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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sid waddell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2020 at 5:05pm
Originally posted by Double Maxim Double Maxim wrote:

U2's 40 greatest songs – ranked! | Culture | The Guardian @MIUI| https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/may/21/u2s-40-greatest-songs-ranked
Some absolutely woejus picks there and there are 42 songs on it, not 40.

I hate the way these lists try to balance things out over different eras and different albums. Fact is, Pop in 1997 was the last interesting U2 album and that was a downgrade on their 1990s stuff up to 1995. 

Their material from 2000 on has fallen off a cliff - I doubt even one song they've done in the last 20 years is among their 40 best. This list is ludicrously generous towards their 21st century output and also includes one of the worst tracks from Pop.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Double Maxim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2020 at 5:22pm
Not in any particular preference my top five

I Will Follow
October
Bad
Pride
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sid waddell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2020 at 5:51pm
Music hackery is one of the worst types of hackery. 

Only a music hack would rank Beautiful Day at 9 and Pride at 26 in a list of best U2 songs.

And not include Zoo Station, Acrobat, A Sort of Homecoming, Running To Stand Still or One Tree Hill in their top 42 songs. 

Level 42, not U2 is more yer man's level.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ripbomb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2020 at 5:51pm
Originally posted by sid waddell sid waddell wrote:

[QUOTE=Double Maxim]U2's 40 greatest songs – ranked! | Culture | The Guardian @MIUI| https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/may/21/u2s-40-greatest-songs-ranked
Some absolutely woejus picks there and there are 42 songs on it, not 40.

I hate the way these lists try to balance things out over different eras and different albums. Fact is, Pop in 1997 was the last interesting U2 album and that was a downgrade on their 1990s stuff up to 1995. 

Their material from 2000 on has fallen off a cliff - I doubt even one song they've done in the last 20 years is among their 40 best. This list is ludicrously generous towards their 21st century output and also includes one of the worst tracks from 


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My top 5
1. Running to standstill
2. With or without you
3. Lemon
4. Mysterious ways
5. Love is bigger
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pre Madonna Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2020 at 6:54pm
Originally posted by sid waddell sid waddell wrote:

Music hackery is one of the worst types of hackery. 

Only a music hack would rank Beautiful Day at 9 and Pride at 26 in a list of best U2 songs.

And not include Zoo Station, Acrobat, A Sort of Homecoming, Running To Stand Still or One Tree Hill in their top 42 songs. 

Level 42, not U2 is more yer man's level.
Petridis is a decent music writer, this sort of fluff is deliberately written to provoke response and debate. He has done similar with artists I like and would disagree with it entirely.  He knows what he is doing. 
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