Recently Adam Clayton gave a rather innocuous interview for a mental illness charity he was supporting. During it he mentioned how U2 have had a long career and are gonna do "one more."
He could have meant, "well yeah this one more, as well as 1 or 2 more after," probably.
But there might be reason to believe this is the beginning of the end.
The rumored new album title is "MANhattan." While it could all well be a hoax; (Bono was once rumored to have a solo album called "Boyo") if true, using the word MAN seems like a logical closing title after debuting with "BOY." So how about a look back as we soon look forward again. Here are, to me, U2's 50 greatest songs. Based on personal preference, how well they have aged, live performences, etc.
50 should be easy. It's actually not. I have to leave out a lot of songs
"Numb", "Discoteaque," "Hawkmoon 289," "Yahweh," "Van Diemen's Land." Sorry guys.
If you look at my list and say "how did you leave off ________??!!" I probably hated that I did.
This is my list as of today: It will be different tomorrow. Sorry "Heartland." You are #52 this day. Boy has aged remarkebly well. But "An Cat Dubh" and "Into The Heart," just miss. Even "I Will Follow." Where do you agree and disagee?
50. Zoo Station
49. White As Snow http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2009/feb/13/u2-white-as-snow
47. Angel of Harlem
46. If You Wear That Velvet Dress
45. Tryin To Throw your Arms Around The World
44. The Playboy Mansion
41. So Cruel
39. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
38. The Electric Co
37. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
36. The First Time
35. Breathe "We are people born of sound/ The songs are in our eyes/ Gonna wear them like a crown."
33. Window In The Skies If this video came out in the 80s or even 90s it would have been huge. But videos are kind of irrelehvant these days. Which is kind of ironic in this advanced age. Rick Rubin produced and apparently I'm the only person who wanted more Rubin produced U2. Love this song.
32. In God's Country
31. Walk On
30. 11 O' Clock, Tick Tock
27. The Fly "The Fly is Blues and Gospel, Heaven and Hell. The Fly can see both sides but he isn't quite sure which one he's on." -Bono
26. Pride (In The Name of Love) Why not closer to #1? It is a great song. An all-time great song. But I have a hard time putting it above anything that follows. At least today.
25. Mother's Of The Disappeared
24. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me: Awesome lyrics. Great riff. Just a great rock song. They probably should have just put it on Zooropa like it almost was. Maybe it wasn't finished.
23. Mysterious Ways: Typical U2 in that the lyrics are much deeper than at first glance. Holy Spirit as female. Cool stuff here. And much better than that lame book, The Shack. (The Holy Spirit is a female in that book. That's what I just did there)
22. Love Is Blindness
21. Even Better Than The Real Thing
20. Lemon "Midnight is where the day begins." You know... he's right!!
19. Out of Control The Boy album has aged very well. This is still a great rock song live.
18. One Tree Hill
17. When Love Comes To Town "You're mighty young to be writing such heavy lyrics." -BB King
16. Vertigo Uno, dos, tres, catorce! There is a theory that Bono was directing listeners to The Bible: 1st Testament, 2nd Book, 3rd Chapter, 14th verse - "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." I'm not sure I buy any of that, but it wouldn't be the first time Bono has done something similar.
Regardless, it is one heck of a good rock song.
15. Mofo "I'm still a child. No one tells me no."
14. Magnificent Comical how Rolling Stone's 5 Star Review of NLOTH seemed to have no clue this was a praise song. It seems about as obvious as a Robin Mark song to me. "I give you back my voice. From the womb. My first cry; it was a joyful noise!"
13. Stay (Faraway So Close!)
12. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
11. All I Want Is You
10. Running to Stand Still
9. With or Without You
8. New Year's Day
7. Moment of Surrender "It was the most magical experience I've ever had in a studio." - Brian Eno
5. Bullet The Blue Sky
4. Until The End of the World
3. Sunday Bloody Sunday
1. Where The Streets Have No Name
According to Brian Eno, half of the time spent making The Joshua Tree, was spent on this one song. He even wanted it deleted at one point. One story goes that an intern saved it from being thrown away. If you can pick one defining moment for The Edge, this would be it. A highlight live since it debuted. U2 at its U2eyest.
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
6. No Line On The Horizon
7. Rattle & Hum
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
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