Can You Guess the U2 Song From Its Lyrics?


By: Olivia Cantor

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The Irish rock band U2 is an undeniable force in the global music industry. They've been belting out tunes since the 1970s, and they've also had new releases in recent years. Think you can sing along to their popular songs? Take this quiz and find out!

"Slight of hand and twist of fate/ On a bed of nails she makes me wait."

"With or Without You" is a song from their album called The Joshua Tree. It's a 1987 hit.


"I can't believe the news today/ Oh, I can't close my eyes/ And make it go away."

"Sunday Bloody Sunday" is a 1983 hit for U2. Rock band, Paramore covered it back in 2007.


"I want to feel sunlight on my face/ See that dust cloud disappear without a trace/ I want to take shelter from the poison rain."

"Where The Streets Have No Name" is another hit from The Joshua Tree. It was released in 1987.


"You say love is a temple, love a higher law/ Love is a temple, love the higher law."

"One" is a hit from the album Achtung Baby! It was released in 1991.


"One man caught on a barbed wire fence/ One man he resist/ One man washed up on an empty beach/ One man betrayed with a kiss."

"Pride (In The Name of Love)" is one of U2's most popular songs of all time. Released in 1984, it was about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., showing the band's support for civil rights issues.


"I have climbed the highest mountains/ I have run through the fields/ Only to be with you."

"I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For" is another popular song from The Joshua Tree. Would you believe Cher covered it, too? Wanna hear that version!


"All the promises we make/ From the cradle to the grave."

"All I Want Is You" came from the album Rattle and Hum. But it was also featured in the soundtrack of that quintessential Gen X-er film, Reality Bites.


"My love she throws me like a rubber ball/ But she won't catch me, or break my fall..."

"The Sweetest Thing" is a 1987 hit from the album The Joshua Tree. It was also included in the 1998 compilation album of their best hits.


"I've lost all self-control/ Been living like a mole/ Now going down, excavation."

"Elevation" is a 2000 hit from the album All That You Can't Leave Behind. But a longer remix version became part of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider's soundtrack.


"She's slippy, you're sliding down/ She'll be there when you hit the ground."

"Mysterious Ways" is part of the Achtung Baby album. Its trippy music video was shot in Morocco.


"You love this town even if it doesn't ring true/ You've been all over and it's been all over you."

"Beautiful Day" is part of the All That You Can't Leave Behind album. It was released in 2000.


"Uno, dos, tres, catorce!"

"Vertigo" is part of the album called How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. It was released in 2004.


"Is there a time for kohl and lipstick/ Is there time for cutting hair/ Is there a time for high street shopping/ To find the right dress to wear."

"Miss Sarajevo" is a politically-laden song that touched on the conflict in Bosnia. It was released in 1995.


"You're the real thing/ Yeah the real thing/ You're the real thing..."

"Even Better Than The Real Thing" was a hit in 1992. It's part of the album Achtung Baby.


"Oh no, don't be shy/ You need a crowd to cry."

"Hold me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" is a 1995 hit from the soundtrack of the movie Batman Forever. That's the one with Val Kilmer as the Caped Crusader, directed by Joel Schumacher.


"You gotta stand up straight, carry your own weight/ These tears are going nowhere, baby."

"Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" was released in 2000 and was from the All That You Can't Leave Behind album. The song was nominated for numerous awards, including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.


"Don't grab/ Don't clutch/ Don't hope for too much/ Don't breathe/ Don't achieve/ Don't grieve without leave."

"Numb" is a 1993 hit from the album Zooropa. It's interesting to listen to Edge rap this one out. The music video is fun to boot!


"Midnight is where the day begins/ Midnight is where the day begins."

"Lemon" is a 1993 release from the album Zooropa. People who studied in film schools might find the music video familiar, echoing the Muybridge film strip experiments.


"Lover, I'm off the streets/ I'm gonna go where the bright lights/ And the big city meet/ With a red guitar, on fire."

"Desire" is U2's Grammy award-winning song. It's part of the Rattle and Hum album.


"With satellite television/ You can go anywhere: Miami, New Orleans/ London, Belfast and Berlin."

"Stay (Faraway, So Close)" is a song from the Zooropa album. However, it was conceived during the time the band was making Achtung Baby.


"Vorsprung durch Technik/ Be all that you can be/ Be a winner/ Eat to get slimmer."

"Zooropa" examines the future of Europe, and is the title track of the album of the same name. Was it able to predict Brexit?


"Under a blood-red sky/ A crowd has gathered in black and white/ Arms entwined, the chosen few/ The newspaper says, says/ Say it's true, it's true..."

"New Year’s Day" is a 1983 song from the album called War.


"Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?/ Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?"

"Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" is part of the Achtung Baby album. It was released in 1992.


"You’ve got eyes that can see right through me/ You’re not afraid of anything they’ve seen."

"Song for Someone" is part of the newer albums of the band, in particular Songs of Innocence, released in 2014. This song was released in 2015 though, and had cross-promotions with "newer" tech movers like Facebook and Apple.


"Only love, only love can leave such a mark/ But only love, only love can heal such a scar."

"Magnificent" is a song from the 2009 album called No Line On The Horizon. They went back to Morocco to shoot the music video for this.


"You run like a river on to the sea/ You run like a river runs to the sea."

"One Tree Hill" is a song from the album The Joshua Tree. And yes, the TV show's title was inspired by this song's title.


"I was young/ Not dumb/ Just wishing to be blinded/ By you/ Brand new/ And we were pilgrims on our way."

"The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" is Bono's ode to one of punk rock's legendary idols: Joey Ramone of the Ramones. The song is part of their Songs of Innocence album.


"In the howlin' wind/ Comes a stingin' rain/ See it drivin' nails/ Into the souls on the tree of pain."

"Bullet The Blue Sky" is part of the album The Joshua Tree. Sepultura and Queensryche also covered the track later on.


"And I miss you when you're not around/ I'm getting ready to leave the ground."

"City of Blinding Lights" is a song from the album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. It's one of the band's Grammy award-winning songs.


"You know you're chewing bubble gum/ You know what that is but you still want some/ You just can't get enough of that lovey-dovey stuff."

"Discothèque" is a song out of the 1997 album Pop. The band kind of looked like Village People knockoffs in the video.


"Here's where we gotta be/ Love and community/ Laughter is eternity/ If joy is real."

"Get On Your Boots" is a 2009 single from the album No Line on the Horizon. It is reported that the Edge initially experimented on this song using the GarageBand app.


"If you twist and turn away/ If you tear yourself in two again/ If I could, yes I would/ If I could, I would let it go."

"Bad" is a 1984 song from the album The Unforgettable Fire; it was released in 1984.


"Listen to me now/ I need to let you know/ You don't have to go it alone."

"Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" is from the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. It was released in 2005.


"The best thing that ever happened a boy/ I'm the kind of trouble that you enjoy."

"You’re The Best Thing About Me" is a 2017 release. It's from the album, Stargazing.


"And that cherry blossom tree/ Was a gateway to the sun/ And friendship once it’s won/ It’s won... it’s one."

"Cedarwood Road" is part of the album called Songs of Innocence. The album was released in 2014.


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