U2 lyric voted UK's favourite

A line from U2's 1992 hit One has been voted the UK's favourite song lyric.

The line "One life, with each other, sisters, brothers" came top of a poll of 13,000 people by music channel VH1.

The song reached number seven in the UK chart when it was originally released, but a new version featuring Mary J Blige recently went to number two.

A lyric from The Smiths' song How Soon is Now? came second in the poll, followed by a line from Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

A call from Bob Marley to "free our minds" in his Redemption Song came fourth, with Coldplay's hit Yellow in fifth.

Memorable moments from Eminem, Robbie Williams, The Who, Radiohead and Marvin Gaye were also in the top 10.

John Lennon's Imagine did not feature in the top 20 despite coming top of a similar survey in 1999.

The top five lyrics in the VH1 poll were:

    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 atomic energy, 'cause none of them can stop the time."

    5. Coldplay - Yellow. "Look at the stars, look how they shine for you."

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    So Modern Music Readers what's your favorite lyric?

7 COMMENTS:

Anonymous said...

Where is my mind??? by Pixies

Anonymous said...

Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World: "There's one more kid that'll never go to school, never get to fall in love, never get to be cool."

Aunt Jemima said...

"The End"- The Beatles: "And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love, you make..."

Anonymous said...

"Thru The Eyes of Ruby", The Smashing Pumpkins.

"your strength is my weakness, your weakness my hate
my love for you just can't explain
why we're forever frozen, forever beautiful,
forever lost inside ourselves
the night has come to hold us young"

Sickb(oy)! on 9:49 pm said...

just out of those 5 they had voting for, i'd rank it

bob marley
the smiths
u2
nirvana
coldplay

that redemption song excerpt is one of my favorite lyrics.

Miss F on 1:46 pm said...

"It's on America's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow.
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lennon's on sale again."

from david Bowie's LIFE ON MARS.

when i first heard it, i f0und it so weird, mysterious and fasciNating.

Anonymous said...

"Little eyes are open but they don't see very far
You can only hurt the ones you love
Not the ones you're thinking of..."

from YO LA TENGO'S LITTLE EYES

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