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Discography FAQ

  1. Albums
  2. Singles
  3. Contribution to Anthologies, Tributes or Charity Albums
  4. Solo Contribution to Anthologies, Tributes or Charity Albums
  5. Other Solo Projects / Collaborations
  6. Songs Written for Others
  7. Soundtrack Contributions
  8. How has U2 done in the charts with singles?
  9. Why does my copy of Boy have extra music at the end?
  10. I think my copy of the Joshua Tree has a flaw - "One Tree Hill" and "Exit" seem mixed up a bit?
  11. What's that annoying sound at the end of my copy of Zooropa?
  12. What is Melon? Hasta La Vista Baby? U2.Communication?
  13. There's an extra track on my copy of The Best of 1980 - 1990?
  14. Where is the hidden extra track on my copy of The Best of 1990 - 2000?
  15. Why do some countries, like Japan, get extra tracks on their album releases? What extra tracks has U2 released in these countries?
  16. Was the Best of 1980 - 1990 & The B-Sides really a limited release? Have there been other limited releases of albums?

1. Albums

The following are U2's studio albums and officially released live compilations, with the producer and the date of release in brackets.

  • Boy [Steve Lillywhite / November 1980]
  • October [Steve Lillywhite / November 1981]
  • War [Steve Lillywhite / February 1983]
  • Under a Blood Red Sky [Jimmy Iovine / November 1983]
  • The Unforgettable Fire [Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois / September 1984]
  • The Joshua Tree [Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno / March 1987]
  • Rattle and Hum [Jimmy Iovine / October 1988]
  • Achtung Baby [Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois / November 1991]
  • Zooropa [Flood, Brian Eno and the Edge / July 1993]
  • Passengers: Original Soundtracks No. 1 [Passengers / November 1995]
  • Pop [Flood, Howie B. and Steve Osborne / March 1997]
  • Best of 1980 - 1990 [Various / November 1998]
  • All That You Can't Leave Behind [Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno / October 2000]
  • Best of 1990 - 2000 [Various / November 2002]
  • How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb [Steve Lillywhite / November 2004]

2. Singles and EPs

The following is a list of U2's commercially released singles. The intent is to provide general information, not to cover every variation of every single in each country that it was released.

  • U2:3 [Ireland only, September 1979]
  • Another Day [Ireland only, February 1980]
  • 11 O'Clock Tick Tock [May 1980]
  • A Day Without Me [August 1980]
  • I Will Follow [October 1980]
  • Fire [June 1981]
  • Gloria [October 1981]
  • A Celebration [October 1982]
  • New Year's Day [January 1983]
  • Two Hearts Beat as One [March 1983]
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday [Germany / The Netherlands only, March 1983]
  • "40" [Germany only, August 1983]
  • I Will Follow (Live) [North America only, October 1983]
  • Pride (In the Name of Love) [September 1984]
  • The Unforgettable Fire [April 1985]
  • Wide Awake in America (EP) [May 1985]
  • With or Without You [March 1987]
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For [May 1987]
  • Where the Streets Have No Name [August 1987]
  • In God's Country [North America only, November 1987]
  • One Tree Hill [New Zealand / Australia only, March 1988]
  • Desire [September 1988]
  • Angel of Harlem [December 1988]
  • When Love Comes To Town [April 1989]
  • All I Want Is You [June 1989]
  • The Fly [October 1991]
  • Mysterious Ways [December 1991]
  • One [February 1992]
  • Even Better Than the Real Thing [June 1992]
  • Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses [November 1992]
  • Numb [August 1993]
  • Stay (Faraway, So Close!) / I've Got You Under My Skin [November 1993]
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me [June 1995]
  • Miss Sarajevo [September 1995]
  • Discotheque [January 1997]
  • Staring at the Sun [March 1997]
  • Last Night on Earth [July 1997]
  • Please [September 1997]
  • If God Will Send His Angels [December 1997]
  • Sweetest Thing [October 1998]
  • Beautiful Day [September 2000]
  • Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of [January 2001 / September 2001]
  • Walk On [January 2001 / November 2001]
  • Elevation [June 2001]
  • 7 (EP) [January 2002]
  • Electrical Storm [October 2002]
  • Vertigo [November 2004]
  • All Because of You [February 2005 / October 2005]
  • Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own [February 2005]
  • City of Blinding Lights [June 2005]
  • All Because of You [October 2005]

3. Contribution to Anthologies, Tributes or Charity Albums

This list includes appearances by the entire band. It does not include every single occasion on which a U2 track has appeared on an anthology such as "Hot Hits of the 1980s" and things like that. It is presented with the name of the project first, followed by the name of the song and the date in parenthesis.

  • Just for Kicks: "Out of Control" (January, 1980)
  • Music for Ears: "A Day Without Me" (1980)
  • Live For Ireland: "Maggie's Farm" (1986)
  • A Very Special Christmas: "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" (1987)
  • The Island Story: "With or Without You" (1987)
  • Folkways - A Vision Shared: "Jesus Christ" (1988)
  • Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors: "Pride (In the Name of Love)" (1989)
  • Red, Hot, & Blue: "Night and Day" (1990)
  • Earthrise: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (1990)
  • Martin - The Works of Martin Hannett: "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" (1991)
  • One and Only - 25 Years of Radio One: "I Will Follow (Live in Studio)" (1992)
  • Peace Together: "Satellite of Love (live)" U2 with Lou Reed (1993)
  • Alternative NRG: "Until the End of the World" (live) (1994)
  • The Perfecto Remix Album: "Even Better Than the Real Thing (Perfecto Remix)" (1994)
  • Earthrise II: "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" (1995)
  • Out Loud: "Night and Day (Youth's Remix)" (1995)
  • Special Brew Compilation: "Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix)" (1996)
  • Diana Princess of Wales Tribute: "Miss Sarajevo" (1997)
  • Tibetan Freedom Concert: "One (live)" (1997)
  • WBCN Naked Disc: "Staring at the Sun (live)" (1997)
  • Across the Bridge of Hope: "Please" (1998)
  • Forgotten Angels: "If God Will Send His Angels" (1999)
  • America: A Tribute to Heroes: "Walk On" (2001)
  • The Very Best of the Tube: "New Year's Day (Live)" (2002)
  • We're a Happy Family: "Beat on the Brat" (2003)
  • Best of Cafe Del Mar: "In a Little While (N.O.W. Remix)" (2003)
  • Creamfields Album (Paul Oakenfold): "Beautiful Day (2004 Remix)" (2004)
  • The Breakthrough (Mary J. Blige): "One" Mary J. Blige with U2 (2005)

4. Solo Contribution to Anthologies, Tributes or Charity Albums

This list includes solo appearances by the band members on various artist anthologies.

  • Band Aid: "Do They Know It's Christmas", Bono and Adam (December, 1984)
  • Artists United Against Apartheid: "Sun City" / "Silver and Gold", Bono (November, 1985)
  • Bringing It All Back Home: "The Bucks of Oranmore", Adam (1991)
  • Bringing It All Back Home: "April the 3rd", Edge (1991)
  • Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Bosnia: "One" / "Miss Sarajevo" (1995)
  • Inner City Blues: "Save the Children", Bono (1995)
  • Tower of Song: "Hallelujah", Bono (1995)
  • Common Ground: "Tomorrow", Bono and Adam (1996)
  • Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: "Dreaming With Tears In My Eyes", Bono and Larry (1996)
  • Amazing Grace: "One", Adam and Larry (1997)
  • Children In Need: "Perfect Day", Bono (1997)
  • The Celtic Heartbeat Collection, Vol. 2: "North and South of the River", Bono and Edge (1998)
  • AAAW: "What's Going On?", Bono and the Edge (2001)
  • 46664 Part III - Amandla: "One / Unchained Melody", Bono and the Edge (2004)
  • Band Aid 20: "Do They Know It's Christmas", Bono (December, 2004)

5. Other Solo Projects / Collaborations

The other artist will be listed first, followed by the U2 appearance and the year in parentheses. Note: the U2 "appearance" could take one or more of many forms: playing an instrument, co-writing a song, producing a song or album, etc.

  • Jah Wobble: Edge appears on Snakecharmer mini-album (1983)
  • T-Bone Burnett: Bono appears on Beyond the Trap Door album (1984)
  • Clannad: Bono appears on "In a Lifetime" single (1985)
  • Paul Brady: Larry appears on Back to the Centre album (1986)
  • Christy Moore: Larry appears on "Let's Make It Work" single (1986)
  • Robbie Robertson: U2 appear on Robbie Robertson album (1987)
  • T-Bone Burnett: Bono appears on The Talking Animals album (1988)
  • Roy Orbison: Bono and Edge appear on Mystery Girl album (1989)
  • Daniel Lanois: Adam and Larry appear on Acadie album (1989)
  • Melissa Etheridge: Bono appears on Brave and Crazy album (1989)
  • Ecco Homo: Bono and the Edge appear on New York New York single (1990)
  • The Call: Bono appears on Red Moon album (1990)
  • Cut to the Chase: Bono plays drums on "Cool American" on Hard album (1992)
  • Ronnie Wood: Edge appears on Slide On This album (1992)
  • Sharon Shannon: Adam appears on Sharon Shannon album (1993)
  • Frank Sinatra: Bono appears on Duets album (1993)
  • Nancy Griffith: Adam and Larry appear on Flyer album (1994)
  • Christy Moore: Bono and Edge appear on "North and South of the River" single (1995)
  • The Chieftains: Bono appears on The Chieftains and Friends album (1995)
  • Quincy Jones: Bono appears on Q's Jook Joint album (1995)
  • Emmylou Harris: Larry appears on Wrecking Ball album (1995)
  • Gavin Friday: Bono and Edge appear on Shag Tobacco album (1995)
  • Russell Mills: Edge appears on Undark 3396 album (1996)
  • Carl Perkins: Bono appears on Go Cat Go album (1996)
  • Kirk Franklin: Bono appears on The Nu Nation Project album (1998)
  • Lone Justice: Bono appears on the This World is Not our Home album (1998)
  • Little Steven: Adam appears on Born Again Savage album (1999)
  • Lone Justice: Bono appears on This World Is Not My Home album (1999)
  • Wyclef Jean: Bono appears on the "New Day" single (1999)
  • Michael Hutchence: Bono appears on Michael Hutchence album (1999)
  • Christy Moore: Edge appears on Traveller album (1999)
  • Mocean Worker: Bono appears on the Aural and Hearty album (2000)
  • AAAW: Bono/Edge appear on various versions of the "What's Going On" charity single (2001)
  • Mick Jagger: Bono appears on the Goddess in the Doorway album (2001)
  • Andrea Bocelli: Bono recites on "L'Incontrero" from Ceili de Toscana album (2001)
  • The Corrs: Bono appears The Corrs Live from Dublin album (2002)
  • Craig Armstrong: Bono and Edge perform a new version of "Stay" on the As If To Nothing album (2002)
  • Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra: Bono performs on a new version of "If You Wear that Velvet Dress" on the More Friends Small World Big Band Vol. 2 album (2002)
  • Daniel Lanois: Bono performs on a different version of "Fallin' at Your Feet" on the Shine album.
  • Wyclef Jean: Edge appears on The Preacher's Son album (2003)
  • David Stewart: Bono and the Edge perform on several tracks with David Stewart and other artists on the 46664 live albums (2004)
  • Nancy Sinatra: Larry and Adam perform on her self titled album (2004)

6. Songs Written for Others

Songs written by U2 members for others. Listed first is the artist performing the song.

  • Roy Orbison: Bono and Edge wrote "She's a Mystery to Me" (1989)
  • Irish National Soccer Team: Larry co-wrote and co-produced "Put 'Em Under Pressure," Ireland's official World Cup single (1990)
  • Neville Brothers: Bono wrote "Jah Love" (1990)
  • Zucchero: Bono co-wrote "Miserere" (1992)
  • Tina Turner: Bono and Edge wrote "Goldeneye" (1995)
  • Ronnie Drew: Bono co-wrote "Drinking In The Day" (1995)
  • Soma: Bono co-writes "Love From a Short Distance" (1996)
  • Marianne Faithfull: Bono and Edge wrote "Conversation on a Barstool" (1998)
  • Zucchero: Bono co-wrote "Blue" (1998)
  • Andrea Corr: Bono co-wrote "Time Enough for Tears" found on the In America Soundtrack (2003)
  • Neville Brothers: Bono co-wrote "Kingdom Come" (2004)

7. Soundtrack Contributions

The title of the movie will be listed first, followed by U2's contribution, and the year of release. U2's most successful contribution to a movie would have to be the original song, "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me" which was on the Batman Forever soundtrack. The song was released as a single with other tracks from the movie, and the single reached number 2 in the UK charts, number 1 in Australia, number 11 in Canada and number 16 in the U.S.

  • They Call It An Accident - "October" [1982]
  • The Last American Virgin - "I Will Follow" [1982]
  • Captive - Edge co-authors entire soundtrack with Michael Brooks [1985]
  • The Courier - "Walk to the Water" [1987]
  • Until the End of the World - "Until the End of the World" [1990]
  • A Clockwork Orange - Bono / Edge co-write music for theater production [1990]
  • State of Grace - "Trip Through Your Wires" [1990]
  • Honeymoon In Vegas - Bono sings "Can't Help Falling In Love" [1992]
  • Faraway, So Close - "Stay (Faraway, So Close)" and "The Wanderer" [1993]
  • Reality Bites - "All I Want Is You" [1993]
  • Pret-a-Porter - "Lemon Remix" [1994]
  • Threesome - "Dancing Barefoot" [1994]
  • Milk Money - "Some Days are Better Than Others" [1994]
  • In the Name of the Father - "Thief Of Your Heart", "In the Name of the Father" and "Billy Boola" [1994]
  • Blown Away - "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" [1994]
  • Johnny Mnemonic - "Alex Descends Into Hell For a Bottle of Milk" [1995]
  • Batman Forever - "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" [1995]
  • Heat - "Always, Forever, Now" (The Passengers) [1995]
  • Par-dela les Nuages - "Your Blue Room" and "Beach Sequence" (The Passengers) [1995]
  • The Pillow Book - "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car" [1995]
  • Show Girls - "Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix)" [1995]
  • Short Cuts - Bono and the Edge co-write "Conversations on a Barstool" [1996]
  • Mission: Impossible - Adam and Larry perform title track theme song [1996]
  • Gun (U.S. TV show) - "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" [1997]
  • Blackout - "Miami" [1997]
  • The End of Violence - "I'm Not Your Baby" with Sinead O'Connor [1997]
  • City of Angels - "If God Will Send His Angels" [1998]
  • Cookies Fortune - Bono / Edge appear on separate tracks [1998]
  • Forces of Nature - "Everlasting Love" [1999]
  • Entropy - "MOFO (Live)", "Mysterious Ways (Live)", "Lemon (Perfecto Mix)" [1999]
  • Runaway Bride - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" [1999]
  • Three Kings - "In God's Country" [2000]
  • Million Dollar Hotel - U2 contributes "Stateless", "The Ground Beneath Her Feet", and "The First Time" and Bono contributes "Never Let Me Go", "Falling at Your Feet" and "Dancin' Shoes" [2000]
  • The Family Man - "One" [2000]
  • Moulin Rouge - Bono covers "Children of the Revolution" with Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer [2001]
  • Tomb Raider - "Elevation (Tomb Raider Mix)" [2001]
  • Vanilla Sky - "Wild Honey" [2001]
  • Buskers - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" [2001]
  • Bandits - "Beautiful Day" [2001]
  • About a Boy - "Zoostation" [2002]
  • Mr. Deeds - "Sweetest Thing (Single Mix)" [2002]
  • Bloody Sunday - "Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live)" [2002]
  • Black Velvet - "Beautiful Day" [2002]
  • Gangs of New York - "Hands That Built America" - different mix from The Best Of 1990 - 2000 [2003]
  • The Good Thief - Bono covers "That's Life"[2003]
  • Veronica Guerin - "Everlasting Love" [2003]
  • Intermission - "Out of Control" [2003]
  • Taking Lives - "Bad" [2004]
  • Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man Documentary - "Tower of Song" [2005]
  • Don't Come Knocking - "Don't Come Knocking" - Bono and Andrea Corr [Expected 2006]

8. How has U2 done in the singles charts?

The easy answer would be "quite well". It is more difficult than that, as each country maintains its own charting system, and some countries have multiple charts. How various charts are measured has also changed througout U2's career.

In the U.S., U2 had their first number one single with "With or Without You". In the U.K., their first number one single was "Desire". When looking at albums, War was the first number one album in the U.K., and The Joshua Tree was the first number one album in the U.S. Other singles to make it to number one during U2's career are as follows:

  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U.S.)
  • The Fly (U.K. and Australia)
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Australia)
  • Discotheque (U.K.)
  • Beautiful Day (U.K. and Australia)
  • Vertigo (U.K.)
  • All Because of You (Canada)

9. Why does my copy of Boy have extra music at the end?

The extra music is found on early vinyl pressings of Boy. It was removed from later pressings of the vinyl and does not appear on any CD pressings of the album. The music itself is a short 25 second instrumental track with a very low volume in comparison to other tracks on the vinyl. It sounds like an early version of the track "Fire" which appeared on the October album. [EN]

10. I think my copy of The Joshua Tree has a flaw - "One Tree Hill" and "Exit" seem mixed up a bit?

There is an editing problem with many copies of The Joshua Tree. At the end of "One Tree Hill" there is a moment of silence and then the song comes back with the lines "Oh great ocean, oh great sea, run to the ocean, run to the sea". The silence before this track has created a mastering problem. On some copies this section of "One Tree Hill" is included at the start of "Exit" instead.

In the correct form "One Tree Hill" runs 5:23 and "Exit" runs 4:13. This is a widespread problem with pressings of The Joshua Tree on CD, and is far from 'rare'. [AS]

11. What's that annoying sound at the end of my copy of Zooropa?

If you leave Zooropa playing for about one minute after "The Wanderer", you will hear an alarm going off. This is the same alarm which warns radio DJ's when there is a 10 second air silence. Some editions of Zooropa don't have the DJ alarm at the end -- the Brazillian pressing, for example. [TVT, CG]

12. What is Melon? Hasta La Vista Baby? U2.Communication?

Melon is the name of a CD produced and distributed by U2's official fan club, Propaganda. It was sent out to all subscribers in late 1994 / early 1995, and consisted of 9 remixes of U2 songs. Hasta La Vista Baby was the second fan club only release through Propaganda. It was sent out in the Summer of 2000 to subscribers, and is 14 live tracks from the Mexico City PopMart concert featured on the PopMart Live from Mexico City video release. U2.Communication is the third fan club release, this time released to subscribers of u2.com. It was a double disc set, with the first disc containing audio from the Chicago and Milan Vertigo concerts. The second disc is a CD-Rom and contains screensavers, desktops and a video clip from the Milan Vertigo concert.

At this time you cannot order a copy of either Melon or Hasta La Vista Baby from any official outlet. They are out of print, and further printings are not expected. Both often are available for auction on sites such as eBay, Yahoo Auctions and Amazon Auctions. U2.Communication is the 2005 gift from u2.com, and you can still receive the CD at this time by subscribing to the website. At this point it is unknown how long this offer will run.

These three CDs are the only three CDs produced for the fan club. There is an entire series of remix CDs, with names such as Mango, Banana, Strawberry, etc. -- these are all bootleg compilations and are not released by the band itself. Melon itself has been bootlegged, the official version came in a cardboard sleeve, the bootlegs came in a regular plastic jewel case, so be careful when looking for this item. Just weeks after the release of U2.Communication there were reports of bootleg copies of the album circulating on EBay.

13. There's an extra track on my copy of The Best of 1980 - 1990?

"October" appears after "All I Want Is You" on Track 14 at 7:31. There is about 1 minute of silence between the two songs. [AC]

14. Where is the hidden extra track on my copy of The Best of 1990 - 2000?

There is no hidden track on the second compilation. However, on the U.K. and Japan releases of the compilation, there is an extra track. "The Fly" is the last track on the compilation in these countries. It is not a hidden track because it is clearly marked on the back of the CD case. [AS]

15. Why do some countries, like Japan, get extra tracks on their album releases? What extra tracks has U2 released in these countries?

In some countries it is more expensive to buy a CD that is pressed in that country than it is to buy an import from another country. At the request of the record label, U2 has included extra tracks in those countries, to entice people to buy the copy produced in their own country.

The additional tracks U2 has added to each of their albums due to this are as follows:

  • Pop (1997) - "Holy Joe (Guilty Mix)" was added in Japan
  • Best of 1980 - 1990 (1998) - "One Tree Hill" was added in Japan
  • All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) - "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" was added in Japan, the U.K., and Australia
  • The Best of 1990 - 2000 (2002) - "The Fly" was added in Japan and the U.K
  • How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - "Fast Cars" was added in Japan and the U.K., and on the vinyl album

16. Was the Best of 1980 - 1990 & The B-Sides really a limited release? Have there been other limited releases of albums?

When released in 1998, The Best of 1980 - 1990 & The B-Sides was advertised in some areas as being a "limited edition". It turns out the release was not as limited as expected, being repressed in 2001 for promotion of the Elevation DVD release in the U.S., and worldwide in 2002 to promote the release of the second Best of compilation.

In Canada, however, the original release was individually numbered on the back cover. Each was numbered with a number that had up to 6 digits. This version of the double CD set has never been reissued. However, with at least 250,000 copies produced, the double CD was available in stores for months after the initial release. In 2002, The Best of 1990 - 2000 & the B-Sides was also released with limited edition numbering, in similar numbers to the first collection.

All That You Can't Leave Behind was released in Australia and the U.K. with a slipcase which also featured individual numbering. The numbering again was made up of a six digit number. It is unknown how many copies were released in this packaging. In the U.S., All That You Can't Leave Behind was initially released with a second promo CD featuring either "Always" or "Summer Rain". These were limited, but are not numbered.

Numbering of U2 releases dates back to their first release. One version of the 12" single of Three was released in a hand numbered sleeve, limited to 1000 copies. Throughout U2's career, there have been other singles and promotional items that have been numbered as well. [AS]