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Old 12-12-2017, 07:39 PM   #1
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Vulture ranks 218 U2 songs

Always worth discussing these lists. (SOE not included)

http://www.vulture.com/2017/12/all-2...t-to-best.html

Of course any person's ranking of this many songs is going to be all over the place, but this does seem to have a lot of questionable choices. The top 10 is nothing shocking - though I wouldn't put Out of Control in there. But just randomly one example of that's hard to argue - who really thinks She's Gonna Blow Your House Down is better than Red Hill Mining Town?!

Also - one random point - I don't think Babyface is about supermodels

it does seem like the author does actually like U2 though, so that's good.
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Always worth discussing these lists. (SOE not included)

http://www.vulture.com/2017/12/all-2...t-to-best.html

Of course any person's ranking of this many songs is going to be all over the place, but this does seem to have a lot of questionable choices. The top 10 is nothing shocking - though I wouldn't put Out of Control in there. But just randomly one example of that's hard to argue - who really thinks She's Gonna Blow Your House Down is better than Red Hill Mining Town?!

Also - one random point - I don't think Babyface is about supermodels

it does seem like the author does actually like U2 though, so that's good.
When I find the time I'll rearrange all 218 songs for him and put them in the right order.
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Idk what Vulture is, but we at interference are doing our own.

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Old 12-13-2017, 10:08 AM   #5
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Vulture is the arts section of New York Magazine.

They have different writers do these lists whenever there’s some music news or notable anniversaries to warrant a feature. I think they ranked all the Beatles tunes earlier this year as well.

As for the U2 list, it is a bit all over the place, but the reporter makes decent arguments for the selections. I like that he gives all albums their time in the sun too. Also, putting Mofo as the best off Pop was a cool pick.
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Am I one of the few that has a soft enough spot for 'Always' that I'd never expect to see it that low on a list of this sort? Sure, it's unpolished, but it has a charm to it.
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Stand Up Comedy is ranked higher than Playboy Mansion, for fucks sake, who wrote this shit?
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:49 PM   #8
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Am I one of the few that has a soft enough spot for 'Always' that I'd never expect to see it that low on a list of this sort? Sure, it's unpolished, but it has a charm to it.
Absolutely. You're not alone... I have plenty of respect and a soft spot for it as well.
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God Part II at 176!!! The TROUBLES AT 170!!!! SLABT 161!!!!! When I look at the World 159!!!!

Seriously - Boots and Grace are Ranked above these great songs - madness

Peace on Earth ranked along side Every Breaking Wave, and SFS ahead of EBW. Sweet GOD!

Kite at 85 behind Ordinary Love for fucks sake.

Walk On at 24 and Angel of Harlem 17?!?! I want some of whatever this guy is havin...

I will admit, there were areas of agreement, and I know its one persons opinion. But... some of this is just Wow.
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I'm not going to pretend to even remotely understand her ranking criteria, but it's a fun read. She's a good music writer in general.
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When you rank so many songs, some of the positions can't help but feel arbitrary. I always enjoy reading these things, though, and the writer is clearly a fan. Of course, I can (and will) quibble with some of the rankings. Love Comes Tumbling at #200? For shame. Red Light better than The Ground Beneath Her Feet and Stateless? Get outta here. Stand Up Comedy's genre is "soul-shoegaze-electronica groove"? I wish. And Party Girl at #28, with barely a mention of the live version? You must be joking.

I did like seeing The Crystal Ballroom crack the top 50 and Angel of Harlem crack the top 20.
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The positions are arbitrary, but the quartiles are not.
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That sure is an interesting arrangement. The writer clearly spent a lot of time on this--and I don't want to argue over subjective rankings--so all I'll say is that I'm happy my favorite U2 songs made the list ;P
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Boomerang is one of my favourite U2 b-sides and is so much better than a lot of songs that got on their actual albums so it's ridiculous that it and Boomerang 2 are last,
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Am I one of the few that has a soft enough spot for 'Always' that I'd never expect to see it that low on a list of this sort? Sure, it's unpolished, but it has a charm to it.
I love Always and was put off by the list immediately when I saw, well, several songs I really liked on the bottom.

But that's how these lists are, sometimes you shout AMEN and other times you pull a McEnroe and yell "you CANNOT be serious!"
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