The Irish band are currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic album The Joshua Tree, and as Hanks points out, the album's success is in part thanks to its first three songs: "Where the Streets Have No Name," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "With or Without You."
Yesterday (May 15) on Twitter, Hanks challenged his followers to come up with another album that opened as strongly as The Joshua Tree:
Look at the first 3 tracks on @U2's Joshua Tree. There another album on earth that opens with THREE timeless anthems? Don't think so.— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) May 16, 2017
1 streets have no name 2 Still haven't found what I'm looking for 3 With or Without you. Each MASSIVE songs. Each could open an album.— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) May 16, 2017
His followers came through with some solid choices, though one could argue that no one was able to successfully prove him wrong.
Here's his take on Nirvana's Nevermind:
I would REALLY like to agree with this, but would argue maybe that Teen Sprit eclipses the other two. That one song changed every thing https://t.co/hQCRsqZHfX— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) May 16, 2017
He had similar thoughts about Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction:
True. Appetite is an amazing record. But Nightrain is not as big as Welcome to the Jungle https://t.co/RZeJugvlZE— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) May 16, 2017
Pearl Jam's 10 didn't make the cut either:
Love these songs and love that album but, is Once as big as the other two? Not so sure https://t.co/xTpmu7Ztn3— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) May 16, 2017
Led Zeppelin IV wasn't even able to break the record:
Not sure if Evermore is iconic as the other two. Not saying its not great. Just saying... https://t.co/kC9PcZD1jJ— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) May 16, 2017
Metallica's The Black Album wasn't good enough either:
Holier Than Thou isn't quintessential Metallica. It's good. But doesn't stand up to the other two tracks https://t.co/b6hAAvyQC5— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) May 16, 2017
N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton was the only suggestion that might have actually won the challenge:
I'd argue that this one seems to almost come closer than some of the others. https://t.co/MurzKRSDCa— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) May 16, 2017
Things got a little heated when I suggested Third Eye Blind's self-titled debut — an album that leads with six hits in a row. (Full disclosure: Colin Hanks has been to my house before):
Josiah, I can say this cause I've sat in your living room...But say this to my face and I will slap yours https://t.co/KBRO6UvGww— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) May 16, 2017
Pre-order the 7 LP, super deluxe anniversary reissue of The Joshua Tree on vinyl here.