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Old 11-12-2017, 01:42 PM   #1
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Least single-worthy U2 single?

What do you think is the least single-worthy of U2's singles?

This does not necessarily mean your least favourite single - just the single that you think shouldn't have really been a single off that album.

I think my vote goes to Last Night On Earth.

This, to me, is a song with no hook. I don't hate the song. But I don't particularly like it either. I like it more than singles such as Discotheque, The Miracle, GOYB, Numb (if that counts as a proper single). But those songs still seem like singles, rather than the b-side/illusive album track feel that LNOE gives me.

The intro is AWESOME, but it's only a few seconds. Furthermore, the single version rearranges this intro and ruins it IMO. (It's fine on the video though).

But the rest of the song is just a middle of the road rocker for me with no hook. It surprises me that it was the THIRD single off Pop, let alone a single at all. Gone, or Mofo, would have made more sense in its place.

LNOE's chart positions on a whole weren't very good either. It didn't do terribly, but it was the third single off its album, so had an advantage over 4th and 5th singles off of albums, and yet still managed to do worse than most of those. It obviously varies with different countries, but from looking at the overall picture of chart positions all around the world, I'd say that LNOE did worse than EBTTRT, WGRYWH, Please, Walk On, which were all later than 3rd singles off of their respective albums. I think there's a reason for this - LNOE isn't that good of a song, and also has no hook. Just my opinion of course, but I have a feeling that many people didn't rate the song.

So what's your choice of U2's least single-worthy single?
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Old 11-12-2017, 01:54 PM   #2
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The Miracle. There's nothing catchy about that song at all. It feels like it's building to something, then runs out of gas.

GOYB just because it's a bad song.
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Miracle, Boots are the ones that immediately spring to mind. I thought Gone and Mofo would have been much better singles than Last night or IGWSHA. Also, dipping way back I was never impressed with Another Day either.
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Crazy tonight,terrible song.
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Miracle, Boots are the ones that immediately spring to mind. I thought Gone and Mofo would have been much better singles than Last night or IGWSHA. Also, dipping way back I was never impressed with Another Day either.
I dislike The Miracle a lot. And it could have easily got my vote here. But I left it off because it kind of fits with U2's mentality during that time, of trying to be cool with the kids. That's the impression I got from The Miracle.

LNOE on the other hand just seemed like an odd choice at the time. Though it's definitely a better song than The Miracle.

I disagree about IGWSHA though, I think that's decent for a 5th single.
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I dislike The Miracle a lot. And it could have easily got my vote here. But I left it off because it kind of fits with U2's mentality during that time, of trying to be cool with the kids. That's the impression I got from The Miracle.

LNOE on the other hand just seemed like an odd choice at the time. Though it's definitely a better song than The Miracle.

I disagree about IGWSHA though, I think that's decent for a 5th single.
It took me a long time to get into IGWSHA, years in fact, but in hindsight it was a cool choice I guess, just one I didn't appreciate at the time. It did have a very good video.
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Get On Your Boots. It shouldn't have been a song, let alone a single.

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Get on your boots definitely is one. All because of you off bomb shouldn't have been a single either.
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Boots, Crazy Tonight, the Best Thing. None should exist. But I'd take both Boots and Crazy Tonight over the Best Thing.
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Of course you would.
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Boots, Crazy Tonight, the Best Thing. None should exist. But I'd take both Boots and Crazy Tonight over the Best Thing.


I'd take best thing one million percent over boots and crazy tonight :-)
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I'd take best thing one million percent over boots and crazy tonight :-)
I like both TBT and Crazy Tonight, both of which are miles ahead of Boots for me
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A warm turd is miles ahead of Boots.
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Best Thing. By far.

Followed by Fake Mandela Song. Does that count as a single?
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