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Old 12-26-2009, 02:17 AM   #1
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Top ten U2 songs of the decade

Sorry if this has already been done. List your top ten U2 songs from the noughties (includes b sides, unreleased, remixes etc.)

1. Winter
2. In a little while
3. White as snow
4. No line on the horizon 2
5. No Line on the horizon
6. Stateless
7. Breathe
8. City of blinding lights
9. Grace
10. Cedars of lebanon
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1 The Ground Beneath Her Feet
2 Magnificent
3 Beautiful Day
4 Electrical Storm
5 Stateless
6 In A Little While
7 FEZ-being born
8 Cedars Of Lebanon
9 Fast Cars
10 City Of Blinding Lights
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wild honey
When I Look At The World
A Man And A Woman
smile
fast cars
native son
magnificent
moment of surrender
TGBHF
stateless
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In no order...

Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
Kite
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
Magnificent
No Line On The Horizon
Stateless
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
FEZ - Being Born
Cedars Of Lebanon
In A Little While
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1. Fez-Being Born
2. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
3. No Line On The Horizon II
4. Electrical Storm
5. Smile
6. Native Son
7. White As Snow
8. Cedars Of Lebanon
9. Fast Cars
10. Uh ... whatever? COBL or Crumbs or something.
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1. Beautiful Day
2. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
3. Electrical Storm
4. In A Little While
5. Stuck In A Moment
6. City of Blinding Lights
7. Walk On
8. Kite
9. Original Of The Species
10. Vertigo
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:25 AM   #7
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Magnificent
Moment of Surrender
Cedars of Lebanon
Electrical Storm
Walk On
Vertigo
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
The Hands That Built America
Fez - Being Born
Original of the Species
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wild honey
When I Look At The World
A Man And A Woman
smile
fast cars
native son
magnificent
moment of surrender
TGBHF
stateless
I appreciate your love of A Man and A Woman, one of the better efforts from Bomb. They tried something different and I think they pulled it off.
Axver, you kinda put Crumbs in your top 10-11, that song is a bit of tragedy, so close to being a truly great U2 song, but just ending up being a bit meh..
Fast Cars..now that song is damn near perfect.
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Axver, you kinda put Crumbs in your top 10-11, that song is a bit of tragedy, so close to being a truly great U2 song, but just ending up being a bit meh..
Welcome to 2000s U2 in general. The top nine was fairly easy but picking a tenth was hard because I find so many songs to be so ... middling.
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Welcome to 2000s U2 in general. The top nine was fairly easy but picking a tenth was hard because I find so many songs to be so ... middling.
I thought you were an avid COBL fan.
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1. Fez-Being Born
2. Unknown Caller
3. Electrical Storm
4. Walk On
5. Beautiful Day
6. Moment Of Surrender
7. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
8. Miracle Drug
9. Breathe
10. No Line On The Horizon
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:40 AM   #12
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01 Moment of Surrender
02 Beautiful Day
03 Stuck in a Moment
04 Unknown Caller
05 Peace on Earth
06 White as Snow
07 Sometimes you can't make it
08 Crazy Tonight
09 Magnificent
10 Breathe
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1. Moment of Surrender
2. Unknown Caller
3. Beautiful Day
4. Fez-Being Born
5. One Step Closer
6. Peace on Earth
7. Electrical Storm
8. Native Son
9. White As Snow
10. No Line On The Horizon

So, here's how many each album had on this list.

NLOTH - 5
HTDAAB - 2 (Native Son was made in the HTDAAB-sessions so it counts here)
ATYCLB - 2
Other - 1 (Electrical Storm)

Guess NLOTH was the better album this decade then.
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Not specifically in this order:
  1. Moment Of Surrender
  2. Fast Cars
  3. Original Of The Species
  4. No Line One The Horizon 2
  5. White As Snow
  6. Magnificent
  7. Yahweh
  8. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
  9. Kingdom
  10. Mercy
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1. Fez-Being Born
2. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
3. No Line On The Horizon II
4. Electrical Storm
5. Smile
6. Native Son
7. White As Snow
8. Cedars Of Lebanon
9. Fast Cars
10. Uh ... whatever? COBL or Crumbs or something.
and raise you a:

1. Moment of Surrender
2. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
3. Electrical Storm
4. No Line On The Horizon II
5. Cedars of Lebanon
6. White As Snow
7. One Step Closer
8. Fast Cars
9. Fez-Being Born
10. Stateless?

But you're right, it's easy to pick the first seven or so, then everything just descends into a pile of meh. Some songs like COBL aren't bad on the albums, but are much better live, which makes it a bit harder.
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Hmmm... I say like this (chronological order):

1. Beautiful Day
Shame about the boy-band production of this track, but turn the bass and drums up and you have an instant classic. What wonderful lyrics!
2. In a Little While
Starring Bono's vox and Larry's funky drums (though as usual the song only exists due to Edge's genius).
3. When I Look at the World
The "sleeper" of ATYCLB; nothing about it is overwhelming, but it's just very solid and quite an emotionally effective track.
4. Flower Child
A lot of you seem to like "Stateless" and/or "Fast Cars", but "Flower Child" is the gem B-side / obscurity of the decade for me. I've never heard such a joyous U2 tracks that is so natural (ie., not self-consciously "happy"). And it has a strong enough melody to be a chart-topping hit (which you can't say about anything on NLOTH!).
5. Electrical Storm (prefer the W.Orbit mix)
I dig that they did a smouldering, sultry, sensual-intensity kind of single. Love the melody and the "Baby don't cry!". The Larry-as-porn-stud video was great too.
6. Miracle Drug
Can't get enough of that simple guitar motif. He could play that for an hour and I'd be happy. I like the lyrical conceit of this song, too.
7. City of Blinding Lights
This is probably my #1 U2 tune of the decade. Love everything about it; the lyric hits me hard in a sensitive spot.
8. Yahweh
Kind of gauche the first time I heard it, but it's just so incredibly beautiful that it won me over. Some of the simple lines of this folk tune can break my heart. Heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time -- this is the essence of U2.
9. Magnificent
The jury is still out on this one -- at times, it sounds like generic U2 by numbers. At other times, it's a total classic. Right now, I'm diggin' it.
10. Cedars of Lebanon
Just awesome. The lyrics and the vocals are enough to make it a classic.

There ya be!

(By the way, I'm kinda surprised to see how much love "The Ground Beneath her Feet" gets here. I think the main problem with it for me is that I didn't hear it for about 5 years after I read Salman Rushdie's accompanying novel... which I hated. He also came to my university to talk, and I really didn't like him. So I blame Salman's presence for my indifference to that one!)
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1) Moment of Surrender
The next nine are in no real order:
Unknown Caller
Magnificent
Winter (Brothers)
White As Snow
Breathe
Electrical Storm
City of Blinding Lights
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Beautiful Day
Kite

I realize that's eleven. Sue me.
5 NLOTH songs
1 NLOTH-era song
1 Bomb song
1 Best of 1990-2000 song
2 ATYCLB songs
1 quasi-ATYCLB song

Runners-up include WILATW, Walk On, Mercy, Disappearing Act, and the rest of NLOTH.
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1. Unknown Caller
2. Moment of Surrender
3. No Line On The Horizon
4. Electrical Storm
5. Beautiful Day
6. Fez/Being Born
7. Magnificent
8. Walk On
9. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
10. In A Little While

Album count:
No Line On The Horizon: 5
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb: 0
All That You Can't Leave Behind: 3
Others: 2
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Beautiful Day, Walk On and Moment of Surrender are in my top ten for sure..but I prefer not to do any list at the moment.
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1-Moment of Surrender
2-Magnificent
3-White As Snow
4-Mercy
5-Miracle Drug
6-Original of the Species
7-Beautiful Day
8-Kite
9-In a Little While
10-Walk On
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