SONGS AND ALBUMS FROM THE 80S
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Now, here's some info about some of U2's work...
"NEW YEAR'S DAY" (1983)
The track was the first single to be released from U2's War album and reached #10 in the UK. The subject of the song was the Polish solidarity movement. Who else loves that great bassline by Adam Clayton?
"SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY" (1983)
The opening track on War was released as the third single in March 1983, but was not released in the UK.
"PRIDE IN THE NAME OF LOVE" (1984)
Reaching #13 in the UK and also a top ten hit across Europe, this was the first single to be released from The Unforgettable Fire. The initial reviews were rather mixed, but over the years the song has gained notoriety for its brilliance, and now often features in top 500 lists of "greatest songs".
The lyrics are about Martin Luther King, Jr., although even these were panned by Rolling Stone magazine at the time, which described them as "unremarkable". How such a quality tune could receive poor reviews I'll never know, but this is definitely in my list of best tracks from the 1980s, and is one of the Irish band's best-loved songs. The fact that so many people now rate Pride so highly shows just how unimportant the views of the critics are anyway.
"I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR" (1987)
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For was U2's second single release from the 6x Platinum (UK) album The Joshua Tree, which was the Irish Band's biggest-selling album. It was also the second track on the album.
Influenced by American gospel music, the song was the follow-up to With Or Without You and reached #6 in the UK singles chart and #1 in the Billboard Hot 100.
Produced by the legendary musician and producer Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, the song was critically acclaimed, although band member The Edge once described the song as sounding like "Eye Of The Tiger played by a reggae band".
The third and final single released from The Joshua Tree album was Where The Streets Have No Name and reached #4 in the UK. However, in the U.S. and Canada only, God's Country was released as a fourth single and reached #48 in the UK as an import.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Single Sleeve)
Boy (1980) #52October (1981) #11
War (1983) #1
The Unforgettable Fire (1984) #1
The Joshua Tree (1987) #1
Rattle And Hum (1988) #1
Achtung Baby (1991) #2
Zooropa (1993) #1
Pop (1997) #1
All That You Can Leave Behind (2000) #1
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004) #1
No Line On The Horizon (2009) #1
Songs of Innocence (2014) #6
Songs of Experience (2017) #5