The Most Covered U2 Songs Ever
U2 – the rock band from Ireland, no doubt, has been a success – commercially as well as in popularity. From its inception more than 30 years ago, it has come a long way; and on its own terms.
Artists and bands from time to time have tried to encash the success of U2 and a myriad of U2 cover bands that have emerged in the recent times is a proof.
i) Pride (In The Name of Love)
The second song of 1984 album, “The Unforgettable Fire”, took its inspiration from the leaders like Martin Luther King Jr, who sacrificed their lives. Released as the album’s first single, this is one of U2’s most important songs. The song has since been covered many times starting with Barbara Dickson’s “After Dark” in 1987 to the one done by David Archuleta in “Begin”, in the recent times.
ii) With or Without You
This number from the 1987 album, “The Joshua Tree”, has become the band’s one of the most popular songs. Portraying the struggles that exist within the relationships, it became the group’s first number one hit in America. It was first covered by Jawbreaker in 1991 in the album “Jawbreaker” and then numerous times until in 2015, by Amy Lee.
iii) I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
This is the second song from “The Joshua Tree” and was released as the album’s second single. Starting with The Chimes’ “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and Phil Coulter’s “Recollections” in 1990, this is the most covered U2 song with the recent cover done by Peter Hollens.
iv) I Will Follow
Featured in the debut album of U2 in 1980; this is the opening track written by Bono on the death of his mother. First covered by Breakfast with Amy in 1995, bands have made the cover of this song, quite some times.
The third track from the 1988 album, “Rattle and Hum”, has one of the most efficient song introductions by U2. It was covered a few times in 1999.
vi) Sunday Bloody Sunday
This opening track from the 1983 album, “War”, tried to educate the audience addressing the tragic Bloody Sunday incident. It was famous for its militaristic drumming; and from 1990 until 2012, many have made its cover version.
The third song from the 1991 album, “Achtung Baby,” remains one of the band’s most popular compositions ever. It came out amidst tensions when the band was on the verge of break-up. One is one of the favorites of the cover artists and a lot of covers have been created, the first being in 1995 by Automatic Baby.
viii) Beautiful Day
The first release from the 2000’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind,” urged the audience to appreciate what they still have when everything else has been lost. One of the biggest hits of U2, this was covered multiple times in 2004 and the later years.
ix) Mysterious Ways
The addictive way used in this track from “Achtung Baby” keeps this song still fresh even after years. The artists have covered it a few times in the recent years.
Although not popular among the artists, this seventh track of “The Unforgettable Fire” is a fan favorite and is frequently played in concerts. It was first covered by Dream Theater in 1998, and the last work was done on the 2004 album “The Marcus Satellite Tribute to U2”.