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U23
Released September 1979
They used to say about U2 that we had an anti-dance stance, music to fall over to - which I thought was funny.
Another Day
Released February 1980
The opening bars may sound like others but there's no mistaking Bono's soaring entry...
11 O'Clock Tick Tock
Released May 1980
A song against post-punk tribalism, inspired by a 1979 concert at Camden’s Electric ballroom when they opened for Orchestral manoeuvres...
A Day Without Me
Released August 1980
Oddly, A Day Without Me is deceptively jaunty since suicide is amongs its themes.....
I Will Follow
Released October 1980
‘We get a block or if you like three pieces of rock and you’ve just got to chisel away with them and get them into shape.’
Fire
Released June 1981
With ‘Fire’ the dye is cast, the sword is drawn, the hammer cocked. Watch it fly from their heart to yours.
Gloria
Released October 1981
The Latin chorus of Gloria was inspired by Bono listening to Paul McGuinness' Gregorian chant albums.
A Celebration
Released March 1982
"On one of those occassions where they were trying to thrown us out of the studio, we had to come up with something on the spot."
New Year's Day
Released January 1983
New Year's Day was the first single released from the War album. It also appeared on U2's EP and video for Under A Blood Red Sky and...
Two Hearts Beat As One
Released March 1983
Bono wrote the song on his honeymoon and it appeared on the War album. The cover of the single features Peter Rowan, the brother of Derek ‘Guggi’ Rowan, who was to appear on several U2 sleeves.
Pride (In The Name of love)
Released September 1984
...the most succesful pop song we’ve ever written. You can see there is a certain craft to the songwriting.
The Unforgettable Fire
Released April 1985
The single appeared on The Unforgettable Fire album and Best of 1980-1990/B-sides compilation.
With or Without You
Released March 1987
‘Scott Walker’s ‘Climate of Hunter’, that was a great influence on our LP. Listen to With Or Without You.’
I Still Haven't Found What i'm Looking For
Released May 1987
‘We were listening to some gospel during The Joshua Tree sessions. I remember The Mighty Clouds and the Rev Cleveland and the Staple Singers...
Where the Streets Have No Name
Released August 1987
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Where the Streets Have No Name is more like the U2 of old than any of the other songs on the LP, because it’s a sketch..."
One Tree Hill
Released November 1987
One Tree Hill was released only in New Zealand and Australia, in place of the single In God's Country.
Desire
Released September 1988
Music’s become too scientific, it’s lost that spunk and energy that it had in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s.
Angel of Harlem
Released December 1988
The song appears on the Rattle and Hum album and video. A live version can also be found on the Zoo-TV: Live from Sydney video.
When Love Comes To Town
Released April 1989
Bono and I met BB King in Dublin and he said, Hey, you guys should write me a song.
All I Want Is You
Released June 1989
The song appears on the Rattle and Hum album and is played over the ending credits on the video.
The Fly
Released November 1991
The Fly? Well to me it’s the sound of four men chopping down the Joshua Tree. (Bono)
Mysterious Ways
Released December 1991
Mysterious Ways had remixes by Apollo 440, Oakenfold & Osbourne, Massive Attack and the Stereo MCs. The 12" was withdrawn because Island did not want the 12" to be identical to the CD format. They released a different four-track 12" shortly thereafter but copies of the original 12" can still be found.
One
Released February 1992
The song appears on the Achtung Baby album. All royalties from this single went to AIDS Research and the cover, of buffalos falling over a cliff, was a photograph by artist David Wojnarowicz.
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Released June 1992
The song appears on the Achtung Baby album. A separate remix single was also released.
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Released November 1992
The song appears on the Achtung Baby album. The version that appears on the single is more acoustic...
Lemon
Released September 1993
The single appears on the album Zooropa. Lemon was released as a single in Japan and Australia only.
Stay (Faraway, So Close)
Released November 1993
The single appeared on the album Zooropa. Two different CD singles were issued...
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
Released June 1995
The post-ZOO TV U2 seem like the perfect musical amabassadors for Hollywood's third installment of the Batman saga, BATMAN FOREVER.
Discotheque
Released February 1997
The track appeared on U2's album Pop and was performed live for the first time during the PopMart tour opener in Las Vegas...
Staring At The Sun
Released April 1997
Bono used the album title from Something Happens' ‘Stuck Together With God's Glue’ as a lyric.
Last Night on Earth
Released July 1997
The track appeared on U2's album Pop and was first begun during the Zooropa sessions.
Please
Released September 1997
‘One of the most intricate pieces of music we’ve ever written.’ (Edge). Please appears on the album Pop.
If God Will Send His Angels
Released December 1997
The song appeared on the album Pop and originally began life during the Zooropa sessions.
Mofo
Released December 1997
"My whole life is in that song. I know very few singers whose mothers are alive..."
The Sweetest Thing
Released October 1998
"Bono wrote it as a birthday present for Ali. When we recorded The Joshua Tree we liked it.."
Beautiful Day
Released October 2000
The heart is a bloom, shoots up through stony ground But there's no room, no space to rent in this town You're out of luck and the reason that you had to care, The traffic is stuck and you're not moving anywhere.
Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
Released January 2001
I'm not afraid of anything in this world. There's nothing you can throw at me that I haven't already heard. I'm just trying to find a decent melody. A song that I can sing in my own company...
Walk On
Released February 2001 in Canada
And love is not the easy thing, The only baggage you can bring, And love is not the easy thing, The only baggage you can bring, Is all that you can't leave behind.
Elevation
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eleased July 2001 in Australia, Spain, Norway, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Ireland and UK.
High, higher than the sun, You shoot me from a gun, I need you to elevate me here, At the corner of your lips, As the orbit of your hips, Eclipse, you elevate my soul.
Walk On
Released November 2001 in Ireland, UK, Australia and rest of world outside North America
And love is not the easy thing, The only baggage you can bring, And love is not the easy thing, The only baggage you can bring, Is all that you can't leave behind.
Electrical Storm
Released October 2002
The sea it swells like a sore head and the night it is aching, Two lovers lie with no sheets on their bed, And the day it is breaking