U2 /Island Catalog
Release date
22 Jul 2008
Running length
22 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sunday Bloody Sunday (Remastered) 4:40 1,330
2 Seconds (Remastered) 3:11 504
3 New Year's Day (Album version - Remastered) 5:36 1,805
4 Like A Song... (Remastered) 4:48 455
5 Drowning Man (Remastered) 4:15 423
6 The Refugee (Remastered) 3:41 367
7 Two Hearts Beat As One (Remastered) 4:03 553
8 Red Light (Remastered) 3:46 333
9 Surrender (Remastered) 5:34 346
10 "40" (Remastered) 2:38 441
1 Endless Deep (Remastered) 2:58 177
2 Angels Too Tied To The Ground 3:34 8,754
3 New Year's Day (Single Edit - Remastered) 3:56 296
4 New Year's Day (USA Remix/Kevorkian Remix - Remastered) 4:31 276
5 New Year's Day (Vocal Extended Mix - Ferry Corsten Remix) 9:43 356
6 New Year's Day (Ferry Costen - Vocal Radio mix) 4:37 293
7 Two Hearts Beat As One (Long Mix By Kevorkian - Remastered) 5:56 208
8 Two Hearts Beat As One (USA Remix by Kevorkian - Remastered) 4:24 188
9 Two Hearts Beat As One (Club Version - Steve Lillywhite Re-mix - Remastered) 5:43 189
10 Treasure (Whatever Happened To Pete The Chop) (Remastered) 3:24 102
11 I Threw A Brick Through A Window/A Day Without Me (Live from Werchter, Belgium July… 6:59 115
12 Fire (Live from Werchter, Belgium, July 1982 - Remastered) 3:46 168

About this album

War is the third studio album by Irish rock band U2, released on February 28, 1983 (1983-02-28). The album has come to be regarded as U2’s first overtly political album, in part because of songs like “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “New Year’s Day”, as well as the title, which stems from the band’s perception of the world at the time; Bono stated that “war seemed to be the motif for 1982.”

While the central themes of their earlier albums Boy and October focused on adolescence and spirituality, respectively,[2] War focused on both the physical aspects of warfare, and the emotional aftereffects. The album has been described as the record where the band “turned pacifism itself into a crusade.”

War was a commercial success for the band, knocking Michael Jackson’s Thriller from the top of the charts to become the band’s first #1 album in the UK. In 2003, the album was ranked number 221 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

This album became U2’s first #1 album in the UK, supplanting Michael Jackson’s Thriller at the top of the charts. In 1989, War was ranked #40 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s”.

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  • HenryBadaroh

    Best U2 album ever... End of story. [2]

    2 Feb 11:00pm Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    I always associate this with youth, in all its glory and rage. U2's first masterpiece.

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • focus992

    best U2 album ever... end of story ;d

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano


    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    My favorite album by U2.

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Seconds until New Year's Day!

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • fullhellse

    best album ever.

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • xezene

    Fantastic, great album -- I think I hear a Joy Division influence too [2]

    24 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Sonny_J_D

    You can definitely hear that they were contemporaries of Echo & The Bunnymen on this... (and I think I hear a Joy Division influence too)

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
  • kokocijo

    My favourite U2 album forever!

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Beatnik24

    My FAVORITE U2 album and one of my favorite albums overall, definitely in the top 10.

    22 Aug 2010 Reply
  • My_Early_sunset

    New Year's Day <3

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • sandrods

    Angry words won't stop the fight... Two wrongs won't make it right...

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
  • bernhl87

    just got this on vinyl, can't wait to give it a spin :D

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • CleanSpoon

    sounds like The Sound

    1 May 2010 Reply
  • Wildebrand

    I can never get enough of this one! My favourites from this are Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Year's Day, 40, Two Hearts Beat as One, Red Light and Seconds (nearly the entire album, but there are only one or two I don't like as much as the others on the album).

    6 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Rowan5215

    They only made a better album in "Boy", both are simply fantastic. Playing "New Year's Day" on New Year's Day is one of my favourite things to do, but the best song on this album is "40". It's absolutely brilliant, and better when you compare it with the shit they made from 1990-2000.

    26 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Xalira

    One of the few U2 albums without "weak" songs, simply fantastic... It was the first full U2 album I listened to.

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
  • focus992

    Amazing album Like A Song is flawless <3

    1 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Edenhorn

    Half of the album is amazing, Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Year's Day, 40, Two Hearts Beat as One, Drowning Man, Seconds and Like a Song are great. The others however, pretty damn bad. But still, this was my first U2 album and still one of their best.

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
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