Best U2 Songs

Consisting of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., this Irish rock band is arguably the greatest rock band in the world. In their 20 years of awesome success, U2 has sold over 140 million albums, has had six #1 albums in the U.S. and nine in the U.K. While it is hard to pick the top ten from a band that has earned 22 Grammy awards, this list is an attempt to do just that. So with no further delay, here are the top ten sings from the force that is U2.

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1With or Without You

Great song! #1 I absolutely love it, full of emotion & very original song! Go on with your incredible songs... !

Effing awesome song!
all time favourite and a very original one. By far the best composition by U2

This was a hard choice. Good list by the way. - michaelhughes

Amazing and Best U2 song. Nothing comes close to it

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"the song is really fantastic, it moves people... Such an inspiring song... "

If I had to pick one song to listen to for all of eternity, it would either be this or Born to Run. This song makes me want to cry every time I listen to it and the message is absolutely beautiful. Bono and his friends really outdid themselves.

The best song EVER!
But the cover feat Mary is amazing, better than the original!
Never let a bad taste in your mouth

Started loving this song hearing once..

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3Beautiful Day

the dynamic of this song is outstanding, close call, but I think it's the top one for U2

This is the best U2 song by far because it sounds epic and and it is structured so well and the edges guitar playing is legendary and bono's vocals are sick as but all round the song is awesome

The beat and song structure brings this song together.

Do I have to even say

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4Where the Streets Have No Name

If this song doesn't chills down your spine, you have no soul. - juke1

This is one of the greatest songs ever made.

"I wanna reach out, and touch the flame. "

I was born to the sound of U2 - no joke. And I've never turned back. This song may have been released years before I first entered the world, but it is by far the greatest thing I've ever heard. This is not U2's best song this is the world's greatest song. 5th place is not good enough for this masterpiece!

Its insane this isn't 3

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5Sunday Bloody Sunday

This is not a protest song... This is the best song ever. If this doesn't make you want to change the world, you need to get your pulse checked.

Actually if you look into it its more a propaganda song against the british, yes it sounds good but its also bull.

This song is just amazing. Honestly, how is this not unanimously #1? The almost military-esque drumbeat, the beautiful lyrics, the catchy guitar riff. And to top it all off, the live version is just as amazing. Woo!

Takes everything great U2's done before and puts it into one song, but it's free of a lot of the mistakes they've made before and has elements they've never had before, with an important message.

This song is not a rebel song. This is Sunday Bloody Sunday!

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6I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

For me, this song is about having got religion, having got dogma, and the soul still yearns for something more real, that thing, whatever it is, that burns deep within us forever pushing us to keep exploring, to keep searching, to keep´╗┐ living in the moment, to keep evolving spiritually forever moving forward and breaking boundaries, both within us, and without us because in Truth, God has no boundaries and you can't put God in a book or a box and say, "Well, here it is! By George, I think we got it!

What? Are you kiding me?
This song deserves at least a TOP 5!
Come on, people, vote more this song, is the best song ever!
And yes, I Still haven't found what I'm looking for, this song at top 5! )

Agree with you what the hell your song number 8 are you kidding me people. This is song is so good. I love this is song. - Jhosen_cool

U2 made a lot of great songs, but if I had to pick just one it has to be I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. Great title, spiritual lyrics and brilliant music. Bono, the Edge, Adam and Larry all shine.

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7Pride (In the Name of Love)

One BAND come in the name of love, one BAND named U2. - BKAllmighty

this has to be at least in top 5!
3/beatiful day
5/new years day - andres101

just can beat it. this song is almost anthem of rock history

This is probably u2's best song. It has the ability to hypnotize anybody with it's awesome music and catchy lyrics

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8New Year's Day

This is classic U2 that really demonstrates how good they really are - musically and vocally. Their best song ever!

Yes, we can break through. We can begin again. There is hope for the human race. U2 is about hope, and this is their best song.

I remember me laying on my bed, when I turn the radio on and this melody simply pass through my ears, the piano intro, the perfect bass from Clayton... ! This song is simply "orgasmic" :') - MadisonLeeJong995

Every New Year's Day we will still remember and play it!

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I don't know I just think its a really good song, its upbeat and different, keeps the blood pumping

I think this song is all about just screaming jumping up and down and being in a better place they call that place vertigo.

Ultimate song for me at least! Awesome music, excellent vocals! Can listen to this song over and over again! Seriously should be much higher on the list..

Best song of u2 for me

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I've been a huge fan of U2 since forever and as much as I like many of their songs I only love 2 beyond words: All I want is you and this one. Every time I hear Bad I demand silence, and I do get very emotional listening to it. There's only another song in music history that makes me feel like that, and it's Pink Floyd's Wish you were here. That's how great this song is. - Esteluki

Definitely their best song live. It seems like they can drag the song out forever and it just keeps coming at you, it doesn't fade away at all, if you'll pardon the pun. So many different versions as well. A very emotional song obviously for Bono losing his friend on his 21st Birthday to a heroin overdose, and I think that raw emotion comes out in the live performances.

So amazing, emotional, heartfelt... Find the versions from Rattle and Hum and Live Aid on YouTube and you will see how it takes on a whole new level of intensity and passion in a live setting. And it has Bono's best-written, most powerful lyrics:

"If I could, through myself, set your spirit free
I'd lead your heart away, see you break, break away
Into the half light, and through the flame"

Classic U2 song, and a fan favorite even if it wasn't super popular.

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The Contenders

11Mysterious Ways

What kind of craziness is this? Scroll down, people and vote this song! The song is rocking! The only thing better than hearing this on a radio is hearing it live.

How can this be all the way down here this is one of their best songs

Still a sonically current song. Edge's guitar effects really stand out, and Bono's portrayal of putting women on a pedestal is an interesting theme.

Most overrated song ever in my opinion deserves to be34

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12I WIll Follow

Classic! First big U2 hit! How could this song be out of the top 10?
This one could replace Vertigo or City of Blinding Lights which came very late on U2's career!

THIS IS A U2 CLASSIC deserves to be in top ten.

13Walk On

Are you people serious? This song should be top 10 have any of you even heard it. The embodiment of rock

This is #12? Should be in the top FIVE at least. It's my second favorite behind Pride (in the name of love) and I think the problem is nobody has heard it. This is such an amazing song. "You could have flown away... a singing bird in an open cage... that would only fly, only fly for freedom..." now those are some of the best lyrics ever.

HOW in the name of God is this #31?!?!? Are you people serious? Go and listen to this song right now and tell me it shouldn't be in the top 10.

This is the song that connects the whole album together, All That You Can't Leave Behind. The live performance is the best out of all songs, and the recording should at least make top 10!

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14City of Blinding Lights

Huh... I can NOT believe this is 10th
COME ON PEOPLE! Check it out on youtube-listen to the whole thing and be AMAZED

The promotional video is cool and the music is great. The song for sept 11 victims - ronluna

10th?! How in the name of all that's Holy did this end up so low?
It's got literally everything going right for it. I'm in a different world when I listen to this song.

Get this in the top ten

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15All I Want is You

What the hell!? This should be on the first page, that's probably why it hasn't been pushed up because most people haven't noticed it. This song has the most incredible trance-like riff out of all of U2's songs, and provides the greatest feeling out of any of their songs. It is the only one of their songs which has the ability to make me cry of happiness, that's how powerful it is.

#105? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? What's going on? Its not even on the first page! Give me a break! This is a top 5 song in my opinion, and should be in EVERYBODY'S top 15 or 20.
My top 5:
1. With or Without You
2. Where the Streets Have No Name
3. All I Want is You
4. One
5. Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own

All I Want is You to vote for this song!
It's a ballad!

All I Want is You, all the way down here? Listen to this song guys! It just exemplifies so much of what makes U2 great. One of their best pieces instrumentally (the Edge goes off! ), Bono's vocals are fantastic and lyrics are amazing. Definitely top 3 for mine.

This is the only U2 song I regularly still listen to.

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16Even Better Than the Real Thing

This is the best song from U2 in my opinion because it epitomizes everything... Beat, lyrics, crazy Edge guitar work, great bass line and they play with the dynamics. Just perfect.

In my opinion "Even Better than the Real Thing" deserves to be in the top-5 of U2.


14 best song? You gotta be kidding me!
One of their best...

An epic, epic song with clever lyrics and awesome melody

This is U2's best song along with Beautiful Day and Vertigo. If you don't agree, you're a mole diggin' in a hole.

One of U2's heavier songs and a very, very catchy one, my personal favourite.

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18Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of

Why? Haven't anyone listened this song?
It is far better than most other songs, at least it deserves a healthy position in top five, doesn't it?

16! That's too down below for this amazing song.there is a flow to this song rivalled by few!

Too down for an amazing song like this! Deserves to be in top 5 at least!

How this song deserve 16th? In my opinion that song must be in top 5..

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19Ultraviolet (Light My Way)

I have been listening to U2 for A LONG TIME and I always come back to this one. Actung Baby gave us many great songs and Ultraviolet, although not everyones favourite, is a stand out for me. It is great in all of it's incarnations. I absolutely love the 360 degree dvd version, stoked that it made it on to U22!

the undercover gem of "Achtung baby"

U2 themselves have said this is their most complete song

This is Achtung Baby's Streets. Great song!

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20One Tree Hill

This is an amazing song from the Joshua Tree. You know, when I always listen to it, I think of the ocean and its view, the peacefulness and... Everything!

This is a very underrated song and there best along with The Unforgettable Fire and Red Hill Mining Town.

This is a great song... this should be in the top ten..!

Awesome and underrated song

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1. Even Better Than the Real Thing
2. Sunday Bloody Sunday
3. I WIll Follow
1. Walk On
2. Bad
3. Kite
1. With or Without You
2. Beautiful Day
3. New Year's Day

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