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May 10th, 2008

Battle Of The Videos: Champion Of Champions @ 05:27 pm

canadanne:
And so Battle Of The Videos is drawing to a close... here are all your favourites!


Representing War (and before)... New Year's Day
A comfortable victory for this video, with A Celebration in second place and not much between the others.

Representing The Unforgettable Fire... The Unforgettable Fire
Won by an even bigger margin. The first version of Pride was runner-up.

Representing The Joshua Tree... Where The Streets Have No Name
This round was pretty close! Streets only won by 6 votes, and WOWY beat ISHFWILF by just 1 vote to claim second place. The long-awaited Red Hill Mining Town video only scored a single vote!

Representing Rattle & Hum... All I Want Is You
A fairly easy win ahead of Desire. Nobody voted for When Love Comes To Town at all.

Representing Achtung Baby... One (drag version)
This one never looked like losing either. Second place *just* goes to the bar version of One, not far ahead of Mysterious Ways and The Fly.

Also representing Achtung Baby... Even Better Than The Real Thing
It looked close for a while, but EBTTRT eventually beat WGRYWH by just 4 votes.

Representing Zooropa... Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
Quite a large victory margin here. Numb was second and Lemon was third.

Representing Pop... Discothèque
Wiped the floor with the competition! Staring At The Sun was a distant second, just ahead of Last Night On Earth.

Representing the Best Of 1980-1990... Sweetest Thing
No competition whatsoever. This song had the biggest lead of any round, scoring 34 more votes than If God Will Send His Angels, which just beat Please to second place.

Representing All That You Can't Leave Behind... Beautiful Day
Very nearly lost its crown to Stuck In A Moment at one point, but won by 8 votes in the end.

Representing the Best Of 1990-2000... Electrical Storm
The highest-scoring winner, with 48 votes. Elevation easily took second place, while The Hands That Built America didn't get any votes.

Representing How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb... Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
Scored more than twice as many votes as runner-up Vertigo.

Also representing How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb... All Because Of You
A surprisingly clear victory over Original Of The Species (Version 1 was just slightly more popular than Version 2).

Representing U218... Window In The Skies (Version 1)
Won by miles. The Saints Are Coming beat Version 2 of WITS, but not by much.


And now it's time for the big one - picking your overall winner!
Remember this should be based purely on how much you like the VIDEO, not the song...

Poll #1185718 Battle Of The Videos: Champion Of Champions

Which video is your favourite?

New Year's Day
3(3.6%)
The Unforgettable Fire
2(2.4%)
Where The Streets Have No Name
7(8.3%)
All I Want Is You
1(1.2%)
One (drag version)
14(16.7%)
Even Better Than The Real Thing
2(2.4%)
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
16(19.0%)
Discothèque
7(8.3%)
Sweetest Thing
14(16.7%)
Beautiful Day (airport version)
5(6.0%)
Electrical Storm
9(10.7%)
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
1(1.2%)
All Because Of You
1(1.2%)
Window In The Skies (music history version)
2(2.4%)


Do explain your choice in the comments. I want to know WHY you voted for this video above all the others!
 
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From:julylorelei
Date:May 10th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Discotheque is just my favorite... I think it's Edge's doing his little dance and Adam under the mirrorball, with a bit of gyrating Bono thrown in. Oh, and Larry trying not to laugh at the end dressed up like a cowboy doing the boom-chas ;)

Even Better Than The Real Thing would be #2, and Numb (though it is not represented here) would be #3.

Edited at 2008-05-10 04:43 pm (UTC)
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From:rickysbaby
Date:May 10th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
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"Numb" would have been my number one.
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From:t4_flirt
Date:May 10th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Well, when the going gets tough...

I had to pick Streets...mainly because it was the first U2 video I ever saw. (I was like, 5 years old...lol). I will never forget seeing Ad' in his big ol' 80s shades, looking 'weird' in my childhood mind. I should've known then that I was gonna wind up loving him.
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From:frankenshane
Date:May 10th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
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One (Drag Version) for me cos its *classic*, gorgeous, and so atmospheric. (What can I say? I'm a sucker for guys that have the balls to swan about Berlin in drag.) My 2, 3, 4, 5 are Electrical Storm, Stay, All I Want Is You, and Window In The Skies respectivly.
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From:shardofnarsil
Date:May 10th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
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I had to go with Sweetest Thing - it's just so fun to watch and Bono's so cute and I love it when the band is funny and okay I'm rambling.
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From:sapphires13
Date:May 10th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
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I had to go with Stay because it's just such a visually gorgeous video, with a story line that kinda makes sense (unusual for a U2 video!) and because Bono has a ribbon in his hair. They all look quite handsome in this video, hobo coats and all.
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From:kashmir87
Date:May 10th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm just going to say "same here" because I couldn't really give a better explanation for choosing Stay. Gorgeous is a really good word for it.
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From:moydrumm
Date:May 10th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
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WHERE THE STREETS HAVO NO NAME. I think it's an honest U2 vid, in the other ones they 'acted'. In WTSHNN they are themselves. And it's a nice video.
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From:rickysbaby
Date:May 10th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
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That is a completely awesome video. It's hard to decide!
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From:lydia_petze
Date:May 10th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
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This was a difficult choice, but Electrical Storm is so bittersweet and tells a story and is also so gorgeously shot.

OK, and we have wet, shirtless Larreh.
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From:vampyreprincess
Date:May 11th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
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Oh I wish I'd voted for the wet, shirtless Larry now!
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From:rickysbaby
Date:May 10th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
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"Beautiful Day" because I love all the hijinks that Bono pulls in the airport. I also like how they tied the video for the first single into the theme of the album - always traveling.

The runway concert is very cool, and we love the "happy Bono dance" at the end.
From:christycorr
Date:May 10th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
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OK, this one is actually impossible. Aah. I'll vote for Stay, because it's gorgeous and perfect, but come on—how can one pick between Stay, Window, Discothèque, Sweetest Thing and One? Ahh. Torture!

Although some of what I consider to be U2's best videos—namely Numb, but also Lemon and a few others—didn't make the cut, this is a pretty awesome selection.

The Battle of the Videos was a kickass idea, canadanne, and masterfully executed; kudos!
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From:lydia_petze
Date:May 11th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
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Ditto, I voted for Numb over Stay, I was surprised at that result, actually. Not that I don't like Stay, or anything ;-)
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From:like__a_song
Date:May 11th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
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sweetest thing! awwww. that was adorable. how could i pick anything else?
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From:like__a_song
Date:May 11th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
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ps someone should do a poll like this with the songs!
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From:rickysbaby
Date:May 11th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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Agreed.
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From:supacatie
Date:May 11th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
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Aww I'm gunna miss Battle of the Videos! Sweetest Thing FTW!!!!
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From:rickysbaby
Date:May 11th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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Me too.
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From:ayajedi
Date:May 11th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
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This was extremely hard but I voted for Stay. I think it's one of the best storyline videos U2 has ever mad, the shots and the scenery are gorgeous and the guys look great!
I still love TUF though
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From:vampyreprincess
Date:May 11th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
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I voted for One after deliberating for quite a while. In the end I asked my two month old who goo-ed more when I said "Should Mummy vote for One". The other choices were All I Want Is You and Stay
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From:rickysbaby
Date:May 11th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
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Kid's got taste.
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From:canadanne
Date:May 11th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
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I managed to pick 8 out of the 14 winners... unfortunately my absolute favourite U2 video, Lemon, was among the ones that didn't qualify!  I've therefore gone for Sweetest Thing which is probably my second favourite - I may be slightly biased, as I loved the Massive Heads before I even loved U2, but that video is a million other kinds of wonderful anyway. It's sooooo cute and funny and just *amazingly* choreographed.

I did have to think twice about it, mind you. Stay is incredibly impressive on multiple levels - I think it would make an equally worthy winner - and I do love several others from this selection. One, TUF, EBTTRT, Discothèque...

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