It's 'Magnificent'

18 Mar 2009223
U2's new single will be 'Magnificent' and turns out our friends in Coldplay are ahead of the game. They've been playing it before they come on stage on their current tour.

Mercury Records will release the new single on May 4th and the track has been getting plaudits ever since 'No Line...' was released.

The Times in London called it 'stunning' while Q magazine called it a 'slow-building anthem with the ambience of The Unforgettable Fire'. High praise indeed.

And as the good people of Coldplay twittered the other day, ' a truly beautiful song'. Thanks guys.

So what does everyone else think ? Good choice?

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Jon
Next singles
I vote that the next two singles be "Unknown Caller" and "Breathe" because they both have great signature-sounding Edge solos (especially "Unknown Caller") I wasn't sure about "Breathe" until I saw it on Letterman, and I was blown away. My favorite track is "Moment of surrender", but it's run time does not lend itself t the short attention span of most radio listeners.
friendofnumnum
E=MC²
I said it all in the Thread I started on Day One of the New Website: "Magnificent is Magnificent" I have now discovered the Higher Dimensions of The Professors Brain, and the result is a revision of the ultimate equation: Excellent=MagfificentXClassic(squared)
gaz
anthem indeed
first time i heard "magnificent" was when the boys played on the roof of the BBC. not very often do your hairs stand to attentionon the back of your neck the first time you hear a song, fitting title for a great song and surely a song that will match if not better some of the best tracks that U2 haveever delivered tous.
Sabine Clarke
Love comes tumbling
best song on the album, it reminds me of Hold me, Thrill me AND Love comes tumbling , all at the same time! Only I prefer the 2 albums The Unforgettable Fire and Achtung Baby. First time since the early 80s I don't really like the new U2. End of an era. Maybe it's all the large scale PR. Maybe the next album will appeal to me.
jonny5
MAGNIFICENT !!!!
The best U2 song since Streets !!!
Tom L
magnificent
I share the opinion that this is the brightest star on the horizon... Cheers!
StephenMcBrideNI
It's single fodder isn't it?
It's not a bad song. Just not very challenging. The sort of song that makes a single. Not a patch on brilliance like Fez or Cedars of Lebanon
jonbhoy1969
great choice for single 2
My most played track of Horizon, one of the best tracks they've recorded. If this doesn't make number one then there's something wrong. Hope they go for Fez - Being Born for single 3!
Eddie Mo
About Time
I agree that it should have been the first single, as 'Boots' doesn't seem to have been all that well received. I love 'Magnificent', but feel that 'Unknown Caller' is the best song on the album, possibly the best U2 song in years; probably won't do much as a single, but will be remembered as a classic.
Scubababe
Magnificent is magnificent
The more I listen to it the more I like it. With the pounding bass lines and killer melody, I can only imagine what it will sound like live!
kerkhofs
The best!
I like this song the most! It's really, really magnificent!! The Edge is great, also the drums and the rythm! Really beautyful!
paddy09
Cool!
Great choice for second single, this will be to Get On Your Boots what Mysterious Ways was to The Fly from The Achtung baby single releases!
donal tannam
magnificent
This is one of those songs like "the sweetest thing" where U2 wander deliciciously off the trademark sound to remind the listener of the other artists like Bowie, Genesis and Roxy Music who have collaborated with Eno. A delightful surprize.
Andrew_D
Great Choice
No weak links on this album whatsoever. This will definitely appeal to a wider audience. Follow this with Stand Up Comedy!
martC6
Truely Magnificent
This was the first track that jumped out within the first few plays of the stunning new album. I truly love Magnificent and I'm over the moon to hear it's the next single and a video is being done. I keep playing the TV cafe scene in the Linear film over and over again. Now we're getting a proper video. Magnificent!!
acousticlady
acousticlady
Yes! This was immediately my favorite song. It is so uplifting ,like straight out of the Psalms. I love the intro & feel this is a classic U2 anthem for sure. I'm waking to it, dancing & crying to it, & singing it everywhere, like the grocery store tonight !
tonyb1969
Opener ?
Got ma tix for hampden yest , Really hope the boys open with it . best track on the album
lendublin
Outstanding U2 classic!
This song will be massive! It has a beautiful euphoric uplifting guitar that keeps rising. People who didnt like tha first single will sit up and listen to this one. Moment of surrender should also be a single. I can hear gospel singers singing this like the way they did with "i still haven't found.." This album has a delayed sustained effect. After a few listens, you quickly realise that this album is a masterpiece! Not a bad song on it.
Kandyshop
Yes great song but...
I am still stuck with Moment of surrender!! I felt the lyrics and beats were really U2. The album is great, honestly it took me a couple of times to listen to to appreciate it. But i love it, and have always loved you guys!! Great Job! Will see you guys soon in chicago and hopefully my hometown MIA!!!
dentje
great song !!
but unknown caller and breathe are my favourites
lendublin
Outstanding U2 classic!
This song will be massive! It has a beautiful euphoric uplifting guitar that keeps rising. People who didnt like tha first single will sit up and listen to this one. Moment of surrender should also be a single. I can hear gospel singers singing this like the way they did with "i still haven't found.." This album has a delayed sustained effect. After a few listens, you quickly realise that this album is a masterpiece! Not a bad song on it.
tony cash
Magnificent
In the words of the Krankies - FANDABBYDOZZY !!
klm907
Played for us with bright lights!!!
Thought this should have been released earlier when they played magnificently for "us" on 3/3/09 in NYC!!! Really cannot complain, klm, Delaware USA, loves all U2 music!! Can't get enough of this stuff....
gavinnorman
nearly magnificent
million times better than the truly dire "Boots" (Worse first single of a U2 album sinceOctobers Fire) but why not "Stand Up.." or "Breathe". And can we have a good B side for those still buying singles who remember the glory days of "Spanish Eyes" etc
juicyjo
babyface
just think this song is brilliant and it is on full blast in my car. cant wait to hear it live at the millennium stadium in August . In Bono's own words. MAGNIFICENT
nicola01
Magnificent indeed!!!!!
Absolutely brilliant - even got my 6 year old daughter singing alongin the car!Can't wait to hear Magnificent belting out over Croke Park - what an amazing start to the show that would be!!! Lifelong fan - loving the album!
mostang65
Magnificent choice!
The track is my favorite from the new album and I look forward to hearing it performed live!
Carlitosway
Magnifique
One of the best songs U2 have written...and this is coming from a fan since 1987.  
chris jackson456
chris
love it listen to it every day on the album, its a grower.
elhendochris
NO LINE, ITS ALL MAGNIFICENT
magnificent is an awe inspiring uplifting anthem. I love this song. The whole album to me is perfect and each song is outstanding and unique in its own way. I just hope they play the entire album on the tour. I hope they areup for a four hour set at Hampden. see you there.
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