- 24 Jan 22
U2's new playlist features tracks from Kris Kristofferson, Sinéad O'Connor, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Joy Division and more...
U2's Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton have dropped a brand new Spotify playlist of 41 tracks, dubbed 'Songs That Saved Our Lives'.
Bono's personal choices include Kris Kristofferson's 'Help Me Make It Through The Night, Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart, 'Into My Arms' by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, 'You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart' by Sinéad O'Connor, 'XXX' by Kendrick Lamar, Bob Dylan's 'Most of the Time', Johnny Cash's 'Hurt', Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' collaboration 'Empire State of Mind', 'Bittersweet Symphony' by the Verve and 'Life On Mars' by David Bowie.
The Edge's top tracks include the likes of Bowie, The Beatles ('Strawberry Fields Forever'), 'One' by U2, 'Superstition' by Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan's 'Tangled Up In The Blue', Aretha Franklin's 'I Say A Little Prayer For You', 'Walk on the Wild Side' by Lou Reed, 'Shipbuilding' by Elvis Costello, New Radicals' 'You Get What You Give' and The Clash's 'London Calling'.
Larry picked artists such as Sweet, Sandy Nelson, Diana Ross, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison's 'Moondance', Magazine, Black Uhuru, Bruce Springsteen's 'Nebraska', Stiff Little Fingers and Britney Spears' 'Baby One More Time' (a slight surprise).
Finally, Adam Clayton's top tracks include Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On', 'Exodus' by Bob Marley & the Wailers, Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Gonna Come', 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' by the Righteous Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Sound of Silence', James Brown's 'Super Bad', 'I Want To Take You Higher' by Sly & the Family Stone, The Stranglers' 'Nice and Sleazy', The Clash's 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'Waiting in Vain' by Bob Marley & the Wailers.
With ten tracks each, the playlist presumably celebrates the Dublin rock outfit's involvement in the Sing 2 soundtrack, with 'Your Song Saved My Life' nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category.
It's the first new single from U2 since 2019, when they released their collaboration with A.R. Rahman, 'Ahimsa'.
Sing 2, the sequel to the hugely popular 2016 computer-animated film, is out on January 28, 2022. Bono will also feature in the movie as the voice of "lion rock legend Clay Calloway" – an artist "who shut himself away from the world more than a decade ago after the loss of his wife and hasn't been seen since."
Protagonist Buster (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) will embark on a quest to find Clay in the film, "and persuade him to return to the stage."
Other musicians set to lend their voices to Sing 2 include Pharrell Williams and Halsey. You can pre-order the film's soundtrack here.
U2 have contributed to several movie soundtracks over the years – and have been nominated twice in the Best Original Song category at the Academy Awards for ‘The Hands That Built America’ (Gangs of New York, 2003) and ‘Ordinary Love’ (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, 2014).