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A Comprehensive U2 Playlist For Your Enjoyment


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If you just want to have a look at the playlist below,

then feel free to skip my overlong disclaimer!




I tend to create playlists quite a lot in my spare time.


Part of it is just natural to me with all the technology available to want to jump in and mess around with track orders,

make playlists that fit certain moods, or whatever...

Part of it is being single in the Midwest of the United States with apparently quite a lot of free time!



In this case, Larry's remark in the film Rattle & Hum about it being "a musical journey" informs the making of this one and describes it quite well, I think.

Originally, I wanted to make a nice thirty or so song list that summed up my idea of a U2 Best Of compilation.

However, as I suspected would be the case, I'd always end up thinking that there are more songs that need to be included.


Inevitably perhaps, I found myself shooting for including every released studio track the group has done.

I suspect that as soon as I am happy with this playlist,

U2 will release the Songs of Experience LP and I'll have to rethink the whole 200 plus song set I have created!


I don't mind though.

It's a labor of love and appreciation.


I have made these segments/lists no longer than a CD's length each.

That way it isn't just a massive list of songs.

I wanted all the B-sides, soundtrack material, side projects, certain remixes, (most) work done with other artists, and a few oddities to be included.

As a result, there has been a wide array of material to choose from, many moods to explore, and many rhythms to cross.


I'm aiming to be comprehensive though I'm not quite there yet.

This playlist is NOT complete.

Certain tracks like

Van Diemen's Land and Flower Child,

Winter and Wild Honey,

Levitate and Plot 180,

Stand Up Comedy and many others still need a home in there somewhere...

I welcome ideas as to where these and others would fit best...


You will notice that I have used some of U2's live song ordering tendencies.

It's not a matter of not being original.

It's more to do with not messing with an inspired transition.

Until The End Of The World straight into New Year's Day is a prime example.

That one gives me chills every time, especially live.

The same goes for Bullet The Blue Sky followed by Running To Stand Still.


While there are quite a few hits up front in the mix,

my intention was to spread things out a bit.

For instance, With Or Without You doesn't arrive until near the end.


The main thing is that I like transitions from song to song to make sense.

It always bugged me when DJ playlists on radio would just stomp on a mood with the introduction of a song that had no business being there...

In God's Country into A Sort Of Homecoming felt really nice to me.

The same goes for Moment Of Surrender being followed by The Troubles, Your Blue Room, and If You Wear That Velvet Dress.

Sleep Like A Baby straight into Babyface feels spooky to me somehow.

It shouldn't work but it does.


Anyway, that's quite enough of my happy blabbing.

I hope that you like the look of it and perhaps use the song order for your enjoyment.

Perhaps you could make one of your own that puts my playlist to shame.

Well, what's the hold up?

Are you gonna wait forever?

Bring it!









Even Better Than The Real Thing



Mysterious Ways

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

Beautiful Day

Until The End Of The World

New Year's Day

I Will Follow


The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)

Zoo Station


City Of Blinding Lights

California (There Is No End To Love)

Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of

Sweetest Thing '98

Angel Of Harlem




In A Little While

Song For Someone

Original Of The Species

Stay (Faraway, So Close!)

Every Breaking Wave


So Cruel

All I Want Is You

The Unforgettable Fire

Miss Sarajevo (Passengers w/Luciano Pavarotti)


Sunday Bloody Sunday

Bullet The Blue Sky

Running To Stand Still

Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own





Where The Streets Have No Name

Pride (In The Name Of Love)

Out Of Control

Two Hearts Beat As One


The Electric Co.

All Because Of You

The Fly

Walk On

In God's Country

A Sort Of Homecoming

The Three Sunrises

A Day Without Me


Iris (Hold Me Close)






Wake Up Dead Man

God, Pt. 2

New York

I Fall Down


11 O'Clock Tick Tock

Spanish Eyes

Love Comes Tumbling



The Refugee

Stranger In A Strange Land

The Ocean

Drift (The Edge)

Beach Sequence (Passengers)

Mothers Of The Disappeared

Love Rescue Me




White As Snow

North And South Of The River

Falling At Your Feet (Bono and Daniel Lanois)

If God Will Send His Angels

Sleep Like A Baby Tonight


Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World

Slow Dancing (Starring Willie Nelson)

Dancin' Shoes (Bono/MDH Band)

The First Time

Ito Okashi (Passengers w/Holi)

Slug (Passengers)

The Dream Theme (The Edge)

4th Of July

Drowning Man

An Cat Dubh

Into The Heart

Treasure (Whatever Happened To Pete The Chop?)

Fortunate Son (w/Maria McKee)





Stories For Boys


Lady With A Spinning Head (UV1)


Cedarwood Road

Another Time Another Place


Lucifer's Hands

Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Are You Gonna Wait Forever?

Paint It Black

The Saints Are Coming (w/Green Day)


Beat On The Brat

Get On Your Boots

Big Girls Are Best

Holy Joe (Garage Mix)

Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Gun Mix)




Love And Peace Or Else

Children Of The Revolution (Bono/Gavin Friday/Maurice Seezer)

Last Night On Earth

Fez/Being Born

Yoshino Blossom

Boomerang I


Red Light

Dancing Barefoot

The Ground Beneath Her Feet

The Hands That Built America

The Crystal Ballroom

Boomerang II

Endless Deep

Deep In The Heart

Walk To The Water

Elvis Presley And America

Sixty Seconds In Kingdom Come


There will be more to come soon...

Edited by HansasHeroes1991
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Anthology, continued...


Race Against Time
Beautiful Ghost/Introduction To Songs Of Experience
Rowena's Theme (The Edge)
Luminous Times (Hold On To Love)
Red Hill Mining Town
Dirty Day
Summer Rain
Satellite Of Love (w/Gavin Friday)
Everlasting Love
Jesus Christ
Trip Through Your Wires
When Love Comes To Town (w/B.B.King)
A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel
Some Days Are Better Than Others
Do You Feel Loved


In The Name Of The Father (Bono/Gavin Friday)
Hallelujah (Bono)
Save The Children (Bono)
One Minute Warning (Passengers)
Corpse (These Chains Are Way Too Long) (Passengers)
Tomorrow '96
The Strange Party (The Edge)
Hiro's Theme I (The Edge)
Near The Island
In A Lifetime (Clannad And Bono)
Wave Of Sorrow (Birdland)
Stateless (Bono)
A Dying Sailor To His Shipmates (Bono)
Theme From The Swan (Passengers)

Viva Davidoff (Passengers)
Djinn (Michael Brook/The Edge)
Hiro's Theme (Reprise) (The Edge)




Last Night On Earth (First Night In Hell Mix)
United Colours (Passengers)
Elvis Ate America (Passengers)
Billy Boola (Bono and Gavin Friday)
Sugar Daddy (Tom Jones and The Edge)
The Playboy Mansion
Don't Take Your Guns To Town
Hallelujah Here She Comes
Everybody Loves A Winner
Heaven And Hell

Conversation On A Bar Stool (Marianne Faithfull)

Dreaming With Tears In My Eyes (Bono)
Slow Dancing (1993 Version)
Drunk Chicken/America (U2 and Allen Ginsberg)

Oh Berlin
Raised By Wolves
Like A Song



A Celebration
Is That All?
With A Shout


Things To Make And Do
The Dream Is Over
Speed Of Life
Another Day
Shadows And Tall Trees (w/Saturday Night instrumental snippet)
Saturday Night
Life On A Distant Planet
Alone In The Light
The Fool
Trash, Trampoline, And The Party Girl

Indian Summer Sky
This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now




Crumbs From Your Table
When I Look At The World
Theme From Let's Go Native (Passengers)

You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart (Sinead O'Connor)
Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle Of Milk/Korova 1

One Foot In Heaven (The Edge)

I Threw A Brick Through A Window

Silver And Gold
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Hawkmoon 269
Unchained Melody
Miracle Drug

Ave Maria (Jacknife Lee Mix)




Ordinary Love

Neon Lights
Always Forever Now (Passengers)
Invisible (RED Version)

Heroine (The Edge w/Sinéad O'Connor)

Unknown Caller

Windows In The Skies


One Tree Hill
Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
No Line On The Horizon
Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix)
Staring At The Sun
A Man And A Woman

Cedars Of Lebanon






Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car

I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (Redanka's "Kick The Darkness" Vocal Version)
Pop Muzik (Pop Mart Mix)
Night And Day
With Or Without You
Love Is Blindness
Two Shots Happy One Shot Sad
Can't Help Falling In Love (Bono)




The Wanderer (Starring Johnny Cash)
Peace On Earth

Moment Of Surrender

The Troubles (w/Lykke Li)

Your Blue Room (Passengers)
If You Wear That Velvet Dress
Bass Trap
Island (The Edge)
One Step Closer
The First Time (Reprise) (Daniel Lanois)


That's it for the playlist so far...
As I mentioned earlier,
a number of songs still need to be placed somewhere in the list.
So far the tunes not included are...

Stand Up Comedy
Instant Karma
Love You Like Mad


Flower Child
I Am The Walrus (Bono And Secret Machines)
Tower Of Song
Fast Cars


Xanax And Wine
Native Son
Wild Honey

The Mission Impossible Theme


Plot 180
A Different Kind Of Blue
I've Got You Under My Skin (w/Frank Sinatra)

Van Diemen's Land


Silver And Gold (w/Keith Richards and Ron Wood)
I'm Not Your Baby (w/Sinéad O'Connor)
Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) (w/Jay-Z & Rihanna)

The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew (w/The Dubliners)

I Wanna Be Around (Bono & Tony Bennett)


I Believe In Father Christmas

Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

What's Going On? (London Version)

Never Let Me Go (Bono/MDH Band)

The Father And His Wife The Spirit (w/Sinéad O'Connor)


Summer Wine (The Corrs and Bono)

When The Stars Go Blue (The Corrs and Bono)

Disappearing Act

Blow Your House Down

New Day (Wyclef Jean and Bono)


If You Wear That Velvet Dress (Bono and Jools Holland)

Mothers Of The Disappeared (Bono a cappella)

Every Breaking Wave (Radio Edit)

The Return Of The Stingray Guitar



North Star

Be There

Rise Above 1

Boy Falls From The Sky

Angels Too Tied To The Ground


Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Bono And The Edge)

Picture This

Air Suspension (Mocean Worker And Bono)

A Freak Like Me Needs Company

The Edge's work with Jah Wobble and Holger Czukay on "Snakecharmer" could be a really nice inclusion.

I'm aiming to be comprehensive.
It's not quite there yet but it's getting one step closer all the time...

Edited by HansasHeroes1991
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  • 4 weeks later...

You're missing:


Hang Up!

In Your Hand

Concentration Cramp

Night Fright

Father Is An Elephant

Silver Lining

Dream Is Over

Street Mission

Magic Carpet (Judith No Man's Land/Lost On A Silent Planet)


Saturday Night

Be There


Cartoon World

False Prophet

Emperor's New Clothes

Jack In the Box


We Love You


A few others that escape me at the moment.

Edited by Sigma957
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Cheers, bruv!

You are correct.

There are so many that it's easy to forget some.

Part of me wanted to limit the list to officially released songs,

though you've named some tasty tracks indeed.

If I include the ones I have yet to place in the list,

the ones you've named and the upcoming SoE LP

(which I'll guess will have a minimum of ten songs),

it'll be a list which exceeds 300 tunes.

I won't mind though.

I love the flow of it when I let it play for hours.

Lots of cool moods when those tracks are bundled in certain ways.


Again, thank you!

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