Few rock bands have had the kind of career longevity and success enjoyed by U2. This widespread resonance largely stems from the band's ever-malleable sound. During its early years, U2 flew the flag for vibrant post-punk and new wave. As the '80s progressed, the band dabbled in folk, blues and other American musical traditions, before ripping up the playbook, David Bowie-style, with '90s excursions into electronic music. In the last two decades, U2 has settled into a groove centered on all kinds of rock 'n' roll, from earnest throwbacks to modern sleekness. Across the decades, what hasn't changed for U2 is its relentless inner drive to harness music's healing power. Such striving has given songs deep endurance, which the band cultivates via an impressive touring schedule. The members of U2 are loathe to rest on their laurels -- and that permeates every fiber of their being. As they continue to tour the world behind their eighth No.
40. North and South of the River (1997)
Best U2 Songs
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. The band formed in and released their debut EP Three in exclusively in Ireland. The band has since released 14 studio albums, the most recent being Songs of Experience in To date, U2 has released songs.
Yes, they own houses in the south of France, they show up in the occasional gossip column, and Bono jets off to Davos every year, but they are still very much a band. The traditional path to success in the music business pretty much no longer exists, and even if it did, a band like U2 would never, ever have gotten the creative control they asked for and received. No record label still in business today would have let them release a third album after the battles around the second one, October. And even after achieving international fame and fortune with The Joshua Tree , their fifth album, back in , they came crashing back to earth with its follow-up, Rattle and Hum , which every rock critic in the world interpreted as U2 trying to teach America about American music. Record companies certainly want bands to keep doing the thing that made them all that money, over and over again. Every single of member of U2 was convinced at one moment or another in the early days at Hansa Studios — the same place that David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and others have gone to find magic, or at least inspiration — that this was the end of U2. And then one day Lanois suggested to the Edge that he combine two separate guitar parts. They do not have to do any of this, and the fact that they insist on continuing to do so, over and over again, comes from the same stubbornness and dogged determination that got them a record deal in the first place. This leaves us with songs to discuss. This is quite possibly the most overrated track in the entire U2 repertoire.