U2 top Irish band poll

Published Tuesday, 16 March 2010
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Dublin-based rock band, U2, is the most standout Irish band, according to a public opinion poll conducted ahead of St Patrick's Day by PRS for Music.

Bono and U2 took top spot with an overwhelming 68%.

The notorious quartet, which was initially a quintet, formed over 33 years ago under the original name 'Feedback'.

They have since gone on to sell over 170 million albums, producing 12 studio albums and picking up a record breaking 22 Grammy awards along the way.

Research undertaken by PRS for Music also shows that U2's 'The Joshua Tree' is the ninth most-have album on the UK public's iPods.

Irish pop-group sensation Westlife claimed second place with 10.5% of the votes whilst, 'Van The Man', George Ivan Morrison came in third.

The Belfast Cowboy, Van Morrison, who kicked off his music career in the 1950s playing a range of instruments in several Irish Showbands, subsequently gained 10% of the votes.

Boyzone and The Cranberries finished in fourth and fifth place respectively. The collective number of albums sales, between the five bands, is well over 340 million.

The information is based on a survey of over 2,000 UK respondents conducted by PRS for Music.

Commenting on the results, Elis Rich, chairman of PRS for Music, said: "St Patrick's Day acts as a platform to celebrate the culture of Ireland, and of course acts as a worldwide celebration of a nation that has given us so many musical prodigies. It seems only right that we celebrate their talent."

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