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Where the Streets Have No Name 45 83.33%
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 29 53.70%
With or Without You 43 79.63%
Bullet the Blue Sky 21 38.89%
Running to Stand Still 40 74.07%
Red Hill Mining Town 25 46.30%
In God's Country 26 48.15%
Trip Through Your Wires 2 3.70%
One Tree Hill 39 72.22%
Exit 27 50.00%
Mothers of the Disappeared 9 16.67%
Luminous Times (Hold on to Love) 17 31.48%
Walk to the Water 14 25.93%
Spanish Eyes 18 33.33%
Silver and Gold 8 14.81%
Race Against Time 1 1.85%
Deep in the Heart 4 7.41%
Sweetest Thing 11 20.37%
Beautiful Ghost/Introduction to Songs of Experience 2 3.70%
Drunk Chicken/America 1 1.85%
Desert of Our Love 3 5.56%
Wave of Sorrow (Birdland) 5 9.26%
Rise Up 2 3.70%
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:19 AM   #1
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Best Song Survivor v2: The Joshua Tree era

Please vote for your FAVOURITE song(s).
The top SEVEN songs from this era proceed to the Late 1980s Quarter Final.

Welcome to the Joshua Tree era round in Best Song Survivor v2! The object of this game is to find Interference's favourite U2 songs. Each album will be featured in a single round with the non-album tracks from its era. The amount of finalists from each era is based on seeding from the latest U2 Album Survivor. These rounds will last 48 hours and will be multiple choice polls where you vote for your favourite tracks (within reason). A suggestion is to vote for the amount of tracks that will proceed to the next round, although this is not a hard and fast rule. Remember that there is a tradeoff: if you vote for more songs, the power of each of your votes is dampened, but if you vote for fewer songs, you get to spread your influence less far.

Only original U2 songs with official studio releases will compete. However, you are free to vote on the basis of live versions, alternate versions, remixes, etc., as in the normal version of Survivor. Basically whatever you think best represents the song in your mind.

Unlike previous rounds, there was no close tussle in the Unforgettable Fire era for its lower qualifying spots. The closest battle was actually for first place, with the top three songs all finishing within a vote of each other. Surprisingly, the title track emerged most popular, ahead of Bad. Also, for the first time since the Boy era, a non-album track qualified for finals - Love Comes Tumbling. The results were:

(bold = qualified for finals)
1. The Unforgettable Fire - 42 votes
=2. A Sort of Homecoming - 41
=2. Bad - 41
4. Pride - 31
=5. Love Comes Tumbling - 23
=5. Wire - 23
7. Promenade - 21

8. Indian Summer Sky - 15
=9. Disappearing Act - 10
=9. The Three Sunrises - 10
11. Boomerang II - 8
=12. Elvis Presley and America - 6
=12. Elvis Presley and America - 6
14. Bass Trap - 5
15. Yoshino Blossom - 4
=16. Boomerang I - 3
=16. Sixty Seconds in Kingdom Come - 3
18. 4th of July - 1
(Total voters: 49)
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Incidentally, with 23 songs, this is our largest era of the tournament, just ahead of Achtung with 22 songs and ATYCLB with 21.

Like somebody pointed out in the previous thread, when you put together all the non-album tracks from UF and JT, you really do have another whole album of material that would compare very favourably to most U2 albums. Add in the standouts from Edge's soundtrack for Captive and that becomes even more true.

This round is harder for me to vote on than I expected. One Tree Hill is obviously a lock, what with the 26 December 1989 performance being the best five minutes of U2 ever. Exit, MOTD, Spanish Eyes, Luminous Times, and RHMT are also locks. But beyond that... it's really hard to choose. WOWY holds a special place in my heart, especially for the 1987-90 live versions, but its live performances since Popmart leave a sour taste. In God's Country is awesome, Bullet's been consistently impressive live, Streets goes without saying but probably won't need the help, Rise Up is under-rated, etc., etc.

I just hope ISHFWILF doesn't make it through. Hideously over-rated.
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I hope it does - hideously underappreciated! Lot of songs i'd like to see push through, especially some of the b-sides.
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... wow.

Oh look at that, it never happened.
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Obviously Streets is widely considered to be the stand out track on this amazing record, and is essentially the defacto U2 anthem. There's nothing more to say about that which hasn't been said. And there are a lot of great songs on this record.

But to me it's One Tree Hill that is the quintessential Joshua Tree song and deserves a special mention. It's stood the test of time flawlessly, and, whether in its album or live incarnation, I continue to be moved by it today as much as the first time I heard it. Actually moreso. It manages to be haunting, heartbreaking, spiritual, soulful, yet redemptive and hopeful, all within its timeless five minutes and twenty-two seconds. This song is pure poetry. This isn't a one note sentiment, and OTH doesn't jump out at you the first time the way many of the JT songs do. Rather, it spends years working its way into your soul. It plants a seed and it stays there and grows.

The rest of the record's songs are all varying degrees of great and good, and even ISHFWILF, which I tired of for a long time, remains a much more substantial song than its status as a hit pop single would seem to indicate. The b-sides are incredibly strong (for the most part, there are a couple clunkers here...Wave of Sorrow was a mistake), which is saying something considering how many of them there are. This was inarguably U2 at their most prolific.

Achtung Baby no doubt revealed a much more mature, musically accomplished band, but for all that record's strengths (and there are many), it never touches JT's or TUF's highs. There's no Streets or ASOH on AB. And while TUF remains my personal U2 favourite, objectively speaking the argument can be made that JT is their best record, and one of the best rock albums ever.
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UF was hard. This is damn near impossible.

So much for not diluting my vote. I picked 14 songs.

The only song I didn't pick off TJT proper was Trip Thru Your Wires. And I don't even skip that song, I just like it significantly less than the rest of them.

The Joshua Tree is U2's finest album hands down, and among the finest of any band ever.
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So tough...

I picked the first 5 songs and One Tree Hill.
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Streets
WOWY
RHMT
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Streets
Still Haven't Found
WOWY
Bullet
Running
Red Hill
In God's Country
One Tree Hil
Exit
Walk To The Water

This is their best album, closely followed by The Unforgettable Fire.
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Wow. Difficult selection. When you see all of these songs lined up one right after another you really get a sense of all of the great music created during this period. The Joshua Tree is a perfect album. Very fond memories of its release.

I selected 8 songs:
Still Haven't Found
WOWY
Running
Red Hill
In God's Country
One Tree Hill
Walk to the Water
Spanish Eyes
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Hahaha I'm the only one who's voted for Trip
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Obviously Streets is widely considered to be the stand out track on this amazing record, and is essentially the defacto U2 anthem. There's nothing more to say about that which hasn't been said. And there are a lot of great songs on this record.

But to me it's One Tree Hill that is the quintessential Joshua Tree song and deserves a special mention. It's stood the test of time flawlessly, and, whether in its album or live incarnation, I continue to be moved by it today as much as the first time I heard it. Actually moreso. It manages to be haunting, heartbreaking, spiritual, soulful, yet redemptive and hopeful, all within its timeless five minutes and twenty-two seconds. This song is pure poetry. This isn't a one note sentiment, and OTH doesn't jump out at you the first time the way many of the JT songs do. Rather, it spends years working its way into your soul. It plants a seed and it stays there and grows.

The rest of the record's songs are all varying degrees of great and good, and even ISHFWILF, which I tired of for a long time, remains a much more substantial song than its status as a hit pop single would seem to indicate. The b-sides are incredibly strong (for the most part, there are a couple clunkers here...Wave of Sorrow was a mistake), which is saying something considering how many of them there are. This was inarguably U2 at their most prolific.

Achtung Baby no doubt revealed a much more mature, musically accomplished band, but for all that record's strengths (and there are many), it never touches JT's or TUF's highs. There's no Streets or ASOH on AB. And while TUF remains my personal U2 favourite, objectively speaking the argument can be made that JT is their best record, and one of the best rock albums ever.
Pretty much agreed all around, nice post.
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Dang, I overlooked Spanish Eyes.
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Not that it's my favorite, but I think some people forget how truly awesome BTBS is.
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