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Old 03-11-2006, 06:20 PM   #1
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U2 vs all other bands... where will they rank in the end?

O.k. so I've been trying, trying is the key word, to have a conversation with Gn'R fans at heretodaygonetohell.com about who in the grand scheme of things will be remembered as the better band; U2 or Guns N' Roses? It wasn't my idea to start such a debate at a Gn'R site, I was "challenged to ask the question" Obviously the answer is U2 but pretty much everyone(but not all) who has responded is unable to look at it objectively. They all conclude that Guns N' Roses will rank higher than U2 when all is said and done. Ridiculous. I try to explain that it's not about who you like better but who will be widely regarded as better. It's like the Beatles. Widely regarded as the best band ever. Are they the best ever to me? No. Is it a valid arguement that they are? Yes. Anyways that's kinda where the idea for this topic came from. Bands aren't typically given the proper due untill they've been long gone. It's hard to really asses a band when they're still in the midst of their careers. An exception might be The Rolling Stones but to be honest their relevance has pretty much been non existant since the 80's so it's easier to place them in their spot in then the annals of rock music. Shit I'm rambling here.... What I'm getting at is do you think U2 could possibly be regarded as the best band of all time once their careers are done. After years have passed and people look back at what they accomplished do you think they could be up there with the Beatles? Would they be higher up than Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin or Queen or The Rolling Stones or even Guns N' Roses In my personal opinion and not just because U2 is my favorite, I think they deserve to be looked upon as the greatest band of all time. If not at the very least the second best. Really they've managed to do what no other band has ever done. Continue to put out relevant quality material for almost 26 years. They are still the top touring draw 26 years into their career. Sure the Stones are also a top draw but their ability to move records and make quality albums is suspect nowadays even with a great A Bigger Bang album. Anyways if I could articulate better this post would have only been a few sentences long but you all get the drift. What are your opinions? Where will U2 rank?
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Re: U2 vs all other bands... where will they rank in the end?

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What are your opinions?
It is my sincerely objective opinion that this belongs in EYKIW.
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They will remain in the top 5 for decades to come. GnR will just be a blip, top 25 for awhile but future bands will soon push it out of that ranking.
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It is my sincerely objective opinion that this belongs in EYKIW.
yeah I wasn't sure about that. I thought since alot of other bands might come into the conversation it might belong in here. I mean even though this is a U2 board this room isn't neccesarrily a U2 room so I thought the objectiveness of people might be a bit better in here.
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I don't really feel like typing out a well thought out response, but I pretty much agree with the both of yous.

That is, of course, unless U2 continues their trend of making Grammy-bait albums like ATYCLB and Hut Dab. I don't think they'll ever make an interesting, unique album again, but I hope they prove me wrong.
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In the end, I don't think it's going to matter which band was better.
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They're top 5 right now regardless of any further output.
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They're top 5 right now regardless of any further output.
Who else would you consider in the top 5? And where do you think U2 will end up, when it's all said and done? Or is it, as Hallucination pointed out, too difficult to tell while their career is still ongoing?
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I have an ever rotating top 5.

U2 are always there.

The Rolling Stones, REM, The Beatles, Bowie, Zeppelin, Queen, Bruce, etc. always cycle in and out, but U2 is always there.

They've released 2 of the greatest records in music history, and stuck around for 25+ years and always been quality.
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Good list. Not that I agree with all of them, but I can certainly see how others would. I really like that you included Queen though. They're definitely one of the greats, but often overlooked, unfortunately.

I suck at making lists of things that are so subjective. And, I also suck at ranking things while they're still current (eg: I can't rank HTDAAB yet - and I probably won't be able to know where it fits in for me until the next record is released).

By using criteria like sales, tours, musical relevancy over time, and longevity, U2 probably should end up being number one. Quite possibly the only category they're lacking in is the whole breadth of their influence on music as a whole, and that's gotta go to the Beatles.

Interesting to consider, though.
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Queen are the most creative band of all time.

Love them or hate them, it's not debatable.

They invented their own sound.
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Who else would you consider in the top 5? And where do you think U2 will end up, when it's all said and done? Or is it, as Hallucination pointed out, too difficult to tell while their career is still ongoing?
The top 5 of all time at the moment are:

1. Beatles
2. Rolling Stones
3. Led Zeppelin
4. U2
5. Pink Floyd
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The Beatles are one of those strange anonymities for me, I know a lot of their stuff and respect and love what they did for music, but don't own a lot of it.

The fact that people find the Beatles untouchable bothers me. I wouldn't go as far as saying they are overated but very close. I think being the first true universally loved rock band puts them in an unfair advantage when it comes to this type of thing.

I think in some aspects U2 has done more than the Beatles, and in others may not have the influence of the Beatles. They aren't untouchable!

Rolling Stones ARE overated. Rolling Stones are an amazing band don't get me wrong. But they have always been far too straight forward, and they may have influenced thousands, they never really pushed the medium.

Just my opinion...
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Top five are:

1. The beatles (just because)
2. U2
3. The Stones
4. Led Zeppelin
5. The Who, The Clash, Queen, REM, Pink Floyd, My Morning Jacket (give them time, as they are unheralded).
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The Beatles are one of those strange anonymities for me, I know a lot of their stuff and respect and love what they did for music, but don't own a lot of it.

The fact that people find the Beatles untouchable bothers me. I wouldn't go as far as saying they are overated but very close. I think being the first true universally loved rock band puts them in an unfair advantage when it comes to this type of thing.

I think in some aspects U2 has done more than the Beatles, and in others may not have the influence of the Beatles. They aren't untouchable!

Rolling Stones ARE overated. Rolling Stones are an amazing band don't get me wrong. But they have always been far too straight forward, and they may have influenced thousands, they never really pushed the medium.

Just my opinion...
I completely agree with this. I think people tend to have this nostalgia fetish, and that's part of the reason they're so highly regarded.
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