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.
The Top Ten
1 With or Without You

Don't Waste Your Time. Coming from a huge U2 fan and an avid rock listener here's the real order.
1. Where the Streets Have No Name
2. Running to Stand Still
3. One
4. Sunday Bloody Sunday
5. Bad
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
18. One Tree Hill
19. Vertigo
20. Red Hill Mining Town
21. All I Want is You
22. Every Breaking Wave
23. Desire
24. The Miracle
25. Ordinary Love
26. I Will Follow
27. Kite
28. Sweetest Thing
29. In God's Country
30. Elevation
Everything else is not worth listening to.

I love this song. The Joshua Tree was the first U2 album I bought, and it is still my favorite. In the Rattle & Hum footage, at about the 4:25 mark, you can see them all getting ready for the climactic "extra" verse, and then the camera pulls back to show Larry and The Edge getting into it. It sends chills down my spine every time. I love the extra verse and don't think any other performance captures the essence of this song like that footage. I could never work out why this extra bit isn't part of the album version. Awesome.

This song... It's just awesome. It makes me remember my big brothers who lived their adolescence with U2 and many great bands like Pearl Jam, Faith No More, Radiohead, etc. It makes me wonder how were the times when they lived back in the 80s and 90s with my dad in a department listening to this, living through bad moments... And now they still listen to this, and I do too. Musically, this song is awesome. Bono and The Edge are phenomenal. Great song!

This might not be the best. It would be hard to pick the best. I find it hard to believe that 'All I Want Is You' did not make it on this list at all... And Beautiful Day, which is a fun pop song, is not even close to the top ten. It seemed like a way to make some fast money, which is awesome for them, but not necessarily the best work for a real fan.

2 One

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.

Hey, I don't give a crap if With or Without You is number one, 'cause I know One is their best song. Rolling Stone put this above With or Without You on their 500 best songs ever list. There's a reason for it. One is simply the best.

"You act like you never had love, and you want me to go without." This is such a profound line, and it may not even be the best line in this song. Good vocals, good guitar, rhythmic beat, and great lyrics.

This is an unbelievable song. Whenever I hear it, it's not just a song but an experience. The emotion is so immersive, the vibe so enveloping, that it takes on whatever meaning you wish upon it, and it never diminishes.

3 Sunday Bloody Sunday

Best U2 song. This is not a rebel song... When I'm a rockstar, I'm going to steal that line and see how the crowd reacts. The best song of the best band ever... And today the millions cry, we eat and drink while tomorrow they die...

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 has to be the best protest song I have ever heard. I love it to death! It's amazing and I love the drums on all the songs on the War album, Larry Mullen Jr. must have been pretty happy during that period in time!

It's a song about the war between the British and Irish and the day the British opened fire on the Irish and it symbolizes the needless struggles of religion and greed people have.

4 Beautiful Day

This was the first song I ever heard by U2, and it's my dad's favorite song, and I just love every little detail about this song. I can't think of anything that would make this song more epic than it already is. It's perfect in every way and it never gets old. U2 forever.

It was a beautiful day when this song was released. You can't help but be happy when listening to it. It's such a sweet song. Everything in this song just works. But this was a hard choice because they have so many AMAZING SONGS.

Brings back memories from primary school. I love this song. It brings up my spirits any time I listen to it, so I don't think I'll stop. Best U2 song by far! Great meaning, great beat. What more do you ask for in a song?

Easily the best song with I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. The beat of this song is so epic that makes it different from the other songs.

5 Where the Streets Have No Name

Streets is U2's best song. A complete masterpiece. It does come in second on my personal list, but if someone were to ask me for one U2 song, it'd be Streets.

This song is about judgment. He and his wife travel on a mission trip to Ethiopia every year. In this country, your class determines the street you live on. So just by knowing the name of your street, someone is already prejudging you. "Where the Streets Have No Name" is a place that Bono longs for where people are not prejudged in this manner.

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!

People rate "With or Without You" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday" higher, but in my opinion, this has to be U2's best composition. The Edge's riff here just clings to you from the moment you hear it, and the awesome lyrics and Bono's powerful vocals are simply a treat to the ears. #1 for me without a doubt.

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

For me, this is the best song ever. I can listen to this song for hours because it feels as if the song never really ends. It's about finding your destiny, about love, about religion, about who you are, about hope, about whatever you want. Everyone can relate to this song, I think. And I will keep listening to this beautiful song because I still haven't found what I'm looking for.

I'm voting for this song because I think it deserves to be at least number 3. With or Without You and One are perfectly situated on this list, but this song needs to move up a few more notches to number 3 in my opinion. Beautiful song that's so well written, and the vocals are just amazing.

I think it's one of the deepest and moving songs in their library since it involves themes such as liberation as well as the fundamental attribute of our nature: mistakes that are made before we find salvation or entity, if you will.

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.

7 Pride (In the Name of Love)

Beautiful Day is an incredibly boring song (unfortunately, U2 has been overall quite boring ever since their first four albums), and this song is incredible. How could it be all the way down here at 7?

This song is outstanding! It is the best song on The Unforgettable Fire! The drumming is the best by Larry Mullen Jr., and the guitar is just awesome by The Edge, and the vocals are sweet, and Adam is good.

PRIDE truely deserves to be number 1
This song is really awe! It takes you to the other world
You would forget all your worries... Its speechless... Guys please do vote for it it truley deserves to be at the top... I've listened all u2 songs and this one stands alone... BONO is awe.. truely the greatest singer

Maybe the best song of anyone ever! Stadium and protest rock anthem but the album pic is wrong. Pride was the 2nd song on The Unforgettable Fire.

8 New Year's Day

Some songs you like the first time you hear them, but then they get old. Some songs you don't like at first, but they grow on you. Then there are the rare gems like this song... great the first time and still great a million plays later. Great guitar, great vocals, great keyboard to add a melodic feel, great bass and drums for an incredible foundation. It does not get any better than this song.

Wow, what an intro! Can't be mistaken for any other song, um, who sang this?
Doesn't happen.
Has a great air of mystery like all great songs, means all things to all people.
Crashed my car to this on... On an icy New Year's Day.
Singing me chops off, lived to tell the tale unlike the car.

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.

I love the old U2. I don't care that they've got old. They should still be able to write songs like this. Can't understand why they seem incapable of doing so now.

9 Vertigo

On the surface, it's about a girl enjoying a night out in a nightclub. But if you know your Bible, it also contains references to Jesus' temptation by the devil. The song conflates the 2nd and 3rd temptations, where the devil takes Jesus up to the top of the temple (hence the sensation of vertigo) and then offers to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world if Jesus just bows down and worships him (Jesus, of course, rejected Satan's offer). I wonder what temptations the girl in the nightclub should be rejecting. Great song!

Actually, I was between this and Where the Streets Have No Name and voted this 1 because it was lower. This might sound ridiculous, but I actually don't like some of the top 10 songs at all. I mean, sure, I had to choose between many, but With or Without You, Still Haven't Found, and One weren't in those - I know it's weird - especially about the first one, but these songs just leave me with a taste of unsatisfaction in the end.

How is this not higher? It is the only U2 song you can listen to just to have fun. No dramatic message, no deep meaning, no politics, just good fun Rock music. They should have more great songs like this one.

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.

10 Mysterious Ways

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

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.

The chorus can literally send such powerful emotions down one's spine!

What? Number 13? People these days.

The Contenders
11 I Will Follow

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.

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 in U2's career!

Definitely second to Sunday Bloody Sunday, I mean, have you heard the guitar riff on this, it's amazing.

The best intro ever.

12 All 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.

Agreed with the comments below... How the heck is this on the last page? EASILY one of the top 10 U2 songs. This song and Bad... I can't even put it into words how it makes my SOUL feel. Simply amazing... Beautiful and sung/played with such emotion and depth. Even when I try to sing it, I can't make it through... The meaning and music take over every fiber of me, through and through.

This song is quintessential U2. It's such a simple, moving, effortless love ballad with sweeping orchestral arrangements that make you want to not only sing along but move your whole body to the wave of emotion coming at you. Powerful song. Top 5 for me.

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 the lyrics are amazing. Definitely top 3 for mine.

13 Bad

The recorded version on The Unforgettable Fire is probably only my 3rd or 4th favorite. It is the live version from Wide Awake in America that is the absolute epitome of U2. Listened to this song literally every night on repeat from age 15-18.

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.

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.

How this and all I want is you doesn't feature top 10 what are you doing people?

My album list:
1. Rattle and Hum
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Achtung Baby
4. War
5. Zooropa
6. Boy
7. The unforgettable fire
8. All that you can't leave behind
9. How to dismantle an atomic bomb
10. October
11. Under a blood red sky
12. Pop
13. Songs of experience
14. Songs of Innocence
15. No line on the horizont
16. Original soundtracks I
17. Hasta la vista baby
18. "7"

14 Walk On

What... the actual... FRICK. This is one of U2's most moving and powerful songs. The message, the passion. It all just works. Bono's lyrics and vocals are amazing, the guitar riff is simple yet stands out as one of their best riffs made, and this song is killer live. Not only is this one of their best songs, but it is THE best closer they have (other than With or Without You). How is this not in the top 5?

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.

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!

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.

15 City of Blinding Lights

I probably won't agree with U2 old school boys, but this song is full of emotions from the beginning till the end. The last of its kind till now. Perfectly recorded in the studio as well as in a live concert, and definitely made to bring down any stadium. Have to listen to it!

Anyday, this is the best song from U2. U2's live stage performance of this song is so amazing. Full of energy, gets you all pumped up and ready to rock and roll. I don't understand why it isn't in the top 5. It has everything a song needs to be in the top 5.

I like all the songs on the list, but I am voting for this one because it is such a grand scale song. It has a great intro that takes a good amount of time to set up the tone of the song.

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.

16 Even 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.

17 Gloria

First song I ever heard from U2, thanks to MTV. I thought, "Cool, who is this band?" Then a year later, heard "New Year's Day," and thought, "Ok, WHO is this band?!

Surprised this is so far down the list.

One of the best videos.

18 Elevation

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 favorite.

Great song, awesome beat... you cannot help but dance when Elevation is on!

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

19 Kite

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!

Inspirational and beautiful message. Incredible song and one of the greatest of their work.

"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 underrated songs!
The emotion behind this song is just overwhelming.

What to say! I simply marvelous.. What a tune.

20 Desire

I do not have a favorite 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.

How is overplayed With or Without You #1 and this isn't even in the top 10.

My favorite of U2's songs! Love it, always cheers me up!

21 The Unforgettable Fire

Brian Eno pulled so much out of them to change their sound, and this song and album are so underrated. I can listen to this album side to side all day. Every song is a soul toucher. This song reminds me of falling in love back in the 80s with a very interesting girl. That is the thing about U2 - so many of their songs put you in a place and point of reference in your life. They are truly beyond belief.

This song makes me get two kinds of emotion. First, there is this emotion of being at a party but going outside, a feeling not to explain, just to feel at parties or anything. On the other hand, there is this emotion of pure feelings rising up, so hard they sometimes make me cry.

SEVERELY underrated. It's very touching and has mature, meaningful lyrics that I think everyone can relate to at some point in their life. Vote this up into at least the top 20, Please!

Love this song. It is not an anthem. It is complex, intense, poetic, and beautiful and shows a deeper side to the band. Gorgeous.

22 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

I like this song a lot and agree that it is in the top ten.

Great song with a great riff by The Edge!

Something to headbang to that throws a sprinkle of disturbing material in there.

This is such an underrated song.

23 Magnificent


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 its 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 favorites 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... No doubt one of the best songs of U2. This song Magnificent is really magnificent. Hey guys, please vote for this song. This song is awesome cool. Just listen to it, especially the guitar portion is awesome. And of course, it... should be in the top 3.

I think this is the best U2 song. It represents U2's sounds perfectly. The song is perfect, even though it can be boring with the time. The chords are awesome, the bass line amazing.

Why the hell is this so low on the list? I expected it to be number one or at least in the top 5. Before you vote, listen to this. If you like U2, you will love this song. I still can't believe this is #22 on the list. This is epicly powerful.

24 Bullet the Blue Sky

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.

It deserves much more better position.

Definitely deserves better.

25 Running to Stand Still

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
3. One
4. Sunday Bloody Sunday
5. Bad
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
18. ...more

The saddest U2 song, but one of the most gorgeous. It's a rare, almost complete stripped down U2 song. The live versions where he sings the chorus an octave higher are stunning. It's a riches to rags story that begins after the tumble from glory has already happened, and ends with what you could tell it was coming to from the beginning.

Words cannot describe my love this song and u2 as a band. This is a great song song, the best in the joshua tree album as well as exit. If you haven't heard this song before pleasedo now! Thanks u2 for making my life what it is today. Cannot wait for your next album.

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.

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