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Unbreakable (Westlife song)

“Unbreakable” is a song recorded by Irish boy band Westlife. It was released on 4 November 2002 as the first single from their fourth studio album and first greatest hits album, Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1 (2002).

The song holds the record for the greatest ‘leaper’ in UK chart history – entering the UK Singles Chart at number 196 and then going to number one the following week.[citation needed] It became the band’s eleventh UK number one.[1] The song has received a silver disc sales certification in the UK for over 200,000 copies sold.[2]

World of Our Own (song)

“World of Our Own” is the second single released from Westlife’s third studio album, of the same name. The song peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming their 10th number one single – making them a part of a small group of artists in British chart history to achieve this feat. The song’s popularity peaked when it was featured in the children’s feature film, You Wish!.
“World of Our Own” was the 40th best selling single of 2002 in the UK, and received a Silver sales certification in the UK for over 200,000 copies sold.[1]

Evergreen (Westlife song)

“Evergreen” is a pop song, co-written by Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson and David Kreuger, and originally recorded by Irish boy band Westlife. The song appears on their album World of Our Own, and was released as a single only in the Philippines, where it reached number three.[1]

In 2002, the song was chosen to be the winner’s single for the first series of Pop Idol and was recorded by the three finalists: Will Young, Gareth Gates and Darius Danesh. During the final, the song was performed by both Young and Gates. Young went on to win the show, and released “Evergreen” as a double A-side single, along with “Anything Is Possible”, which was also recorded by the final three and performed by the final two. The song was later included on Young’s debut album, From Now On (2002). Gates’ version of the song was also released as a B-side to his single, “Unchained Melody”.

Bop Bop Baby

“Bop Bop Baby” is the third single to be released from Westlife’s third studio album, World of Our Own. The single peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart. However, during an interview, the band claimed this was due to the obscure choice of single, as they would have much preferred to release “Why Do I Love You” – and had even recorded a video for it.[citation needed] The song was written by band members Shane Filan and Brian McFadden, alongside producers and writers Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy. It sold over 120,000 copies in the UK.[1][2]

Queen of My Heart

“Queen of My Heart” is the debut single released from Westlife’s third studio album, World of Our Own. It became the band’s ninth UK number No. 1 single, staying at the top of the chart for one week.[1] The song was written by John McLaughlin, Wayne Hector and Steve Robson, Steve Mac.[2] It remains one of the band’s most successful singles, becoming the 23rd best-selling single of 2001 in the UK, and receiving a Silver sales certification in the UK for over 200,000 copies sold. So far, it sold over 335 000 copies in UK.[3]

When You’re Looking Like That

“When You’re Looking Like That” is a song by Irish boy band Westlife from their second studio album, Coast to Coast (2000). It was released as the sixth and final single from the album in Australia, Asia, Latin America, and—most notably—Europe. However, although being one of the more popular tracks in the UK and a music video being played regularly on UK music channels, the single was not released in the UK or Ireland. The song was written by a team of Swedish songwriters, Rami Yacoub, Andreas Carlsson, and Max Martin, and it was produced by Yacoub. The song was re-released in 2001 with its single remix included on the group’s third studio album World of Our Own (2001).

“When You’re Looking Like That” was most successful in Sweden, where it peaked at number nine. It has since been certified gold by International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for shipments of 15,000 copies in Sweden.

I Lay My Love on You

“I Lay My Love on You” is the ninth single to be released from Westlife’s second studio album, “Coast To Coast”. It was released in many parts of the world, including Australia, Asia and most notably Europe – however, it was not released in the UK and Ireland, although it was considered a highly popular track[citation needed]. It peaked at #1 on the MTV Asia Hitlist. A Spanish version of the song has also been recorded[citation needed], and can be found on their Asian-only release, “Released”.

What Makes a Man

“What Makes a Man” is a song by Irish boy band Westlife. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, Coast to Coast (2000). It was their first single not to peak at number one on the UK Singles Chart, being beaten to the Christmas number one by “Can We Fix It?”, the theme to the cartoon series, Bob the Builder(which managed to peak at number three in Ireland). It also debuted and peaked at number two in Ireland, held off the top spot by Eminem’s song Stan.

The song was the 39th best selling single of 2000 in the UK, and received a gold sales certification in the UK for over 400,000 copies sold.[1]

My Love (Westlife song)

“My Love” is a song recorded by Irish boy band Westlife. It was released as the second single from their second studio album, Coast to Coast (2000). It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, giving the band their seventh UK number one.
The song was the 35th best-selling single of 2000 in the UK. It also won The Record of the Year.[1] It has sold 300,000 copies in UK.[2]

Miss You (Westlife song)

“Miss You” is a popular song written by Jake Schulze and Rami Yacoub. It was originally recorded as a ballad, by the Irish boy band Westlife, but was never released as a single. In 2007, it was remade as a dance track by Swedish DJ and producer Basshunter becoming a hit single for him as “I Miss You” in 2008, notably in UK, Germany and Sweden.

The original song “Miss You” appeared on Irish boy band Westlife’s 1999 debut album, Westlife. Although the album produced five different singles “Swear It Again”, “If I Let You Go”, “Flying Without Wings”, the double A-side “I Have a Dream” / “Seasons in the Sun” all in 1999 and “Fool Again” and a remake of “More Than Words” both released in 2000, the song “Miss You” was never released as a single.

The music video was added to Hard2Beat’s YouTube channel on 5 November 2008 and features a Christmas theme.
Picking up where Aylar and Basshunter left off in “Angel in the Night”, “I Miss You” is set amongst the mountains of Norway in a beautiful log cabin. Aylar, Basshunter, and a gang of friends have the ultimate Christmas Day with presents, a jacuzzi, snow fights, and bikinis.

Fool Again

“Fool Again” was the last single to be released from Westlife’s self-titled debut album. It became the band’s fifth consecutive UK number one single and spent 12 weeks on charts.[1] It sold over 215 000 copies in UK so far.[2] The song debuted and peaked at number two in the band’s native Ireland, making it the first Westlife song not to reach the top of the Irish chart. The video for the single was filmed in Mexico City, Mexico, most notably in locations such as Zócalo and Ciudad Satélite.

If I Let You Go

“If I Let You Go” is a song by Westlife, released in the United Kingdom on 9 August 1999, as the band’s second single. It became the second of the band’s fourteen UK number 1 hit singles, spending eleven weeks on charts.[1] The song has received a Silver sales certification in the UK for over 315 000 copies sold so far.[2]

Flying Without Wings

“Flying Without Wings” is a song released by Irish boy band Westlife from their self-titled debut studio album (1999).

The song was written by Wayne Hector and Steve Mac. In an interview with HitQuarters, Hector said the basic idea for the song came to him while on a break from working on a hip hop session with Ezi Cut in Los Angeles:
“I came up with a couple of lines for the first verse and then phoned my mama’s house, left it on the answering machine, and said, “Don’t get rid of this!”[1]
Upon returning to England, Hector went into the studio to work on the idea with long-time songwriting partner and producer Steve Mac.[1] When the two discussed what the song was about they agreed that, “this is about our wives. This is about the things that make our lives complete.”[1] According to Hector the lyrics were completed in about half an hour.[1]

Swear It Again

“Swear It Again” is a song by Irish boy band Westlife, released as the first single from their debut album Westlife. It peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in May 1999.[1] It moved to 182,000 units in the first two weeks of its release and spent 13 weeks on the charts.[2] This made it the first of fourteen UK number-one singles. To date, it is Westlife’s only single to have charted in the U.S., peaking at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and ranking number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 Year End Charts, in 2000. The song was performed live on Miss Teen USA 2000. The single has sold over 600,000 copies to date in the UK and the US and also achieved gold status there.[3][4]

Warzone (song)

“Warzone” is a song by British-Irish boy band The Wanted, released as the fourth and final single from their second studio album, Battleground (2011). It is also featured on the special edition of their self-titled EP. It was released on 26 December 2011.[1] The electropop ballad contains elements of dubstep, and was written by band members Nathan Sykes and Max George, alongside Jack McManus and producer Harry Sommerdahl.

“Warzone” received positive reviews from music critics, who felt the song was one of the highlights of the album. “Warzone” has peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming their first single to miss the UK Top 20.

The music video premiered on 10 November 2011.[2]

Walks Like Rihanna

“Walks Like Rihanna” is a song by the British-Irish boy band The Wanted. It was released in Australia on 10 May 2013, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 23 June 2013, as the third single from their third studio album Word of Mouth (2013). The song was written by Andy Hill, Henrik Michelsen, and Edvard Førre Erfjord, and it was produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut, with additional production by Michelsen and Erfjord under their stage name Electric.

The title of the song is a reference to Barbadian singer Rihanna. It peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart and number three in the Republic of Ireland.

The music video premiered on 7 May 2013, at a total length of three minutes and thirty-four seconds.[1] It features parodies of three other well-known boy bands’ videos: “Bye Bye Bye” by ‘N Sync, “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys, and “Back for Good” by Take That.

We Own the Night (The Wanted song)

“We Own the Night” is a song by British-Irish boy band The Wanted, released as the fourth single from their third studio album, Word of Mouth (2013). The single was released on 11 August 2013, with an impact date of 1 September 2013. The song was written and produced by Nasri and Adam Messinger of The Messengers along with Sir Nolan.[1] The song used as the official theme for the 2013 film The Wolverine.[citation needed]

The music video premiered on 11 August 2013, at a total length of three minutes and thirty-seven seconds. It has since gathered over 23 million views on Vevo. It features The Wanted in a pub, dancing with their friends and drinking alcohol. Nathan Sykes is seen sitting at the piano, Tom Parker is seen playing the acoustic guitar, Max George is seen socialising with a group of girls, and Jay McGuiness and Siva Kaneswaran are at the bar, talking to the barmaid and dancing.

Show Me Love (America)

“Show Me Love (America)” is a song by English-Irish boy band The Wanted. It was released on 25 October 2013 as the fifth single from their third studio album, Word of Mouth (2013). The ballad, their first since 2011’s “Warzone”, was co-written by band member Nathan Sykes and produced by Fraser T Smith. It is the official song of the action film, 47 Ronin.

On 9 September 2013, The Wanted uploaded a “Special Announcement” to their official YouTube page.[1] They announced that, due to extra recording, Word of Mouth would not be released until 4 November, but, to make up for it, they announced the release of a brand new single called “Show Me Love (America)” and said it would be on the radio from 8am the following morning.[1] They also revealed this on Twitter.[2][3] It was later announced that the song would receive its world premiere on Capital FM the following morning.[4][5]

On 27 October 2013, The Wanted performed “Show Me Love (America)” on the third live results show of The X Factor. They shelled out £250,000 for a private jet to get them from Mexico to The Fountain Studios in London.[6]

Lose My Mind (The Wanted song)

“Lose My Mind” is a pop song by British boy band The Wanted, taken as the third and final single from their self-titled debut album. It was written by Nina Woodford, Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk, and produced by Rami and Falk, with additional production by The Wideboys. It was released on 26 December 2010. Following a live performance of the song on the seventh series of The X Factor, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 29.

Lightning (song)

“Lightning” is a song by British-Irish boy band The Wanted, taken as the third single from their second studio album, Battleground. It was released on 16 October 2011. The song was written by Steve Mac, Wayne Hector and Ed Drewett, the same team responsible for the band’s number-one single, “Glad You Came”. The song debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart, behind Rihanna’s “We Found Love”. The single was originally intended for release in the United States, following the success of “Glad You Came”, and a promotional remix single was issued, however, its release was cancelled.

I Found You

“I Found You” is a song by British-Irish boy band The Wanted. The single was released on 6 November 2012 as the second single from their third studio album, Word of Mouth (2013). The track received its first radio play on 7 September 2012, but was previewed on the band’s official website the day before.[1]

The video features Storm model Chloe Lloyd.[4] It starts with a shot of a woman, played by Lloyd, who has been tied up and gagged. The Wanted are seen walking somewhere while singing their parts. Max is seen holding a boxer. Scenes of them at a party are shown, where Nathan is seen talking to the same woman as an unknown man watches them. They reach a house which is later revealed to be the location where the woman has been kidnapped and the kidnapper is the same man from the party. They enter the house and fight the man’s henchmen. They manage to take out all of them as Nathan approaches the woman who has been kidnapped and kisses her passionately. He steals a key from the woman’s belt, gets up, winks, then leaves. The woman realizes that he is the man she talked to at the party. Nathan hands Tom the key and the guys depart the house, leaving the woman still tied up. In the end, they fish out a box from the sea, and open it with the key. The video ends as they open the box containing diamonds. They are satisfied with the box and its contents and close it.

On 21 January 2013, a second version of the video was released on The Wanted’s YouTube page.[5] The video starts with an older gentleman introducing The Wanted in a black & white screen. As the entire audience (of females) go completely crazy over the band. Soon after the video goes to full colour as the screaming fans get louder. Right around the middle of the music video, the fans start invading the stage, forcing The Wanted to escape through the back door, as Nathan sings the bridge on a ladder. Soon after the boys are able to runaway safely to their limousine. Two hours later the band starts looking through photos of their performance in their limo and notice that Nathan is missing, and then Nathan is seen running away from many screaming females.

Heart Vacancy

“Heart Vacancy” is a song by British boy band The Wanted from their self-titled debut album. It was released as the album’s second single in the United Kingdom on 17 October 2010 through Geffen Records. The song was written by Jonas Jeberg, Cutfather, Lucas Secon, and Wayne Hector. “Heart Vacancy” was originally written for English singer Leona Lewis, and was given to four different artists before being recorded by The Wanted.[1]

Gold Forever

“Gold Forever” is a dance-pop song by British-Irish boy band The Wanted. It was produced by Steve Mac, who also co-wrote the song with Wayne Hector and Claude Kelly. It is the band’s fourth overall single, and was released as the lead single from their second studio album, Battleground, on March 13, 2011, and later as a promo single from the band’s 2012 American debut release, The Wanted (EP). It was also the official 2011 Comic Relief charity single. “Gold Forever” debuted at number three on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band’s third top-ten single.

Glow in the Dark (song)

“Glow in the Dark” is a song by English-Irish boy band The Wanted. It was released as their thirteenth single on 23 March 2014 from their third studio album Word of Mouth (2013). The song received its first radio play on 17 February 2014. The song reached number 177 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming their lowest-charting single to date.

Glad You Came

“Glad You Came” is a song by British-Irish boy band The Wanted, taken as the second single from their second studio album, Battleground. It was released on 10 July 2011. The song was written by Steve Mac, Wayne Hector and Ed Drewett, and was produced by Steve Mac. It peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart and the same position on the Irish Singles Chart and the Japan Hot 100, as well as number two in Canada and number three in the United States, becoming their most successful single to date.

Chasing the Sun (The Wanted song)

“Chasing the Sun” is a song by English-Irish boy band The Wanted. It was released as their third single in the United States on 17 April 2012, from their debut EP, The Wanted: The EP (2012). It is also the lead single from their third studio album, Word of Mouth (2013).

The song was co-written by Alex Smith and English rapper Example, and is one of the two theme songs for the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift. “Chasing the Sun” was released in the United Kingdom on 20 May 2012 and debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart.

All Time Low (song)

“All Time Low” is a song by British-Irish boy band The Wanted, written by Steve Mac, Wayne Hector and Ed Drewett. It was released on 25 July 2010 as the debut single from their self-titled debut album The Wanted, via Geffen Records. The song peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and number nineteen in the Republic of Ireland. “All Time Low” is upbeat with prominent dance-pop musical characteristics. It has so far garnered a positive response from contemporary music critics.

The song was accompanied by a music video which was released on 3 June 2010. The Wanted have performed “All Time Low” live at the Summertime Ball, Arqiva Awards, and on various television shows including: GMTV and The Hollyoaks Music Show, and online shows such as SBTV and The 5:19 Show. On 2 July 2010, BBC online magazine Slink used “All Time Low” in their ‘Snapped’ feature.[1] “All Time Low” was also released as the band’s debut single in the United States on 1 July 2011, also becoming the lead single from the group’s debut stateside release, extended play The Wanted.

Tiergarten (song)

“Tiergarten” is a song written and performed by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. Released in October 2007, it was the third single from Wainwright’s fifth studio album, Release the Stars. A limited edition (500 copies) 12″ vinyl single containing “Supermayer Lost in Tiergarten” was released on October 27. A one-track EP also containing the Supermayer remix was released in the UK through iTunes and 7digital on October 29.[1]

Both the album version and remix of “Tiergarten” failed to chart in any country despite the success of Release the Stars. The remix also appears on the eleventh installment of the Chillout Sessions compilation series.

Sanssouci (song)

“Sanssouci” is a song written by Rufus Wainwright; appearing as a track on his fifth studio album, Release the Stars (2007).[1] The name is a reference to the Sanssouci palace built by Frederick the Great in Potsdam, Germany.

The studio recording of the song used in Release the Stars includes both Wainwright’s sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and his long-term friend singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson, on backing vocals.
Originally a French term, the expression “sans souci” translated into English means roughly “without worry”, “without cares”, or “carefree”.

Rules and Regulations (song)

“Rules and Regulations” is a song written and performed by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. It was the second single from Wainwright’s fifth studio album, Release the Stars, released digitally via iTunes in the UK on July 30, 2007.
Despite the success of Release the Stars, which reached #2 on the UK Albums Chart,[1] and the performance of “Going to a Town”, the first single from the album that reached #54 on the UK Singles Chart,[2] “Rules and Regulations” failed to chart in any nation. A music video, directed by Petro Papahadjopoulos, was also created to promote the single.

Oh What a World (song)

“Oh What a World” is a song written and performed by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. It was released as the second single from Wainwright’s third studio album, Want One (2003), released digitally via iTunes and 7digital in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2004.[2] Promotional copies were also distributed to radio stations in an attempt to increase awareness of the song and album. The song includes several arrangements from Maurice Ravel’s Boléro.

“Oh What a World” also appears on Rufus Wainwright: Live at the Fillmore, the bonus DVD that accompanies Want Two (2004),[3] the repackaged double album released in the UK simply titled Want,[4] and the 2005 compilation album Acoustic 05.[5]

The song contains an interpolation of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, which premiered in 1928.[6]

Me and Liza

“Me and Liza” is a song by American-Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright for his greatest hits album, Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright (2014); it appears as the third track on the album’s standard issue, serving as its lead single.[1] The song is about Wainwright’s relationship with Liza Minnelli, who was reportedly upset by his 2006 tribute concerts to her mother, Judy Garland. It premiered on BBC Radio 2’s Weekend Wogan on January 12, 2014 and was officially released on January 20. “Me and Liza” reached a peak position of number 59 on Belgium’s Ultratop singles chart.

I Don’t Know What It Is

“I Don’t Know What It Is” is a song written and performed by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. It was the first single from Wainwright’s third studio album Want One and was released in a slim-line jewel case format on July 26, 2004.[1]
In addition to the UK and Japanese versions of Want One, the song also appears on the bonus DVD that accompanies Want Two (Rufus Wainwright: Live at the Fillmore), All I Want (DVD), and Want, a repackaged UK double album that contains Want One and Want Two.

Going to a Town

“Going to a Town” is a song written and performed by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. It was the first single from the album Release the Stars, released on April 3, 2007, in the United States and on May 7 in the United Kingdom.

The music video for the song was directed by Sophie Muller, who also directed Wainwright’s first music video (“April Fools”). The video premiered in April 2007, and Logo aired a 20-minute feature on the making of the video on April 27, 2007 (Making the Video: Going to a Town). The video begins with Wainwright as a D.H. Lawrence-like character, sitting alone at a table in an isolated room. As the video progresses, a large bouquet of roses appears and viewers see Wainwright with a bed cot. Three women emerge, dressed in black clothing and veils, visibly mourning the loss of their husbands. At times, their presence is abstract, digitally projected as if they exist only in Wainwright’s character’s mind. Other times, Wainwright is physically interacting with them within the same room.

Viewers then see images of the roses burning, the women crying, and catching Wainwright as he falls to the ground. With light cast upon him from a single window, they place a laurel wreath on his head. As his arms are spread out and straight across, and light is cast upon him as if by divine intervention, this image is clearly meant to symbolize a crucifixion.

In Making the Video, Wainwright discusses the various images and elements depicted in the music video. He states the song is “an emotional reaction to a lover you had a fight with”, and is about “mourning” and “moving on to bigger and better things.” The three women in the video represent three widows, an element he took from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. One woman represents Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, another Frida Kahlo, and the third a more abstract, “fairy tale-like” woman from The Magic Flute. Later in the interview, Wainwright states the women represent The Three Graces. He claims the burning roses symbolize “purification by fire”, representing the United States–“beautiful, but thorny.” Admitting “Going to a Town” is more about birth than destruction, he believes Americans (at the time the video was made) need to “change things” and “make sacrifices”. The laurel wreath, he says, also represents the US, which “dominates the planet but is in peril of losing democracy.”

In the video, Wainwright wears a suit created by American fashion designer Marc Jacobs.

Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk

“Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” is a song written and performed by the Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. It appears as the opening track on his second studio album, Poses (2001).[1] The song addresses decadence and desire, and has been called an “ode to subtle addictions and the way our compulsions rule our lives”.[2][3]
A reprise version of the song appears as the last track on the album.

The music video for the track, directed by Giles Dunning and released by DreamWorks in 2001, features Wainwright performing the song at a piano inside a warehouse, and scenes of him walking around New York City.[4] The audio track of the video is actually the reprise version, with the added percussion backing.

Everything I’m Not

“Everything I’m Not” is the second single released in 2005 from The Veronicas’ album The Secret Life of…. It reached #7 on the ARIA Singles Charts and has been certified Gold (over 35,000 units shipped).
The song is also featured in the trailer to the 2007 live-action Bratz film.

The “Everything I’m Not” music video featured The Veronicas singing with their band while trashing a car of an ex-boyfriend, apparently named Ryan, for cheating on Lisa by painting and smashing the car with paint buckets while the ex-boyfriend looked on from a video camera. When it’s too much for the ex-boyfriend to handle, he drops his cell phone on the ground. In the end, it seems like the police catch them doing it and they slam down the camera, smashing the ex-boyfriend’s chances of seeing his car for the final time.

You Ruin Me

“You Ruin Me” is a song by Australian pop duo The Veronicas from their self-titled third studio album. Produced by DNA, the recording is the lead single from the album and their first musical release since “Lolita” in 2012. The track, which was released on 19 September 2014, was co-written by Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci along with The Veronicas’ twins Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso.

On 5 September 2014, the duo teased the release of “You Ruin Me” with a 50-second video clip of the twins wearing white and pink tutus, and performing a series of ballet inspired poses beneath a tunnel in Downtown Los Angeles.[15] The song was sent to mainstream radio on 11 September 2014[16] and was released digitally and physically on 19 September 2014.[17][12] The CD single contained a remix of the song by Josh Katz.[12]

When It All Falls Apart

“When It All Falls Apart” is the third single released from The Veronicas’ debut album The Secret Life of… on 21 March 2006. It has been certified Gold for sales over 35,000 units in Australia. “When It All Falls Apart” charted within the ARIA Top 20 for 14 weeks. It was to be released in the UK as their first single in March 2007, but was later canceled. Their first official UK single is now to be “Untouched”. The song was recorded in Simlish and is featured in the The Sims 2 expansion pack Seasons.

The music video for “When It All Falls Apart” features The Veronicas waking up in their home to a party they had the night before. While cleaning they have flashbacks of the party to show their house got trashed, having a crocodile going around the house. At the end of their video they sit outside and sing the rest of their song. It appears like they’re sitting in Director chairs outside their house in the end.

Untouched (song)

“Untouched” is a song by Australian recording group The Veronicas, which is featured on their second studio album Hook Me Up (2007). The song was written by Jessica and Lisa Origliasso, and Toby Gad and was produced by Gad as well. It was released as the second single from the band’s album in Australia on 10 December 2007, and the first single in the UK and US.

“Untouched” received generally positive reviews from music critics, which applauded the departure from their previous music, with some highlighting it as the album’s standout track and comparing it to the work of Pink and Avril Lavigne. The song was commercially successful worldwide, as the song reached number seventeen on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group’s only top twenty there and was known as their breakthrough single. The song also peaked at number eight in the UK, number two in their native Australia, number nine in New Zealand and at number one in Ireland. The song was certified platinum by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling over one million shipments there.

An accompanying music video was released for the single, directed by Anthony Rose, where it was shot in Sydney, Australia. The video starts with a lot of pictures in the hallway. The video received generally positive reviews, having over 37 million hits on YouTube, remaining the group’s highest viewing video.[1] The song was featured in 90210[2] and then in Hellcats and also featured in EA Sports game, FIFA 09. The song has also been nominated for different awards, being nominated for Highest Selling Single at the ARIA Music Awards and nominated for Favorite Song at the Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards.

This Love (The Veronicas song)

“This Love” is a dance-rock song written by Toby Gad and at that time-unknown pop singer Kesha, produced by Gad for The Veronicas second album Hook Me Up (2007). It was released as the album’s third single in Australia as a digital download on 30 March 2008 and CD single 14 April 2008.

Its lyrics describe a long distance relationship, and how they won’t give up on the relationship and love while they’re apart from each other. The song became a top ten hit in Australia and top twenty hit in New Zealand, peaking at number ten and fourteen respectively. Allmusic calls “This Love” “an utterly charming dance-rock confection that, in its last minute, abruptly unleashes a euphoric synthesizer countermelody whose nod to a-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ is unmissable.”[1] The song is synth based with an 808 based drum beat.

Take Me on the Floor

“Take Me on the Floor” is a song by The Veronicas from their second album Hook Me Up. It was released to radio stations as their second single in the United States on 24 March 2009.[2] The song was used in promotional ads for the 2008 season of Australia’s Dancing with the Stars.[3] A remix of Take Me on the Floor has been made by Pitbull.

The song was written by Toby Gad, Jessica Origliasso and Lisa Origliasso. Several lines of “Take Me on the Floor”, specifically “I wanna kiss a girl, I wanna kiss a girl, I wanna kiss a boy”, caused some controversy for its portrayal of sexuality. The video also stirred up controversy, as it depicts kissing scenes between girls.[4] Lisa states “Yeah, I reckon there’s a sexual undertone to that song, but when we were writing it we were thinking about having fun, going to a club, being on the dancefloor. You can interpret it how you like.”[5]

Revolution (The Veronicas song)

“Revolution” is a pop rock song and the fourth single written and produced by Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida for The Veronicas’ debut album The Secret Life of… (2005). On 7 August 2006, in conjunction with their ‘The Revolution Tour’ of Australia, which commenced on 4 August 2006. It was a modest success in Australia, peaking at eighteen in the ARIA Charts. The “Revolution” video features footage from The Veronicas’ Brisbane concert in August, 2006, and also shows some footage shot backstage and of fans in the crowd.

Popular (The Veronicas song)

“Popular” is a song recorded by Australian duo The Veronicas for their second studio album Hook Me Up (2007). Produced by Toby Gad, it was released as the album’s final single on October 11, 2008 as a digital download. Written by The Veronicas’ twin sisters, Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso, together with Beni Barca and Gad, it was recorded in Los Angeles, California. The electropop track pokes fun at people with privileged lifestyles.

“Popular” received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the fun lyrics and named it a highlight of the album. The recording was released to radio in the week of 12 October 2008,[1] and peaked at number eleven on the Australian Airplay Charts.[2]

Lolita (The Veronicas song)

“Lolita” is a song recorded by Australian duo The Veronicas, released on 27 July 2012. It was written by The Veronicas’ Jessica Origliasso and Lisa Origliasso, together with Laura Pergolizzi and Toby Gad, while production was handled by Gad. The song was released as the lead single for what was meant to be their third studio album Life on Mars. However, due to complications with their label Warner Bros. Records the album was shelved. They were subsequently signed to Sony Music and the album was retitled The Veronicas, but “Lolita” did not appear on the record.

“Lolita” is inspired by the Vladimir Nabokov novel of the same name and explores the themes of power play in intimate relationships between people who differ in age and sex. The track was received positively by critics who praised the dark recording. “Lolita” charted in Australia at number twenty three on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold.

The accompanying music video for “Lolita” was directed by Spencer Susser and features Lisa and Jessica leading an army of masked individuals to attack an alien. To promote the track, The Veronicas performed on various television and radio programs in Australia.

Leave Me Alone (The Veronicas song)

“Leave Me Alone” is a pop rock song written by Josh Alexander, Jessica Origliasso, Lisa Origliasso and Billy Steinberg, produced by Alexander and Steinberg for The Veronicas’ debut album The Secret Life of… (2005).

The single debuted at number seventy on the ARIA charts. It eventually reached a higher position of number forty-one.[1] “Leave Me Alone” was released as the fifth and final single from The Secret Life of… and coincided with the release of their live album, Exposed… The Secret Life of The Veronicas on 2 December. No music video was produced for the release of the single.

In My Blood (The Veronicas song)

“In My Blood” is a song by Australian pop duo The Veronicas for their upcoming fourth studio album. It was co-written by The Veronicas twins, Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso, along with Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci and produced by the latter two under the collective name DNA. The track is the lead single from the yet-to-be-titled album and was released on 10 June 2016.

I Can’t Stay Away

“I Can’t Stay Away” is a song by Australian recording duo The Veronicas for their second studio album Hook Me Up (2007). Produced by Josh Alexander and Billy Steinberg, it was released as an radio single in July 2008 in Australia and New Zealand. Because The Veronicas were promoting the album and their future single “Take Me On The Floor”, the group released “I Can’t Stay Away”.

Musically, “I Can’t Stay Away” is an electronica-inspired rock and europop song. The song was compared to t.A.T.u.’s single “All About Us”, which was originally co-written by Lisa and Jess Origliasso themselves. Lyrically, the song deals with the addiction to a person, physiologically, sexually and emotionally. The recording received favorable reviews from most contemporary critics who praised the vocal abilities and lyrical content. However, some criticized it as part of the album’s content.

If You Love Someone

“If You Love Someone” is the second single by Australian pop duo The Veronicas’ self-titled third studio album. The track was released on November 21, 2014. The track was co-written by Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci along with The Veronicas’ twins Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso and Josh Katz.

The Veronicas released “You Ruin Me” as the lead single from their self-titled third studio album in September 2014. The song came two years after their last single, “Lolita”, was released via their former label Warner Bros. Records. “You Ruin Me” became their second Australian number-one hit and was certified triple platinum.[1][2] “If You Love Someone”, along with “Teenage Millionaire”, was written and recorded after the Origliasso twins parted ways with Warner Bros. Records and signed with Sony Music Australia. In an interview with Kathy McCabe of News.com.au, Jessica commented on this saying, “They were written when we had just signed with Sony and because we were in such a positive space, we wrote a couple of genuinely happy songs.”[3]

I Can’t Stay Away

“I Can’t Stay Away” is a song by Australian recording duo The Veronicas for their second studio album Hook Me Up (2007). Produced by Josh Alexander and Billy Steinberg, it was released as an radio single in July 2008 in Australia and New Zealand. Because The Veronicas were promoting the album and their future single “Take Me On The Floor”, the group released “I Can’t Stay Away”.

Musically, “I Can’t Stay Away” is an electronica-inspired rock and europop song. The song was compared to t.A.T.u.’s single “All About Us”, which was originally co-written by Lisa and Jess Origliasso themselves. Lyrically, the song deals with the addiction to a person, physiologically, sexually and emotionally. The recording received favorable reviews from most contemporary critics who praised the vocal abilities and lyrical content. However, some criticized it as part of the album’s content.

 

Hook Me Up (song)

“Hook Me Up” is a song recorded by Australian duo The Veronicas for their second album of the same name (2007). Produced by Greg Wells and Engineered by Drew Pearson, it was released as the album’s lead single on 18 August 2007 as a digital download. The down-tempo, electropop-dance song, is a change in direction from the pop rock sound from their previous album, The Secret Life Of… (2005). It was written by The Veronicas’ twin sisters, Jessica Origliasso and Lisa Origliasso, together with Shelly Peiken and Wells. The central theme of “Hook Me Up” is about escaping reality and the stresses of life.

The recording was well received by critics who praised the song for its “dance-floor friendly” sound. It was commercially successful peaking at number-one on the Australian ARIA Singles Charts, giving The Veronicas their first number-one single. The accompanying music video portrays Jessica and Lisa in a boarding school rebellion. “Hook Me Up” was performed at the 2008 Australia Day Live Concert as well as on the Hook Me Up and Revenge Is Sweeter tours, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2008, it was nominated for “Highest Selling Single”.

Cruel (The Veronicas song)

“Cruel” is a song by The Veronicas from their self-titled third studio album. It was written by The Veronicas twin sisters Jessica Origliasso and Lisa Origliasso, along with Rob Ellmore, Leah Haywood, Daniel James; production was handled by Dreamlab and Ruffian. The song was released as the third single from The Veronicas’ third studio album and debuted on Australian radio on 21 January 2015.

“Cruel” was well received by critics who felt that it would be a radio hit. In Australia, “Cruel” debuted and peaked at number 53 on the Australian Singles Chart, becoming one of their lowest charting songs to date.

4ever (The Veronicas song)

“4ever” is a song written and produced by Max Martin and Lukasz Gottwald for The Veronicas’ debut studio album The Secret Life Of… (2005). It was released as the album’s first single in Australia on 15 August 2005 as a CD single. The song reached number two on the ARIA Charts and number seven in New Zealand. In the United States, the single was promoted early in 2006 by Archie Comics through a mention in issue #167 of the group’s namesake Veronica’s comic, which featured a guest appearance and cover picture of The Veronicas and a card containing a code that could be used to download an MP3 version of the song free. It was also featured on the first episode of the third season of the MTV series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. The song was released as promo for the 2008 Ashley Tisdale’s movie Picture This!. Similarly, it was also used in the film She’s the Man.

“4ever” was released as The Veronicas second UK single in late Summer 2009. The track was included on the UK version of the album Hook Me Up which was released shortly afterwards. The song debuted on the UK singles chart at number 197 on 28 September 2009, and moved up one hundred and eighty places to a new peak of 17 the following week.[2] It is being re-released in the US as the third single from Hook Me Up. The band re-recorded the vocals for the re-release of the single in the US and the release of the single in the UK. The new vocals are also used in the 2009 music video for the song.

Something is changing

“Algo Está Cambiando” (English: Something is Changing) is the third single from the Mexican singer Julieta Venegas off her third studio album Sí.

The song was written by Coti Sorokin and Julieta Venegas occupying the first places of the Billboard charts, is positioned at the top at number one in Spain, Argentina and Mexico.

The video, recorded by Rigoberto Castañeda, shows Julieta entering an apartment where she carelessly throws her keys to a wooden table, removes her pink jacket placing it on a chair in the hallway and hurries to answer the phone, accidentally breaking a long, white vase in the process. She briefly speaks on the phone and then hurries to take her jacket and keys while a still take of a photograph of a groping couple is shown as she puts the jacket back on and leaves the apartment just to come right back in.

She repeats the same sequence of actions, but the key chain, vase and most of the furniture changes in color and style. A photograph of the same couple sitting further away but smiling is shown, then the singer leaves the apartment to reveal a couple of copies of her with different clothes hanging from the coat stand singing and moving their feet rhythmically.

The sequence repeats itself twice, with Julieta becoming increasingly careless with the way she throws the keys and breaks the vases, and dismissing such things as unimportant; showing pictures of the couple sitting further away and ignoring each other, and adding a new copy of her on the hanger each time. By the fourth time the sequence repeats itself, the furniture begins to shift randomly around the apartment.

The fifth time she comes back in, most of the furniture is gone, so Julieta decides to hang on to her keys and puts them in her pocket, throws her jacket on the floor and dances happily to the phone. By the end, the spectator realizes that her neglecting boyfriend is finally “out of the picture”.

Wave

“Oleada” (English: Wave) is Julieta Venegas fourth single from her album Sí.

The song was written by Coti Sorokin and Julieta Venegas. Ranked 31 on the Billboard Latin Pop Airplay release.

The music video was directed by Valdes & Chewing gum and Recorded in National Park Insurgente Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (La Marquesa), State of Mexico . Creatures Were named Frijolitos designed by Miguel Campos. The video itself Julieta Venegas Starts With two suitcases and carrying them in the trunk Placing of her car, driving away later with her dog while singing cheerfully.
Julieta is then seen outside her car in the middle of the road, admiring the scenery. After driving a little more, she finds herself surrounded by a group of small shadowy creatures that play with the dog and ride on its back.
Then she’s shown to have taken the creatures with her in the car, and the group is being followed by a sky blue giant through the desert. The last time she stops, the giant grabs the car and toys around with it. She’s seen in an unknown location, singing some more, while the dark creatures playfully unpack her belongings and scare the dog away.

Someday

“Algún Día” (English: “Someday”) is a song by Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas released as the second single from her album “MTV Unplugged” in 2008. Released on September 10, 2008 in Mexico and several Latin American countries.

The song was written and performed by Julieta Venegas herself on the MTV Unplugged, in collaboration with Gustavo Santaolalla playing the banjo and singing.

 

Farewell (Julieta Venegas song)

“Despedida” (English:”Farewell”) is a song by Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas. It is released as the second single on 11 May 2011 from the album “Otra Cosa”. This song was inspired by the Mexican singer-songwriter José Alfredo Jiménez. “Despedida” entered the Latin Pop Airplay and received positive reviews considered the best song from her album. The song has 2 different versions of the music video, one for Europe and the other to America.

Right or wrong

“Bien o Mal” (English: “Right or Wrong”) is a song by Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas. It was released as first single from her studio album, Otra Cosa. The launch of this song was made January 18, 2010. The singer-songwriter Argentine Alejandro Sergi apart from being a collaborator in writing this song appears on backing vocals. “Bien o Mal” entered the top ten of Mexico and is popular in Latin America, Spain and entered on the US Latin Pop Airplay, Hot Latin Tracks and Tropical Songs. The music video is recorded on December, 2009 in Argentina and on November 11, 2010, won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.

The song written by Julieta Venegas with the collaboration of Argentine singer Alejandor Sergi vocalist from Miranda!, the Single was released on digital download on January 10, 2010, quickly hit the top of the Mexican and Latin American radio. The song is about the fear people have as they start a relationship.

The present

“El presente” (English: “The Present”) is a song by Julieta Venegas and is the first single from her album MTV Unplugged Julieta Venegas. Released on April 15, 2008. It is categorized as “A Worldwide Hit”. The next song was placed in the top of Mexican radio, and Latin America and spent 11 weeks in the first place. Is nominated for Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 2008.

It was written by Julieta Venegas for her MTV Unplugged. “The song is about having only this time with a bit of nostalgia because it is short time, but at the same time enjoying it with someone who makes it worthwhile … it is both sad and happy” Julieta said this in her Myspace page.

First day

“Primer día” (English “First Day”) is a song by Julieta Venegas and Argentinean rapper Dante Spinetta, which was the third single from the album Limón y Sal.

The song was written for Julieta Venegas and Dante Spinetta and produced by Cachorro López. The song is about two people who have finished already but for the first time will say what you feel after having finished their relationship.

The video was shot in a city in Argentina, the director was Joaquín Cambre.
The video shows Dante Spinetta walking down the city with a typical fruit vendor attire, pushing a kart loaded with watermelon, while Julieta, dressed in Asian motifs, tours the city in the back seat of a taxi. The two meet by chance when the taxi accidentally cuts Dante’s way abruptly and the fruit splatters on the street.
The audience is then shown a series of still takes and animations of Julieta dressed as a stereotypical ninja fighting with a sword, while Spinetta raps in front of typical ninja-movie imagery. After a little singing in the cab, another set of stills and animations with the singers dressed up in a more modern style with slot machine and other casino imagery in the back ground. Then Julieta sings in the taxi a little more.
After that, both styles of the previous animations are shown. Then Venegas and Spinetta are seen walking through a street market, singing the rest of the song.

You are for me

“Eres Para Mí” (English: “You are for Me”) is a Latin pop-Hip-hop song by the Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas and the Chilean singer Anita Tijoux It was recorded for Julieta Venegas’s studio album Limón y Sal. Released as the third single on January 1, 2007. It had the same success as her first single “Me Voy” in Latin America appearing at the top of the pop charts.

The song is a duo featuring Chilean rapper, Anita Tijoux and has grown to become one of Venegas’s most successful songs in the U.S. Hot Latin Charts, reaching a peak of 5 in just a few weeks and # 2 in Latin Pop Airplay. It is in the key of B minor and 4/4 time.

Limón y sal (song)

“Limón y sal” (English: Lemon and Salt) is Julieta Venegas’ second single release from her fourth studio album with the same name. Released in Mexico and USA on August 30, 2006. It did not chart on the billboard hot Latin songs chart.
The song was written by Julieta Venegas and Jorge Villamizar (Ex-vocalist of Bacilos) and produced by Cachorro López. The song is about the acceptance of a loved one, their strengths and weaknesses.

Me Voy (Julieta Venegas song)

“Me Voy” (English: “I’m Leaving”) is a song by the Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas and is the first single from her fourth studio album, Limón y Sal. It was released in Mexico on March 27, 2006. The song was written by Julieta Venegas herself. The music video was directed by Picky Tallarico. Thus far, it is Venegas’s most successful song. It was released in Europe in 2007 and appears in the top positions in Italy and Switzerland. The song is nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards of 2006 in Record of the Year and the video for Best Short Form Music Video.

Written by Julieta Venegas and produced by Cachorro López, “Me Voy” is a Ranchera/Pop farewell song between two lovers. It is in the key of D major and 6/8 time.

Lento (Julieta Venegas song)

“Lento” (English: “Slow”) is the second single from the third album by Mexican singer Julieta Venegas, called Sí. The song was named the 5th best song of the 2000s decade by Latin music website Club Fonograma.[1]

The song was written by Coti Sorokin and Julieta Venegas. Julieta plays the accordion, drum machine and keyboards on the track. It made the Billboard chart, and reached positions 31 and 13 on the Hot Latin Songs and Latin Pop Airplay respectively. Julieta performed a new version on piano for her MTV Unplugged in 2008. Erika Martins Brazilian singer performed a cover of this song in Portuguese in 2009, and sings a few bars of the song in Spanish position in the lists of popularity in Brazil.

The performance of the MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2004 in Miami, Florida performs with the Mexican hip hop group Cartel de Santa[2]

The music video was filmed in Japan, and featured her twin sister Yvonne.

The video begins with Julieta Venegas walking the streets of Japan and following her sister Yvonne. The two are dressed in the same clothes and have the same hairstyle (except that Yvonne has shorter hair). Animated flowers and plants begin to grow each time Julieta goes through a street and on anything she touches. The video ends with the sisters playing a crane game.

Andar Conmigo

“Andar Conmigo” (English: Go Out With Me) is the first single from the Mexican singer Julieta Venegas’s third studio album Sí. The song was nominated for Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

This song was written and produced by Coti Sorokin and Julieta Venegas, who plays the accordion and drum machine with Coti on guitars, bass and vocals (background). It was released as a debut single from her album in 2003, occupying the places on the Billboard # 33 and # 14 on the Hot Latin Tracks and Latin Pop Airplay respectively. It also took first place in Mexican radio ratings for 15 weeks. In 2008, Venegas made a new version of the song for her MTV Unplugged.

In the 6° installment Latin Grammy Award for singing with the band norteña Los Tigres del Norte a popurrí of “El Taxista”, “Andar Conmigo (Norteña Version)” and “La Manzanita”.[1]

The music video was filmed in Buenos Aires under the direction of Santiago Pueyrredon. The video was paid for with Julieta’s own money because the label did not want to give her money for the film. The “actors” were friends, relatives and acquaintances of Julieta.
The video depicts a bride in a canteen looking for a partner. She wears a torn dress and no makeup. She walks around the canteen seeing potential partners of all ages. In the end Julieta appears sporting a new dress and makeup, and gives the “yes” to a man bigger than her outside the bar and they kiss.
The video was nominated for “Video of the Year” in 2004 in the MTV VMAla’s, but was ultimately won by Cafe Tacvba’s Eres.

Devil Inside (Utada Hikaru song)

“Devil Inside” is Utada’s second English single and 17th overall. It is the second single from Exodus, and the first physical single released in the United States. Though it gained little mainstream attention, “Devil Inside” did do well on dance radio and hit number 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart, making it

Utada’s most played track in the United States until it was surpassed by “Come Back to Me”.[1]
The single was released on September 14, 2004. No music video was produced.
“Devil Inside (Richard Vission Radio Edit)” was featured on the hit US television series Queer as Folk, appearing early in the first episode of season 5. It was not, however, featured on the soundtrack to the series.

Devil Inside (RJD2 Mix) was featured on Utada’s first English compilation album. Utada the Best.

Come Back to Me (Utada Hikaru song)

“Come Back to Me” is a pop and R&B song by Japanese American pop singer Utada. The song was written by Utada and Stargate and was produced by Utada, Stargate and her father, Sking U. “Come Back to Me” is the first single from her second English-language album This Is the One. In the United States, the song has peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and number 93 on the Pop 100 chart.

Be My Last

“Be My Last” is Hikaru Utada’s 14th Japanese single, released on September 28, 2005. It was used for the 2005 film Spring Snow, an adaptation of the 1966 Yukio Mishima novel of the same name.

The cover art was taken in Prague, Czech Republic.[citation needed] The large, dark building shown to the left is Prague Castle.

Boku wa Kuma

“Boku wa Kuma” (ぼくはくま?, lit. I’m a Bear) is Hikaru Utada’s 17th Japanese single (24th single overall). The single was released on November 22 of 2006, just a matter of months after Hikaru’s last studio effort, Ultra Blue, and only two months after the end of her tour, Utada United 2006.[1]
Utada performed an impromptu performance of Boku wa Kuma at the Boston show of her 2010 tour, Utada: In The Flesh 2010.

Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro

” Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro ” ( When I wish someone come true ? , Lit. “When Someone’S Wish Comes True”) Is Hikaru Utada ‘S 13Th Japanese-Language Single (15Th Overall) And Her 1St And Only Japanese Single For 2004 . She Released 2 Versions Of Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro .: CD And DVD It Was Released On April 2, 2004. Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro Is Also Included In The “Our Last Days” – ” Casshern ” OST As The Theme Song. Dareka No Negai Ga Kanau Koro Debuted At # 1 On The Oricon Chart With 150,020 Copies Sold, Became Her Sixth Single To Go # 1 For Two Consecutive Weeks, And Went On To Sell 365,000. It Was Performed On Music Station And On Her United 2006 Utada Tour. The Single Reached # 1 On Oricon And Charted For 22 Weeks. This Song Became The # 14 Song Of 2004 In Japan.

Sakura Drops

“Sakura Drops” (Japanese: SAKURAドロップス Hepburn: Sakura Doroppusu?, “Cherry Blossom Drops”) is a song by Japanese musician Hikaru Utada. It was released as a double A-side single with the song “Letters” on May 9, 2002.[1]

Since she debuted as a musician in 1998, Utada had worked as the primary or sole songwriter for her music. Beginning with her second album Distance (2001), Utada began to co-arrange songs, such as “Wait & See (Risk)”, “Distance” and “Kettobase!”[2] The bonus track on Distance, “Hayatochi-Remix”, was arranged entirely by Utada.[2] In March 2002, Hikaru Utada released “Hikari”, the theme song for the game Kingdom Hearts.[3] “Sakura Drops” was first announced as the theme song for the drama First Love in mid February.[3]

A music video was released for the song, directed by her then husband Kazuaki Kiriya,[11] who had directed all of her music videos since “Final Distance” (2001). The video clip was a mix of strongly colored CGI imagery of a fantasy forest and animals, as well as scenes of Utada standing in this forest. The imagery seen in the video was inspired by the works of Edo period artist Itō Jakuchū.[12]

Sakura Nagashi

“Sakura Nagashi” (桜流し?, lit. “Flowing Cherry Blossoms/Cherry Blossoms Sinking”) is a song by Japanese singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada. It was released digitally November 17, 2012, with a DVD single released 26 December 2012. The song is the theme to the third film of the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. The single also marked Utada’s last release under the then EMI-controlled EMI Music Japan as the label was absorbed into Universal Music Japan as EMI Records Japan in April 2013.

Show Me Love (Not a Dream)

“Show Me Love (Not a Dream)” is a song by Japanese singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada. Used as the theme song for the film Tomorrow’s Joe (2011), it was released as a digital download preceding Utada’s second Japanese compilation album, Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2, on November 17, 2010.[1]

The song was used in an advertising commercial campaign for Recochoku digital media store during the album’s release, much like “Goodbye Happiness” before it.[4] Later in February 2011, the song was used as the theme song for the film adaptation of the manga Tomorrow’s Joe, starring Tomohisa Yamashita.[5]
The song was performed during Utada’s two date concert series Wild Life in December 2010.[6]

This Is Love (Utada Hikaru song)

“This Is Love” is Utada Hikaru’s first Japanese digital single (23rd overall). It was released on May 31, 2006 as a promotional single for her fourth Japanese studio album. “This Is Love” was tied-in as the CM song for a Nissin cup noodle campaign and the opening theme for an anime “Freedom,” which was also tied into the Nippon campaign. The digital single reached number one in virtually every online music store in Japan prior to the ULTRA BLUE album’s release, including the most used store in Japan, iTunes Japan, as well as OnGen, among others. Utada herself is quoted to have said that this song is about expressing that “Love is like a mix of extremes: anxiety and peace.”

On December 20, 2006 iTunes Japan released a list of top downloaded singles and albums; “This is Love” ranked as #9 making it the 9th most downloaded song for 2006.[1]

Time Limit (song)

“Time Limit” (Japanese: タイム・リミット Hepburn: Taimu Rimitto?) is a song by Japanese musician Hikaru Utada. It was released as a double A-side single with the song “For You” on June 30, 2000.[1]

In 1999, Utada released her debut album First Love, which was the most commercially successful album of all time in Japan.[2] After this success, she released two follow-up singles, “Addicted to You” (1999) and “Wait & See (Risk)” (2000), which were both produced by American production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.[3][4] For “Time Limit”, Utada enlisted the help of American producer Rodney Jerkins, and recorded the song at Darkchild Studios in New Jersey.[1][5]

The song was co-composed with Takuro of the band Glay,[6] the first time Utada had shared the role of songwriter since her 1998 pre-debut album Precious as Cubic U. For Utada’s second album Distance (2001), she worked together with Takuro again on the song “Drama”.[7]

The “For You” / “Time Limit” single was released right before Bohemian Summer 2000, her first wide-scale tour of Japan,[6] and on the same day as the DVD single release of her previous single, “Wait & See (Risk)”.
A music video was created for the song, featuring footage of a live performance by Utada, performed on the stage of her Bohemian Summer 2000 tour.[12] The footage was taken from performance of the tour, at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, on July 1, 2000.[citation needed]

Wait & See (Risk)

“Wait & See (Risk)” (stylized as Wait & See ~リスク~) is a song recorded by Japanese–American recording artist Utada Hikaru for her third studio and second Japanese language album, Distance (2000). It premiered on April 19, 2000 as the second single from the album in Japan. It was written and composed by Utada, whilst production and arrangement was handled by Utada and American duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The single also included the two B-side track’s; “Hayatochiri” and “Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words), to which the former song appeared on the parent album. Musically, “Wait & See (Risk)” is an R&B song, influenced by dance-pop and rock.

Upon its release, the track garnered positive reviews from music critics. Many critics highlighted the track as one of Utada’s best singles, and commended the production and composition. It was also successful in Japan, peaking at number one on both the Oricon Singles Chart and Tokyo Broadcasting System’s (TBS) Count Down TV singles chart. It was certified million by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for physical shipments of one million units, and is amongst one of the best selling singles in Japan. An accompanying music video was shot by Wataru Takeishi; it features Utada driving through Shibuya, Tokyo on a futuristic hover–cycle, with inter cut scenes of her dancing. It was performed on some of her concert tours, including the Bohemian Summer (2000) and Utada United tours (2006).

Prisoner of Love (Utada Hikaru song)

“Prisoner of Love” is Utada Hikaru’s 21st Japanese single and 30th single overall, and was released on May 21, 2008. This was her first Japanese recut single in nine years, after the first one “First Love” in 1999. It is also her first single to be released only in CD+DVD format. “Prisoner of Love” (Quiet Version) serves as the insert song for the Japanese television drama, Last Friends, while the original version is used in the opening theme.[1] It won the Best Theme Song Award in the 57th Drama Academy Awards.[2] “Prisoner of Love” was the 3rd most downloaded song in Japan during 2008.[3]

Prisoner of Love is Utada’s current last Japanese single in physical format.

The song was performed during Utada’s two date concert series Wild Life in December 2010.[4]

Passion (Utada Hikaru song)

“Passion” is a song recorded by Japanese recording artist and songwriter Utada Hikaru for her fourth studio album Ultra Blue (2004). The song was used as the theme song for the 2005 video game Kingdom Hearts II. The song was written, composed and produced by Utada herself, while additional production was handled by Teruzane Utada and Akira Miyake. Utada had written and composed the song when she was approached to record another song for the Kingdom Hearts series, which she had contributed previously on the first video game. It also made an appearance on her 2010 greatest hits compilations: Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2 and Utada the Best.

Spoken in both English and Japanese language, the lyrical content depicts the events of past, present and future and incorporates themes of love, hope and safety. When Utada accepted the offer to record the track, she found it difficult to write a Japanese-worded version of the “Sanctuary”. “Passion” and “Sanctuary” received critical praise from contemporary music critics, who found it her most experimental track to date. Critics praised her vocal delivery and commended the production values, in contrast to her 2009 album This Is the One. Commercially, “Passion” had suffered in Japan for being Utada’s first Japanese single to miss the top spot on the Oricon chart. The song peaked at number four on the Japanese Oricon Singles, her lowest charting single and her first single to miss the top three position, but eventually tied with her 2006 single “Boku wa Kuma”.

The accompanying music video for the single “Passion” was issued for the single as well, directed by Kazuaki Kiriya. The video features scenes of anime culture that represents the image of Utada herself and features Utada in a grand hall, shot all by green screening effects and finishes with a paddock of running horses. During production, Utada had compared the video, choreography and set to 1997 animated action-fantasy film Princess Mononoke. The video was positively received by critics for its comparison sets to the video game, but received minor criticism for the lack of video game inspiration and footage.

Movin’ On Without You

“Movin’ On Without You” is a song recorded by Japanese American recording artist and producer Hikaru Utada taken from her debut studio album First Love (1999). The song was written, composed and produced by Utada herself, and became her first ever single to have been done by her. “Movin’ On Without You” was written, produced and composed while Utada was attending college in Tokyo, Japan, during 1997. Utada, who received a record contract by Toshiba-EMI, had written an English-language version of the song, but the song remains unreleased.

Musically, the song utilizes dance-oriented music from the mid-1990s and also incorporates the use of R&B music from the parent album and house music. Lyrically, the song talks about an independent woman who can deal outside off a relationship. The song received favorable reception from most music critics, who praised the musical arrangement and praised Utada’s vocals and songwriting. Some have even dubbed the song as a “J-Pop classic” and view it as a memorable song in Japanese music. An accompanying music video was shot for the single, which featured Utada on a chair in a computer lab and dancing to the song.

Commercially, the song was successful in her native Japan. Both released as an 8 cm and normal compact disc, the song peaked at number five and number one on the Oricon Singles Chart, which the latter format became her first number one single in Japan. To date, the song is her second-best selling single behind her debut single “Automatic” with over 1.22 million units sold in the country. “Movin’ On Without You” has been played live on several occasions including international tours Utada United 2006, Utada: In the Flesh 2010 and Wild Life.

Beautiful World (Utada Hikaru song)

“Beautiful World” is a song by Japanese musician Utada Hikaru. It served as the theme song for Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, the 2007 film reboot of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was released as a double A-side single on August 29, 2007 along with her song “Kiss & Cry”, which had been released digitally three months earlier.[1] In 2009, a remix of the song, “Beautiful World (Planitb Acoustica Mix)” served as the theme song of the second film in the series, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.

Keep Tryin’ (Utada Hikaru song)

“Keep Tryin'” is a song recorded by Japanese recording artist Utada Hikaru for her sixth studio and fourth Japanese album, Ultra Blue (2006). It premiered on February 22, 2006 as the fifth single from the album in Japan. It was written and composed by Utada, whilst production was handled by Utada, her father Teruzane Utada, and Miyake Akira. It included the B-side track “Wings”, which also appeared on the parent album. Musically, “Keep Tryin'” is a pop song. Lyrically, it discusses themes of self-empowerment. Upon its release, the track garnered generally mixed reviews from music critics. Many critics complimented the song’s catchy melody and believed the chorus memorable. However, some critics felt its overall production and composition was “light weighted” and one of her weaker singles.

The single achieved success in Japan, peaking at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart. The single has been certified within four different categories by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). It was also the best selling digital single in Japan of 2006. An accompanying music video was shot by Utada’s ex-husband Kazuaki Kiriya, and currently is his final collaboration with her; it features Utada in several different costumes, channelling several different roles in a cartoon-influenced city. The song had been promoted through several Japanese commercials and television shows.

Hikari (Utada Hikaru song)

“Hikari” (Japanese: 光?, “light”) is a song recorded by Japanese–American recording artist Utada Hikaru for her fourth studio and third Japanese language album, Deep River (2002). It premiered on March 20, 2002 as the third single from the album in Japan. It was written and composed by Utada, whilst production and arrangement was handled by Utada, her father Teruzane Utada, and long-time collaborator Miyake Akira. The single, and a remix by Russell McNamara (under the alias PlanitB), was used as the official Japanese theme song’s for the 2002 action role-playing video game Kingdom Hearts, and appeared on its original soundtrack respectively. Musically, “Hikari” is pop folk song. Lyrically, it is about mysteries in life and human activities.

Upon its release, the track garnered positive reviews from music critics. Many critics highlighted the track as one of Utada’s best singles, and commended her vocal abilities and songwriting. It was also successful in Japan, peaking at number one both on the Oricon Singles Chart and Tokyo Broadcasting System’s (TBS) Count Down TV singles chart. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for physical shipments of 500,000 units. An accompanying music video was shot by her then-husband, Kazuaki Kiriya; it features Utada washing dishes and drinking water. It was performed on some of her concert tours, including the Utada United and Wild Life tour.

To promote the international formats of Kingdom Hearts, Utada re-recorded an English language version entitled “Simple & Clean”. Both the original edit and remix version by PlanitB served as international theme songs. It did not appear on Utada’s English studio Exodus (2004), but the original version was included on her 2009 English studio album This Is the One. It was later released as an A-side 12-inch single with Utada’s single “Colors” in 2003, and received positive reviews from most music critics.

Heart Station (song)

“Heart Station” is a song by Japanese musician Hikaru Utada, which was released as a double A-side single alongside her song “Stay Gold” on February 20, 2008.[1] The title track for her album Heart Station, the song was heavily promoted on radio stations, for three weeks it was the number one song on the newly established Billboard Hot Top Airplay chart, despite only managing to reach number two on the Billboard Japan Hot 100.

Goodbye Happiness

“Goodbye Happiness” is a song by Japanese singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada. It was released as the lead track from Utada’s second Japanese compilation album, Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2, in November 2010.[1][2] The song was commercially successful, topping Billboard’s Japan Hot 100 chart in December 2010, and in January 2011 was certified gold by the RIAJ for more than 100,000 full-length downloads to cellphones.

For You (Utada Hikaru song)

“For You” is a song by Japanese musician Utada Hikaru. It was released as a double A-side single with the song “Time Limit” on June 30, 2000.[1]

A music video was created for the song, featuring footage from her secret live performed at the Shibuya On Air East on June 26, 2000, just before the start of her Bohemian Summer 2000 tour.[10][11]

The song was first unveiled on June 19, 2000, when a 60-second preview of “For You” was previewed on Japan FM Network radio stations, a week after “Time Limit” was previewed. To promote the single, Utada appeared in magazines released in June and July, such as Pati Pati, What’s In?, Pia, Tokyo Walker and Popteen.[7] On June 23, 2000, Utada performed the song live at Music Station,[8] and on the June 29 episode of Utaban performed both “For You” and “Time Limit”.[9]

Eternally (Utada Hikaru song)

“Eternally” is a song by Japanese musician Utada Hikaru, from her 2001 album Distance. It was re-arranged in 2008 as “Eternally (Drama Mix),” for the use in the Maki Horikita starring Fuji TV drama Innocent Love.[1] It was released as a digital single on October 31, 2008,[2] and eventually released onto CD in March 2009, on an EMI compilation album I: Zutto, Zutto, Aishiteru (i(アイ)~ずっと、ずっと、愛してる~?).[3]

Innocent Love director Toshiyuki Nakano originally decided that Utada’s voice would suit the themes of the drama well. Hearing “Eternally,” he felt the song was a perfect choice for the drama, as the song’s melody, lyrics and title fitted, in his opinion, as if the song had been specifically commissioned for the drama.[1]

Flavor of Life

“Flavor of Life” is Hikaru Utada’s 18th Japanese single (25th single overall). The physical single was officially released on February 28, 2007.

Compared to the preceding singles following “Colors”, “Flavor of Life” garnered far more success. This single is Utada’s first single since 2003 to sell over 200,000 copies in its first week, the first single ever to sell over two million downloads before a physical format release, the first single to sell over five and a half million downloads total, the first single to top RIAJ downloads for three consecutive months, and the first song to be certified platinum for PC downloads in Japan. “Flavor Of Life” has become the highest selling Japanese download single of all time, with over 5,580,000 downloads by April 2007.[1] On July 19, 2007, EMI disclosed “Flavor Of Life” as a contender for most sold digital single of all time, with over 7.7 million downloads total.[2][3][4]

There were three versions of the “Flavor Of Life” that were released: “Flavor Of Life”, “Flavor Of Life -ballad version-” and “Flavor Of Life -antidote mix-” (a CD-only exclusive). The ballad version of “Flavor Of Life” was arranged by Utada as well as two other professionals; the original version was arranged by Utada, and the antidote mix of the song was arranged by Alexis Smith, who provided additional arrangement for Ultra Blue tracks such as “Keep Tryin'” and “This is Love”.[5]

The ballad version of “Flavor Of Life” was featured as the insert song for the popular drama or dorama, “Hana Yori Dango 2,” which averaged over 21% viewership in its timeslot.[6] In early 2006, the production team of the drama contacted Utada about an image song that would sound similar to “First Love”. When the director wanted to express the heroine’s wavering feelings, he said that, “‘First Love’ came into my mind”, and so, a request was made to Utada.[7]

This is Utada Hikaru’s first drama tie-in since “Sakura Drops” in 2002.[7]

First Love (Utada Hikaru song)

“First Love” is a song by Japanese singer-songwriter Utada Hikaru. It was released as her third Japanese language single on April 28, 1999, a month after the release of her debut album, First Love. It was certified double platinum for 800,000 copies shipped to stores across Japan.[1]

In a 2009 survey by Oricon, asking respondents what song they want to hear with a broken heart, “First Love” was voted in the top 10.[2]

“First Love” was performed during Utada’s 2010 tour, Utada: In the Flesh 2010.

It was also performed during Utada’s two date concert series Wild Life in December 2010.[3]

Fight the Blues

“Fight the Blues” is Hikaru Utada’s second Japanese digital single and 29th single overall. It was released on March 27, 2008 as a promotional single for her fifth Japanese studio album. “Fight the Blues” was tied-in as the CM song for the program 報道特集NEXT (News Report NEXT)[1] for her Heart Station album. This digital single reached number one in virtually every online music store in Japan prior to the Heart Station album’s release, including the most used store in Japan, iTunes Japan, as well as OnGen, among others.

Final Distance

“Final Distance” is a song by Japanese recording artist Hikaru Utada for her third studio album Deep River (2002). Written by Utada herself, the song was produced and composed by long-time collaborators Akira Miyake, Utada’s father Teruzane Utada and herself. “Final Distance” was originally recorded as “Distance” which was taken from the album with the same name, despite not being a single. The song was re-recorded and re-arranged after Utada was aware of the young girl who was inspired by Utada, was murdered during the Osaka school massacre.

Musically, “Final Distance” incorporates more instrumentation than the previous, including violins, an acoustic piano and synthesizers. The song strips the original pop music from “Distance” and is a pop ballad song. Despite being written in 2000 from the original version, Utada reflected on emotions of sorrow, pain, anger and celebration upon hearing the Osaka massacre. Utada personally dedicated the track to six-year old student Rena Yamashita who, being a fan of Utada and written an essay about her, was murdered during the event.

“Final Distance” received praised reception from most music critics, who praised the re-arrangement and favored this version, although some critics felt the song was inferior to her past ballad tracks. Critics have cited the track as an album and one of Utada’s career highlights. Commercially, “Final Distance” stalled at number two on the Oricon Singles Chart, making it her first single to have missed the top spot. The song also resulted in being her lowest selling physical singles at the time but was surpassed by her 2004 single “Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro”.

An accompanying music video was shot by her then-husband Kazuaki Kiriya, featuring two versions of Utada inside a Utopian-inspired city with ballet dancers and a gothic-like orchestra. The song has been performed on her Utada United 2006 tour and has been featured on a MTV Unplugged appearance in 2002.

Colors (Utada Hikaru song)

“Colors” (stylized as COLORS) is Utada Hikaru’s 12th Japanese-language single (14th overall), and is the only single she released in 2003. It was released on January 29, 2003 and debuted at #1 on the Oricon charts with 437,903 copies sold in the first week, and became her fifth single to perform the rare two-consecutive weeks at the #1 slot feat. Two versions were released, CD and DVD.

Included as CD-Extras on this single was a multimedia section containing 13 exclusive screensavers and 13 exclusive wallpapers. A special feature on the “Colors” DVD Single is the Kanzou-sensei Report, which is a mini-documentary showing the production that went into the DVD, as well as behind-the-scenes shots of Utada working. This single reached #1 on Oricon charts and charted for 45 weeks, her longest charting single ever. Though Kazuaki Kiriya was behind the art direction for the single, he did not take an active part as usual, with the single photography going to Kaoru Izima and the PV directing going to Donald Cameron. On the cover and the inside covers, there are drawings done by Utada herself (some designs include musical notation, the word ‘yes’ and a drawing of the Vatican). This single became the #3 single of 2003 in Japan. “Colors” had an extremely long performance season, which included 11 performances spanning over two months (except for the last performance, which was a special). This single reached #27 on World Charts for single airplay, and reached #6 for sales. The most recent figures (May 25, 2006) show that the single sold 893,790 units in total.[1] The song featured heavy ethereal and experimental tones for the first time in Utada’s discography. It became her longest charting single ever with a 45-week trajectory on the Oricon Singles chart, selling 881,000 copies, and was #3 on the Yearly Singles chart.

“Colors” was performed during Utada’s two date concert series Wild Life in December 2010.[2]

Can You Keep a Secret?

“Can You Keep a Secret?” is a song by Hikaru Utada, released as her seventh Japanese-language single (9th overall) on February 16, 2001. It was the theme song for a Japanese television drama called Hero, Utada made a cameo appearance as well as her acting debut in this drama as a waitress. “Can You Keep a Secret?” debuted at #1 on the Oricon charts, selling 783,620 in its first week, and was her third single to be #1 for two consecutive weeks. The single has sold 1,485,000 to date. This single became the #1 single of 2001 in Japan. In the World Charts, Can You Keep a Secret reached #37 for single airplay and #9 for sales. The most recent figures (May 26, 2006) show that the single sold 1,484,940 units in total. This also remains to be one of Utada’s fan favorites.

The music video for this song included a robot, whom Hikaru appeared to be in a relationship with.

Utada performed Can You Keep a Secret? on her 2010 tour, Utada: In The Flesh 2010.

Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2

Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2 is Japanese pop singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada’s second compilation album, released on November 24, 2010 by EMI Music Japan, the same day as her Universal-released English language compilation album, Utada the Best. The album includes two discs, with the first being a 13-track greatest hits album spanning 2004—2009, while the second is an extended play featuring new material.[1][2] Along with Utada the Best, this is Utada’s current last album release for the time-being due to her announced hiatus.[2] Several of the new songs achieved commercial success, with “Goodbye Happiness” reaching number one on Billboard’s Japan Hot 100 chart,[3] and “Can’t Wait ‘Til Christmas” reaching number one on the Recording Industry Association of Japan’s digital track chart.[4] Both songs have been certified by the association as gold records for full-length cellphone downloads.[5][6]

According to Oricon, the album sold 334,000 copies by the end of 2010, being the #20 best-selling album of the year in Japan.[7] The album also became the 56th best-selling album for 2011 in Japan, selling 108,000 copies since early 2011, summing up to a total of 443,000 units since its release date; however, Utada Hikaru Single Collection Vol. 2 still remains Utada’s lowest-selling Japanese album to date.[8] The album is certified Double Platinum by RIAJ for shipping half-a-million units to Japanese record stores.[9]

Beautiful World (Utada Hikaru song)

“Beautiful World” is a song by Japanese musician Utada Hikaru. It served as the theme song for Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, the 2007 film reboot of the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was released as a double A-side single on August 29, 2007 along with her song “Kiss & Cry”, which had been released digitally three months earlier.[1] In 2009, a remix of the song, “Beautiful World (Planitb Acoustica Mix)” served as the theme song of the second film in the series, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.

Automatic (Utada Hikaru song)

“Automatic” is a song by Japanese recording artist Utada Hikaru from her debut studio album, First Love (1999). The song was released on 8 December 1998, as her debut A-side single with “Time Will Tell”. “Automatic” was co-written and co-produced by Hikaru with her father Teruzane Utada and Akira Miyake. Backed by keyboards and electric guitars, it is an R&B track. The lyrics revolve around love and relationships.

“Automatic” was lauded from music critics, some who highlighted the track as an album stand-out and commended the lyrical, vocal and song writing delivery. Many critics have recognized “Automatic” as one of the best Japanese music singles and one of Utada’s best efforts. Released in Japan only, it peaked at number two and four on the Oricon Singles Chart in both 8 cm and 12 cm formats, respectively. “Automatic” peaked at number one on the Japanese Count Down TV chart.

Promoting the single on live TV shows in Japan, Utada performed the track on her Bohemian Summer 2000 Tour, Utada: In the Flesh 2010 and the Wild Life Tour. Tomu Izawa directed the song’s music video, which features Utada sitting in a dark-lit room on an armchair and in front of a blue-and-white backdrop. Selling over 2.1 million physical units, it remains Utada’s highest selling single in terms of the CD single; her highest selling single is “Flavor of Life”, which sold over 5.7 million units in both digital, physical and ringtone units.[1]

Addicted to You (Utada Hikaru song)

“Addicted to You” is a song by Japanese recording artist Utada Hikaru from her second studio album Distance (2001). It was released as the album’s lead single on September 6, 1999 by EMI Music Japan. “Addicted to You” was written by Utada and produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis; this is her first collaboration with American producers and composers. The single artwork was shot by American photographer Richard Avedon and features two black-and-white figures of Utada. Musically, “Addicted to You” is a R&B and rock song.

“Addicted to You” received positive reviews from music critics, many who highlighted it from the parent album; one music critic viewed the single as “nostalgic”.[1] It achieved commercial success in Japan, with a peak position of number one on the Oricon Singles Chart and a million certification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). The single remains the fourth highest selling single in first week sales, and the thirty-ninth best selling single in Japan. A music video was shot in Hong Kong, and featured Utada inside a club.

The Hands That Built America

“The Hands That Built America” is a song by U2, released on the soundtrack to the film Gangs of New York.[1] It was one of two new songs on their The Best of 1990–2000 compilation, with the other being “Electrical Storm.”[2] It was nominated for Best Original Song at the 75th Academy Awards,[3] but lost to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”

Two different music videos were created for “The Hands That Built America”. The first uses a combination of black-and-white footage of the band playing the song, and scenes from Gangs of New York. This video uses the version of the song found on The Best of 1990–2000 CD. The second video is composed solely of black-and-white footage of U2 playing the song, and it was filmed on May 9 2002. This video uses an acoustic version of the song, and is the version found on The Best of 1990–2000 DVD.

Zooropa (song)

“Zooropa” /zuːˈroʊpɑː/ is a song by the rock band U2. It is the opening track from their 1993 album Zooropa. The song was the result of combining two pieces of music, the first of which was conceived in the studio, and the second of which was discovered by guitarist The Edge while listening to soundchecks the band had done while on tour. The lyrics were written by vocalist Bono, describing two characters in a brightly lit city in a futuristic version of European society. Lyrics in the song were based on advertising slogans, and also featured the phrase “dream out loud”, which has appeared in other U2 media. The song touched on several themes, including moral confusion and the future of European society.

Promotional recordings of the song were released in the United States and Mexico, and the song appeared on two record charts shortly after its release in 1993. The song was briefly performed at three shows on U2’s Zoo TV Tour in 1993. The band had difficulties performing it in 1993, and it was not played again until the U2 360° Tour in 2011.

The recording of the song received mostly positive reception from critics, who praised it as the album’s opening track.

Zoo Station (song)

“Zoo Station” is a song by the rock band U2. It is the opening track from their 1991 album Achtung Baby, a record on which the group reinvented themselves musically by incorporating influences from alternative rock, industrial, and electronic dance music. As the album’s opening track, “Zoo Station” introduces the band’s new sound, delivering industrial-influenced percussion and several layers of distorted guitars and vocals. Similarly, the lyrics suggest the group’s new intents and anticipations. The introduction, featuring an “explosion” of percussion and a descending glissando for a guitar hook, was meant to make the listener think the album was mistakenly not U2’s latest record or that their music player was broken.

The song’s lyrics were inspired by a surrealistic story about Berlin from World War II that lead vocalist Bono heard, when overnight bombing damaged the zoo and allowed animals to escape and wander around the city’s rubble. Bono was also inspired by the city’s Berlin Zoologischer Garten railway station and used it as a metaphor for a reuniting Germany. “Zoo Station” was performed as the opening song at every concert on U2’s Zoo TV Tour. The song received positive reviews from critics, many of whom analysed the song as a representation of the band’s reinvention.

Your Blue Room

“Your Blue Room” is a song by Passengers, a group composed of rock band U2 and producer Brian Eno. It is the third track on the group’s only release, the 1995 album Original Soundtracks 1. The track was written for the 1995 Michelangelo Antonioni–Wim Wenders film Beyond the Clouds. Though Eno made the majority of creative decisions during the recording sessions, “Your Blue Room” was one of the few tracks that the members from U2 tried to craft themselves.

Yahweh (song)

“Yahweh” is a song by rock band U2 and the eleventh track on their 2004 album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. It was mainly recorded in one take, and was performed live by the band during the Vertigo Tour. The song received mixed reviews from critics.

“Yahweh” was written by U2 and recorded by How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb producer Chris Thomas. Prior to the song’s initial recording, the band’s lead guitarist The Edge had the ideas for the music already planned. Lead vocalist Bono later added the vocals spontaneously during the song’s first take.[1] The original vocal take by Bono was so inspiring with “soaring and brilliant” melodies that it carried “Yahweh” in a dramatic new direction from what The Edge had previously envisioned.[1] Moreover, most of what was recorded by the band and Chris Thomas during the initial take survived production. Subsequent recording attempts of “Yahweh” were made by two other producers for the album, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, with Lanois even adding a mandolin in one take of the song.[1] Ultimately however, the original Thomas recording of “Yahweh” was left mostly untouched.

During its first take, Bono came up with the “Yahweh line” almost immediately. Afterwards, the band decided that “it was one of those songs that had to be written”.[1] When talking about ideas for the song’s theme Bono remarked, “I had this idea that no one can own Jerusalem, but everybody wants to put flags on it.” he explained, “The title’s an ancient name that’s not meant to be spoken. I got around it by singing. I hope I don’t offend anyone.”[2]

“Yahweh” (יהוה) is the name of the Judeo-Christian God in both the Hebrew Bible (sometimes referred to as the Old Testament), and in the Christian-Greek Scriptures (sometimes referred to as the New Testament).

The oldest Hebrew manuscripts present the name in the form of four consonants, commonly called the Tetragrammaton (from Greek te·tra-, meaning “four,” and gram′ma, “letter”). These four letters (written from right to left) are יהוה and may be transliterated into English as YHWH (or, JHVH). “Jehovah” is the best known English pronunciation of the divine name, although “Yahweh” is favored by most Hebrew scholars.

Although, it is often believed that the name does not appear in the Christian-Greek Scriptures or New Testament, the oldest fragments of the Greek Septuagint do contain the divine name in its Hebrew form. The Tetragrammaton was later replaced by “kyrios” in the Septuagint copies.

For some of the Jewish faith, the name “Yahweh” is associated with taboos against pronouncing it.

Where the Streets Have No Name

“Where the Streets Have No Name” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the opening track from their 1987 album The Joshua Tree and was released as the album’s third single in August 1987. The song’s hook is a repeating guitar arpeggio using a delay effect, played during the song’s introduction and again at the end. Lead vocalist Bono wrote the lyrics in response to the notion that it is possible to identify a person’s religion and income based on the street on which they lived, particularly in Belfast. During the band’s difficulties recording the song, producer Brian Eno considered erasing the song’s tapes to have them start from scratch.

“Where the Streets Have No Name” was praised by critics and became a commercial success, peaking at number thirteen in the US, number fourteen in Canada, number ten in the Netherlands, and number four in the United Kingdom. The song has remained a staple of their live act since the song debuted in 1987 on The Joshua Tree Tour. The song was performed on a Los Angeles rooftop for the filming of its music video, which won a Grammy Award for Best Performance Music Video.

When Love Comes to Town

“When Love Comes to Town” is the 12th song on U2’s 1988 album, Rattle and Hum, where it was recorded at the historic Sun Studio in Memphis as a duet between U2 and B.B. King. It was released as the album’s third single in 1989 and reached number 1 in the Irish Singles Chart, number 6 in the UK singles chart, number 10 in the Dutch Top 40 and number 2 in the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Little Richard is featured preaching, rapping in funky rhyme style, and singing background vocals amid Maceo Parker’s saxophone playing on the extended “Live from the Kingdom Mix.” The single contained two different versions of the Patti Smith song “Dancing Barefoot”. The 7″ and cassette featured the long version, while the 12″ and CD contained the short version. While U2 has stopped playing it live since 1993, it continued to be featured in B. B. King concerts. During the Lovetown Tour concerts, this song would be played, usually along with “Angel of Harlem” and “Love Rescue Me”, in an encore featuring B. B. and his band.

Walk On (U2 song)

“Walk On” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the fourth track on their 2000 album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, and was released as a single in November 2001, the record’s second in Canada and the fourth in the rest of the world. The song was written about Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese academic who was chairperson of the National League for Democracy and was placed under house arrest from 1989 until 2010 for her pro-democracy activities. The song won the “Grammy Award for Record of the Year” in 2002, marking the first time an artist had won the award for songs from the same album in consecutive years.

Vertigo (U2 song)

“Vertigo” is the opening track and first single from U2’s 2004 album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. The single was released for airplay on 24 September 2004; upon release the song received extensive airplay and was an international hit, being featured in a popular iPod television advertisement.

It won “Best Rock Song,” “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” and “Best Music Video” at the 2005 Grammy Awards.[1]

The song lent its name to the band’s Vertigo Tour. The song ranked number 64 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Best Songs of the Decade” and scored U2 their sixth UK number-one hit.[2]

Until the End of the World (song)

“Until the End of the World” is a song by rock band U2 and the fourth track from their 1991 album Achtung Baby. The song began as a guitar riff composed by lead vocalist Bono from a demo, which the band revisited with success after talking with German filmmaker Wim Wenders about providing music for his film Until the End of the World. The song’s lyrics describe a fictional conversation between Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot. The first verse discusses The Last Supper; the second is about Judas identifying Jesus with a kiss on the cheek in the Garden of Gethsemane; and the final is about Judas’ suicide after being overwhelmed with guilt and sadness.

Ultraviolet (Light My Way)

“Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”[1] is a song by the rock band U2 and the tenth track from their 1991 album Achtung Baby. Ostensibly about love and dependency, the song also lends itself to religious interpretations, with listeners finding allusions to the Book of Job and writers finding spiritual meaning in its invocation of the light spectrum.

The song’s composition and recording incorporate both serious and throwaway elements, in keeping with the rest of Achtung Baby. While not released as a single, the song has appeared in two films and a U2 business venture was named after it. “Ultraviolet” played a featured role during the encores of the group’s 1992–1993 Zoo TV and 2009–2011 U2 360° Tours.

The Unforgettable Fire (song)

“The Unforgettable Fire” is a song by rock band U2. The fourth song on their 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire, it was released as the album’s second single in April 1985. The band cite an art exhibition by victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that was held at The Peace Museum in Chicago as inspiration for the song. It became the band’s third Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, reaching #6 on the UK Singles Chart and #8 on the Dutch singles chart, but it had yet to break them into the United States.

The song, like many tracks from The Unforgettable Fire, is an atmospheric composition, with ambient use of guitar and a string arrangement by Irish jazz musician Noel Kelehan.

Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World

“Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World” is the ninth track from U2’s 1991 album, Achtung Baby. It is a tongue in cheek song about stumbling home drunk from a night out on the town. It is dedicated to the Flaming Colossus nightclub in Los Angeles.[1] The album version includes keyboard playing by producer Brian Eno.

During live performances on 1992-93’s Zoo TV Tour, lead singer Bono would spray a bottle of champagne towards the audience. It was played 136 times out of the 159 times on the tour, but has not been performed since then. However, it was snippeted at three concerts during the final leg of the U2 360 Tour in July 2011.[2]

The song was edited out of the live video release Zoo TV: Live from Sydney; it was later revealed that the concert ran long and the song needed to be edited in order to fit the concert into a two-hour timeslot.[3] The line “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” is a quotation from Irina Dunn.[4]

Trip Through Your Wires

“Trip Through Your Wires” is the eighth track from U2’s 1987 album, The Joshua Tree. The song has a bluesy rhythm and features lead singer Bono on harmonica. In 1986 an early version of this song, containing different lyrics was performed on the RTÉ programme TV GAGA.

The song was released as a promotional single in Australia, with only 500 hand-numbered copies released.[1] The single included the B-sides “Luminous Times (Hold on to Love)”, “Spanish Eyes” and “Silver and Gold”.

“Trip through Your Wires” was consistently played live throughout the Joshua Tree Tour, but has never been performed since.[2]

According to The Edge, the song was meant to be heard in the context of another song that never made it on the album, “The Sweetest Thing”,[3] which was later released as the B-side of “Where the Streets Have No Name”. “The Sweetest Thing” was re-recorded and released as a single for the 1998 compilation album The Best of 1980-1990.

Sweetest Thing

“Sweetest Thing” is a song by Irish group U2. It was originally released in 1987 as a B-side on the “Where the Streets Have No Name” single. The song was later re-recorded and re-released, as a single in October 1998 for the U2 compilation album, The Best of 1980-1990.

The song was reportedly written by Bono as an apology to his wife Ali Hewson[2] for having to work in the studio on her birthday during The Joshua Tree sessions.[3] At Alison’s request, profits from the single went to her favoured charity, Chernobyl Children’s Project International.[3]

Sunday Bloody Sunday

“Sunday Bloody Sunday” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the opening track from their 1983 album War and was released as the album’s third single on 11 March 1983 in Germany and the Netherlands.[3] “Sunday Bloody Sunday” is noted for its militaristic drumbeat, harsh guitar, and melodic harmonies.[4] One of U2’s most overtly political songs, its lyrics describe the horror felt by an observer of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, mainly focusing on the Bloody Sunday incident in Derry where British troops shot and killed unarmed civil rights protesters and bystanders who were there to rally against Operation Demetrius-related[5] internment (imprisonment without trial), while at the same time rejecting hate and revenge as a response noted in the lyrics, “There’s many lost, but tell me who has won.” Along with “New Year’s Day,” the song helped U2 reach a wider listening audience. It was generally well received by critics on the album’s release.[6][7]

The song has remained a staple of U2’s live concerts.[8] During its earliest performances, the song created controversy. Lead singer Bono reasserted the song’s anti-sectarian-violence message to his audience for many years. Today, it is considered one of U2’s signature songs, and is one of the band’s most performed tracks. Critics rate it among the best political protest songs,[9] and it has been covered by over a dozen artists.[10] It was named the 272nd-greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of

“Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” is the second single from U2’s 2000 album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2002. Bono has said the song was inspired by a fictional conversation with his friend Michael Hutchence about suicide.
Two music videos were filmed for the song:
One is directed by Joseph Kahn, features an American football game between the “Flys” [sic] and the “Lemons” filmed at the Houston Astrodome, and contains various inside jokes and references to the band’s past, such as the team names themselves – which were the titles of two U2 singles released in the 1990s. The video features a brief cameo in the beginning from John Madden, whose lines also feature several U2 references. The main part of the video shows a placekicker named Paul Hewson—Bono’s real name—forced to re-live a field goal he missed that cost his team the game.
The other video, directed by Kevin Godley, shows Bono being thrown out of a van several times, as if “stuck in a moment”. At the end of the video, the rest of the band helps him up.

Stay (Faraway, So Close!)

“Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” is a song by the rock band U2. It is the fifth track on their 1993 album, Zooropa, and was released as the album’s third single on 22 November 1993. The song was a top ten hit in Ireland, Australia, the United Kingdom, and several other countries. The music video was shot in Berlin, Germany. The earliest incarnation of the song developed during sessions for the group’s 1991 album Achtung Baby. It was written for and inspired by Frank Sinatra and bore his surname as the original working title. An alternate recording was used in the Wim Wenders film Faraway, So Close!.

“Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” was well received by critics and nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The song made its live debut on the Zoo TV Tour but has only been performed intermittently in an acoustic version over subsequent tours. Members of U2 consider it to be one of their favourite songs; guitarist The Edge named it the best track on the album, while lead singer Bono stated that it was one of their best creations.

Staring at the Sun (U2 song)

“Staring at the Sun” is the second single from U2’s 1997 album, Pop. It peaked at No. 3 on the UK singles chart, No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks, No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, and No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was written with the line “Stuck together with God’s glue,” which was taken directly from the title of the album by the Irish band Something Happens, who are good friends with U2.[1] A new mix of “Staring at the Sun” was released for the compilation, The Best of 1990-2000. During the summer of 2002 recording sessions in which “Electrical Storm” and “The Hands That Built America” were recorded, parts for four U2 songs were re-recorded, including “Staring at the Sun.” The song has been compared to the work of Oasis.[2]

A kaleidoscope bearing the single’s logo in gold was distributed to promote the single.[3]

Stand Up Comedy (song)

“Stand Up Comedy” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the seventh track on their 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. The track was first developed during the recording sessions in Fez, Morocco, but the band struggled to complete the song and it was recreated numerous times over the following 16 months. It underwent several title changes during this time, being referred to first as “For Your Love”, then “Stand Up”, and finally “Stand Up Comedy”.

The song’s lyrics were inspired by the 2008 Stand Up and Take Action campaign, and several lines reflect singer Bono’s sense of hubris. Reception towards the song was mixed, though numerous reviews likened the track’s guitar riffs to Led Zeppelin.

Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own

“Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” is a song by rock band U2 and the third track from their 2004 album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. The song was released as the album’s second single in the United Kingdom on 7 February 2005 and it debuted at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] Originally titled “Tough,”[citation needed] the song is about lead singer Bono’s relationship with his dying father. The song won awards for “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” and “Song of the Year” at the 2006 Grammy Awards.

So Cruel

“So Cruel” is a song by rock band U2. It is the sixth track on their 1991 album Achtung Baby, concluding side one of the album. The song was written at Elsinore in Dalkey. While audio engineer Flood changed reels to listen to a demo of another song, lead singer Bono began to improvise a song on guitar. The rest of the band quickly joined in, creating the first take of the song. It was developed as an acoustic track, with Flood adding overdubs and additional elements later. Bassist Adam Clayton and Flood noted that the technology in the studio was crucial in transforming the acoustic song into the final mix.

During the recording sessions for Achtung Baby, guitarist the Edge separated from his wife, Aislinn O’Sullivan. The separation had a major effect on the development of the song, as Bono channelled their pain into the lyrics. Bono said “there were lots of other things going on internally within the band and outside it, and I was working through all of that”, noting that the Edge’s separation from Aislinn was just one component of that. Thematically the song is about unrequited love, jealousy, obsession, and possessiveness.

U2 have performed “So Cruel” live just four times, all of which were on the Zoo TV Tour in 1992. The track was favourably received by critics.

Slug (song)

“Slug” is a song by Passengers, a side project of rock band U2 and musician Brian Eno. It is the second track on Passengers’ only release, the 1995 album Original Soundtracks 1. The track was originally titled “Seibu” and was almost left off the album before it was rediscovered later during the recording sessions. Though Eno made most of the creative decisions during the recording sessions, “Slug” was one of the few tracks that the members from U2 tried to craft themselves.

Lyrically, it is a portrait of a desolate soul during a time of celebration. As Passengers were writing songs for fictional soundtracks, they tried to create a visual suggestion from the music that was more important than the story within the lyrics. In “Slug”, the instrumentation is intended to represent the lights turning on in a city at night. The group primarily drew inspiration for the song from U2’s experiences in Tokyo at the conclusion of the Zoo TV Tour. “Slug” was praised as one of the best songs on the album by critics from various publications.

Seconds (song)

“Seconds” is the second track on U2’s 1983 album, War. The track, with its recurring lyric of “it takes a second to say goodbye”, refers to nuclear proliferation. It is the first song in the band’s history not sung solely by Bono, as the Edge sings the first two stanzas.

There is a break of approximately 11 seconds in the song at 2:10 featuring a sample of a 1982 TV documentary titled Soldier Girls. Bono said that he was watching this documentary while he was waiting in the green room in Windmill Lane Studios and he recorded it. The band felt it would fit well into the song as unsettling evidence of soldiers training for an atomic bomb explosion.

Running to Stand Still

“Running to Stand Still” is a song by rock band U2, and it is the fifth track from their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree. A slow ballad based on piano and guitar, it describes a heroin-addicted couple living in Dublin’s Ballymun flats; the towers have since become associated with the song. Though a lot of time was dedicated to the lyrics, the music was improvised with co-producer Daniel Lanois during a recording session for the album.

The group explored American music for The Joshua Tree, and as such, “Running to Stand Still” demonstrates folk rock and acoustic blues influences. The song was praised by critics, many of them calling it one of the record’s best tracks. It has since been included in the regular set lists of four U2 concert tours, in two different arrangements and with several possible thematic interpretations. Since the song’s release, the phrase “running to stand still” has become more widely used.

Red Light (U2 song)

“Red Light” is a song by rock band U2. It is the eighth track from their 1983 album War.

Taking advantage of American musical group Kid Creole and the Coconuts being in Dublin, U2 invited the trumpet player to work in “Red Light”, thinking that it would freshen up the sound of the band. Three singers joined as well. Bono said, “We had the studio lit red for effect, and one Coconut took her top off and sang in what looked like a ballerina’s bra. The boys from Ireland had difficulty breathing.”[1]

Please (U2 song)

“Please” is the eleventh song from U2’s 1997 album, Pop. It was released as the album’s fourth single on 20 October 1997.

As with “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, the song is about The Troubles in Northern Ireland. The single cover for this song features the pictures of four Northern Irish politicians — Gerry Adams, David Trimble, Ian Paisley, and John Hume (clockwise from top left).

Two months before the release of the single, live versions of “Please” and three other songs from the PopMart Tour were released on the Please: PopHeart Live EP in September 1997.

Pride (In the Name of Love)

“Pride (In the Name of Love)” is a song by Irish rock band U2. The second track on the band’s 1984 album, The Unforgettable Fire, it was released as the album’s lead single in September 1984. Written about Martin Luther King, Jr., the song received mixed critical reviews at the time, but it was a major commercial success for the band and has since become one of the band’s most popular songs. “Pride” appeared on the compilation The Best of 1980-1990 as the opening track, and on the 2006 compilation U218 Singles.

The song ranked number 388 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.[2]

Peace on Earth (U2 song)

“Peace on Earth” is a song by rock band U2 and the eighth track on their 2000 album All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Its lyrics were inspired by the Real IRA Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland on 15 August 1998.

The song lists the names of people killed in the bombing. Similarly, inspiration for the lyric, “She never got to say goodbye / To see the colour in his eye / Now he’s in the dirt” comes from the funeral of James Barker, another victim of the bombing. The Irish Times quoted his mother as stating, “I never realised how green his eyes were.” [1]

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, “Peace on Earth” took on additional meaning and consequently, was used as an encore song in the Elevation Tour, coupled with “Walk On”. The two songs were similarly paired during the band’s performance on the telethon America: A Tribute to Heroes.

Ordinary Love (U2 song)

“Ordinary Love” is a song by rock band U2. It was written to honour Nelson Mandela and is included in the biography film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The song was given a limited 10-inch vinyl release on Record Store Day,[3] 29 November 2013, less than a week before Mandela died.

“Ordinary Love” peaked at number one on the Top Digital Download chart in Italy, where it was certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.[citation needed] U2 won the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and in January 2014 the song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but it lost to “Let It Go” from Frozen.

One Tree Hill (song)

“One Tree Hill” is a song by the rock band U2 and the ninth track on their 1987 album The Joshua Tree. In March 1988, it was released as the fourth single from the album in New Zealand and Australia, while “In God’s Country” was released as the fourth single in North America.[2] The release charted at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart.

The track was written in memory of Greg Carroll, a Māori man the band first met in Auckland during the Unforgettable Fire Tour in 1984. He became very close friends with lead singer Bono and later served as a roadie for the group. Carroll was killed in July 1986 in a motorcycle accident in Dublin. Following the tangi (funeral) in New Zealand, Bono wrote the lyrics to “One Tree Hill” in Carroll’s memory. The lyrics reflect Bono’s thoughts at the tangi and during his first night in New Zealand when Carroll took him up Auckland’s One Tree Hill. They also pay homage to Chilean singer-songwriter and activist Víctor Jara. Musically, the song was developed in a jam session with producer Brian Eno. The vocals were recorded in a single take, as Bono felt incapable of singing them a second time.

“One Tree Hill” was received favourably by critics, who variously described it as “a soft, haunting benediction”,[3] “a remarkable musical centrepiece”,[4] and a celebration of life.[5] U2 delayed performing the song on the Joshua Tree Tour in 1987 because of Bono’s fears over his emotional state. After its live debut on the tour’s third leg and an enthusiastic reaction from audiences, the song was played occasionally for the rest of the tour and semi-regularly during the Lovetown Tour of 1989–1990. It has appeared only sporadically since then, and most renditions were performed in New Zealand. Performances in November 2010 on the U2 360° Tour were dedicated to the miners who died in the Pike River Mine disaster.

One (U2 song)

“One” is a song by the Irish rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1991 album Achtung Baby, and it was released as the record’s third single in March 1992. During the album’s recording sessions at Hansa Studios in Berlin, conflict arose between the band members over the direction of U2’s sound and the quality of their material. Tensions almost prompted the band to break up until they achieved a breakthrough with the improvisation of “One”; the song was written after the band members were inspired by a chord progression that guitarist the Edge was playing in the studio. The lyrics, written by lead singer Bono, were inspired by the band members’ fractured relationships and the German reunification. Although the lyrics ostensibly describe “disunity”, they have been interpreted in other ways.

“One” was released as a benefit single, with proceeds going towards AIDS research. The song topped the Irish Singles Charts and US Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts, and it peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart and number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. In promotion of the song, the band filmed several music videos, although they were not pleased until a third was created.

The song was acclaimed by critics upon its release, and it has since been featured in polls of the greatest songs of all time. U2 has performed “One” at most of their tour concerts since the song’s live debut in 1992, and it has appeared in many of the band’s concert films. In a live setting, “One” is often used by the group to promote human rights or social justice causes, and the song lends its namesake to Bono’s charitable organisation, the ONE Campaign. In 2005, U2 re-recorded the song as part of a duet with R&B recording artist Mary J. Blige on her album The Breakthrough.

 

One Step Closer (U2 song)

“One Step Closer” is the ninth track of U2’s eleventh studio album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

The song is a slow tempo recording, with Bono’s lyrics centered on traffic images. The “foggy atmospherics” harken back to U2’s mid-1980s work, befitting Daniel Lanois’ involvement.[1]

The origins of “One Step Closer” date back to the All That You Can’t Leave Behind sessions.[2] It was revived for Atomic Bomb, with Lanois introducing a pedal steel guitar in addition to guitars from the Edge and Bono, and musical influences varying from country music to the Velvet Underground making themselves felt.[2] One recording of the song ran for more than 15 minutes, with Bono adding many verses that were subsequently dropped.[2] Producer Jacknife Lee also contributed to the final form of the recording.[3]

“One Step Closer” is billed in the album with thanks to Noel Gallagher of Oasis. The title of the song comes from a conversation Bono had with Gallagher about Bono’s dying father, Bob Hewson. Bono asked, “Do you think he believes in God?” to which Gallagher replied, “Well, he’s one step closer to knowing.”[2] As with most U2 songs, however, multiple readings are available,[4] with the singer’s feeling of being lost, but still drifting towards some kind of understanding, possible at any age. Verdicts varied based on the listener: Bono biographer Mick Wall felt the song was “clearly linked” to Bono’s father, and made for “painful if beautiful listening,”[5] Chicago Tribune reviewer Greg Kot did not make the same Bono connection and felt that Lanois’ “foggy atmospherics” masked a lack of ideas,[1] while Christianity Today saw it as a “sadly uncertain, yet hopeful” depiction of Bono’s father having a crisis of faith.[6]

Through the end of the Vertigo Tour, the song had never been performed in any U2 concert.

Numb (U2 song)

“Numb” is a song by rock band U2. It is the third track from their 1993 album Zooropa and was released in June 1993 as the album’s first single. The song features a monotonous mantra of “don’t” commands spoken by guitarist the Edge amidst a backdrop of various sound effects and samples. The noisy composition and lyrical concept for “Numb” were inspired by the theme of sensory overload, which had prominently been incorporated into the Zoo TV Tour. Lead singer Bono and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. provided backing vocals on the track. The song received remixes from Paul Oakenfold, Rollo Armstrong and Rob Dougan.

“Numb” originated as a discarded song from the Achtung Baby recording sessions called “Down All the Days.” While recording Zooropa, the band transformed the song with mixing assistance from co-producer Flood, the addition of keyboards and samples by co-producer Brian Eno, and the addition of the Edge’s monotone vocals. The song was released as a VHS single, featuring a music video directed by Kevin Godley, but it did not attain widespread commercial success. U2 added “Numb” to their live setlists after resuming their Zoo TV Tour in May 1993, but like most songs on Zooropa it has never been performed live since the end of that tour.[1]

No Line on the Horizon (song)

“No Line on the Horizon” is a song by rock band U2; it is the opening and title track on their 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. An alternate version, “No Line on the Horizon 2”, was included as a bonus track on some versions of the album. The song was developed during the band’s earliest sessions in Fez, Morocco, and began with a drum beat by drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. The lyrics were inspired by a photograph of Lake Constance, titled Boden Sea. Many reviews of the song compared it to the band’s other guitar-heavy songs, including “Elevation”, “Vertigo”, “Zoo Station”, and “The Fly”.

New York (U2 song)

“New York” is the tenth track from U2’s 2000 album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind. It is notable as the subject matter is a picturesque description of New York City and of the people who live there, and was later altered following the events of September 11, 2001. The song’s lyrics were written by lead singer Bono, who has a residence in New York City.

Bono has stated that the song is a tribute of sorts to both Frank Sinatra and Lou Reed. “There was a verse about Lou Reed, that didn’t make it, and a verse about Frank Sinatra (that also didn’t make it). And Lou has an album called New York, and he mentions my name on one of the tracks, “Beginning of a Great Adventure”. And I just think he is to New York what James Joyce was to Dublin.”[1]
In another interview, Bono elaborated further on the song’s theme of “mid-life crisis”: “There used to be a verse at the end about Frank Sinatra, because if I was going to be singing about New York, New York, I felt like I should. It went “When I’m down on my luck / I sometimes think of Frank Sinatra / I met him once / He was more than generous / At dinner one evening he found a blue paper napkin … and he stared at it and said to no one in particular, I remember when my eyes were this blue.” Which is how the song ended. … But I took out that scene because I didn’t want people to think the song was autobiographical—you know, I did that song with him and everything (on Duets).”[2]

U2 has played the song “New York” live 120 times.[3] The song debuted on 19 October 2000 at the ManRay club in Paris, as part of a promotional concert for the October 30 release of All That You Can’t Leave Behind.[4] Following the events of 11 September 2001, several lyrics were altered in subsequent live performances.[5] The song has not been played since the end of the Elevation Tour, with the last performance taking place on 2 December 2001.[6]
A live version is included on the DVD Elevation 2001: U2 Live from Boston.

New Year’s Day (song)

“New Year’s Day” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is on their 1983 album War and it was released as the album’s lead single in January 1983. Written about the Polish Solidarity movement, “New Year’s Day” is driven by Adam Clayton’s distinctive bassline and the Edge’s piano and guitar playing. It was the band’s first UK hit single, peaking at no. 10, also becoming the band’s first international hit, reaching for example no. 9 in Norway, no. 11 on the Dutch Top 40, no. 17 in Sweden and charting on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States (just missing the Top 50) for the first time in their career.

In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine placed the single at #435 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.[2] This song was also included in the Pitchfork 500.[3]

Mysterious Ways (song)

“Mysterious Ways” is a song by the rock band U2. It is the eighth track from their 1991 album Achtung Baby and was released as the album’s second single on 25 November 1991. The song reached the top ten of the singles charts in several countries, including the band’s native Ireland, where it went to number one. In the United States, the song topped the Modern Rock Tracks and Album Rock Tracks charts and peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song began as an improvisation called “Sick Puppy,” with the band only liking the bass part that bassist Adam Clayton composed. The band struggled to build a song from it, with vocalist Bono and producer Daniel Lanois arguing intensely during one songwriting session. The song’s breakthrough came after guitarist the Edge began experimenting with the Korg A3 effects unit. “Mysterious Ways” features a danceable beat, funky guitar hook, and conga-laden percussion, as well as mystical lyrics by Bono about romance and women.

The song received praise from critics after the release of Achtung Baby, many of whom called it one of the album’s standout tracks and one that best illustrated the band’s musical evolution on the album. A music video for the song was filmed in Morocco and incorporated distorted images of Bono and a belly dancer. “Mysterious Ways” made its live debut on the Zoo TV Tour in 1992, when performances were accompanied by an on-stage belly dancer. The group has continued to perform the song on subsequent tours.

Mothers of the Disappeared

“Mothers of the Disappeared” is a song by rock band U2. It is the eleventh and final track on their 1987 album The Joshua Tree. The song was inspired by lead singer Bono’s experiences in Nicaragua and El Salvador in July 1986, following U2’s involvement on Amnesty International’s A Conspiracy of Hope tour. He learned of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo, a group of women whose children had been “disappeared” by the Argentine and Chilean dictatorships.[1] While in Central America, he met members of COMADRES, a similar organization whose children had been disappeared by the government in El Salvador.[2] Bono sympathized with the Madres and COMADRES and wanted to pay tribute to their cause.

The song was written on a Spanish guitar, and the melody lifted from a piece Bono composed in Ethiopia in 1985 to help teach children basic forms of hygiene. The lyrics contain an implicit criticism of the Reagan Administration, which backed two South American regimes that seized power during coup d’états and which provided financial support for the military regime in El Salvador.[3] Thematically it has been interpreted as an examination of failures and contradictions in US foreign policy.[4][5]

“Mothers of the Disappeared” was favourably received by critics, who variously described it as “powerful”,[6] “a moving tribute”,[7] and containing “stunning beauty and sadness”.[8] The song was played seven times on the 1987 Joshua Tree Tour, and some recordings were considered for the ending sequence of the 1988 film Rattle and Hum. It was revived for four concerts on the 1998 PopMart Tour in South America, and for two of them, the Madres joined the band onstage for the performance, one of which was broadcast on television in Chile. Bono used the opportunity to ask General Pinochet to reveal to the Madres the locations of their children’s bodies. The song was played a further three times on the U2 360° Tour; one performance was dedicated to Fehmi Tosun, an ethnic Kurd who was forcibly disappeared in Turkey in 1995. Bono re-recorded the song a cappella in 1998 for the album ¡Ni Un Paso Atras!.

Moment of Surrender

“Moment of Surrender” is a song by rock band U2 and the third track on their 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. During the initial recording sessions for the album in 2007 in Fez, Morocco, the band wrote the song with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois within a few hours. Together, they recorded the song in a single take; Eno called the song’s recording “the most amazing studio experience [he’s] ever had”. According to him and Lanois, the track is the closest the band came to realising their original concept for the album of writing “future hymns”. The seven-minute song features gospel-like vocals in the chorus, along with a predominantly organ- and piano-based musical accompaniment. Lyrically, the song is about a drug addict who is undergoing a crisis of faith.

“Moment of Surrender” was praised by critics, many of whom called it one of the album’s stand-out tracks. The song was compared to the group’s earlier ballads “With or Without You” and “One”. It was performed at all but two of the band’s concerts on the U2 360° Tour, most often as the closing song. During performances, the stage lights were dimmed and fans were urged to hold up their mobile phones to create “a stadium full of tiny stars”. Although it was not released as a single, Rolling Stone named “Moment of Surrender” the best song of 2009,[1] and in 2010, they ranked it 160th on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.[2]

Mofo (song)

“Mofo” is a song by U2. It is the third track on the band’s 1997 album Pop and it was released as the album’s final single on 8 December 1997. The song was partially written about Bono’s mother, who died when he was 14 years old. Other songs which Bono wrote about his mother include “Lemon,” “I Will Follow,” “Iris (Hold Me Close)” and “Tomorrow.” Andrew Unterberger of Stylus Magazine considers the song to be “the only legitimate evidence” of U2’s supposed dance-oriented direction on the album.[1]

“Mofo” opened every concert from the 1997-1998 PopMart Tour. Although the studio version released on the album was more techno-oriented, live performances had an increased rock arrangement. It appears in the concert film PopMart: Live from Mexico City and also on Hasta la Vista Baby!, a live album from the same show.

British electronica band Underworld also recorded a remix that was never released.[2]

Miss Sarajevo

“Miss Sarajevo” is the only single from the 1995 album Original Soundtracks 1 by U2 and Brian Eno, under the pseudonym “Passengers”. Luciano Pavarotti makes a guest vocal appearance, singing the opera solo. It also appears on U2’s compilation, The Best of 1990-2000, and was covered by George Michael on his album, Songs from the Last Century. While the song did not reach the Billboard Hot 100, it reached No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart and was a top-ten hit in many other European countries. Bono, the band’s lead vocalist, cites “Miss Sarajevo” as his favourite U2 song.[1]

The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)

“The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the opening track from their thirteenth studio album, Songs of Innocence, and was released as its lead single. It was produced by Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, and Ryan Tedder. It was first unveiled by the band at an Apple Inc. product launch event on 9 September 2014, coinciding with an announcement that Songs of Innocence would be released digitally to iTunes Store customers free of charge. The song’s title refers to American musician Joey Ramone, lead singer of influential punk rock band, the Ramones.

Miracle Drug

“Miracle Drug” is the second track from U2’s 2004 album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. It was written about the late Irish writer Christopher Nolan, with whom the band attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School. Bono said of Nolan:[1]

We all went to the same school and just as we were leaving, a fellow called Christopher Nolan arrived. He had been deprived of oxygen for two hours when he was born, so he was paraplegic. But his mother believed he could understand what was going on and used to teach him at home. Eventually, they discovered a drug that allowed him to move one muscle in his neck. So they attached this unicorn device to his forehead and he learned to type. And out of him came all these poems that he’d been storing up in his head. Then he put out a collection called Dam-Burst of Dreams,[2] which won a load of awards and he went off to university and became a genius. All because of a mother’s love and a medical breakthrough.

A Man and a Woman (song)

“A Man and a Woman” is the seventh track on U2’s eleventh studio album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. An acoustic version of the song showed up on the “All Because of You” single. It has been performed live only once at the Clinton Foundation.

“A Man and a Woman” emerged after U2’s engineer was trying a mix of something the band had recorded.[2] Lead singer Bono liked it and soon started to play the bass guitar and singing.[2] The acoustic guitar that the Edge is playing in the song was taken from another completely different song, they chopped it up and connected together with the new one. It was inspiring to Bono to keep working on that.[3][4] Bono cites Thin Lizzy founding member Phil Lynott as the influence for the style in which he sings the song.[5]

Bono, who has been interested in the distance that lies between men and women, wrote this song about rediscovering a kind of flirtatious and romantic love.[2] The Edge classes “A Man and a Woman” as the wild card on How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.[2]

Magnificent (U2 song)

“Magnificent” is a song by U2. It is the second track on the band’s 2009 album No Line on the Horizon and was released as the album’s second single.[1] The song was originally titled “French Disco”, but was renamed later in the recording sessions.[3] It is played before the start of every New York Rangers home game at Madison Square Garden.

The single was released on 4 May 2009 and reached #42 on the UK Singles Chart. While well received by critics, it was the first domestically-released U2 single not to make the UK Top 40 since “A Celebration” in 1982.

MLK (song)

“MLK” is the tenth and final song from U2’s 1984 album, The Unforgettable Fire. A lullaby to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., it is a short, pensive piece with simple lyrics. It was because of this song, along with “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, another tribute to King, that earned Bono the highest honor of the King Center, an organization founded by Coretta Scott King.

Lemon (song)

“Lemon” is the fourth song and second single from U2’s 1993 album, Zooropa. Inspired by old video footage of Bono’s late mother, the lyrics describe an attempt to preserve memory through film. More than any previous U2 song, “Lemon” showcases Bono’s falsetto skills, aided by atmospheric vocals from the Edge and Brian Eno. The song has been described as futuristic German disco.[1] The album version is one of U2’s longest songs.

The music video for “Lemon”, directed by Mark Neale, was filmed in black and white with a grid-like background as a tribute to Eadweard Muybridge.[5] Muybridge was a photographer who was the first person to successfully capture fast motion on film, using his device, coincidentally named the Zoopraxiscope, a reference to the lyrics (“A man makes a picture – a moving picture/Through light projected he can see himself up close”).
The video primarily features a sequence of clips of the band members playing their instruments and performing a series of distinct actions, with captions for each one (e.g. “man walking up incline”, “man running”, “man playing pool”). In the background of the video, a pendulum can be seen swinging, a clock can be seen ticking, as well as dollars falling from the sky, various scientific objects (DNA, Satellite feeds, etc.), and a cross.

All of these symbols seem to be representing man’s attempt to preserve time, via money (“He turns his money into light to look for her”), religion, or technology. The video also featured Bono dressed as both “The Fly” and “MacPhisto.”

Love Is Blindness

“Love Is Blindness” is a song by the rock band U2, and the twelfth and final track on their 1991 album Achtung Baby. The song was written on piano by lead singer Bono during the recording sessions for U2’s 1988 album Rattle and Hum. Originally intending to give the song to singer Nina Simone, the band decided to keep it for Achtung Baby after playing it together. Thematically, the song describes a failing romance, mixing personal themes with imagery of metaphorical acts of terrorism. During the recording sessions for Achtung Baby, guitarist the Edge separated from his wife, Aislinn O’Sullivan. The separation had a major effect on the development of the song; the ending guitar solo was a cathartic experience for the Edge, as he snapped several guitar strings during the recording.

“Love Is Blindness” made its live debut on the group’s 1992–1993 Zoo TV Tour and was performed regularly during the tour, appearing in 154 of its 157 concerts. It was commonly played as either the penultimate or closing song; as the penultimate song, it was usually followed by a rendition of the Elvis Presley song “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. Following the tour, “Love Is Blindness” has been played live only two other times. The track was favourably received by critics and has been covered by multiple artists.

I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight

“I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” is the fifth song from U2’s 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. The song was released as the album’s third single in a digital format on 25 August 2009 and in a physical version released on 7 September 2009.[1][2] Two music videos were made, one directed by David O’Reilly,[2] and one by Alex Courtes.[3]

The band collaborated with will.i.am in the creation of the track;[4] will.i.am receives an “additional production” credit on the finished version. It was first developed by Brian Eno under the title “Diorama” during a break in the recording sessions.[5] The band reworked the track under the new title of “Crazy Tonight” before retitling it again as “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”.[5][6][7] Several of the song’s lyrics were influenced by Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.[8] Bono stated to Q magazine that the lyrics “[sound] like a T-shirt slogan to me”,[9] also noting that it was No Line on the Horizon’s equivalent to “Beautiful Day”.[7]

The first music video received its world premiere on 17 July 2009 through U2’s YouTube channel.[16] Directed by David O’Reilly and designed by Jon Klassen, it is the band’s first animated music video since 1995’s “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”, and is one of the few not to feature the band.[2][17][18] It depicts several people in a city undergoing hardships, and the events that interconnect them and bring them happiness as they decide to make changes in their lives.[18] The video was entered in the 2009 Ottawa International Animation Festival.[19]

The second music video was directed by Alex Courtes and produced by Malachy Mcanenny.[3]While the O’Reilly video plays over the studio version of the song, the Courtes version is the single edit.[3] It consists of a live performance taken from the U2 360° Tour, filmed at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, on 2 July 2009.[15]

 

I Will Follow

“I Will Follow” is a song by rock band U2. It is the opening track from their debut album, Boy, and it was released as the album’s second single, in October 1980. Bono wrote the lyrics to “I Will Follow” in tribute to his mother who died when he was 14 years old.

“I Will Follow” is the only song that U2 have performed on every tour since they released their first album. The song was U2’s first music video, directed by Meiert Avis in Dublin, Ireland. The song was issued five times, first in 1981 on a 7″ vinyl in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, second on the same format in the United States and Canada, third in the Netherlands in 1982 with a track from 1981’s October, in 1983 with a live version of the song, and finally in 2011 with a live version of the song recorded at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival.

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” is a 1995 single by U2 from the Batman Forever soundtrack album. A number-one single in their home country of Ireland, the single reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts. The song is included on From the Ground Up: Edge’s Picks from U2360°.

Heartland (U2 song)

“Heartland” is a song by rock band U2. It is the thirteenth track on their 1988 album Rattle and Hum, and was included in the film of the same name. The band began writing “Heartland” in 1984 during The Unforgettable Fire sessions, and it was worked on again during The Joshua Tree sessions.[1]

It is the only track from the album not performed in concert on the Lovetown Tour, which began almost a year after Rattle and Hum’s release.

“Heartland” originated from a trip that bassist Adam Clayton and lead singer Bono made. Bono claimed the song is full of little bits of travelogue from his journal.[2]

The Ground Beneath Her Feet (song)

“The Ground Beneath Her Feet” is a song by U2 from the film, The Million Dollar Hotel, and featured on the film’s soundtrack, The Million Dollar Hotel: Music from the Motion Picture. The song was recorded with Daniel Lanois on the pedal steel guitar for the film. However, a different mix than the one heard in the film appears on the soundtrack. The song credits author Salman Rushdie as its writer because the lyrics are taken from his book of the same name.

Gloria (U2 song)

“Gloria” is a song by rock band U2. It is the opening track and second single from the band’s 1981 album, October.

It features a chorus sung in Latin, from the liturgical “Gloria in Excelsis Deo.” It was one of their lowest-charting singles on the UK singles chart,[2] peaking at #55 but was more successful in Ireland and New Zealand, reaching the Top 20.

Allmusic cited the song as an example of “when U2 marry the message, melody, and sound together… the results are thoroughly impressive,”[3] while Pitchfork said the song “displays some musical dynamism, but its Latin-language chorus tempers its anthemic qualities.”[4]

Get On Your Boots

“Get On Your Boots” is a song by Irish rock band U2 and the sixth track from their 2009 album No Line on the Horizon.[1] The song was released as the album’s first single on 23 January 2009. The physical format was released on 16 February.[2] The video received its premiere on 6 February 2009.

The lyrical delivery of the song’s verses has been said to resemble Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,”[3][4] while the song has also been compared to “Pump It Up” by Elvis Costello.[5]

The Fly (song)

“The Fly” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the seventh track from their 1991 album, Achtung Baby, and it was released as the album’s first single on 12 October 1991. “The Fly” introduced a more abrasive sounding U2, as the song featured hip-hop and industrial beats, distorted vocals, and an elaborate guitar solo. Lead vocalist Bono described the song as “the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree,”[2] due to its departure from the traditional sound that had characterised the band in the 1980s.

Bono described the song’s subject as that of a phone call from someone in Hell who enjoys being there and telling the person on the other end of the line what he has learned.[3] The lyrics are written as a series of aphorisms that Bono collected during the album’s recording. The song and its video were also a showcase for “The Fly,” a persona that Bono adopted for the Zoo TV Tour, in which he played the part of a stereotypical leather-clad rock star known for wearing large wrap-around sunglasses and strutting around the stage. The song became the band’s second number-one single in the UK and was successful among alternative rock radio audiences.

Fez – Being Born

“Fez – Being Born” is a song by Irish rock band U2 and the eighth track on their 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. It was planned for the track to open the album, but “No Line on the Horizon” was chosen instead. The song had several different titles during the recording sessions, including “Chromium Chords” and “Tripoli”, and was the result of a fusion of two different songs during the recording sessions.

Exit (U2 song)

“Exit” is a song by rock band U2. It is the tenth track on their 1987 album The Joshua Tree. “Exit” was developed from a lengthy jam that was recorded in a single take and edited down to a shorter arrangement. The lyrics, which portray the mind of a serial killer, were inspired by lead singer Bono’s reading of Norman Mailer’s 1980 novel The Executioner’s Song, and other related works. In his trial for the murder of Rebecca Schaeffer, Robert John Bardo used “Exit” as part of his defence, claiming the song had influenced his actions.

“Exit” was frequently played live on The Joshua Tree Tour, but has been performed on just one occasion since then. Live performances are depicted in the 1988 film Rattle and Hum and the 2007 video and live album Live from Paris.

Every Breaking Wave

“Every Breaking Wave” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the second track from their thirteenth studio album, Songs of Innocence, and was released as its second single. It was produced by Danger Mouse and Ryan Tedder, with additional production from Declan Gaffney.

The song’s official music video is a truncated, four-and-a-half-minute version of the 13-minute short film Every Breaking Wave, which was directed by Irish director Aoife McArdle.[10][11] The film dramatizes the violence of The Troubles in Northern Ireland during the 1980s by depicting a teenage couple on opposing sides of the conflict. McArdle used the album and acoustic versions of “Every Breaking Wave” in the film, along with another track from Songs of Innocence, “The Troubles”.[12] The film premiered on 12 February 2015 before the music video was released on 23 February.[12]

Elvis Presley and America

“Elvis Presley and America” is the ninth track from U2’s 1984 album, The Unforgettable Fire. This song was almost entirely a spur of the moment creation. Musically, the song takes its instrumentation from an altered backing track of “A Sort of Homecoming”. The vocals are the result of producer Brian Eno encouraging lead singer Bono to improvise lyrics while listening to the music for the first time. During the sole performance, Bono assumed that this was a rough cut—something that could be tightened up, altered and corrected later. However, it was the pure improvisation and continuity of performance (as opposed to editing together several performances into one piece) that Eno was interested in, and it is this track that ended up on the final product.[1]

Bono described this track as a reaction to an Albert Goldman biography of Elvis Presley which was not flattering to the late singer. This would not be the last time that Bono disagreed with Goldman’s portrayal of a rock and roll legend. The singer would later call out Goldman by name in “God Part II” (1988), this time in reference to an unflattering biography that Goldman wrote about John Lennon.[1]

Electrical Storm (song)

“Electrical Storm” is a song by Irish rock band U2 and the only single from their second compilation album, The Best of 1990–2000, and one of the two new songs recorded for that album (the other one being “The Hands That Built America”). The music video for the song prominently features drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., as well as actress Samantha Morton. The song was written by Bono and is about two lovers who are fighting and the tension between them; it relates this to a looming electrical storm.[2]

Although the song did not make a big impression in the U.S., reaching only to #77, the song did well elsewhere, peaking at #1 in Canada and many European countries. It also peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart and made #s 13 and 26 on the Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, respectively. It made #5 in Australia.

Desire (U2 song)

“Desire” is a song by U2 and the third track on their 1988 album, Rattle and Hum. Released as the album’s lead single, “Desire” was the band’s first number-one single in the UK and Australia. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., and topped both the Modern and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, the first song to reach the top of both of these charts simultaneously. It reached number two on the Dutch Top 40. In 1989, “Desire” won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

City of Blinding Lights

“City of Blinding Lights” is a song by the rock band U2. It is the fifth track on their 2004 album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and was released as the album’s fourth single on 6 June 2005. The song was a top ten hit in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and several other countries. The music video was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The earliest incarnation of the song was developed during sessions for the band’s 1997 album Pop. The lyrics were partially inspired by lead singer Bono’s recollection of his first trip to London, and by the band’s experience of playing New York City in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Other lyrics refer to Bono’s relationship with his wife. The song’s underlying theme reflects lost innocence and was inspired by an image Bono saw of himself from the early 1980s. The sound has been compared to the tone of U2’s 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire and their 1987 single “Where the Streets Have No Name.”

“City of Blinding Lights” was well received by critics and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song at the 2006 ceremony. The song made its live debut on the group’s 2005 Vertigo Tour, when it was commonly played as the opening song, and it has been performed at every show from a U2 concert tour since. The track has been used in episodes of The Simpsons and Entourage, and in the film The Devil Wears Prada.

President Barack Obama used it at campaign events during the 2008 and 2012 U.S. presidential elections, and listed it as one of his favourite songs; U2 performed it at his inaugural celebration.

A Celebration

“A Celebration” is a song by rock band U2. It was released as a non-album single in March 1982, between the records October (1981) and War (1983). U2 have re-released the track on two occasions; on the 2004 digital compilation album The Complete U2, and on the bonus disc of the remastered October in 2008.

“Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl,” commonly shortened to “Party Girl,” was released as the B-side.

Cedars of Lebanon (song)

“Cedars of Lebanon” is a song by the rock band U2. It is the eleventh and final track on their 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. It is sung in the character of a war correspondent who is “squeezing complicated lives into a simple headline”[1] and who “observes “this shitty world” where the aroma of a rose “lingers and then it just goes”.[2] The song samples producer Brian Eno’s own “Against the Sky” from his 1984 album The Pearl.

In a review of the album, Jon Pareles of The New York Times called the song “a somber meditation on war, separation and enmity”.[3] Comparing the song with “Moment of Surrender” on the same album, NME reviewer Ben Patashnik described “Cedars of Lebanon” as “similarly downbeat but no-less-enthralling”, and said that the song “is buoyed by Larry Mullen Jr’s martial drumming and a twinkling guitar”.[4] The Sydney Morning Herald called the song a “masterful closer”, and said that the “backing vocals, ambient noises and restraint seal a deal alongside the atmosphere of philosophical weariness.”[5]

Bullet the Blue Sky

“Bullet the Blue Sky” is a song by rock band U2. It is the fourth track from their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree. “Bullet the Blue Sky” is one of the band’s most overtly political songs, with live performances often being heavily critical of political conflicts and violence.

It is U2’s 7th-most-played live song with almost 650 live appearances.

The song has been featured in promos for the seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy.

The song was covered by Sepultura in their covers album Revolusongs and by P.O.D. in their album The Fundamental Elements of Southtown.

Beautiful Day

“Beautiful Day” is a song by the Irish rock band U2. It is the first track from their 2000 album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, and it was released as the album’s lead single. It was a commercial success, helping launch the album to multi-platinum status, and is U2’s biggest hit to date. Like many tracks from All That You Can’t Leave Behind, “Beautiful Day” harkens back to the group’s past sound. The tone of the Edge’s guitar was a subject of debate amongst the band members, as they disagreed on whether he should use a sound similar to that from their early career in the 1980s. Lead singer Bono explained that the upbeat track is about losing everything but still finding joy in what one has.

The song received positive reviews, and it became their fourth number-one single in the UK and their first number-one in the Netherlands. The song peaked at number 21 in the United States, the band’s highest position since “Discothèque” in 1997. In 2001, the song won three Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The group has played “Beautiful Day” at every one of their concerts since the song’s 2001 live debut on the Elevation Tour.

The Ballad of Ronnie Drew

“The Ballad of Ronnie Drew” is a single by U2, The Dubliners, Kíla and A Band of Bowsies.[2] The single was recorded as a charitable project, with proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society – owing to Ronnie Drew’s cancer condition.[3] It was recorded at Windmill Lane on 14 and 15 January 2008. “The Ballad of Ronnie Drew” is available as a CD in Ireland only. Ronnie Drew died a few months after the release of the single in August 2008.

Glen Hansard’s vocals on the record were recorded over the telephone, and not in person, as he was in the United States of America for the 80th Academy Awards.

Bad (U2 song)

“Bad” is a song by rock band U2 and the seventh track from their 1984 album, The Unforgettable Fire. A song about heroin addiction, it is considered a fan favourite, and is one of U2’s most frequently performed songs in concert.[1]

A performance of the song at 1985’s Live Aid was a career breakthrough for the band.

The live version included as the opening track of the Wide Awake in America EP is frequently chosen for airplay by radio DJs ahead of the studio version[citation needed]. The song is featured on the trailer of Brothers and in the opening and closing sequences of Taking Lives.

Zooropa

Zooropa /zuːˈroʊpɑː/[nb 1] is the eighth studio album by Irish rock band U2. Produced by Flood, Brian Eno, and The Edge, it was released on 5 July 1993 on Island Records. Inspired by the band’s experiences on the Zoo TV Tour, Zooropa expanded on many of the tour’s themes of technology and media oversaturation. The record was a continuation of the group’s experimentation with alternative rock, electronic dance music, and electronic sound effects that began with their previous album, Achtung Baby, in 1991.

U2 began writing and recording Zooropa in Dublin in February 1993, during a six-month break between legs of the Zoo TV Tour. The record was originally intended as an EP to promote the “Zooropa” leg of the tour that was to begin in May 1993, but during the sessions, the group decided to extend the record to a full-length LP.[1] Pressed for time, U2 wrote and recorded at a rapid pace, with songs originating from many sources, including leftover material from the Achtung Baby sessions. The album was not completed in time for the tour’s resumption, forcing the band to travel between Dublin and their tour destinations in May to complete mixing and recording.

Zooropa received generally favourable reviews from critics. Despite none of its three singles—”Numb”, “Lemon”, and “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)”—being hits consistently across regions, the record sold well upon release and peaked at number one in multiple countries. The album’s charting duration and lifetime sales of 7 million copies, however, were less than those of Achtung Baby. In 1994, Zooropa won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. Although the record was a success and music journalists view the album as one of the group’s most creative works, the band regard it with mixed feelings.

Another Day (U2 song)

“Another Day” was U2’s debut single release, and was released in 1980 following their EP, Three, and prior to their debut album, Boy. It was released only in Ireland.

“Another Day” was produced by Chas deWhalley and U2 at CBS London, December 1979. The single was only released in Ireland and since it did not appear on any album or other CD pressing until the 2008 reissue of Boy, it was long considered a rarity in U2’s catalogue. The B-side was an early demo of “Twilight,” which was later re-recorded for its appearance on Boy and was regularly played live until 1984.

The song is known to have been played at six concerts (twice on 11 May 1980, for a total of 7 occasions). Its last known performance was on 27 July 1980 at Leixlip Castle, County Kildare, Ireland.

All I Want Is You (U2 song)

“All I Want Is You” is the final song on U2’s 1988 album, Rattle and Hum, and was released on 13 June 1989 as the album’s fourth and final single. It is the closing song from the film, Rattle and Hum. String arrangements on the song are by Van Dyke Parks.[2]

“All I Want Is You” was released in the UK as a single on 12 June 1989.[3] The B-side featured covers of The Righteous Brothers’, “Unchained Melody”, and a cover of Love Affair’s “Everlasting Love”. It reached number 4 in the UK charts and number 2 in Australia, number 12 on the Dutch Top 40, but only reached number 67 and number 83 in the Canadian and American charts, respectively. It appeared on the soundtrack for the 1994 film Reality Bites. The popularity of the song in the film led to a re-release in 1994 where it reached number 38 in the U.S. Top 40 Mainstream charts. The single was rereleased in the Netherlands with “Everlasting Love” now being the a-side. “Everlasting Love” reached number 10 in the Dutch Charts, in January 1990. In 2004, it was ranked number 9 in Entertainment Weekly’s list of “The 50 Greatest Love Songs.”[4]

It is also featured during an episode of Hindsight and the final scenes of the 2011 film Contagion. The song “October” appears on the compilation album The Best of 1980-1990 as a hidden track encoded within the track for “All I Want Is You” following about a minute of silence.

All Because of You (U2 song)

“All Because of You” is a song by the Irish rock band U2 and the sixth track from their 2004 album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. The song was released as the album’s second single in North America. The song was released for airplay in the United States concurrently with the album release date (the first single, “Vertigo,” had been released prior to the album debut).

The music video for this song was filmed in New York City. The band played aboard a flat bed truck riding around Manhattan, playing the song much to the surprise of many New Yorkers. U2’s performance through New York took them from Manhattan to Brooklyn, where they would perform a surprise mini-concert.

Acrobat (song)

“Acrobat” is a song by rock band U2. It is the eleventh track on their 1991 album Achtung Baby. The critical failure of Rattle and Hum (1988) led the band to seek a harder sound in their music. The song developed from a riff created by guitarist The Edge, and is played in a 12⁄8 time signature.[1] Thematically the song contains elements of hypocrisy, alienation, and moral confusion. “Acrobat” has never been performed live, although it was rehearsed prior to the third leg of the Zoo TV Tour.

4th of July (U2 song)

“4th of July” is the sixth track from U2’s 1984 album, The Unforgettable Fire. The song is an instrumental track and has never been performed live, although Adam Clayton did play it as a warm-up during a soundcheck before U2’s concert in San Jose on 20 April 2001.[1] It is the only “ambient” track that U2 have ever released, featuring the co-work, the trademark and the style of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.

40 (song)

“40”, also known as “40 (How Long)”, is the tenth and final track from U2’s 1983 album, War. The song is noted for its live performances, often involving the audience singing along for minutes after the band has left the stage. The lyrics are a modification of the Bible’s Psalm 40.

The song was released as a commercial single only in Germany, simply to promote U2’s appearance at the Loreley Festival in 1983.[1] The single was released on a 7″ gramophone record with a B-side of the album version of “Two Hearts Beat as One”. Since its live debut on February 26, 1983, in Dundee, “40” has been a staple of U2’s live concerts, having been performed almost 400 times.[2]

Writing to Reach You

“Writing to Reach You” is the first single taken from Indie band Travis’ second studio album, The Man Who.

The song was written by Fran Healy, who admitted that he had written this song while listening “’74–’75” on the radio[1] and took the guitar chords from Oasis’ “Wonderwall”; as an overt acknowledgement of this, the song contains the lyric “and what’s a wonderwall, anyway?”. In 2004, both “Writing to Reach You” and “Wonderwall” were mixed with Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” in the popular mash up, “Boulevard of Broken Songs”. The single was the group’s first release in Japan and Australia, following their success in the United Kingdom. The song also earned Travis their first appearance on Top of the Pops. The single peaked at #14 on the UK Singles Chart. Fran was reading Letters to Felice from Franz Kafka while he wrote this song.

The video was directed by John Hardwick. It features Healy walking in the countryside and being attacked by a pair of innocent looking schoolchildren. They pelt him with stones and shoot him with arrows, only to find that he is wearing body armour, which he takes off with the arrows still embedded. They then ambush him with a Bf109 fighter aircraft.

Why Does It Always Rain on Me?

“Why Does It Always Rain on Me?” is a song by Scottish band Travis, released as the third single from their second studio album, The Man Who. The song became the group’s international breakthrough single, receiving recognition around the world. It was their first Top 10 hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 10. The song also peaked at number 11 in Australia, and achieved success in Japan and America.

The song was written by frontman Fran Healy who wrote the song while on holiday in Israel. He wanted to go somewhere sunny because in his hometown of Glasgow it rained all the time. In an interview at the Live 8 concert, he explained that he was spending a short holiday in the southern vacation city of Eilat, Israel in the middle of the winter.[1] The city is known for its hot weather even during winter time, but surprisingly it began to rain for two days during his stay.

When Travis began to perform this song at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival, after being sunny for several hours, it began to rain exactly when the first line was sung.

In a poll by listeners of Absolute Radio the song was ranked 39th on a list of the top 100 songs of the 1990s.

Where You Stand (song)

“Where You Stand” is a song by alternative rock band Travis, written by Dougie Payne, Holly Partridge and Fran Healy. It was released on 30 April 2013 as the lead single from the band’s seventh studio album, Where You Stand.[1]

A music video for the song was released onto YouTube on 30 April 2013.[2] The video was directed by Blair Young and Travis’ lead singer Fran Healy, and cinematographed by David Liddell.[3]

Walking in the Sun

“Walking in the Sun” is a song by Scottish Indie rock band Travis. It was released in as the only single from their compilation album, Singles. The single peaked at #20 in the UK Singles Chart. Like the Singles album cover, the single artwork shows photographs of the band.

The music video features Healy walking down Pitshanger Lane, Ealing with hidden booby traps and obstacles. He cheats death numerous times before meeting the Grim Reaper. The other members of the band are seen at the end of the lane, performing the song while waiting for Healy to arrive.

U16 Girls

“U16 Girls” is the second single released from Indie band Travis’ debut album, Good Feeling. The single was released on 1 April 1997 in the United Kingdom.

In an interview with NME, Fran Healy described the song as, “A tongue-in-cheek warning about the dangers of getting into a relationship with a girl who, despite looking much older, is actually under the legal age of consent.” As the age of consent in Scotland is 16, Healy named the song “U16 Girls”. The single’s artwork depicts a surfboard which was designed by The Stone Roses guitarist John Squire. The surfboard is decorated with lyrics from Beach Boys songs. The single charted at number forty on the UK Singles Chart.

Turn (Travis song)

“Turn” is the fourth single from Indie band Travis’ second studio album, The Man Who. The single peaked at the number eight position on the UK Singles Chart.

Two music videos were shot for the single. The first video, included on the group’s Singles DVD, features Healy engaged in a push-up contest. This video was filmed in Hackney on a dis-used council estate. The estate has since been demolished. The second featured a staged performance by the band.

Good Feeling (album)

Good Feeling is the debut album from Scottish alternative rock band Travis. The album was originally released on 26 September 1997, on Independiente Records.[8]

In 2000, the album was re-released, with the only differences being new album artwork and a slightly-tweaked version of “More Than Us”.[9] The album itself has a much more up-beat and ‘rockier’ sound than their subsequent releases, and is often regarded as one of their best.[10]

Once set up in London the band spent between nine months and a year recording new songs.[11] The band played their first London show at the famous Dublin Castle in Camden. With around twenty good songs ready they then approached managers Colin Lester and Ian McAndrew of Wildlife Entertainment who then introduced the band to Andy MacDonald, owner of Go! Discs Records and founder of Independiente Records. Sensing greatness, he negotiated with Wildlife Entertainment and signed Travis for a reputed £100,000 of his own money.[citation needed] The band is signed to MacDonald personally, not to the label—if MacDonald ever leaves the Sony-financed label Independiente Records, the band goes with him (commonly referred to in the industry as a “golden handcuffs” clause).

Song to Self

“Song To Self” is the third and final single from Indie band Travis’ sixth studio album, Ode to J. Smith, released on 5 January 2009.

An extended version of Song To Self, which features a middle 8 and an additional chorus, is included on the 7″ vinyl pressing.[1] The music video for the song depicts singer Fran Healy emphasising the theme of loneliness in the lyrics of the song.[2] The video received heavy airplay in Mexico, especially on VH1 Latin America.

Something Anything

“Something Anything” is the second single taken from Indie band Travis’ sixth studio album Ode To J. Smith. The single peaked at #113 on the UK Singles Chart.

The single was released on 15 September 2008. It is the first Travis single not to be written by singer Fran Healy, as bassist Dougie Payne is credited to having co-written the song. It was the only song on the album not to be written during a 5-week album sessions writing period, and was instead written months later. Payne also wrote the B-side, “Tail of the Tiger”.[1] The artwork of the single shows a heart, with a hole in either side, representing the main song and two b-sides, as confirmed by singer Fran Healy.[2]

 

Sing (Travis song)

“Sing” is the lead single from indie rock band Travis’ third studio album, The Invisible Band. It was released in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2001, following an extensive five-week promotional campaign. The song reached a peak position of number three on the UK Singles Chart.[1] “Sing” was a worldwide success, reaching top ten in several countries in Europe and Latin America. The song can be heard in The Office on various occasions as the unofficial song of Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley. The song is noted for its prominent use of the banjo (played by Andy Dunlop), a country music instrument then considered rare for mainstream pop.

The music video features the band visiting a large country house for dinner and getting into a massive food fight with the residents. The video premièred in on 20 April 2001, on Top of the Pops. When the single reached number three, the band were invited on to Top of the Pops, where they re-enacted the food fight for a live performance. This performance is sometimes used instead of the main video.

Side (song)

“Side” is the second single taken from Scottish indie rock band Travis’ third studio album, The Invisible Band. The single peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

The video for the song has a UFO theme, similar to The X-Files television series. The video begins with three boys looking for UFOs through their bedroom skylight. When one hovers overhead, they go outside and follow it, only for it to land in a cavern in the desert, where they find Travis performing the song. At the end of the video, the band are abducted by aliens while they are performing out in the desert. Fittingly, the clip ends with a newspaper article regarding their disappearance, which coincides with the sightings.

Selfish Jean

“Selfish Jean” is a song by Scottish alternative rock band Travis, released as the second single from their fifth studio album, The Boy with No Name on 9 July 2007.[1]

The title of the song is a reference to The Selfish Gene, a popular science book about evolution by Richard Dawkins. The song was written by Fran Healy in 2005 in his apartment in New York, and was demoed using Healy’s own computer. He sampled the drum intro from the Iggy Pop song “Lust For Life”, looped it to create a basic rhythm, and then played the song and recorded vocals over the top of the rhythm track. The demo was then taken to Travis drummer Neil Primrose as an example of what to play, and thus, the song exists in its current form. The lyrics for the song’s bridge are taken directly from an earlier B-side, “Standing On My Own”, which appeared on the 1997 single “Tied to the 90s”.

The single found its way onto the BBC Radio 2 playlist, receiving around twenty plays per week. Even though it charted at a relatively disappointing No. 30 on the UK Singles Chart, it is a song much loved by Travis fans and is performed at a majority of Travis concerts. B-sides for the single include the newly written song “You Bring Me Down”, as well as two Squeeze covers—”Is That Love” and “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)”.

The music video was released on the band’s MySpace page [2] before the release of The Boy with No Name. Directed by American comedian Demetri Martin, the video features Martin who begins by wearing 19 T-shirts with words and pictures to illustrate lyrics from the song, removing them to progressively reveal the T-shirts underneath. Some of these T-shirts have been recreated for sale: ‘Aaaaahh… Selfish Jean’, stretching from the back and rotating around to the front, and ‘Art, Music, Jaffa Cakes’, with additional tick boxes, which have been very popular among fans.

My Eyes (Travis song)

My Eyes is the third and final single released by Indie band Travis from their fifth studio album, The Boy With No Name. The song was released on 17 September 2007.

The track first appeared on a twelve-track sampler album given away free in the Mail on Sunday. Healy wrote the song the day after he found out he was to become a father. The lyrics of the song depict the moment when he found out. The video for the song shows the band in a water slide juxtaposed with a pregnant bride, who represent’s Healy’s wife, on her way to hospital to give birth.[1] The song was also used in an episode of the seventh season of the TV show Smallville.

Moving (Travis song)

“Moving” is a song by alternative rock band Travis. It was released on 1 July 2013[2] as the second single to promote the band’s seventh studio album, Where You Stand. “Moving” was written by the band’s bassist Dougie Payne.[3] The song has charted in Japan.

In an album commentary, Dougie Payne said the song was inspired by his frequent moves, and the feeling of moving house every six months: “It was kinda this notion of this perpetual motion.”[4]

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph music critic Neil McCormick, Travis frontman Fran Healy said, “There was a moment, when my son Clay was two, and we were looking at the little globe in the house, and I was going, here’s where Nana is, and here’s Australia, and he said, ‘Where do you live, Papa?’ My heart broke. I was going, ‘I live here with you’, and he had this incredulous look on his face – ‘no, you don’t.’ And he really meant it, because we spent so much time touring.”[1][5]

A music video for the song was released onto YouTube on 1 July 2013.[6] It was directed by Tom “Wriggles” Wrigglesworth and Matt “Robins” Robinson.[7] The video is based on a concept from Wriggles & Robins’ short film titled Love Is in the Air, released for Valentine’s Day 2013.[8][9] It shows Travis band members standing in cold air, with a series of animations projected into their breaths, telling a story of a character that runs, flies and swims, among others. In some of the scenes, the animation becomes a mirror image of Travis vocalist Fran Healy.[10] The video was filmed in real time, using no post production.[6] On 8 July 2013, a making-of video was released onto YouTube.[11]

More Than Us

“More Than Us” is the fifth and final single to be released from Indie band Travis’ debut album Good Feeling. It became the group’s first UK Singles Chart Top 20 single, and is known for being the song that influenced their mainstream breakthrough. The single was released under the title of the More Than Us E.P., as both physical releases featured three previously unreleased recordings. The single’s artwork, which depicts a rear view of four chairs behind a table, is strikingly similar to the cover for the band’s 2000 single, “Coming Around”.

Love Will Come Through

“Love Will Come Through” is the third single released from Indie band Travis’ fourth studio album, 12 Memories. The single peaked at #28 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song was originally composed for the Moonlight Mile soundtrack. It appeared in the movie trailer for Garden State in 2004, as well as the final, unaired episode of Wonderfalls. The song later appeared in Grey’s Anatomy. The song is considered a return to the more recognizable Travis sound, since the last two singles represented a darker, experimental side.

Fran Healy described the song as “a song about love, not in the classic context of that sort of Hollywood love, you know the one that you see in the pictures “I love you, I love you too”, it’s not like that. It’s love that you have with your mum and your dad and your friends and stuff, love that equals hope in the face of everything, the love that conquers all, and its dedicated to that love”.[citation needed]

Two videos were made for the song. The official video was directed by Arni & Kinski, and was filmed in the Warsaw district of Praga. It features the band performing the song in a social club to a group of family and friends. The alternate version, referred to as the “Haar Schnitt” video, was directed by Anton Corbijn, and features footage of Fran Healy and other members of the band during their home life.[1]

J. Smith (song)

“J. Smith” is the first single from Indie band Travis’ sixth studio album Ode to J. Smith, released as a limited-edition E.P. on both 10″ vinyl and as a download, with only 1,000 copies made of the 10-inch. The song reached #1 on the UK Indie Chart on 6 July 2008, mainly due to strong downloads.[1]

Although the songs from Ode to J. Smith were previewed in a series of live shows in February 2008, the studio recordings were not intended to be heard until the official release. However, KCRW, an American radio station, got hold of an illegal copy of J. Smith, and played it on air several times, and subsequently, mp3 files of the song were made and distributed, which Fran Healy contested to on the official forum.[2] The physical single release was not intended for announcement until late June, however, online retailer Recordstore announced the item for sale on 5 June, meaning that despite an official announcement being made, fans would now know what the first single was going to be. The information was discussed on the band’s official forum within hours.[3] Healy posted on the forum that evening, claiming that the band had not intended Recordstore to announce the information, and that the original plan was to gradually release the information to increase excitement.[4]

Fran Healy explained on Travis’ official website about the writing of “J. Smith”. He said, “The riff came from nowhere. The strange thing was, I knew immediately these chords were important in some way… When Neilly arrived I played the chords, he played along and we instantly found the pattern. It is the best drum line Neilly has ever done… Dougie then picked up the bass line like he’d been practising it all week… There isn’t a bit of fat on the song. Every note, every beat, is perfect.” He also adds that Paul McCartney and Luke Pritchard both complimented the song when they first heard it.[5]

Flowers in the Window

“Flowers in the Window” is the third and final single from indie band Travis’ third studio album, The Invisible Band. The track topped the British Airplay charts and debuted at #18 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song was written long before the release of their second album, The Man Who, and although he is uncredited on the album, it was co-written by Paul McCartney. In an interview for Rate Your Music, Healy claimed, “I met McCartney whilst recording a television programme, and I played him an unfinished track from the new album. He said: ‘That’s a great little song.’ He helped us finish the ending, but we didn’t give him a credit on the sleeve.”[1]

During live performances of the song, it is typically dedicated to members of the band or stage crew who have reached a significant moment in a relationship. For example, during the 12 Memories tour in 2003, it was dedicated to the lighting manager who had just had a child. In 2007, whilst playing at the Hammersmith Apollo, it was dedicated to their touring pianist Klaus, who had become engaged the day before.

The video features the band walking around a small town in South Africa where all the residents are pregnant women. The band enter a clinic where women are staying and begin to perform the song. A chained up man appears at the end of the video in apparent distress suggesting that he has been held captive and forced to father children for the women. An alternate version of the video also uses clips from the movie Saved!.

Driftwood (Travis song)

“Driftwood” is the second single taken from Indie band Travis’ second studio album, The Man Who. It became their biggest hit single up to that point, peaking at #13 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

The music video features Healy playing a photographer in a school, about to take a picture of all the pupils. He keeps looking at the blue sky, to see if the weather is perfect, which it is. After the pupils line up, the rest of the band show up, as do the other teachers. Healy then sets the timer, and runs to his seat to wait for the camera to take the picture, but then, it starts to rain heavily. All the pupils stand up and run to shelter, whilst the band members stay in their seats, with the rain pouring down at them still. The music video was filmed in St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls, located in Carshalton, Surrey. Travis later reprised the teaching roles portrayed in the video for a cameo role in the 2007 comedy-drama film Son of Rambow.[citation needed]

Coming Around (Travis song)

“Coming Around” is a song by Scottish Indie rock band Travis, released in June 2000 as a stand-alone single, although it was subsequently added to a limited edition Special Live Edition of The Man Who. The single peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart. One of the single’s B-sides is a cover of “The Weight”, a popular song by The Band. The single’s artwork shows a rear view of two chairs behind a table, a reference to the band’s earlier single, More Than Us, which featured a similar image, except with four chairs instead of two.

In 2012, the band Counting Crows re-recorded this song for their album Underwater Sunshine.

Closer (Travis song)

“Closer” is a song by Scottish band Travis, released as the first single from their fifth studio album, The Boy with No Name, on 23 April 2007. The single peaked at #10 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song is featured in sports video game FIFA 08.

The music video[1] features the band as clerks in a supermarket with Healy as the mascot. When fed up with his job, he goes inside and starts singing on the speaker system. Payne, who was working at the register completely bored, takes out his bass and Dunlop and Primrose are dancing with the customers. When their boss, Ben Stiller in a cameo, hears music, he tries to find out where it comes from but it stops as soon as he looks out of his office. The music then resumes when Stiller goes back to his office. The video ends with the band leaving the supermarket together. The only instrument that appears is Payne’s bass, whilst the rest of the band have nothing. Fran Healy is seen wearing a Radio Clyde T-shirt that reads “Radio Clyde 261”. The T-shirt actually originated from Frank Zappa who wore a red version of the shirt previously. The video was directed by Michael Baldwin, who has also directed videos for Gabriella Cilmi, Dave Matthews Band, and Melanie C, among others.

Another Guy

“Another Guy” is a song by Scottish alternative rock band Travis. The song was released onto their official website on 20 March 2013 as a pre-single teaser for their seventh studio album, Where You Stand.[1]

A lo-fi music video for the song, shot on VHS,[1] was helmed by German feature director Wolfgang Becker and cinematographed by Jürgen Jürges. It was released onto YouTube on 20 March 2013.[2] Nick Knight of Promo News wrote: “It’s a wonderfully absurd comedy exploring a dynamic of crumbling love and trust between the members of Travis, the catalyst being the presence of another guy who happens to be played with a certain level of menace by the director himself.”[3]

All I Want to Do Is Rock

“All I Want to Do is Rock” is the debut single from Scottish band, Travis. Originally released as a 10″ vinyl on the Red Telephone Box label in 1996, it was fully re-released by Independiente Records a year later, after the band signed with the label to record Good Feeling. The band frequently refers to the track as their “theme song” or their “national anthem”, and as of 2009, have added the song back onto their live set lists. The song later appeared as a snippet on Hellboy 2.

Why Can’t I Wake Up with You

“Why Can’t I Wake Up with You” is a song by boyband Take That. Written by Gary Barlow, the song was released on 20 February 1993 as the lead single from their second album, Everything Changes.

The original version of the song first appeared on their Take That & Party debut album, however Gary Barlow re-wrote the song with a higher tempo and modified lyrics. It was released in February 1993 and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, spending 10 weeks on the UK singles chart.[1] The song has since received a Silver sales status certification from the BPI for sales of over 200,000 copies inside the UK.

The music video depicts the band members on their own in different rooms of a house each singing the song, with Mark Owen dressed in just an open shirt and white briefs. At the end of the video, the band members are shown trying to get past paparazzi.

When We Were Young (Take That song)

“When We Were Young” is the second and final single by British pop group Take That from the band’s first EP, Progressed. It acted as the theme song in the feature film adaptation of The Three Musketeers, which premiered in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2011.[1] The song is the last to feature Jason Orange and Robbie Williams and features Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow on lead vocals. The single was released to radio on 11 July 2011 and was released in the United Kingdom as a digital download on 22 August 2011.[1]

Up All Night (Take That song)

“Up All Night” is the second single from British group Take That’s fifth studio album, The Circus (2008).

Released on 2 March 2009,[2] it was the second single from the album The Circus. The single was only released in the UK and Ireland. The band performed “Up All Night” on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway on 21 February 2009. It was the second live performance of the song, after they performed the song on ITV’s Take That Come to Town.[3] The band also performed the song on BBC’s Comic Relief Does Top of the Pops special on 13 March 2009.[4] The track featured on the New Year’s Day last ever episode of Gavin & Stacey, on which James Corden and Mathew Horne could be seen miming the song playing on the radio whilst driving.

The song debuted on the UK Singles Chart on 14 February 2009 (Valentine’s Day) at number 72, four weeks ahead of the release date of the single based purely on downloads. The single peaked at number 14, becoming the band’s second single out of their recent six to fail to chart in the UK Top 10. However, it did become their 20th consecutive UK Top 20 single. In Ireland the song debuted on Thursday 26 February 2009 at number 29 based on downloads, a week before the official release. The single peaked at number 14.

The video for “Up All Night” was debuted on 27 January 2009, with Mark Owen on lead vocals. The video was directed by Daniel Wolfe. It features Take That performing at a street party in Croydon, with footage of them on a lorry.[5] Gary Barlow does not appear in the second half of the music video because his pregnant wife went into labour whilst filming.[6]

These Days (Take That song)

“These Days” is a song by British pop group Take That. It was released through Polydor Records on 14 November 2014 as the lead single from their seventh studio album, III (2014). The song was written by Take That, Jamie Norton, and Ben Mark and produced by Greg Kurstin.

“These Days” was the first song to feature Take That as a trio following the departures of Jason Orange and Robbie Williams, and features all three members singing joint lead vocal. The song debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, becoming the group’s 12th UK number one.[1]

It became known early into the writing process that Jason Orange was unsure whether he would rejoin the band for the new single and album. Gary Barlow admitted that the band had “known for a while that Jay [Jason Orange] was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m doing this or not'” As time went on, Mark Owen stated that “we hit the point where we could do nothing else”, and began writing music with Orange’s blessing. The band then went to Los Angeles in May 2014 and locked themselves in a room “for two or three weeks and started to play with sounds”‘ resulting in a much more upbeat energetic song which later became ‘These Days’. Take That later played Orange ‘These Days’ who “loved it”.[2]

The video for “These Days” was based on a concept from Mark Owen which they shot through until the early hours of two days. The music video begins with Take That in bed together before they wake up and get ready for the day ahead. The video shows the band getting spray tanned (a homage to Jason Orange), getting perm haircuts and performing in an empty church while the congregation dance around them. The video is described by Owen as fun and tongue-in-cheek. A source close to the boys said: “It was a three day shoot put into two days so they worked really hard. It was a bonus they didn’t have to dress up too much and could stay in the clothes they wore to sleep in!”[12]

The Garden (Take That song)

“The Garden” is the third single from British group Take That’s fifth studio album, The Circus.

Released on 20 March 2009, it is the third single from the album The Circus. Its B-Side is 84, the same B-Side of their preceding single Up All Night, and is sung by Jason Orange. Mark Owen confessed to Observer Music Monthly that his wish to sing this song’s bridge didn’t come to fruition. Said Owen: “I was hoping it’d be my role, you know: [He sings] “Everyone! Everyone!” I was really looking forward to that… and as we were getting to it, I was getting ready to sing, and… Howard sung it. And it sounded… better.”[2]

The band performed “The Garden” on BBC’s Comic Relief show on 13 March 2009. The song has been performed on Mooi Weer de leeuw in the Netherlands on 14 March 2009. The song was then performed on Swiss television on the show, Music Stars on 15 March 2009. The group then made an appearance on the Italian version of X Factor on 17 March 2009. The band also performed the song on German TV show, Wetten Dass on 21 March 2009. The band then performed the track at the final of the X Factor, Denmark on 27 March 2009.

The video for “The Garden” debuted on 21 March 2009, with all members singing lead vocals. The video for the song was shot at the Greenwich Maritime Museum, South London. The video is black and white and shows the band dressed in black, performing the song. The video is interspersed with blurred images of people going about their daily lives. In the official Take That book ‘Take Two’ the band expresses their dislike for the video, claiming that it worked with still images but as a music video, it didn’t work.

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