U2: 40

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The documentary It Might Get Loud is opening today in Memphis. It Might Get Loud unites legendary/master guitarists Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds), The Edge (U2), and Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs) as they discuss their craft and the instrument that has defined them.

To celebrate, I believe a list is called for. Top 40 U2 songs. Go:

1. New Year’s Day (War)
2. Zooropa (Zooropa)
3. The Fly (Achtung Baby)
4. The Electric Co. (Boy)
5. Mofo (Pop)
6. All I Want is You (Rattle and Hum)
7. Until the End of the World (Achtung Baby)
8. Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
9. Dirty Day (Zooropa)
10. City of Blinding Light (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
11. Do You Feel Loved (Pop)
12. Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (Zooropa)
13. Acrobat (Achtung Baby)
14. The Unforgettable Fire (The Unforgettable Fire)
15. No Line on the Horizon (No Line on the Horizon)
16. Ultra Violet (Light My Way) (Achtung Baby)
17. Zoo Station (Achtung Baby)
18. A Sort of Homecoming (The Unforgettable Fire)
19. Gone (Pop)
20. Wire (The Unforgettable Fire)
21. Seconds (War)
22. Out of Control (Boy)
23. Miss Sarajevo (Best of 1990-2000)
24. Surrender (War)
25. FEZ-Being Born (No Line on the Horizon)
26. Breathe (No Line on the Horizon)
27. Magnificent (No Line on the Horizon)
28. Staring at the Sun (Pop)
29. Red Hill Mining Town (The Joshua Tree)
30. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Best of 1990-2000)
31. Kite (All That You Can’t Leave Behind)
32. Drowning Man (War)
33. Last Night on Earth (Pop)
34. Please (Pop)
35. Miami (Pop)
36. Running to Stand Still (The Joshua Tree)
37. Rejoice (October)
38. If You Wear That Velvet Dress (Pop)
39. I Fall Down (October)
40. A Day Without Me (Boy)

* The rules: The list is designed to be democratic. The only songs eligible are those from their 12 studio albums (Boy, October, War, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Rattle and Hum, Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Pop, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, No Line on the Horizon) and 2 Best Of compilations (1980-1990 and 1990-2000). Soundtrack songs (unless appearing in the aforementioned) are ineligible, as are B-sides, remixes, side-project material (no Passengers songs are eligible except “Miss Sarajevo,” since it was on a Best Of), and live versions.

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