Top 100 Songs
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. The band has remained a stable force nearly four 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.
For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.
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Top 100 Songs
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists, appearances on compilations and live albums by the featured act, and songs’ chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.
DMDB Top 1%:
1. With or Without You (1987)
DMDB Top 2%:
8. New Year’s Day (1983)
DMDB Top 5%:
10. Mysterious Ways (1991)
21. Even Better Than the Real Thing (1991)
DMDB Top 10%:
24. You’re the Best Thing About Me (2017)
31. Window in the Skies (2006)
41. City of Blinding Lights (2004)
DMDB Top 20%:
44. In God’s Country (1987)
51. Moment of Surender (2009)
61. I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (2009)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
63. 11 O’Clock Tick Tock (1980)
71. October (1981)
81. Please (1997)
91. Fortunate Son (1992)
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First posted 9/6/2017; updated 3/22/2023.
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