Joey’s Top 10s: U2

U2 has written some of the most triumphant, powerful songs



The classic band bringing the best of the beats


With the release of the Disney+ movie, “Bono & The Edge: A Sort Of Homecoming, With Dave Letterman,” I wanted to take a crack at my top 10 U2 songs. U2 has written some triumphant, powerful songs that deliver mostly compelling and thought-provoking messages.

  1. “Mysterious Ways”

Starting off with a really cool wah-wah and reverb guitar effect, “Mysterious Ways” strays away from the typical U2 sound. This song is seemingly about a man who is very confused about relationships and women. The sound feels weird and good and amplifies the song’s message well.

  1. “Sweetest Thing”

I think this is a really sweet song, a very innocent and sweet love story, and very reminiscent of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” This song is not super deep and does not make any crazy societal commentary, but it is a really fun listen.

  1. “All Along The Watchtower”

A cover of the Jimi Hendrix style of “All Along The Watchtower,” this comes from U2’s live album, “Rattle And Hum.” Although I think this line isn’t originally by Bono (the lead singer of U2), the lyric “All I’ve got is a red guitar, three chords and the truth” is a really cool message.

  1. “Where The Streets Have No Name”

The first but definitely not last song from the iconic “The Joshua Tree” album, “Where The Streets Have No Name” is an incredible track. “Where The Streets Have No Name” really highlights U2’s guitarist’s – Bono, Dick Evans and The Edge – really interesting guitar-playing techniques. The Edge (U2’s guitar player) has a delay effect on his guitar, which gives the intro riff its distinct sound.

  1. “Vertigo”

“Vertigo” is best listened to with headphones on. The mixing of this song is really cool, most of the guitar riffs are played through the left headphone while the vocals can be heard slightly more on the right side of the mix.

  1. “Zoo Station”

Similar to “Vertigo,” the intro to Zoo Station can mostly be heard through the left headphone. I really have no idea what effect is being put on the guitar to give it the sound that can be heard. However, the guitar is not the only instrument with a distinct sound. Bono’s vocals are dampened and there is another effect that I cannot quite pinpoint, but it adds a really cool dimension to the song.

  1. “Pride”

This is a really powerful song about the civil rights movement of the 1960s in America. The third verse is the most resounding, “Early morning, April four. Shot rings out in the Memphis sky. Free at last they took your life; they could not take your pride.” This lyric is chilling but very powerful. It was actually about Martin Luther King Jr. a man who wanted to spread love and equality during the civil rights movement but was ultimately rejected on many fronts.

Another example of The Edge’s unique guitar playing, “City Of Blinding Lights” has another delayed heavy guitar riff that leads into a really lovely piano part that eventually builds up into the first verse of the song.

I perceive this song to be an innocent and pure love song; lines like “And I miss you when you’re not around” and “Don’t look before you laugh, look ugly in a photograph” imply that people should focus more on living in the moment and being in tune with their emotions rather than making sure they are perceived as a perfect person.

  1. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

Another song from “The Joshua Tree,” this song is slightly frustrating because Bono never really says what he is looking for, but I think that might be the point of the song; it is up to the listener to decide what Bono (or even the listener themsleves) is looking for.

  1. “In God’s Country”

Not only my favorite (and in my opinion, the best) U2 song, “In God’s Country” is one of my favorite songs of all time. Similar to “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” this song is also pretty vague and is pretty much up to interpretation by the audience.