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The Ultimate Duran Duran Survey

Updated on March 22, 2015
Duran Duran on stage, 2011.
Duran Duran on stage, 2011. | Source

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Duran Duran were one of the most popular New Wave bands of the 1980s and maintains a dedicated fan following today. Indeed, despite shifting musical trends and changes in personnel through the years, Duran Duran is still going strong, touring and recording new material. They've released thirteen studio albums, the latest being 2010s All You Need Is Now which proved they are far from a simple "nostalgia act" but still a thriving and creative band.

If you're a Duran Duran fan, here's your chance to sound off with your opinions on the band. Vote for your favorite albums, singles and videos through the years, your favorite member of the band, their best line-up, and more! See how your opinions compare to those of other fans in this fun and thorough 35 question survey.

1. How Big of a "Duranie" Fan Are You? - Is Duran Duran your #1 band of all time?

How big of a Duran Duran fan are you?

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2. Favorite Member of Duran Duran - Admit it, we all pick favorites.

Of the original Fab Five, who is your favorite member of Duran Duran?

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3. At What Age Did You Become a Duran Duran Fan? - Were you a Duranie from an early age, or discover them later in life?

How old were you when you first became a Duran Duran fan?

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4. When Did You Discover Duran Duran?

Duran Duran's greatest commercial success came with their first three albums in the 1980s. However, with their long career and continued releases they've made many more fans since then. When did you f

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5. Duran Duran: Girl Band, Boy Band, or...?

Much was made early on about Duran Duran mania being similar to Beatlemania - that is, with their fanbase mainly consisting of screaming teenage girls. But does the band have male fans as well? I'm cu

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6. Favorite Duran Duran Studio Album - Between 1981 and 2010, Duran Duran have released 13 studio albums.

Duran Duran in concert, October 2011
Duran Duran in concert, October 2011 | Source

Which one is your absolute favorite, after all of these years?

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7. Least Favorite Duran Duran Studio Album - They can't all be winners, right?

Surely there's one Duran Duran album you really dislike or never choose to listen to when so many others are available. What is your least favorite Duran Duran album?

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8. Favorite Song from "Duran Duran" (1981)

The band's self-titled debut album was released in 1981 and was a big success in the United Kingdom at the time, remaining in the Top 100 for 117 weeks! It contained several big hits the band still pl

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9. Favorite Song from "Rio" (1982)

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Duran Duran's second album would launch them into super-stardom outside of the United Kingdom, especially in the States where their videos would become highlights of MTV airplay. Its strong reception

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10. Favorite Song from "Seven and the Ragged Tiger" (1983)

Duran Duran's third album would be the last to feature the original 5-member line up of the band until 2004's "Astronaut". It also perhaps revealed the growing pressure upon the band to measure up to

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11. Favorite Song on "Notorious" (1986)

"Notorious" marked a major change in Duran Duran's sound - and personnel - with the departure of Andy Taylor and Roger Taylor. While some fans embraced the changes, others were put off by the albums m

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12. Favorite Song on "Big Thing" (1988)

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With 1988's "Big Thing", Duran Duran continued developing more of a dance/funk sound, in order to try to stay relevant to the changing musical times of the 1980s. Singles released from the album inclu

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13. Favorite Song on "Liberty" (1990)

1990's "Liberty" was the first Duran Duran studio album to feature guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and drummer Sterling Campbell as full members of the group, contributing not just to the music but songwr

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14. Favorite Song from "Duran Duran (The Wedding Album)" (1993)?

Received at the time as Duran Duran's "comeback" album for the 1990s, it featured strong hit singles that rocketed them back into heavy radio airplay, notably "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone". What'

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15. Favorite Song from "Thank You" (1995)

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Nearly every long-lasting band today seems to find it necessary to release an all-covers album - and this was Duran Duran's. While it performed modestly well on the charts, it was almost universally p

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16. What's Your Favorite Song from "Medazzaland" (1997)?

Bassist John Taylor departed the band during the recording of this album, which performed so poorly on the charts that it was never officially released in the UK. Even so, it features several notable

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17. What's Your Favorite Song on "Pop Trash" (2000)?

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With "Pop Trash", the band continued with Simon, Nick and Warren, but it would prove to be difficult going. The bulk of the songwriting fell on Nick and Warren while Simon was dealing with lengthy wri

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18. Favorite Song from "Astronaut" (2004)?

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Most long-time fans of Duran Duran were thrilled when it was announced that Roger and Andy Taylor would be returning for the 2004 release of "Astronaut", and its supporting tour. Despite a long and un

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19. Favorite Song from "Red Carpet Massacre" (2007)?

Guitarist Andy Taylor once again left the group after "Astronaut" and an initial attempt to record a follow-up album faltered. Starting over again, the remaining band members recruited some high-profi

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20. Favorite Song from "All You Need is Now" (2010)

Duran Duran's latest release was 2010's "All You Need Is Now", produced by the Grammy Award winning Mark Ronson. The album was hailed by some as the band's best release since - and somewhat of a seque

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21. Best Duran Duran Single from the 1980s

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It's time to look at Duran Duran's singles - of which they have released so many since "Planet Earth" in 1981. Since there are so many, you can vote here for your favorite by decade, starting with the

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22. Best Duran Duran Single from the 1990s

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Although in some ways a rocky decade for Duran Duran, in the 90s the band still had several hit singles that are part of their live repertoire through today. Which one do you like best? What's your fa

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23. Best Duran Duran Single from the 2000s

Duran Duran is still going strong today and keeps putting out singles along with new albums. Which of their more recent singles do you enjoy the most? What's your favorite Duran Duran single from the

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24. Favorite Duran Duran "B-Side"

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With their many 45s, 12" singles, EPs and more, Duran Duran has released quite a few "non-album tracks" or b-sides. Which one do you consider the best? What's your favorite Duran Duran b-side/non-albu

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We've gone album by album, singles by decade, b-sides and more. Now tell me: What's your absolute favorite Duran Duran song of all time - and why do you like it so much?

26. Favorite Duran Duran Music Video

What's your favorite Duran Duran music video?

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It was Duran Duran's eye-catching music videos which made them an MTV sensation in the early 1908s - and hugely launched their success, especially in America. If not for those videos, would you still be as much of a fan? Was it the music that hooked you first, or the band's visuals?

27. How Important Are Duran Duran's Music Videos To Your Enjoyment of Their Songs?

How important are Duran Duran's music videos to your enjoyment of their music?

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29. Best Duran Duran Line-Up Through the Years

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28. Arcadia vs. Power Station - Comparing the band's two 80s side projects

After "Seven and the Ragged Tiger", members of Duran Duran separately took part in two side projects with very different sounds and personalities. Power Station consisted of John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson, and their sound was heavy funk and rock. Arcadia had a much more "artsy"/synth-heavy sound, more similar to that of previous Duran Duran recordings, and consisted of Simon, Nick and Roger.

Band members have come, gone and sometimes returned to Duran Duran many times through their history. Which line-up do you think represents Duran Duran at their best?

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Which side project band do you think was better?

30. How Many Times Have You Seen Duran Duran in Concert? - Have you been to a Duran Duran concert? More than one? More than a dozen?

How many times have you seen Duran Duran perform live?

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31. Duran Duran as a Live Band - If you've seen Duran Duran perform live, how do you think they measure up in concert as compared to on album?

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How do you rate Duran Duran as a live band?

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32. The Future of Duran Duran - Do you think Duran Duran have a lengthy and productive future ahead of them still? Or do you think they're nearing the end of th

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What do you expect for the future of Duran Duran?

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33. The Best Thing About Duran Duran Is...

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What do you think is the best thing about Duran Duran?

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34. The Fab Five vs. The Fab Four

The press were quick to dub Duran Duran "The Fab Five" for their prominence in the 80s musical "British Invasion" of the United States. But can you really compare Duran Duran to the original "Fab Four" - that is, The Beatles? Which band do you think is better (if you can even choose at all?)

Who do you prefer: The Fab Five (Duran Duran) or The Fab Four (The Beatles)?

I hope you've had fun taking this survey and checking out other fans' answers! Got anything left to say about Duran Duran? Feel free to do so before you go!

© 2012 Nicole Pellegrini

25. Favorite Duran Duran Song of All Time

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      yo 3 years ago

      Careless Memories, was the first song I've ever heard and I love when the play it live, it's awesome!!!

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      Kristen 3 years ago

      careless memories

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      kian yamaguchi 3 years ago

      Winter Marches On

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      7thStranger 3 years ago

      The Seventh Stranger.

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      Sonja 3 years ago

      impossible to say, so many fantastic songs

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      Duranrhodes 3 years ago

      Too hard to answer

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      SC 3 years ago

      Can't name just one!

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      Rob White 3 years ago

      HOLD BACKFLIP THE RAIN

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      barbara mazzocchi 3 years ago

      Save a prayer

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      Stacey 3 years ago

      I love GIRLS ON FILM

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      Vicki 3 years ago

      Tied- The Chauffer and Come Up And See Me. It's like picking a favorite child!

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      Kerrie 3 years ago

      Too many to pick one!!!

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      Julie Forsyth 3 years ago

      Palomino, although it was close with so many other favourites.

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      Diane 3 years ago

      I love falling angel it goes well with like an angel, my Antarctica and serious!

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      ATapia 3 years ago

      The good thing about Duran's music is that it's inspiring and fun. It always makes me smile and be through in my hard times. There are many wonderful songs they've made so far. It's quite unfair to pick just one, there are not less than 10 masterpieces for me: the reflex, of crime and passion, friends of mine, save a prayer, hold back the rain, girls on film, notorious, too much information, do you believe in shame?, Dylan's cover for lay lady lay, out of my mind, serious, mars meets venus and what happens tomorrow. Thank you guys for making terrific music and ever caring to create new sounds. Your top for me

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      DDGirl 3 years ago

      Out of My Mind

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      Martin McGregor 3 years ago

      really tough, but do you believe in shame

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      DDfan 3 years ago

      As a huge fan, its impossible for me answer this...

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      Bernie Anders 3 years ago from St Helens, Merseyside

      Ordinary World because the words have so much emotion in them. It's hauntingly beautiful.

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      Michelle Duran 3 years ago

      Save A Prayer- it was the song that turned me from casual fan to lifetime Duranie. The song was unlike anything I'd ever heard- an exotic, haunting melody. The acoustic guitars and keyboards combined with Simon's lyrics and the harmonized chorus to provide a perfect blend of classic and contemporary. It isn't just my favorite Duran Duran song. It's my favorite song.

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      Diane Wood 3 years ago

      Really difficult, but it has to be Planet Earth for being the song that got me into them in the first place and for it's energy and that wonderful driving bass!

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      Katie 3 years ago

      The seventh stranger has always been my favourite.

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      Duranie66 3 years ago

      Careless Memories

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Anything written by and/or featuring Nick Rhodes: The Chauffeur (all music is keyboards), Tiger Tiger, Interlude One, Medazzaland, None of the Above, etc. (Rose Arcana from Arcadia)

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      Chelly 3 years ago

      Ordinary World is a great uplifting song!

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      rebecca yeboah 3 years ago

      "Runway Runaway"

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      Robert 3 years ago

      Wild Boys.

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      Fabiana 3 years ago

      Sorry, cannot pick one.

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      Misty 3 years ago

      there are too many. The Chauffeur. Simons voice in The Seventh Stranger is so good. Perfect Day. The Man Who Stole a Leopard. That's just a few of many.

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      Denielle 3 years ago

      It has to be The Seventh Stranger, hands down.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Can I mention 5? New Moon on Monday, Save a Prayer, Wild Boys, A View to a Kill and The Reflex. Those are all my favorite Duran Duran Songs.

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      sarah-m-jones-967 4 years ago

      my favorite duran song of all time is from arcadia.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can't name just one. But probably the two songs that have meant the most to me over the years have been "None of the Above" and "The Valley." Both just sort of chronicle the cycle of life -- the ups, the downs. And to me, they're both so uplifting. Those are the two songs that always make my good moods even BETTER.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I grew up knowing rio and hungry like the wolf but then I heard is there something I should know? and I was curious to hear more DD songs. At the moment I really love last chance on the stairway. I listen to ordinary world on bad days and it gets me through it:) only song that's ever made me cry!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I grew up only knowing rio and hungry like the wolf but then I heard is there something I should know? and I was curious to hear more DD songs and that's when I truly became a duranie for life! My favorite at the moment is Last Chance on the Stairway but I really love all of them!

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      Save a Prayer!!!I love the haunting music.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      I have no idea.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Seventh Stranger. It is just 'the' song. I love the way Simon sings it and I have always been in love with this one.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Midnight Sun

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      secret october

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      madoc 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree - Hold Back the Rain is their essential song

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      "Hold Back the Rain" has all the DD elements: synth sounds, upbeat rhythm, catchy vocals.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i like Duran Duran

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Chauffeur, hands down.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Chauffeur

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Chauffeur

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hold Back The Rain

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There are two - sorry - Careless Memories & Come Undone!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like Planet Earth, because it was the first I've heard

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Do you believe in Shame.... Very edgy and dark. Reminds me of an interesting time in my life.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      La la la late bar!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Ginny you could be me saying that(and really she isn't:). Simon Le Bon's mind seems like a rather fascinating place, even when he was 19. :) If I had to pick one song it would definitely be The Chauffeur. It's a brilliant lyric, tells a haunting and evocative tale and the musical arrangement fits it perfectly. A truly unique song. It transports you to another time and place.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The chauffeur.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh don't make me choose!! theres too many, but I think ive narrowed it down to Lonely in your Nightmare, love the haunting flowing lyrics, just love it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ordinary World ... gives me goosebumps every time without fail! ( Love that guitar and Simons VOICE oh THAT voice ... sigh )

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very very very hard to choose but I have to say New Religion. I just find those rthym and the bass lines orgasmic.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Save A prayer

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      Shari O'Leary 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Has to be "Hungry Like The Wolf."

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Last chance on the stairway

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It's got to be either Anyone out there or Ordinary World. One is so simple and one so complicated, yet both touch my heart whenever I hear them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It's so hard to choose just one! So if I have to pick just one..it would have to be Lonely in Your Nightmare.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If I have to pick only one, it would be the Reflex. That's because it is the song that really turned me on to the band and made me into a fan for life!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Chauffeur

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Girls on film

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Girls on Film. Love the percussion, lyrics, video, everything. Song sounds great live again and again!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is There Something I Should Know, great memories plus a great song!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Careless Memories

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Chauffeur hands down - It takes me to a place where I can shut out the world..and for those few minutes...everything in my world is perfection no matter the outside influences up until that point.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Chauffeur because it is deep, dark, daring and dimensional.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Careless Memories because i just love it

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      "The Chauffeur." What's so amazing is how young Simon was when wrote those lyrics. Who writes stuff like that when they're 19? And the whole cyclical synth line...repetitive, but mesmerizing. Gorgeous stuff.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Come Undone

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Man Who Stole a Leopard because it displays the brilliance of the band's creativity, it's haunting and eclectic. Everything Duran is about!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      there are two that flip-flop for the top spot usually: "point of no return" and "too late marlene".

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My favorite changes often, but one that is almost always near or at the top is Is There Something I Should Know.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      no way i could pick just one. if you asked for top 10 in no particular order i could do it, but never just one

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There are days and there are days. Today... Friends of Mine.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      new religion - it's just such a gorgeous, awesome song.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The physical version of 'All You Need Is Now' was released in 2011 and had three more songs ('Too Bad You're So Beautiful', 'Meditteranea', 'Other People's Lives') than what is listed here. The digital version of the album was released in 2010. It just isn't complete without those three, especially as two of them are such straight fire classics!

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      MillBucks 6 years ago

      Thanks for taking me back in time through this lens, you did a great job putting it together.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There's no absolute as I like my favorites equally... Thinking of my history with the band, I'm going to say Friends of Mine... it was one of those songs that made me think... man this band is good!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There's no absolute as I like my favorites equally... Thinking of my history with the band, I'm going to say Friends of Mine... it was one of those songs that made me think... man this band is good!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't think I can pick one. A Top 4 would be 7th Stranger, A Man Who Stole a Leopard, The chauffeur and Come Undone. But it depends on my mood - sometimes I prefer the more rockier songs

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Too difficult to choose. But I think New Religion is the "perfect" Duran Duran song! It has all the classec elements-- Andy's driving guitar, melodic and hypnotic Nick keyboards, weird Simon lyrics (and awesome double vocals), Roger right on the beat and one of the BEST bass lines from JT, the Bass God himself!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Too difficult to choose. But I think New Religion is the "perfect" Duran Duran song! It has all the classec elements-- Andy's driving guitar, melodic and hypnotic Nick keyboards, weird Simon lyrics (and awesome double vocals), Roger right on the beat and one of the BEST bass lines from JT, the Bass God himself!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      "Ordinary World". This is the song that made me a fan in the first place. I was 15, never heard of DD before, and I heard this song on the bus on the way to school. I was hooked ever since. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      "Ordinary World". This is the song that made me a fan in the first place. I was 15, never heard of DD before, and I heard this song on the bus on the way to school. I was hooked ever since. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful Colours. It's simple. It's magic!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Out Of My Mind

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Come undone-I know all the words by heart,almost

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wild boys - great power is in this song

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wild boys - great power is in this song

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      Nicole Pellegrini 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Really hard to just pick one, but I might have to say "Careless Memories" because I can still rock out to that song like crazy.

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