Monday, April 17, 2006

Britain's Favorite Lyrics

U2 topped the list of Favorite Lyrics as voted by a poll of 13,000 British music fans conducted by VH1. The winning line came from the band’s oft-covered hit “One” (the most recent hit was a version released by Mary J. Blige and U2 at the end of last year.)

The #1 lyric (according to the poll): One life, with each other, sisters, brothers.

Following in the top 5 are:

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.

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”: I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us.

Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”: 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.

Coldplay’s “Yellow”: Look at the stars, look how they shine for you.

The rest of the top 20 did NOT feature anything by The Beatles (either as a group or as solo artists), Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson, or Stevie Wonder (among many others.)

Included in the top 20 are: Eminem’s "Lose Yourself", Robbie Williams’ "Angels", The Who’s "My Generation", Radiohead’s "Creep", Marvin Gaye’s "What's Going On", U2’s "Where The Streets Have No Name", Abba’s "The Winner Takes It All", Pink Floyd’s "Another Brick in the Wall", Tupac featuring Snoop’s "California Love", Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody", Bob Dylan’s "Subterranean Homesick Blues", Kaiser Chiefs’ "I Predict A Riot", David Bowie’s "Heroes", and The Police’s "Every Breath You Take".

The results of the poll are…um…interesting (any list of lyrics that features Coldplay but doesn’t feature, for example, anything from John Lennon is suspect in my book…your mileage may vary…)


Chris said...

Here via blogspot. I have to admit that I would not have sought your blog out but once I read it, I enjoyed your content. Especially your take on this list. No beatles????

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Michael Leahy said...

No Sugarhill Gang or Grandmaster Flash either (not that I'm making a comparison with The Beatles, but it is surprising).