Paul McGuinness and U22 Final Tally

Yesterday’s announcement of the final votes for the U2.com fan club gift U22 was both surprising and enlightening. U2.com reported that “tens of thousands of votes” were cast for this year’s subscribers gift.

Over the three months of voting, U2.com asked a handful of guest contributors to offer their list of 22 songs they’d like to see make the cut. Our very own M2 was asked to share his thoughts. After seeing the list, I was curious to see whose list was the closest to what the fans’ final 22 songs were. Drum roll please…

PAUL MCGUINNESS! Yes, that’s right. He got 16 out of 22 correct. Tied for second place were Joe O’Herlihy, Claudia Espanosa (Bajagirl), and M2 with 15 out of 22. Willie Williams tied with John Noble (Bigwave) for third with 12 out of 22, and in fourth place was Caroline van Oosten de Boer (VonB) with 8 out of 22.

There were two songs that everyone agreed upon: “Bad” and “Ultraviolet.” Six out of the seven guest contributors agreed on “City Of Blinding Lights,” “One Tree Hill” and “Zooropa.” Only Joe O’Herlihy included “Elevation,” while only Paul McGuinness included “Mysterious Ways.”

Even though not all the songs I chose made the list, I’m happy with the mix of old and new. My favorite song did make the list (“The Fly”), but it still would have been nice to see some of the more rare tracks make the cut. The biggest surprise was seeing the only song that was in every U2 360 show, “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (remix),” not make it. For a recording that’s representative of the tour, it seems out of place not to have it included.

@U2 readers are sharing their thoughts in our Forum – check out the discussion and add your spin on U22.

8 Responses to Paul McGuinness and U22 Final Tally

  1. james peach January 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    you have it backwards. the real mystery is how that song survived the entire tour.

  2. Are S January 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I would have loved to only have the rarest tracks on this release, so my voting reflects that. I will never understand why people want the following on this record:

    Where The Streets Have No Name
    One
    With Or Without You
    Beautiful Day
    City Of Blinding Lights
    Mysterious Ways

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    “The biggest surprise was seeing the only song that was in every U2 360 show, “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (remix),” not make it. For a recording that’s representative of the tour, it seems out of place not to have it included.”

    I am so happy it didn’t make it.

  3. bowieno January 23, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (remix) live, was already released on Artificial Horizen -that being said I was not going to vote for it. Did not want to waste on vote on something I already have.

  4. Johnno January 23, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    City of Blinding Lights bores me to tears…but the majority of the tracks are pretty solid choices.

    I do prefer the rarities on a recording like this because the hits have abundant avenues–but oh well

  5. R January 23, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Oh my goodness Johnno I respect your opinion but I can’t fathom anybody ever being bored by City of Blinding Lights. I mean, it’s right there behind Where the Streets Have no Name in my book.

  6. Chris January 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Crazy Tonight on Wide Awake in Europe is pretty solid, but clearly people didn’t like the Hendrix sample enough to want it again ;) All in all some bizarre choices, Streets for example, which needs desperately to be shelved for at least a tour, is pure setlist laziness.

  7. sonofpj61 January 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    “I’ll Go Crazy…” was featured on the November 2010 RSD release, “Wide Awake In Europe.” May help explain its omission. Fans should be proud…this is a really good set list. I only wish “Miss Sarajevo” had made the list!

  8. thenamelessavenger January 27, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    U22 is predominately a fanboy collection. Regardless of how we feel about NLOTH it would have been nice to have live versions of those in our collections. The opportunity was wasted. Then again, the only way to satisfy everyone would be to do a double disc mega concert of all 45 or so songs. Imagine that! :)