11. “Trip Through Your Wires”
This bluesy track from “Joshua Tree” would be indicative of the band’s future direction. While good, “Wires” shows that some refinement is needed prior to such a sudden sonic shift. Nonetheless, this is still not a throwaway song.
This slow-paced track adds a nice change of pace in the album, but doesn’t offer anything too memorable. Bono’s vocals sound strained a bit, leading to thoughts that this may have been one of the later recored tracks from the album. Still a lot of good here though.
9. “Mothers of the Disappeared”
As the title would suggest, this one is pretty slow and sober. “Mothers of the Disappeared” also harkens back to the band’s early work and shows that they haven’t forgotten their roots, during Ireland’s years of strife. A throwback, but a good one.
8. “One Tree Hill”
“One Tree Hill” is a little more upbeat than many of the songs on the second half of “The Joshua Tree.” This means a nice respite from much more serious, somber matter. The song gets little play today, but will be fun to see live on the upcoming tour.
7. “Bullet the Blue Sky”
You’ll find that opinions about “Bullet the Blue Sky” are all over the place. Some love, some hate it…and some think that it’s just ok. This author feels as though the song is alright, but tries to do way too much. The result is an awkward track that fails to live up to great promise.
6. “Red Hill Mining Town”
This bittersweet love/breakup song is U2 at their absolute best. The analogy of lost love to the way the Earth is stripped is truly striking. Unfortunately, few remember this one today, even though it’s a favorite amongst hardcore fans.
5. “Running to Stand Still”
Of all the songs on “The Joshua Tree,” “Running to Stand Still” is easily the most underrated. The heartbreaking lyrics and methodical pace drill this one into your head for weeks, or even months. One of the highlights of the upcoming tour is hearing this one live.
4. “In God’s Country”
The pleasant melody and intriguing lyrics are perfect here, making for great multiple listens. As the pace picks up near the bridge and chorus, so does the song quality. This song was featured perfectly in the terrific film “Three Kings.”
3. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
Easily the most similar to American rock on “The Joshua Tree,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” is a breath of fresh air, and a steep departure from their protest songs. This also foreshadowed a major change in direction for the band in the coming decade.
2. “With or Without You”
The lyrics should give this one away, but you still hear this way too many times on wedding day. In actuality, “With or Without You” is about someone who struggles to make sense of a love that is both euphoric and hazardous.
- “Where the Streets Have No Name”
Simply put, “Where the Streets Have No Name” is U2 at their absolute best, and is still, one of their best song. The song builds to a towering and powerful crescendo, which will give even the most jaded listener goosebumps. They played this during the Super Bowl Halftime Show, and it was one of the best moments of the band’s career, honoring the victims of 9/11.