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I thought about doing this a long time ago, but others came first.

Concept is simple. I rank the U2 songs from 200 and something to 1.

No obscure B Sides, special remixes or rerelease added tracks. If it was on the original album, it’s in. Songs on multiple albums eg on Live Under a Blood Red Sky or Rattle And Hum will be considered in both or multiple formats. 

Before I start I want fo give a chance to collaborate with anyone else who likes/loves U2. PM me to talk further. Your rankings will be given equal weight to mine, except for the lowest ranked song. I have a special place in hell for that one. If you aren’t familiar with their last 2, 3, 4 albums etc, get familiar if you want to rank. Otherwise just comment on the ones you know. 

If you just want to comment, no drama. If you just want to say Bono sucks or they stopped being good after War/Joshua Tree/Achtung Baby etc lets try and be positive. 

#228 - Happiness is a Warm Gun

#227 - Landlady

#226 - Sixty Seconds in Kingdom Comes

#225 - Tomorrow

#224 - I’ve Got you under my skin

#223 - Neon Lights

#222 - J. Swallow

#221 - Pop Muzik

#220 - Boomerang 1

#219 - White as Snow (2009)

#218 - North Star (2011)

#217 - Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad (1997)

#216 - 4th of July (1984)

#215 - North and South of the River (1997)

#214 - Big Girls are Best (2001)

#213 - Ave Maria (2005)

#212 - The Ocean (1980)

#211 - Race Against Time (1987)

#210 - Stranger in a Strange Land (1981)

#209 - Cedars of Lebanon (2009)

#208 - Babyface (1993)

#207 - The Blackout (2017)

#206 - Stateless (2000)

#205 - Bass Trap (1985)

#204 - Red Light (1983)

#203 - Can’t Help Falling in Love (1994)

#202 - Endless Deep (1983)

#201 - Miami (1997)

#200 - Fast Cars (2004)

#199 - Deep in the Heart (1987)

#198 - She’s a Mystery to Me (2005)

#197 - Winter (2009) Brothers #197 - Winter (2009) Linear

#196 - The Troubles (2014)

#195 - Hallelujah Here She Comes (1988)

#194 - The Hands that Built America (2002)

#193 - I remember You (2001)

#192 - Some Days are Better than Others (1993)

#191 - The Wanderer (Starring Johnny Cash) (1993)

#190 - The Showman (Little More Better) (2017)

#189 - The Refugee (1983)

#188 - Fortunate Son (1991)

#187 - I’m not your Baby (feat Sinead O’Connor) (1997)

#186 - Stand Up Comedy (2009)

#185 - One Step Closer (2004)

#184 - Tower of Song (Feat Leonard Cohen) (2006)

#183 - Walk to the Water (1987)

#182 - Scarlet (1981)

#181 - Crumbs from your Table (2004)

#180 - Summer Rain (2000)

#179 - Night and Day (1990)

#178 - Boomerang II (1984)

#177 - Daddys Gonna pay for your crashed car (1993)

#176 - Red Flag Day (2017)

#175 - Holy Joe (1997)

#174 - Luminous Times (Hold on to Love) (1988)

#173 - Sleep Like a Baby Tonight (2014)

#172 - Unchained Melody (1988)

#171 - Is that All? (1981)

#170 - Jerusalem (With a Shout) (1981)

#169 - Things to make and do (1980)

#168 - Summer of Love (2017)

#167- Christmas Baby (Please come Home) (1987)

#166 - Peace on Earth (2000)

#165 - Heartland (1988)

#164 - Are you gonna wait forever? (2004)

#163 - Volcano (2014)

#162 - Slow Dancing (1993)

#161 - Mofo (1997)

#160 - American Soul (2017)

#159 Lights of Home (2017)

#158 Jesus Christ (1988)

#157 A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel (1988)

#156 Get on Your Boots (2009)

#155 Don’t take your guns to town (2001)

#154 - Another Time, Another Place (1980)

#153 - The Saints are Coming (2006)

#152 - Wild Honey (2000)

#151 - Fez (Being Born) (2009)

#150:- Cedarwood Road (2014)

#149 - No Line on the Horizon 2 (2009)

#148 - Do You Feel Loved? (1997)

#147 - Where did it all go wrong? (1991)

#146 - This is where you can reach you now (2014)

#145 - The little things that give you away (2017)

#144 - The Playboy Mansion (1997)

#143 - Drowning Man (1983)

#142 - Shadows and Tall Trees (1980)

#141 - Paint it Black (1991)

#140 - A Miracle Drug (2004)

#139 - A Man and a Woman (2004)

#138 - Touch (1980)

#137 - The First Time (1993)

#136 - Wake Up Dead Man (1997)

#135 - Alex descends into hell for a bottle of milk (1991)

#134 - Please (1997)

#133 - Raised by Wolves (2014)

#132 - I Threw a Brick Through a Window (1981)

#131 - 13 (There is a Light) (2017)

#130 - Grace (2000)

#129 - Always (2000)

#128 - Ordinary Love (2013)

#127 - The Ground Beneath Her Feet (2000)

#126 - All Along the Watchtower (1988)

#125 - Rejoice (1981)

#124 - Love and Peace or Else (2004)

#123 - Boy/Girl (1979)

#122 - Dancing Barefoot (1989)

#121 - Window in the Skies (2006)

#120 - Crystal Ballroom (2014)

#119 - Last Night on Earth (1997)

#118 - Your Blue Room (1985)

#117 - Love Comes Tumbling (1985)

#116 - Another Day (1980)

#115 - Helter Skelter (1988)

#114 - Fire (1981)

#113 - Twilight (1980)

#112 - Elvis Presley and America (1984)

#111 - If you wear that Velvet Dress (1997)

#110 - The Miracle of Joey Ramone (2014)

#109 - Breathe (2009)

#108 - Indian Summer Sky (1984)

#107 - Original of the Species (2004)

#106 - Love is All We Have Left (2017)

#105 - If God Will Send His Angels (1997)

#104 - Van Diemens Land (1988)

#103 - When I look at the World (2000)

#102 - Unknown Caller (2009)

#101 - Into the Heart (1980)

#100 - New York (2000)

#99 - Stories for Boys (1980)

#98 - Lemon (1993)

#97 - Electrical Storm (2002)

#96 - Treasure (Whatever happened to Pete the Chop) (1983)

#95 - California (There is no end to Love) (2014)

#94 - Like a Song (1983)

#93 - Promenade (1984)

#92 - Wire (1984)

#91 - Yahweh (2003)

#90 - Miss Sarajevo (1995)

#89 - Surrender ((1983)

#88 - Invisible (2014)

#87 - Salome (1991)

#86 - An Cat Dubh (1980)

#85 - Iris (Hold Me Close) (2014)

#84 - Song for Someone (2014)

#83 - Everlasting Love (1988)

#82 - No Line on the Horizon (2009)

#81 - MLK (1984)

#80 - Spanish Eyes (1987)

#79 - I Fall Down (1981)

#78 - The Three Sunrises (1984)

#77 - Numb (1993)

#76 - Silver and Gold (1988)

#75 - Lady with the Spinning Head (1991)

#74 - Angel of Harlem (1988)

#73 - When Love Comes to Town (1988)

#72 - Seconds (1983)

#71 - Exit (1987)

#70 - Love Rescue Me (1988)

#69 - Love is Bigger than Anything in its Way (2017)

#68 - Magnificent (2009)

#67 - A Day Without Me (1980)

#66 - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (1995)

#65 - Hawkmoon 269 (1988)

#64 - Zooropa (1993)

#63 - I’ll go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (2009)

#62 - Zoo Station (1991)

#61 - Satellite of Love (1991)

#60 - All Because of You (2004)

#59 - Dirty Day (1993)

#58 - Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around the World (1991)

#57 - Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own (2004)

#56 - Bullet the Blue Sky (1987)

#55 - God Part II (1988)

#54 - Moment of Surrender (2009)

#53 - Party Girl (Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl) (1982)

#52 - In a Little While (2000)

#51 - 11 O’Clock Tick Tock (1980)

#50 - Mothers of the Disappeared (1987)

#49 - Sweetest Thing (1987)

#48 - Two Hearts Beat as One (1983)

#47 - October (1981)

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I'm not equipped to assist as I haven't listened to an 'new album' of theirs since 2000 (which I enjoyed) but....I was a huge fan in HS and even into college before I drifted away.  Saw them live in 1987 when BB King opened because the Bodeans weren't available to open for a 2nd show in Fort Worth (they refused to play in Dallas because Bono climbed some scaffoldings at Reunion Arena and they gave U2 the boot and he returned fire to all of Dallas). Was maybe 20 yards from Adam Clayton that night in tickets I camped out for that read "behind the stage".  Nah, they were right there, side stage.  Best show of my whole life.  Witnessed 'When Love Comes to Town" live; that made it to Rattle & Hum.  

 

Enough about me.  I got back into U2 the last year so count me in here in some capacity!  I have opinions.  I have songs I love and songs I don't. My top 5 wouldn't include their biggest hits. I am here for what you are about to do!

 

 

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The malls are the soon to be ghost towns/so long, farewell, goodbye.

If the malls are ghost towns in our consumerist spirit, what is arena rock to our communal one?

Of all the bands in the world, you choose this one?

Oh my. Oh well, I thought Pip's Invitation was insane for his Neil Young devotion and I sit currently with Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere on my turntable, so who am I to pooh-pooh an effort like this one?

I'm just worried you'll abandon it halfway through, or unlike Neil, I'll find out that I really never liked U2 for a reason and be an enemy of the thread somehow. Because U2, try as they may, could never even unintentionally rock in the free world like Mr. Young did in the latter stages of his career. Because they never just flat-out rocked in the first place.

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Pretty busy, so haven't been on these boards in some time, but I'm happy to participate in any way possible, even if it's just for commentary, kudos, personal anecdotes, fun facts re: writing/recording, or general whining about a song's ranking. 

Also, while I'm in agreement of your no remix rule, I do second Anarchy's emotion that their B-sides are exceptional, especially in the 80s AND the 90s, and you should reconsider. This rule would then exclude songs like the original recordings of Party Girl and Sweetest Thing, Alex Descends Into Hell, Lady With The Spinning Head, Love Comes Tumbling, Everlasting Love, Night and Day, One Shot of Happy/Two Shots of Sad, etc. Do additional songs to Greatest Hits albums count? Anyway, I humbly request you rethink that particular aspect of the rule.

But I do look forward to this . . . 

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3 hours ago, General Malaise said:

Enough about me.  I got back into U2 the last year so count me in here in some capacity!  I have opinions.  I have songs I love and songs I don't. My top 5 wouldn't include their biggest hits. I am here for what you are about to do!

 

Awesome story above this. Ive seen U2 in 3 different countries in 5 different cities. The last 3 or 4 albums are a chore to get through, but there are good moments on each. Looking forward to any commentary you have

3 hours ago, rockaction said:

I'm just worried you'll abandon it halfway through, or unlike Neil, I'll find out that I really never liked U2 for a reason and be an enemy of the thread somehow. Because U2, try as they may, could never even unintentionally rock in the free world like Mr. Young did in the latter stages of his career. Because they never just flat-out rocked in the first place.

No time limit, so i will likely see it through unless i die of old age. U2 wouldnt be in my top 10 bands, but no one is gonna tune in to me running through Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Royksopp, The Stranglers or Franz Ferdinand

U2s longevity at a high commercial and critical level is only rivalled and maybe even exceeds The Rolling Stones. Some people hate them, some dont get it. All good. I would love you to do the same with any band that inspires you. If U2 annoys you, all good. Walk on By.

26 minutes ago, Kumerica said:

Also, while I'm in agreement of your no remix rule, I do second Anarchy's emotion that their B-sides are exceptional, especially in the 80s AND the 90s, and you should reconsider. This rule would then exclude songs like the original recordings of Party Girl and Sweetest Thing, Alex Descends Into Hell, Lady With The Spinning Head, Love Comes Tumbling, Everlasting Love, Night and Day, One Shot of Happy/Two Shots of Sad, etc. Do additional songs to Greatest Hits albums count? Anyway, I humbly request you rethink that particular aspect of the rule.

 

2 hours ago, Anarchy99 said:

IMO, 80’s B sides > most 2010’s album tracks. 

I agree that there are some great B Sides. I think there was an album of B Sides as part of a greatest hits collection. I might be able to squeeze them in somehow. I think Everlasting Love is on about 4 B Sides lol. I might only do originals,. but include the covers on Rattle and Hum. I would be wary or romantisizing B sides though. There is a whole treasure trove of crap as well. What I might do is catalog what i am going to rank and then people can say “what about....” i havent put a set number of songs for a reason. Get the list defined first and start with the worst and work down. If i can get others here to list from 1 to eg 275, should be a bonus. Otherwise I will do solo. 

9 minutes ago, timschochet said:

I know about 25 songs from this band total. Do I like them? Sure I like them. 
So hopefully I’ll learn something. 

Awesome. You may not like the first 100 songs I list lol. Thats why it will he worst to first.

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2 minutes ago, John Maddens Lunchbox said:

No time limit, so i will likely see it through unless i die of old age. U2 wouldnt be in my top 10 bands, but no one is gonna tune in to me running through Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Royksopp, The Stranglers or Franz Ferdinand

U2s longevity at a high commercial and critical level is only rivalled and maybe even exceeds The Rolling Stones. Some people hate them, some dont get it. All good. I would love you to do the same with any band that inspires you. If U2 annoys you, all good. Walk on By.


Sometimes I write just to write and make a point while forgetting that it's a human endeavor on the other end. Don't let me either begrudge or besmirch your efforts, good time, and good name.

I'll be happy and privileged to follow along, really. That's what I meant to say.

(I'd be a whole lot happier if you counted down Franz Ferdinand, one of my favorites. But then you'd have an audience of me and NV, really, and what's the fun in us?)

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4 hours ago, John Maddens Lunchbox said:

I thought about doing this a long time ago, but others came first.

Concept is simple. I rank the U2 songs from 200 and something to 1.

No obscure B Sides, special remixes or rerelease added tracks. If it was on the original album, it’s in. Songs on multiple albums eg on Live Under a Blood Red Sky or Rattle And Hum will be considered in both or multiple formats. 

Before I start I want fo give a chance to collaborate with anyone else who likes/loves U2. PM me to talk further. Your rankings will be given equal weight to mine, except for the lowest ranked song. I have a special place in hell for that one. If you aren’t familiar with their last 2, 3, 4 albums etc, get familiar if you want to rank. Otherwise just comment on the ones you know. 

If you just want to comment, no drama. If you just want to say Bono sucks or they stopped being good after War/Joshua Tree/Achtung Baby etc lets try and be positive. 

Awesome.  I'm definitely in for this, although I'll need to go listen to the past 3-4 albums now.  Mrs APK announced that she will follow along and enjoy this more than the Beatles list (other than crappy songs like Rocky Raccoon :rolleyes:), even though she enjoyed that list a ton.   I'm not going to pretend to be worthy of collaborating, but for anything pre-2000 ish I'll chime in a bunch.

Thanks for doing this!

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I'm definitely interested in seeing the list and might be able to contribute (time permitting)......although ranking 200 is a task.
Seen them 4 times in concert & was a club member for 1 yr (to get early tix release):

  1. 1985  Unforgettable Fire             Jax, FL
  2. 1987  Joshua Tree                        Hampton, VA
  3. 2009  U2 360 tour (claw stage)  Tampa, FL     (Muse opened)
  4. 2017  30th Anniv of JT                 Tampa, FL    (One Republic opened)

I also think B-sides and movie tracks should be included.........while Re-mixes shouldn't (but if the song is already part of the list and there is an interesting re-mix, it could simply be included in the write up paragraph or linked)

And I do have almost their entire collection including the last couple of albums    (sans: Zooropa or Pop)

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Love U2 and I will follow (see what I did there?) this thread and comment when I can.  I don't think I have the time or energy to help put together a list, but will gladly welcome any attempt to gush over their many good songs.   I'll be curious to see where my number 1 U2 songs lands (which is incidentally one of my 10 favorite songs ever by anyone). 

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1 hour ago, Kumerica said:

...their B-sides are exceptional, especially in the 80s AND the 90s.
the original recordings of Party Girl and Sweetest Thing, Alex Descends Into Hell, Lady With The Spinning Head, Love Comes Tumbling, Everlasting Love, Night and Day, One Shot of Happy/Two Shots of Sad, etc. 

Good start to a B-side list.  I actually heard a new one this past wkend called "Down All the Days" while listening to the U2 Sirius XM channel.  Had to look up the story on that as something rang familiar to it, but not quite....once you hear the song, you'll know why.

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21 hours ago, John Maddens Lunchbox said:

, except for the lowest ranked song. I have a special place in hell for that one. 

I'm a huge U2 fan.  Probably seen them live 10+ times in the last 25 years, including front row (from the Red Zone).

I look forward to your list and will chime in from time to time.

The only popular song I can't stand (which I hope is the one you are referring to above) is Bullet the Blue Sky.  I don't get the fascination or love for the song.  JT album was fabulous except for BTBS. 

 

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1 hour ago, Brony said:

Are there even 200 songs on studio albums?  I only see about 150ish.  I'm assuming that Passengers is excluded. 

I excluded all the Passengers songs except Miss Sarajevo which was included on the U2 best of 1990-200 and Your Blue Room which was included on the B Sides compilation for the same album. 

I currently have 207 tracks including all the track listings on the B Side discs that accomodated the 1980-1989 and 1990-2000 discs. Some of those are remixes so will be excluded. I do have to check all the B Sides as some are not on these discs. Once I have tidied this up I will post them all here and then eventually begin the countdown after one last request for submissions. 

16 hours ago, Eephus said:

#1 and #40 are obvious

Lol. I guarantee that #1 will not be that song....#40 we will see

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Hey gb- good to see you! hope all has been good for you and yours.

looking forward to following along. I lost partial hearing and developed tinnitus after my last U2 show (in the oval against the stage for the Vertigo tour in Mad Square Garden)...but I won't hold it against you.

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Ok.

I think I have 225 songs. Listed below. There are 9 songs that duplicate across a studio album and either Under a Blood Red Sky and Rattle and Hum. I will rate them on the better version. Eg Sunday Bloody Sunday is dead and uninspiring on War, but comes to life on Under a Blood Red Sky.

"11 O'Clock Tick Tock"Under a Blood Red Sky

"13 (There Is a Light)"Songs of Experience

"40"War

"40"Under a Blood Red Sky

"4th of July"Unforgettable Fire

"A Day Without Me"Boy

"A Man and a Woman"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel" (Best Of edit)"Angel of Harlem" single

"A Sort of Homecoming"Unforgettable Fire

"Acrobat"Achtung Baby

"Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk/Korova 1"The Fly

"All Along the Watchtower" Rattle and Hum

"All Because of You"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"All I Want Is You"Rattle and Hum

"AlwaysBeautiful Day

"American Soul"Songs of Experience

"An Cat Dubh"Boy

"Angel of Harlem"Rattle and Hum

"Another Day Debut Single

"Another Time, Another Place"Boy

"Are You Gonna Wait ForeverVertigo

"Ave MariaSometimes You Cant Make it On Your Own

"Babyface"Zooropa

"Bad"Unforgettable Fire

"Bass Trap" (Best Of edit)"The Unforgettable Fire" single

"Beautiful Day"All that you can't leave behind

"Big Girls are BestStuck in a moment you cant get out of

"Boomerang IPride

"Boomerang IIPride

"Boy/GirlU2 3EP

"Breathe"No Line on the Horizon

"Bullet the Blue Sky"Joshua Tree

"Bullet the Blue Sky"Rattle and Hum

"California (There Is No End to Love)"Songs of Innocence

"Cant Help Falling in LoveWhos Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

"Cedars of Lebanon"No Line on the Horizon

"Cedarwood Road"Songs of Innocence

"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

"City of Blinding Lights"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"Crumbs from Your Table"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car"Zooropa

"Dancing Barefoot" (extended version; Patti Smith, Ivan Kral)"When Love Comes to Town" single

"Deep in the HeartI still Havent found what im looking for

"Desire"Rattle and Hum

"Dirty Day"Zooropa

"Discothèque"Pop

"Do You Feel Loved"Pop

"Dont take your guns to townElevation

"Drowning Man"War

"Electrical Storm" (William Orbit mix)Best of 90s

"Elevation"All that you can't leave behind

"Elvis Presley and America"Unforgettable Fire

"Endless Deep""Two Hearts Beat as One" single

"Even Better Than the Real Thing"Achtung Baby

"Everlasting Love" (Buzz Cason, Mac Gayden)"All I Want Is You" single

"Every Breaking Wave"Songs of Innocence

"Exit"Joshua Tree

"Fast Cars"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"Fez – Being Born"No Line on the Horizon

"Fire"October

"Fortunate SonWhos Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

"Freedom for My People"Rattle and Hum

"Get On Your Boots"No Line on the Horizon

"Get Out of Your Own Way"Songs of Experience

"Gloria"October

"Gloria"Under a Blood Red Sky

"God Part II"Rattle and Hum

"Gone"Pop

"Grace"All that you can't leave behind

"Hallelujah Here She Comes" (Best Ofedit)"Desire" single

"Happiness Is a Warm Gun" (Gun mix)"Last Night on Earth" single

"Hawkmoon 269"Rattle and Hum

"Heartland"Rattle and Hum

"Helter Skelter" (live at Denver, Colorado)Rattle and Hum

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"Best of 90s

"Holy JoeDiscoteque

"I Fall Down"October

"I remember youElevation

"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"Joshua Tree

"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" Rattle and Hum

"I Threw a Brick Through a Window"October

"I Will Follow"Boy

"I Will Follow"Under a Blood Red Sky

"I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight"No Line on the Horizon

"I've Got You Under My SkinStay

"I"m not your babyPlease

"If God Will Send His Angels"Pop

"If You Wear That Velvet Dress"Pop

"In a Little While"All that you can't leave behind

"In God's Country"Joshua Tree

"Indian Summer Sky"Unforgettable Fire

"Into the Heart"Boy

"Invisible

"Iris (Hold Me Close)"Songs of Innocence

"Is That All?"October

"J SwalloFire

"Kite"All that you can't leave behind

"Lady with the Spinning Head" (Extended dance mix)"Even Better Than the Real Thing" single

"Landlady"Songs of Experience

"Last Night on Earth"Pop

"Lemon"Zooropa

"Lights of Home"Songs of Experience

"Like a Song…"War

"Love and Peace or Else"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"Love Comes Tumbling" (Best Of edit)"The Unforgettable Fire" single

"Love Is All We Have Left"Songs of Experience

"Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way"Songs of Experience

"Love Is Blindness"Achtung Baby

"Love Rescue Me"Rattle and Hum

"Luminous Times (Hold on to Love)""With or Without You" single

"Magnificent"No Line on the Horizon

"Miami"Pop

"Miracle Drug"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"Miss Sarajevo" (Radio edit; originally credited to Passengers (U2 & Brian Eno))Best of 90s

"MLK"Unforgettable Fire

"Mofo"Pop

"Moment of Surrender"No Line on the Horizon

"Mothers of the Disappeared"Joshua Tree

"Mysterious Ways"Achtung Baby

"Neon LightsVertigo

"New Year's Day"War

"New Year's Day"Under a Blood Red Sky

"New York"All that you can't leave behind

"Night and DayOne

"No Line on the Horizon 2Get on Your Boots

"No Line on the Horizon"No Line on the Horizon

"North and South of the River""Staring at the Sun" single

"North StarTransformers

"Numb"Zooropa

"October"October

"One Step Closer"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"One Tree Hill"Joshua Tree

"One"Achtung Baby

"Ordinary Love

"Original of the Species"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"Out of Control"Boy

"Paint it BlackWhos Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

"Party Girl"Under a Blood Red Sky

"Peace on Earth"All that you can't leave behind

"Please"Pop

"Pop MuzikLast Night on Earth

"Pride (In the Name of Love)"Unforgettable Fire

"Pride (In the Name of Love)" (live from Denver, Colorado)Rattle and Hum

"Promenade"Unforgettable Fire

"Race Against TimeWhere the Streets have no name

"Raised by Wolves"Songs of Innocence

"Red Flag Day"Songs of Experience

"Red Hill Mining Town"Joshua Tree

"Red Light"War

"Rejoice"October

"Running to Stand Still"Joshua Tree

"Salomé" (Zooromancer remix edit)"Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" single

"Satellite Of LoveOne

"Scarlet"October

"Seconds"War

"Shadows and Tall Trees"Boy

"She's a Mystery to MeAll Because of You

"Silver and Gold" (live from Denver, Colorado)Rattle and Hum

"Sixty Seconds in Kingdom ComesUnforgettable Fire

"Sleep Like a Baby Tonight"Songs of Innocence

"Slow DancingStay

"So Cruel"Achtung Baby

"Some Days Are Better Than Others"Zooropa

"Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"Song for Someone"Songs of Innocence

"Spanish Eyes""I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" single

"Stand Up Comedy"No Line on the Horizon

"Staring at the Sun"Pop

"StatelessMilion Dollar Hotel

"Stay (Faraway, So Close!)"Zooropa

"Stories for Boys"Boy

"Stranger in a Strange Land"October

"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"All that you can't leave behind

"Summer of Love"Songs of Experience

"Summer Rain""Beautiful Day" single

"Sunday Bloody Sunday"War

"Sunday Bloody Sunday"Under a Blood Red Sky

"Surrender"War

"Sweetest Thing" (Single mix)Best of the 80s

"The Blackout"Songs of Experience

"The Electric Co."Boy

"The Electric Co."Under a Blood Red Sky

"The First Time"Zooropa

"The Fly"Achtung Baby

"The Hands That Built America" (Theme from Gangs of New York)Best of 90s

"The Little Things That Give You Away"Songs of Experience

"The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)"Songs of Innocence

"The Ocean"Boy

"The Playboy Mansion"Pop

"The Refugee" (produced by Bill Whelan)War

"The Saints Are Coming" (with Green Day)U2 18

"The Showman (Little More Better)"Songs of Experience

"The Star Spangled Banner" (live)Rattle and Hum

"The Three Sunrises""The Unforgettable Fire" single

"The Troubles"Songs of Innocence

"The Unforgettable Fire"Unforgettable Fire

"The Wanderer" (starring Johnny Cash)Zooropa

"Things to Make and Do" (instrumental)B Side A Day without Me

"This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now"Songs of Innocence

"Tomorrow"October

"TouchB Side 11 oclock tick tock

"Tower of SongWindow in the Skies

"Treasure (Whatever happened to Pete the Chop)New Years Day

"Trip Through Your Wires"Joshua Tree

"Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World"Achtung Baby

"Twilight"Boy

"Two Hearts Beat as One"War

"Two shots of happy one shot of sadIf god will send his angels

"Ultraviolet (Light My Way)"Achtung Baby

"Unchained Melody" (Alex North, Hy Zaret)"All I Want Is You" single

"Unknown Caller"No Line on the Horizon

"Until the End of the World"Achtung Baby

"Van Diemen's Land"Rattle and Hum

"Vertigo"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"Volcano"Songs of Innocence

"Wake Up Dead Man"Pop

"Walk On"All that you can't leave behind

"Walk to the Water""With or Without You" single

"When I Look at the World"All that you can't leave behind

"When Love Comes to Town"Rattle and Hum

"Where Did It All Go WrongEven Better Than the Real Thing

"Where the Streets Have No Name"Joshua Tree

"White as Snow"No Line on the Horizon

"Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses"Achtung Baby

"Wild Honey"All that you can't leave behind

"Window in the Skies"New song

"Wire"Unforgettable Fire

"With a Shout (Jerusalem)"October

"With or Without You"Joshua Tree

"Yahweh"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

"You're the Best Thing About Me"Songs of Experience

"Your Blue Room"Original Soundtracks 1

"Zoo Station"Achtung Baby

"Zooropa"Zooropa

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If I am missing anything or including anything I shouldnt let me know.

I have been advised of an internet list by another fbg of 218 u2 songs but it doesnt include the last album. I will use this as a reference point, but my rankings will be vastly different. 

If any other fbgs want to rank the 225 or whatever we settle on, I will take that as an equal to mine

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2 hours ago, John Maddens Lunchbox said:

If I am missing anything or including anything I shouldnt let me know.

I have been advised of an internet list by another fbg of 218 u2 songs but it doesnt include the last album. I will use this as a reference point, but my rankings will be vastly different. 

If any other fbgs want to rank the 225 or whatever we settle on, I will take that as an equal to mine

List of Songs Recorded by U2

They list 436 songs. That’s roughly double what you have. Maybe you list your Top 200 or else it might get unmanageable?

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1 hour ago, Anarchy99 said:

List of Songs Recorded by U2

They list 436 songs. That’s roughly double what you have. Maybe you list your Top 200 or else it might get unmanageable?

Thanks. That list has 289 songs. I would expect the 436 songs to be released to be all the versions of Lemon, Even Better than the Real thing remixes etc 

Out of that 289 I will not be doing the ones where U2 is a collaborator or not the headline act. I will also not be including Deluxe edition tracks or stuff that is on the Unreleased and Rare compilation. The Passengers stuff not listed under the U2 Banner in some format. 

Currently I am at about 225. Basically I think you should be able to buy anything on this list without spending hundreds of dollars for the rare stuff. The list of 218 I was directed to lists a whole bunch of the Deluxe stuff in the bottom 30 ie pointless to include them

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4 hours ago, John Maddens Lunchbox said:

If I am missing anything or including anything I shouldnt let me know.

I have been advised of an internet list by another fbg of 218 u2 songs but it doesnt include the last album. I will use this as a reference point, but my rankings will be vastly different. 

If any other fbgs want to rank the 225 or whatever we settle on, I will take that as an equal to mine


I’m not exactly sure of the rules but I much prefer the version of Bad on the Wide Awake in America EP. 

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Sign me up for a “I’m here until you list my absolute favorite (and it isn’t close) song and then I’m gonna rant and stomp my feet and quit, but secretly keep reading” slot.

Pretty sure that’s a required role in the songs thread handbook.

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2 hours ago, John Maddens Lunchbox said:

Thanks. That list has 289 songs. I would expect the 436 songs to be released to be all the versions of Lemon, Even Better than the Real thing remixes etc 

Out of that 289 I will not be doing the ones where U2 is a collaborator or not the headline act. I will also not be including Deluxe edition tracks or stuff that is on the Unreleased and Rare compilation. The Passengers stuff not listed under the U2 Banner in some format. 

Currently I am at about 225. Basically I think you should be able to buy anything on this list without spending hundreds of dollars for the rare stuff. The list of 218 I was directed to lists a whole bunch of the Deluxe stuff in the bottom 30 ie pointless to include them

The only "must have" song IMO that is not on your list is "A Celebration," which for me is likely in my Top 20 U2 songs. That was a single only release with Party Girl as the B Side. They played it intermittently on the War tour but dropped it after that as Edge said it was too hard to play and Bono mentioned back in the day that people misinterpreted the lyrics. But it made it onto The Complete U2 collection.

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2 hours ago, Anarchy99 said:

The only "must have" song IMO that is not on your list is "A Celebration," which for me is likely in my Top 20 U2 songs. That was a single only release with Party Girl as the B Side. They played it intermittently on the War tour but dropped it after that as Edge said it was too hard to play and Bono mentioned back in the day that people misinterpreted the lyrics. But it made it onto The Complete U2 collection.

Yep. A rare (for 1982) non-album A-side. It's also the song I linked when rock said the band doesn't rock. 

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2 hours ago, Rustoleum said:

Sign me up for a “I’m here until you list my absolute favorite (and it isn’t close) song and then I’m gonna rant and stomp my feet and quit, but secretly keep reading” slot.

Pretty sure that’s a required role in the songs thread handbook.

People were remarkably well-behaved during my Neil Young countdown -- even my controversial placement of Sugar Mountain drew criticism but not vitriol. 

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4 hours ago, Anarchy99 said:

The only "must have" song IMO that is not on your list is "A Celebration," which for me is likely in my Top 20 U2 songs. That was a single only release with Party Girl as the B Side. They played it intermittently on the War tour but dropped it after that as Edge said it was too hard to play and Bono mentioned back in the day that people misinterpreted the lyrics. But it made it onto The Complete U2 collection.

I have that on vinyl! 

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14 hours ago, bigbottom said:


I’m not exactly sure of the rules but I much prefer the version of Bad on the Wide Awake in America EP. 

Problem with this approach is that there are multiple versions of lots of tracks across multiple formats. I agree the studio version on UF pales in comparison to others elsewhere....like Sunday Bloody Sunday. Songs that transcend the studio album, there are quite a few with this band, will be judged more fairly than just the studio version.

12 hours ago, Anarchy99 said:

The only "must have" song IMO that is not on your list is "A Celebration," which for me is likely in my Top 20 U2 songs. That was a single only release with Party Girl as the B Side. They played it intermittently on the War tour but dropped it after that as Edge said it was too hard to play and Bono mentioned back in the day that people misinterpreted the lyrics. But it made it onto The Complete U2 collection.

Yeah I missed that one. Its in now. It wont be top 20 for me, but it wont be bottom half im pretty confident.

i also removed Star Spangled Banner from Rattle and Hum. Its hardly U2. A couple of others I think too. 

8 hours ago, Acrobat7 said:

Btw, „A man and a woman“ needs to go last.

Not even close. I will group them roughly in the following categories

Irritating and/Or Awful songs at the bottom

Boring songs next

Interesting,  but something missing

Enjoyable, but not their best

Great songs

Their best

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Should I include the following tracks? Several appear higher, highest was 84 I think, in the chart i was told about by another Fbg. There are 27 below i think. Most are reasonably attainable on the deluxe editions. I will provide my updated list soon before commencing.

Flower Child Unreleased and Rare

Saturday NightBoy Deluxe

Down All the DaysAchtung Baby Deluxe

Native SonUnreleased and Rare

Disappearing ActUnforgettable Fire Deluxe

SoonFan Club Release

Oh BerlinAchtung Baby Deluxe

Cartoon WorldBoy Deluxe

Rise UpJoshua Tree Deluxe

Angels Tied to the groundWar Deluxe

Speed Of LifeBoy Deluxe

Near the IslandAchtung Baby Deluxe

Heaven and HellAchtung Baby Deluxe

MercyWide Awake in Europe

Beautiful Ghost/Introduction to Songs of ExperienceJoshua Tree Deluxe

Street MissionEarly Demos

Yoshino BlossomUnforgettable Fire Deluxe

LevitateUnreleased and Rare

SmileUnreleased and Rare

The FoolEarly Demos

I'm Not Your BabyEnd of Violence Soundtrack

Drunk Chicken/AmericaJoshua Tree Deluxe

Love You Like MadUnrelased and Rare

Lucifer's HandsSongs Of Innocence Deluxe

Desert of Our LoveJoshua Tree Deluxe

Blow Your House DownAchtung Baby Deluxe

Wave of SorrowJoshua Tree Deluxe

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15 hours ago, bigbottom said:


I’m not exactly sure of the rules but I much prefer the version of Bad on the Wide Awake in America EP. 

No rules really. I finalise the list of songs and rank them from worst to first. Generally they will only be ranked on the studio version, but exceptions will be made like for Bad. If someone tells me eg Discoteque sounds much better in concert when I saw them in Dortmund in 1993, well thats just enjoyable commentary. If they say eg the live version of Out of Control on the b side to Lemon is much better than on Boy. I may reconsider. 

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40 minutes ago, John Maddens Lunchbox said:

Should I include the following tracks? Several appear higher, highest was 84 I think, in the chart i was told about by another Fbg. There are 27 below i think. Most are reasonably attainable on the deluxe editions. I will provide my updated list soon before commencing.

Flower Child Unreleased and Rare

Saturday NightBoy Deluxe

Down All the DaysAchtung Baby Deluxe

Native SonUnreleased and Rare

Disappearing ActUnforgettable Fire Deluxe

SoonFan Club Release

Oh BerlinAchtung Baby Deluxe

Cartoon WorldBoy Deluxe

Rise UpJoshua Tree Deluxe

Angels Tied to the groundWar Deluxe

Speed Of LifeBoy Deluxe

Near the IslandAchtung Baby Deluxe

Heaven and HellAchtung Baby Deluxe

MercyWide Awake in Europe

Beautiful Ghost/Introduction to Songs of ExperienceJoshua Tree Deluxe

Street MissionEarly Demos

Yoshino BlossomUnforgettable Fire Deluxe

LevitateUnreleased and Rare

SmileUnreleased and Rare

The FoolEarly Demos

I'm Not Your BabyEnd of Violence Soundtrack

Drunk Chicken/AmericaJoshua Tree Deluxe

Love You Like MadUnrelased and Rare

Lucifer's HandsSongs Of Innocence Deluxe

Desert of Our LoveJoshua Tree Deluxe

Blow Your House DownAchtung Baby Deluxe

Wave of SorrowJoshua Tree Deluxe

I vote no

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1 hour ago, Nugget said:

I vote no

Thanks. I probably will exclude them unless others want to chime in.

Found another track missing

Crystal Ballroom which is on the vinyl only version of Songs of Innocence. Its rated as the best track on the album lol. Have to include it.

The list of 218 I am referencing, apart from not including Songs of Experience, also doesn’t include their covers, some b sides, new singles off U218 and some soundtrack stuff. I think its important to include these because a)they are on official releases and b) i dont get why you would exclude them.

"Everlasting Love" (Buzz Cason, Mac Gayden)"All I Want Is You" single

"Unchained Melody" (Alex North, Hy Zaret)"All I Want Is You" single

"Happiness Is a Warm Gun" (Gun mix)"Last Night on Earth" single

"Dancing Barefoot" (extended version; Patti Smith, Ivan Kral)"When Love Comes to Town" single

"Dont take your guns to townElevation

"I remember youElevation

"No Line on the Horizon 2Get on Your Boots

"Pop MuzikLast Night on Earth

"Night and DayOne

"Satellite Of LoveOne

"I"m not your babyPlease

"All Along the Watchtower" Rattle and Hum

"Freedom for My People"Rattle and Hum

"Helter Skelter" (live at Denver, Colorado)Rattle and Hum

"I've Got You Under My SkinStay

"North StarTransformers

"The Saints Are Coming" (with Green Day)U2 18

"Neon LightsVertigo

"Cant Help Falling in LoveWhos Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

"Fortunate SonWhos Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

"Paint it BlackWhos Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

"Tower of SongWindow in the Skies

"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

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7 minutes ago, John Maddens Lunchbox said:

Thanks. I probably will exclude them unless others want to chime in.

Found another track missing

Crystal Ballroom which is on the vinyl only version of Songs of Innocence. Its rated as the best track on the album lol. Have to include it.

The list of 218 I am referencing, apart from not including Songs of Experience, also doesn’t include their covers, some b sides, new singles off U218 and some soundtrack stuff. I think its important to include these because a)they are on official releases and b) i dont get why you would exclude them.

"Freedom for My People"Rattle and Hum

I'd classify this as "not really U2" like Star Spangled Banner from that album.

Did you include their cover of Woody Guthrie's "Jesus Christ" from the Folkways tribute album? IMO if Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is included, that should be too. 

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59 minutes ago, Anarchy99 said:

I mean, they recorded an official version of Bang A Gong (Get It On) last year. I didn’t say it was good. I only bring it up because I believe it’s the last thing they released. 

Haha. I need a physical copy. Actually I don’t want one, but just drawing the line at a digital release.

54 minutes ago, Pip's Invitation said:

I'd classify this as "not really U2" like Star Spangled Banner from that album.

Did you include their cover of Woody Guthrie's "Jesus Christ" from the Folkways tribute album? IMO if Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is included, that should be too. 

Ok. Will remove that one. The Rattle and Hum album is a bugger for doing this properly. New stuff, covers, other artist interludes and live stuff.

Jesus Christ didn’t come up anywhere I looked. Could have skipped over it. I remember it though, so if I am including covers as per a few posts ago will include this one. As long as I can get a physical copy. 

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