I want to teach the world to sing

The BBC World Service is looking for the The World’s favourite song. How about all the U2 fans in the world, starting with you, vote for… ok, let’s do “One”, ’cause it’s all worldy and stuff.

18 thoughts on “I want to teach the world to sing

  1. voting has finished. and also it would be difficult to beat “a nation once again” which has been promoted by an email sent to irish expats around the world. here is a story:
    Republican anthem storms BBC song poll
    Last updated: 13-12-02, 08:37

    The Wolfe Tones republican anthem A Nation Once Again has beaten off stiff competition to reach the top 10 in a BBC Internet survey to find the world’s favourite song.

    The song is now jockeying for a top 10 position alongside classics such as John Lennon’s Imagine, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven and Hero by Mariah Carey.

    The Dublin-based Wolfe Tones are well known for other anthems such as Come Out Ye Black and Tans and Padraic Pearse.

    A BBC spokeswoman said the “enormous” support for the song had come from an e-mail distributed around the world encouraging Irish people to vote for it. The e-mail gives “800 years of oppression” as the reason for choosing the song.

    “There’s this e-mail going round telling people to vote for the song, it seems to be a bit of a laugh but the lyrics meet BBC producer guidelines and so the votes have been accepted,” a BBC spokeswoman said.

    Wolfe Tones’ banjo player Brian Warfield said: “We’ve just come back from a tour in America and we find all this a great craic, it’s something that we would never have expected. We’re absolutely thrilled to bits”.

    The song was written in the 1840s by a republican Protestant lawyer, Thomas Davis, a Co Cork leader of the Young Irelanders movement.

    Voting for the BBC music poll closes at midday today. The result of the poll will be revealed on the Internet on December 21st.

  2. voting has finished. and also it would be difficult to beat “a nation once again” which has been promoted by an email sent to irish expats around the world. here is a story:
    Republican anthem storms BBC song poll
    Last updated: 13-12-02, 08:37

    The Wolfe Tones republican anthem A Nation Once Again has beaten off stiff competition to reach the top 10 in a BBC Internet survey to find the world’s favourite song.

    The song is now jockeying for a top 10 position alongside classics such as John Lennon’s Imagine, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven and Hero by Mariah Carey.

    The Dublin-based Wolfe Tones are well known for other anthems such as Come Out Ye Black and Tans and Padraic Pearse.

    A BBC spokeswoman said the “enormous” support for the song had come from an e-mail distributed around the world encouraging Irish people to vote for it. The e-mail gives “800 years of oppression” as the reason for choosing the song.

    “There’s this e-mail going round telling people to vote for the song, it seems to be a bit of a laugh but the lyrics meet BBC producer guidelines and so the votes have been accepted,” a BBC spokeswoman said.

    Wolfe Tones’ banjo player Brian Warfield said: “We’ve just come back from a tour in America and we find all this a great craic, it’s something that we would never have expected. We’re absolutely thrilled to bits”.

    The song was written in the 1840s by a republican Protestant lawyer, Thomas Davis, a Co Cork leader of the Young Irelanders movement.

    Voting for the BBC music poll closes at midday today. The result of the poll will be revealed on the Internet on December 21st.

  3. This is mighty craic mighty mighty craic – there was a similar poll carried out a few years ago where a top italian football club had an online vote for best soccer player of the all time. Now at the time of poll vote, there was a very young and insignificant player playing for the reserve squad for the same top italian club (inter milan I think). Using email to notify the diaspora of their obligation for their fellow countrymen the votes began to pile in. Anyway, when all the votes were counted sure enough the unknown Irish reserve player came out on top beating Pele, Marradonna, and all the rest of the world footballing legends much to the chagrin of every pint sippin begrudger in Ireland. Ya gotta luv it eh ! A natshun wance again, a natshun wance again !!!!

  4. This is mighty craic mighty mighty craic – there was a similar poll carried out a few years ago where a top italian football club had an online vote for best soccer player of the all time. Now at the time of poll vote, there was a very young and insignificant player playing for the reserve squad for the same top italian club (inter milan I think). Using email to notify the diaspora of their obligation for their fellow countrymen the votes began to pile in. Anyway, when all the votes were counted sure enough the unknown Irish reserve player came out on top beating Pele, Marradonna, and all the rest of the world footballing legends much to the chagrin of every pint sippin begrudger in Ireland. Ya gotta luv it eh ! A natshun wance again, a natshun wance again !!!!

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