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Weekend Rock Question: What is the Best U2 Song Ever?

Cast your vote in our weekly poll

July 22, 2011 4:30 PM ET
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U2 perform at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Last week, we asked Rolling Stone readers to name their favorite prog band – and we compiled the votes into a top 10 list.

In honor of U2 entering the home stretch of their two-year-long 360° Tour, our question for you this week is: What is the best U2 song of all time?

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.

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