Best U2 SongsConsisting 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.
The Top Ten
Great song! #1 I absolutely love it, full of emotion & very original song! Go on with your incredible songs... !
This was a hard choice. Good list by the way. - michaelhughes
Effing awesome song!
all time favourite and a very original one. By far the best composition by U2
One of the best of all timeV 97 Comments
"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
I don't like them too much, but it's a beautiful song. - bzsuzsi0128V 62 Comments
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.
The only reason this isn't number one is because people who haven't heard this song voted too!V 38 Comments
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.
First time I've ever heard it and I'm already stunned by it's brilliance. Definitely one for the playlist.V 38 Comments
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!
I love the buildupV 47 Comments
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
Film clip GREATV 40 Comments
One BAND come in the name of love, one BAND named U2. - BKAllmighty
this has to be at least in top 5!
5/new years day - andres101
just can beat it. this song is almost anthem of rock history
Beautiful rock songV 22 Comments
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
Trying to identify the 10 Best U2 songs is like trying to carry 15 perfect, juicy apples in your arms. It's an exercise in futility. But this is my vote for the Best U2 song. - ClimberRatV 28 Comments
I don't know I just think it's 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..
Damn fine song.V 16 Comments
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.
This os the best number of all.V 6 Comments
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"
Probably the best U2 song by far!V 34 Comments
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.
Damn, I love this song so much. - ZeroBlasterV 31 Comments
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!
Best of the bunch and that is saying something. This song is one of my all time favorites from any group. It's a step up from the others. Second would be Where the Streets Have No Name.
Definitely second to Sunday bloody Sunday, I mean have you heard the guitar riff on this, it's amazing
Best U2 song ever!V 3 Comments
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
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.
It's an amazing lovely and sweet song. It will live foreverV 31 Comments
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.
Should be in top ten great song 5 starV 13 Comments
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.
14 best song? You gotta be kidding me!
One of their best...
I can't stop listening to itV 4 Comments
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.
This song is as the title states : even better than the real thing - should definitely be ranked higher
In my opinion "Even Better than the Real Thing" deserves to be in the top-5 of U2.
U2 themselves have said this is their most complete song
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"
Best U2 song of all time! Listen to the live version from their Washington DC 1992 concert.V 8 Comments
WHY THIS SONG GETS MY VOTE?
In magnificent, U2 are NOT lyrically very convincing, the song being about two lovers finding 'common ground' and devoting their life to worship, as quoted by Bono. But the fresh composition and clever use of African percussion and other sounds, notably the unique chord progressions and a very supportive bass gave me an almost transcendental listening experience.
Magnificent was the highlight of it's album but wasn't a chart topper, maybe because that album was too much experimental in conception.
The song might never be mentioned along with the likes of one, Beautiful day, WOWY, WTSHNN, Pride, Sunday Bloody Sunday or even lesser mass favourites such as All I want is you, vertigo etc, but the fact is that it had me hooked on to it for almost 2 years and I used to listen to it at least twice/thrice daily for that period GETS IT MY VOTE. It's not the best but being the first U2 song that I heard, it introduced me to the awesome U2 and ...more
awesome song... just listen to it guys only once and am sure you gona vote for it... should be in top 3... -
Awesome song... No doubt one of the best song of u2. This song magnificent is really magnificent. Hey guys please vote for this song. This song is awesome cool. Just listen to it, specially the guitar portion is awesome. And of course it... Should be in top 3
Probably one of their most hidden but spiritual songs they have. Awesome riff and awesome lyrics.V 15 Comments
I like this song alot and agree that it is on the top ten.
Something to headbang to that throws a sprinkle of disturbing material in there. - CinemaZebra
This is such an underrated song.
I know you are not shy. vote for this songV 1 Comment
"This song is about letting go of somebody you don't wanna let go of..
Could be a lover, could be a father, could be a friend, could be a child, this is Kite."
Bono is legendary!
Definitely, one of U2's most under-rated song!
The emotion behind this song is just overwhelming.
Oh my word! It can't be possible for one band to make this much good music! This song is simply Amazing. The words are meaningful, in true U2 style. But the music! Flip Banana!
Can't believe this is so low.
What to say! I simply marvellous.. What a tune
Joshua Tree doesn't get enough credit in my opinion, but hey - it's never too late right? It's one of my favorites. There are SO many to choose from, but this is on top of my list. It's so mellow & dreamy!
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.
Top 10 song that is lost because it wasn't all over the radio.V 5 Comments
Probably one of U2's most original sounding songs. For many Rock fans who claim all of U2s work sounds the same, bono cant write, or the edge cant play, this is a disappointment because its such an amazingly written original sounding song with probably the greatest post-70s guitar solo.
The first song I heard from Achtung Baby. Didn't quite know what to make of it, as it sounded so different from The Joshua Tree era. But it is absolutely brilliant! Look, I gotta go, I'm runnin' out of change. There's a lot of things, if I could I'd rearrange.
This song is seriously under rated, one of the great rock songs. It's original as hell, dark, mysterious, and it rocks. They've done great stuff since, still, nothing on quite on the same trajectory as this was.
One of their best. - ZeroBlasterV 6 Comments
This guitar work...melody...AWESOME! It's a classic. Really really good!
Surprised this is so far down the list.
Probably my favorite Edge riffV 1 Comment
This is U2's greatest song because it is extremely evocative and forces the listener to listen to every lyric. I have never heard a song that more poetically tells a story than "Running To Stand Still." The mystery and enigma of this song is unlike anything I have ever experienced. The most emotional and breathtaking U2 songs are Running to Stand Still and Where the Streets Have No Name. The fact that this song is not in the top three shows that real U2 listeners do not make this list. I've heard them all. Here's the real list:
1. Where the Streets Have No Name
2. Running to Stand Still
4. Sunday Bloody Sunday
6. Mysterious Ways
7. Baby Please Come Home
8. Pride (In the Name of Love)
9. With or Without You
10. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
11. New Years Day
13. Walk On
14. Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own
15.In a Little While
16. City of Blinding Lights
17. Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of
How can this some be so far down the list? U2's best ever lyric, a haunting portrayal of drug addiction in Ballymun. Played Live and acoustic this song is almost spiritual, always gives me a tingle when I hear it.
A lot to choose from, but this should really be in the top three. The lyrics work so well on two levels: they are poetic AND full of realism.
Best U2 song second to With or Without You. Its beautiful and captivating and deserves more recognition.V 8 Comments
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!
This song should be in number 1-3, so sadV 12 Comments
How can this be 79? It's easily one of their top 3, and one of the top 20 songs of all time, by anyone
This song has great lyrics and brilliant music.. Everybody pLeaSe LISTEN 2 THIS SONg! Its aMAZING
The vocals and emotion in this song are simply phenomenal. Far and away my favourite U2 song!
simply the best...great emotion and lyrically well writtenV 2 Comments
Iris got all the attention, but listen to the album again. This is by far the best song from the City of Angels soundtrack, a soundtrack that ranks among the best ever.
I love this song... it's always been one of my favorites by this band... and not many people are familiar with it... just a beautiful piece of work!
Easily one of U2's best songs. Should be higher, however POP never got the recognition that it did deserve - Jiorl
This is my favorite song of this band... How can it not be popular..
I do not have a favourite U2 song, so I am voting for this one because it is the most deserving to be higher than it is right now.
So much energy and passion, to dance to this song is to do what everyone else in the world should be doing. Quality tune.
Classic song with an addictive sound that deserves to be much higher on the list.
This song got to number 1 in many countries and also got in the top 10 in many countries so this song should be higher up this list it's a great song with a great beat and lyrics - mneilan
How is overplayed With Or Without You #1 and this isn't even in the top 10. - hypeV 2 Comments
How is this not in the top ten? This song is beautiful, and everyone would be able to relate to it.
"I'm losing you... Oh... I'm losing you... Ain't love the sweetest thing? "
Love the music video.. Very good song. Makes you proud to be Irish
I love this song very much and all time greatest for me.
How is this not in the top ten? Why is this not in the top ten? This should be in the top ten.
Oh, I know why...because U2 has about 50 songs that absolutely should be, MUST be in their top ten best songs. That's what happens when your band is great...most of your songs deserve to be in the top ten best. This is yet another one from U2...
One of the edges best guitar riffs of all time on the most underrated u2 album of all time come on people
Such a fantastic riff, love the guitar effects! - Deerhunter1984
Dark, hypnotic, intense. A stand-out track in their discography, and my personal favorite.
The very best song of U2. A great climax building.
This Song is a Hidden Champion. A Real " grower"!
Not a single comment on this sweet song? Wow - BeeBlue
Kind of a different style by U2 on this song, with the horns and all. Still, a great song and great tribute to Billie Holliday.
De las mejores canciones, nunca por debajo del top 20!
Don't understand why Heartland is so underrated! One of the best songs by U2 if one sees the beauty in it...
Sends shivers down your spine when you listen to it... U2 at their very best.
thanks to Rattle and Hum, makes me think of how great Elvis was - englishradio
Very under-rated. It deserves to be in the top ten at the very least.
Your only rivers run cold
These city lights
They shine as silver and gold
Dug from the night
Your eyes as black as coal"
The song is gripping from the very start with its profound lyrics and ambient guitar play
SEVERELY underrated. It's very touching and has mature, meaningful lyrics that I think everyone can relate to at some point of their life. Vote this up into at least top 20, Please!
This song is actually my favorite- amazing vocals, breathtaking song, way more complex than 99% of the songs in the top 10
An amazing song very compellingV 7 Comments
Why in the world is this amazing song in #37!? The drums, bass, and Bono's voice telling a story about coming to America is one that will stand the test of time for those who are wishing to journey to America to seek a better life. The sounds and setting for this song makes it my best and most favorite U2 song (followed by Mysterious Ways and I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For)
It appears to have been inspired by the Hendrix style. The tones are all over the place and yet it is cohesive and emotional. Hendrix would have covered this piece. - mgenet
Man this song is the BEST OF OF U2, I don't understand why it is not at the top of the list
NO WAY NOT #39 THIS IS LIKE #3 THE BASS LINE IS SO DEEP, THE SLIDE GUITAR IS SWAG, AND OF COURSE, BONO'S STORY.V 4 Comments
Great tune, definitely worth listening too. Top chorus and should be way higher
This song is gold! Absolute magic when heard live as well...
Arguably there best song on there 'No Line On The Horizon' Album.
Amazing song... Can't believe it's so low!
This song's got a lot of energy! I wonder it's so low in this list.
The reason why this amazing song is so low is because it's relatively new
This really deserves more than 93 guys...
This song is pretty much one of the best... trust me guys
The miracle (of joey Ramone) is something that I can just get behind. With the guitar rifts and the relatable lyrics, I just can't not like this song. I just wish that this would get a little more attention.
Not necessarily the best song, But one of the most powerful and important. Bono's views on the tragedies in Northern Ireland change my views & many others. This song was their capstone on the peace process. It was such a stupid and futile fight, I am glad it is over... Almost. - Peatvon
"If you go? If you go your way and I go mine. Are we so? Are we so helpless against the tide! " Just wonderful lyrics! This song just soothes you and is definitely got to be the best track on 'songs of innocence' Wish U2 keeps making songs like these, can't stand the new music coming out nowadays...
God this song is insane! Best from the Songs of Innocence! Carries a beautiful message, a message that could send a chill down your spine!
"If you go...
If you go your way and I go mine
Are we so...
Are we so helpless against the tide?
Baby, every dog on the street
Knows that we're in love with defeat
Are we ready to be swept off our feet
And stop chasing every breaking wave? "
I love this song, sometimes I feel like crying, it's an epic song deserves top 10
The best recent u2 song.V 7 Comments
Three Sunrises and this - top ten for me.
I consider this by far the best song of U2 and in general the period was one of the most artistic or original for the band, love the "berlin-era". cobain and vedder described what was in the hearts of one part of USA generation, 2pac of the hidden US generation and U2 how we felt in Europe in the same period.
No way this song is not inside the top 10.. Personally I consider this as good as One for sure. The melody and the music is great and it's creating a great atmosphere!
I slept last night with headphones on and woke up at 2 am with this song playing and I swear tears came out of my eyes and I'm a guy so you better believe this song deserves and should be in the top5
This is their best along with One.V 7 Comments
Dear U2 lovers... You gotta listn this with the story based to this song.. Check out with google.. You will be amazed of it... Trust me it will...!
Why is this song at this number...should be at higher
Best song and feel, I think too underrated
The top songs seem to be reserved for the singles. If this was a single, it would be in the top 10.
U2 fans, this may be Edge's best solo and vocals yet.
True teamwork made this song make hearts sing.
Excellent song. Definitely top 20, even potentially breaking into top 10. Never played live by the band. Cannot for the life of me understand why this gem is so forgotten and underappreciated.
I have everything from U2 (incl. the CBS-singles). And this is the best song from this great band. I do not understand, why it is so underrated...V 2 Comments
"Your gonna meet here there, she's your destination, there's no sleeping there, she's imagination." The final 2:30 minutes of this song is some of the best music any band has ever made.
i think this is problably th best song of u2 is just simply peacefully..
such a beautiful song. only discovered it recently
best song of u2, as good as one, with or without you and I still h... surprised to see it was not in the list already, so I had to add it. the ending is especially good and gives me goose pimples. the entire song is billiant musically and lyrically. bono's vocals are as good as ever. this takes the crown. I listen to it everyday. - niamja12345
For a song that starts slowly "moment of surrender" morphs into something very intense. A gospel sound that is sliced by a guitar and piano veriation with the precision of a samurai sword like only Edge could do. Very satisfying to listen to, this slightly eerie song was listed 160 in rolling stones magazines "top 500 songs of all time" and according to "wikipedia" best song for both 2009 and 2010. Other U2 songs worth a mention are Pride, Wake up dead man, Tomorrow. So many timeless classics I think only the Rolling Stones could rival U2 for the high volume of really great songs.
I Love The Song! Moment of surrender is one of the best songs from u2 ever, especially the version from u2 Rose Bowl 360*... ;P It deserves to be in top 10 after my opinion. ROCK & ROLL forever! U2 Forever! Also please put Stuck In a Moment in top 10, please! ;P
This is a great song by u2, and this song shows that u2 still have good music left inside them. This songs is the closest they got to their concept of 'future hymns' on the album no line above the horizon, and I hope that this song stands the test of time (like future hymns are meant too) - JiorlV 9 Comments
The most touching, heartfelt song I've ever listened to. Although the melody might be simplistic, the piano and lyrics have such good chemistry, that the passion just flows out of the song.
So many great lines in a song make it my favorite U2's song. I had heard it for years associating these lines with personal experiences and enjoying it again and again. It passed quite a long time before I realized what it really was about: a guy dealing with his girlfriend/wife closet homosexuallity. Bono's such a great lyricist.
Personally the best U2 song. Probably the best and most touching lyrics that Bono ever wrote.
Great lyrics. Classic Edge style guitar riff. "We thought that we had the answers, it was the question we had wrong". An early favorite.V 1 Comment
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