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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bono was born: May 10, 1960/ U2’s Top 50 Songs

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At 16 years old, an Irish singer and guitarist named Paul Hewson (better known as Bono) hooked up with guitarist Dave Evans (aka “The Edge”), bassist Adam Clayton, and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. The four met at Mount Temple Comprehensive School and were signed to Island Records within four years, first hitting the scene with 1980’s Boy. Over the next seven years, they built a strong college-rock base and then with 1987’s The Joshua Tree became the world’s biggest rock band.

While Bono has always been the center of the attention, the band has remained a stable force over three decades, thanks to their stick-together-as-a-group attitude. They’ve stretched their sound and been celebrated for nearly every direction they’ve gone. Eight of their twelve studio albums released from 1980-2009 have landed in the DMDB’s list of the top 1000 albums of all time.

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In celebration of Bono’s birthday, here are U2’s top 50 songs according to Dave’s Music Database. DMDB lists are aggregates of multiple best-of lists with sales figures, airplay, and awards figured into the mix as well. In this case, appearances on Joel’s many compilations and live albums are also factored in. Songs which hit #1 on the Billboard U.S. pop charts (#1), album rock charts (#1 AR), and modern rock charts (#1 MR) are noted, as are UK chart toppers (#1 UK). In addition, six songs are ranked by Dave’s Music Database in the top 1000 songs of all time (DMDB 1000) and seven make the DMDB’s list of the top 100 alternative rock songs (alt-rock 100). Also of note: “Beautiful Day” won Grammys for Record and Song of the Year, “Walk On” won Record of the Year, and “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” won Song of the Year.


U2’s Top 50 Songs

New Year’s Day (1983)

1. With Or Without You (1987) DMDB 1000 alt rock 100 #1 #1 AR
2. One (1991) DMDB 1000 alt rock 100 #1 AR #1 MR
3. Beautiful Day (2000) DMDB 1000 #1 UK
4. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (1987) DMDB 1000 alt rock 100 #1
5. Pride (In the Name of Love) (1984) DMDB 1000 alt rock 100

Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983)

6. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983) DMDB 1000 alt rock 100
7. Where the Streets Have No Name (1987) alt rock 100
8. New Year’s Day (1983) alt rock 100
9. Vertigo (2004) #1 MR #1 UK
10. Mysterious Ways (1991) #1 AR #1 MR

Pride (In the Name of Love) (1984)

11. Desire (1988) #1 AR #1 MR #1 UK
12. Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of (2000)
13. I Will Follow (1980)
14. Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own (2004) #1 UK
15. Bad (1984)

With Or Without You (1987)

16. Angel of Harlem (1988) #1 AR
17. Walk On (2000)
18. The Fly (1991) #1 MR #1 UK
19. Even Better Than the Real Thing (1991) #1 AR
20. All I Want Is You (1989)

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (1987)

21. Sweetest Thing (1987)
22. Discotheque (1997) #1 MR #1 UK
23. Staring at the Sun (1997) #1 MR
24. When Love Comes to Town (with B.B. King, 1988)
25. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (1995) #1 AR #1 MR

26. The Saints Are Coming (with Green Day, 2006)
27. Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (1993)
28. Bullet the Blue Sky (1987)
29. City of Blinding Lights (2004)
30. God Part II (1988)

Where the Streets Have No Name (1987)

31. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (1991)
32. Gloria (1981)
33. In God’s Country (1987)
34. Until the End of the World (1991)
35. Electrical Storm (2002)

Mysterious Ways (1991)

36. Numb (1993)
37. One (with Mary J. Blige, 2006)
38. Last Night on Earth (1997)
39. Get on Your Boots (2009)
40. The Unforgettable Fire (1984)

One (1991)

41. 40 (1983)
42. Elevation (2000)
43. Theme from Mission: Impossible (Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr., 1996)
44. Running to Stand Still (1987)
45. Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl (1982)

Beautiful Day (2000)

46. Two Hearts Beat As One (1983)
47. MLK (1984)
48. Zoo Station (1991)
49. Moment of Surrender (2009)
50. October (1981)

Vertigo (2004)


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