Story: Jack Foley
U2s love song, One, has been named as the greatest
song ever recorded, in a poll to find the favourite 1,001 tracks
of all-time by music experts at Q magazine.
Incredibly, however, the song was the Irish group's only entry
in the top 100, despite an extensive back catalogue which takes
in the likes of Pride (In The Name of Love), Where The
Streets Have No Name and Desire (to name but three!).
They did have seven other songs in the complete list, however.
Aretha Franklin's I Say a Little Prayer, written by Bacharach
and David, was runner-up, while Nirvana's seminal Smells Like
Teen Spirit came third.
Critical favourites, Radiohead, can lay claim to the most entries
on the list, with nine in total, with the song, Creep,
from arguably their greatest album, The Bends, charting at number
seven, while The Beatles notched up eight, with their track, A
Day In The Life, coming in at number four.
Something, In My Life and Paperback Writer were
also included, as were eight of John Lennon's solo efforts.
The poll was conducted using the musical expertise of Q's writers,
as well as a selection of well-known musicians.
Surprisingly, the most modern song in the top 10 was Destiny's
Child 2000 hit, Independent Woman (Part One) at eight,
while controversial rapper, Eminem, charted at number seven, with
My Name Is, which reached the number one spot in the UK,
Commenting on the poll, and the winner in particular, Paul Trynka,
editor-in-chief of the Q special edition, said that he thought
people voted for One because it's a classic that still feels
"It's a great tune but despite being over ten years old
we haven't had time to get bored of it," he added.
The top ten in full:
1. U2 - One
2. Aretha Franklin - I Say a Little Prayer
3. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
4. The Beatles - A Day in the Life
5. Elvis Presley - In the Ghetto
6. Eminem - My Name Is
7. Radiohead - Creep
8. Destiny's Child - Independent Women
9. Oasis - Live Forever
10. Ike and Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High