is a clear 2nd.Bad was my #1 and always will be. I really like a lot of U2 songs, but it's the only one I feel in my soul. Hearing the Wide Awake... version still causes chills and seeing it live actually has been known to bring tears. Streets is great too, but will never reach that level for me.
Thanks for doing this countdown, Johnny.
Thanks to JML for organizing this Herculean effort. It's been fun revisiting all these songs that I hadn't spent much time with in recent years.
Thanks JML for doing all of this
I mostly wanted to thank JML and everyone who participated in this endeavor. This is a fantastic thread, which obviously took a lot of work from JML
Thanks so much for running this again JML
Huge thanks to JML and the rest of the people in the thread for such a fun time
Thanks to everyone for your contributions. It has been fantastic to have a great group of people making this a fun experience. Special thanks to Krista and simey for making this run through fresher. Nemesis for adding extra insights and Anarchy for even making a special trip to Ireland for us. Pips, Brony, Grace and APK for being regular throughout. Marco, GM and BB for great contributions as well and There are plenty of others who deserve a mention, so sorry in advance.Thanks to JML for this great thread
Anarchy is a great resource people. I hope people take him up on his most generous offer. You wont regret it. Maybe one day you can repay the favor to himBefore we wrap up (and while I remember), I will send people a live collection of U2 songs if anyone wants it. This would be different than what I sent out before. So a memorable live version of each of their songs. Message me if you are interested.
That seems a perfect way to book end the thread lolToday I had on the U2 channel on Sirius XM. On the way to my son’s guitar lesson, they played the Live Aid version of Bad…
…followed by Landlady.
Now let’s do one for The Beach Boys.
Look at me, I get to be on a boat!!!!Now let’s do one for The Beach Boys.
Fire it up!
JML, I posted the last link somewhere around song #5. I’m on a boat with super-slow internet that’s giving me fits with Spotify, so maybe someone could find it a few pages back? I did manage to add the last songs in a spurt of decent connectivity.
Wow, this is just so well stated. I’ve loved this song for a long time (#2 overall for both me and Mrs APK), way before I had any idea it was about heroin.Bad is my favorite song by any band. It's a song you don't listen to as much as experience. To me it's never been about heroin; it's about the human struggle. It's about depression, addiction, poverty, love lost, dreams that slowly imploded over time. It transcends one specific topic to cover everything that makes this life difficult, and to tell you that you do not struggle alone. It's a triumph. I know that's not what it really means, but that's how I choose to perceive it.
JML thank you for this most excellent thread.
Just to make you feel better…..my lovely spouse announced last night that “I wrote her list down wrong” (copied directly from an email) and Bad was supposed to be at #1, swapping places with Streets. So you canceled each other out.I had Bad at #4 and Streets at #5, but that was in error as I intended for them to be switched. I'm glad my mistake didn't cost Streets the title. Whew.
Huge thanks to JML and the rest of the people in the thread for such a fun time. Grace Under Pressure said it well; this is a great little community in this thread!
This has always been amongst my favorite U2 songs, but only during the past 1-2 years did it become a clear #1 for me. Along with Sunday Bloody Sunday, it’s the quintessential U2 song……at it’s most powerful in a live setting, political but still approachable, a full ensemble contribution. I didn’t know the history of the song’s meaning until reading it on FBGs…..but as mentioned previously, I LOVE overtly political U2. SBS is an amazing song — U2 making a grand statement and pointing a middle finger at both sides of The Troubles. But to me, Streets is even better because it’s a more subtle statement. Never knew that you could tell “everything” about someone from Belfast based on the street they grew up on……until reading it in here. So take that concept, flip it around and Bono turns it into a grander vision, a place Where the Streets Have No Name. It gives me goosebumps just to think about it. How did they come up with this and turn it into a great song?(5) - 1 - Where the Streets Have No Name
Vulture.com ranking and comment -1/218 - “It’s the point where craft ends and spirit begins,” Bono has said about “Streets,” and if you do not like Bono or U2, it’s the kind of thing that makes you hate them. But if that’s true, you have also never stood in the middle of an arena or a stadium or an open field surrounded by jumping people caught up in the sheer elation of this song. There is no way that U2 knew what this song was going to be when they wrote it, or even when they recorded it — the story about Brian Eno being so sick of the song he almost erased the tape so they’d get on with it, is definitely a point in that opinion’s favor — but, like all the best U2 songs, it is what “Streets” became once it was performed in front of an audience that was its transfiguration and its transmogrification.
“Streets” is you at your best, wearing church clothes and standing up straight. It is possibility, it is aspiration, it is joy incarnate. Its transformative nature can change the quality of the air and the energy around you at a level up there with “Amazing Grace,” “Fanfare for the Common Man,” and “Hound Dog.” It does not matter how many times you have seen it performed live, or when you saw it first; “Streets” can still catch you by surprise — like it did in 2017, when it careened off the stage and hit you straight in the heart.
Original Comment - What can I say? This is how you craft a song. Hooks, excellent build up, soaring chorus, great musicality. The fact they had no idea of the power of the song amazes me. They opened the album with the song, they were expecting the album to do great things. Yet they consider Red Hill Mining Town among others ahead of it? I am glad that common sense prevailed and it became a single and one of their most famous tracks. Not only my number one, its vultures as well.
Total Points - 3346
Rankers - 39
Average Points per rank - 85.79 (Approximately a 4th rank).
Ranks - 1st on average points per ranker
Highest Rank - 1
Lowest Rank - 41
Previous Rank - 5-1
Special Versions Requested - None
Ranking Comments - 12 number 1 rankings, 5 number 2s, 5 number 3’s, 2 number 4’s and 4 number 5 rankings. Amazingly this was not on one rankers list. 30 of its rankings are in the top 8. I was surprised this one was at #5 overall last time with a couple of lower than expected rankings. With a bigger pool it was clearly in the top 2 U2 songs, but the final result means they both had a turn at number one. I didnt include the official video as they spend too much time on the drama surrounding the production and not a straight rendition of the song
I mean, clearly they launched it knowing that this topic would pop up in FBGs next, after the success of the Beatles threads….
Interesting. Looks like it was a temporary channel in 2018 on channel 30, and then there was a lot of clamoring for a permanent channel. This new one at channel 32 was launched in 2020 and looks to be permanent, I think. Was the channel discussed in the first 60-70 pages here that I skimmed? I somehow had never noticed it before, but I was listening to First Wave and they promo'd it as if it were new.
teared up watching that. each chapter of the audiobook starts with a snippet of a song that has been reworked, and they are so beautifully stripped down. 11 o'clock tick tock is the chapter i just listened to and it is so emotional. the lyrics just hit different. there were rumours circulating that one of the next things they will release is an album of these reworked, stripped down songs and, based on what I've heard in the book, I really hope it is true.
Bono came to town over the weekend on his book tour. By the time I figured out he was performing and not just talking, tickets were gone, and aftermarket prices were through the roof. Here's what he played. I haven't seen a review, don't know anyone that went, and so far haven't heard it mentioned on the radio. If anyone ends up going to one of his book tour gigs, please check in and let us know how the show was.teared up watching that. each chapter of the audiobook starts with a snippet of a song that has been reworked, and they are so beautifully stripped down. 11 o'clock tick tock is the chapter i just listened to and it is so emotional. the lyrics just hit different. there were rumours circulating that one of the next things they will release is an album of these reworked, stripped down songs and, based on what I've heard in the book, I really hope it is true.