U2's One voted favourite pop lyric
U2 song One contains music lovers' favourite lyric – “One Life, with Each Other Sisters, Brothers” – it was revealed today.
The 1992 song, recently re-released in collaboration with R&B singer Mary J Blige, beat lyrics from legends like the Beatles and David Bowie to newcomers such as the Arctic Monkeys.
The Smiths’ angst-ridden lyric “So You Go, And you Stand On Your Own. And you Leave on Your Own” from the track How Soon is Now?” took second place in the poll of over 13,000 music fans.
Cult band Nirvana follows in third place with Smells Like Teen Spirit and the line “I Feel Stupid and Contagious, Here we are Now, Entertain Us“.
Industry professionals and musicians, from Noel Gallagher to Jon Bon Jovi, chose their personal favourites in the countdown for TV music channel VH1.
Artists from Stevie Wonder and Johnny Cash to Madonna and The Streets, and lyrics on everything from love, loss and hope to the drug LSD, lager and angels featured in the longlist.
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds, Have no fear for atomic energy, Cause none of them can stop the time” from Bob Marley’s Redemption Song came fourth, followed by Coldplay’s Yellow “Look At The Stars, Look How They Shine For You” .
Eminem’s Lose Yourself “Look, If You Had One Shot Or One Opportunity, To Seize Everything You Ever Wanted, One Moment, Would You Capture It Or Just Let It Slip?” is next.
Robbie Williams’ Angels takes seventh place, with the lyric “And Through It All She Offers Me Protection, A Lot Of Love And Affection, Whether I’m Right Or Wrong“.
U2 classic One is often played at weddings, but guitarist Edge has in the past said: “It’s not that kind of song”.
The three videos that the band made for the single – depicting everything from the band in drag, Bono singing at a restaurant table, and buffalos running across a plain – shed no light on the meaning of the song either.
X Factor judge and Girls Aloud manager Louis Walsh said: “One is a timeless classic song. I think the lyrics are just fantastic, one life – because everybody only has one life.”
The Top 100 in the Nation’s Favourite Lyric is on VH1 on Easter Monday from 4pm.
The Top 20:
1. U2 – One
“One Life, With Each Other Sisters, Brothers”
2. The Smiths – How soon is Now
“So You Go, And You Stand On Your Own, And You Leave On Your Own, And You Go Home, And You Cry, And You Want To Die”
3. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
“I Feel Stupid And Contagious, Here We Are Now, Entertain Us”
4. Bob Marley – Redemption Song
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds, Have no fear for atomi energy, Cause none of them can stop the time”
5. Coldplay – Yellow
“look At The Stars, Look How They Shine For You”
6. Eminem – Lose Yourself
“Look, If You Had One Shot Or One Opportunity, To Seize Everything You Ever Wanted, One Moment, Would You Capture It Or Just Let It Slip?”
7. Robbie Williams – Angels
“And Through It All She Offers Me Protection, A Lot Of Love And Affection, Whether I’m Right Or Wrong”
8. The Who – My Generation
“Hope I Die Before I Get Old”
9. Radiohead – Creep
“I’m A Creep, I’m A Weirdo, What The Hell Am I Doing Here? I Don’t Belong Here”
10. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
“Father, Father, We Don’t Need To Escalate, You See, War Is Not The Answer, For Only Love Can Conquer Hate”
11. U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name
“I Want To Run, I Want To Hide, I Want To Tear Down The Walls, That Hold Me Inside”
12. Abba – The Winner Takes It All
“The Winner Takes It All, The Loser Standing Small, Beside The Victory, That’s Her Destiny”
13. The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
“Every Day I Look At The World From My Window, But Chilly, Chilly Is Evening Time. Waterloo Sunset’s Fine”
14. Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall
“We Don’t Need No Education, We Don’t Need No Thought Control. No Dark Sarcasm In The Classroom, Teachers, Leave Them Kids Alone.”
15. Tupac ft Snoop – California Love
“Now Let Me Welcome Everybody To The Wild, Wild West, A State That’s Untouchable Like Elliot Ness”
16. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
“Is This The Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy? Caught In A Landslide, No Escape From Reality”
17. Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
“Johnny’s In The Basement Mixing Up The Medicine. I’m On The Pavement Thinking About The Government”
18. Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot
“Watching The People Get Lairy, Is Not Very Pretty I Tell Thee, Walking Through Town Is Quite Scary, And Not Very Sensible Either”
19. David Bowie – Heroes
“We Can Be Heroes, Just For One Day”
20. The Police – Every Breath You Take
“Every Single Day, Every Word You Say, Every Game You Play, Every Night You Stay, I’ll Be Watching You”
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