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October 7th, 2005

Track-by-track comparisons: summary, stats and a Final Poll Of Doom! @ 10:18 pm

I'm currently feelin: curious curious

Unsurprisingly, the winner of yesterday's poll was Love Is Blindness, by quite a long way. There wasn't much in it between the other four!

So here's the super tracklist you guys came up with, along with the winning percentages each song got:

1.Where The Streets Have No Name  43.2%
2.Pride (In The Name Of Love)24.7%
4.Walk On27.8%
5.Running To Stand Still24.6%
6.In A Little While21.1%
8.Mysterious Ways50.5%
9.Pride (In The Name Of Love) (live)26.3%
10.  Ultra Violet (Light My Way)22.5%
11.  Acrobat40.8%
12.  Love Is Blindness45.8%

Honestly, do you really need *two* versions of Pride in there? ;p

As you can see, Bad and Mysterious Ways were the only tracks that got half - or slightly more - of the total votes. The biggest landslide victory was Mysterious Ways, scoring 73 more than its nearest rival Crumbs From Your Table. By contrast, the narrowest victory was the live version of Pride scoring only 2 more votes than its nearest rival One Tree Hill.

Here's the full list of victory margins and runners-up:

Where The Streets...  57 votes more than  Beautiful Day
Pride  11 votes more than  I Still Haven't Found...
One  16 votes more than  With Or Without You
Walk On  20 votes more than  Until The End Of The World
Running To Stand Still  10 votes more than  City Of Blinding Lights
In A Little While  8 votes more than  So Cruel
Bad  65 votes more than  The Fly
Mysterious Ways  73 votes more than  Crumbs From Your Table
Pride (live)  2 votes more than  One Tree Hill
Ultra Violet  8 votes more than  "40"
Acrobat  41 votes more than  Please
Love Is Blindness  55 votes more than  The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Number of winning tracks on each album...

Achtung Baby: 5 (One, MW, UV, Acrobat, LIB)
The Joshua Tree: 2 (Streets, RTSS)
The Unforgettable Fire: 2 (Pride, Bad)
All That You Can't Leave Behind: 2 (Walk On, IALW)
Rattle And Hum: 1 (Pride live)

It's kind of interesting to look at which albums you personally voted for each time. Mine went Zooropa, Pop, Achtung, Zooropa, HTDAAB, Achtung, HTDAAB, Boy, Joshua Tree, Achtung, Achtung, Achtung. I guess that's not a bad representation of my U2 preferences!

Top 10 highest scorers of the series:

1. Mysterious Ways - 97
2. Bad - 90
3. Love Is Blindness - 87
4. Acrobat - 82
5. Where The Streets Have No Name - 79
6. One - 69
7. Walk On - 55
8. With Or Without You - 53   <~~ the highest scoring non-winner
9. Pride (live) - 50
10. Running To Stand Still - 49

And the least voted-for tracks in these polls?

4th Of July - 0
All Along The Watchtower - 0
Fire - 0
The Ocean - 0
Another Time, Another Place - 1
Freedom For My People - 1
Scarlet - 1
Into The Heart - 1
Is That All? - 1
With A Shout - 1

Quite shocked at a couple of those!

There's only one thing left to do now, and that's to decide the best of the best. Your 12 winning tracks go head-to-head in competition for the title of Best Track Anything On A U2 Album!  It'll be interesting to see how these tracks end up getting ranked against one another.

So without further ado, the FINAL poll of the series...

Poll #585528 Champion of Champions

Which song's the best?

Where The Streets Have No Name
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Walk On
Running To Stand Still
In A Little While
Mysterious Ways
Pride (In The Name Of Love) (live)
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
Love Is Blindness
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Date:October 7th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
So, this looks pretty evil. *g*

It wouldn't really make sense for me to choose anything other than One, considering that's my all-time favourite U2 song. But I did go through a logical process of elimination just to make sure. ;)

Is Running To Stand Still a better song than One? - mmmmm.... no.
Is IALW a better song than One? - nah.
Is Bad a better song than One? - oooh... errr... hmmmm......... nah.
And One is the best track on Achtung Baby.
So therefore One wins. Hurrah!
Date:October 9th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
Heh. I think I'd take all of those songs over "One."

"One" is a great song that's had a great impact, but I think i'm just burnt out on it.

Besides, everyone knows "Ultraviolet" is the best song on Achtung. ;)
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Date:October 7th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
canadanne is the Devil.

Tough time between Walk On and One. In the end I chose One because it wasn't pitted against the Walk On Single version. Which would have won by a landslide.

There's no doubt One will win this one.

Thanks for putting so much hard work into this canadanne!
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Date:October 7th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
canadanne is the Devil.

The highest compliment anyone could pay me... thank you! };D

I dunno, I think Streets could give One a run for its money here. Maybe Bad too...
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Date:October 7th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad. :D
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Date:October 7th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Where The Streets Have No Name, the best song ever recorded.

I still can't believe anyone voted for live Pride. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell that the live version is markedly inferior to the studio version.
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Date:October 7th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
I voted for Bad.
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Date:October 7th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
This is so great. Thanks for doing this!
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Date:October 7th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
This poll is evil. Not like the others weren't evil, but this one is particularly eeeeeevvviiiiillll!

Ultimately, between Bad, Mysterious Ways, Running to Stand Still and Where the Streets Have No Name.

It has to be "WTSHNN". The synth opener, then Edge's guitar chiming, then the drums and bass beat faster and louder, then "I WANNA RUN!!" Grabs you by the throat, it does!
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Date:October 7th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oh HELL. EVIL! Absolutely EVIL! But in the end, I closed my eyes and voted for Acrobat. Because I've become really obsessed with it in the last couple of weeks, and I think it needed my vote.
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Date:October 7th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, had to vote Bad... Was a difficult descision between that, Mysterious, Pride, Streets and One... Went with Bad cos it was on ALIAS. ;) lmfao. Sorry. I have stupid reasons for voting for songs. I know. :o *hides*

Hey, how bout we do a poll of all B-sides? Or, "era" b-sides...?
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Date:October 7th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)

Hmmm, that could be interesting. Worth thinking about...
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Date:October 7th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
That was a hard decision. I went with the one that means the most to me.."Walk On"

If anyone knows where I can get a U2 icon with some of those song lyrics on it BTW I would be eternally grateful..
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Date:October 7th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
I went for "Walk On"
Date:October 7th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
Streets! Almost went for Bad, though.
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Date:October 8th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
Into the Heart isn't a bad song, though.
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Date:October 8th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
Ha! It's like an all-star tournament with U2 songs. Inventive. I thought it'd be a tougher choice with this poll, but "Pride (In The Name of Love)" wins out for me. It's been my U2 fave song for so long that no song has really beaten it in my mind. I was briefly considering "Bad" and "One" but "Pride" takes the cake.
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Date:October 8th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC)
Not the hardest decision, but... argh.

Chose "One" because I'm a horribly biased AB fan.

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