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Old 10-10-2017, 11:09 AM   #1
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What is U2's most popular song ever?

A simple question but probably complicated answers.

It's a hard one to call, but I think.... With Or Without You.

Popular with fans, non-fans, did well on the charts, and very well-known.

It could easily be something else though, but that's the one I'm going with... WOWY.

What do you think is the most popular U2 song ever?
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:21 AM   #2
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Either WOWY or Sunday Bloody Sunday, I would say.
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take your pick of With or Without You, Sunday Bloody Sunday or Beautiful Day.
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Definitely WOWY.
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:49 AM   #5
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I kinda feel like I would guess "One" would be my number 2 prediction. Only thing with that is, it wasn't a lead single. If it was, it would have had more of an impact on the charts (which was still very good anyway)
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Vertigo.
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With or without you or beautiful day I'd say
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I think it's probably With or Without You...an incredibly popular song among both die hard fans & casuals.

Beautiful Day & Vertigo were big hits, and the latter a monster b/c of the Apple commercial, but that song isn't very well regarded among die hard fans, and I think most casuals like it but wouldn't call it their favourite U2 song.

There's a case to be made for One as well.
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It's hard to argue against WoWY.
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Good question:

With or Without you
Beautiful Day
One
Vertigo
Pride
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Let's put it this way.

If you put a bunch of die hards and casuals into a room together and asked them each to write down their favourite U2 song, the results would be a mess. The casuals would all chose probably one of three to four songs, and each of the die hards would choose whatever their personal favourite is...something like Acrobat or MOFO or Zooropa (or in my case, ASOH).

But if you just asked the casuals to list their favourites, you'd probably end up with something like WOWY, One and Beautiful Day or Vertigo. And if you gave those 3-4 songs to the die hards and asked them to choose among those, I think the consensus would probably be WOWY.

Though now that I think about it, I believe perhaps All I Want is You is a dark horse. Everyone I know loves that song. And people who used to be really into U2 but are more casual fans now would probably say Bad. It's the hip choice if you think you know the deep cuts (but really don't). Plus in fact it is one of their best songs.
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Let's put it this way.

If you put a bunch of die hards and casuals into a room together and asked them each to write down their favourite U2 song, the results would be a mess. The casuals would all chose probably one of three to four songs, and each of the die hards would choose whatever their personal favourite is...something like Acrobat or MOFO or Zooropa (or in my case, ASOH).

But if you just asked the casuals to list their favourites, you'd probably end up with something like WOWY, One and Beautiful Day or Vertigo. And if you gave those 3-4 songs to the die hards and asked them to choose among those, I think the consensus would probably be WOWY.
I'd agree, though I think Where The Streets Have No Name might sneak into that casual list too, and maybe Pride, and ISHFWILF.

Edit: Nice choice with ASOH. I was really hoping they'd play it when I went to see them this year, first night of London so I thought it'd fit with their homecoming theme, but alas they didn't.

Mine is WGRYWH, not really sure if that's a controversial choice or not.
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Well yeah. Streets is the elephant in the room. Everyone loves that song, even the most jaded die hards.

I just have a hard time gauging how popular Streets really is among casuals, and for some reason I second guess myself and decide it must not be as popular as I'd suppose it is (I don't think it was ever a hit). Everyone obviously goes nuts for it at the shows, but I just don't know if casuals regard it as a favourite (and I genuinely have no idea outside of anecdotes). But at this point, yeah you're right that's the obvious consensus pick.

Rolling Stone did this poll a while back and I think #1 was One.
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