"There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations--these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit--immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of the kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously--no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinners--no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbour, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat, the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself, is truly hidden."

- C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Popular U2 Songs That Don't Do Anything For Me

You won't find a bigger U2 fan than yours truly. Well, maybe my brother, but that's debatable.

With that said there are a few popular and semi-popular U2 songs that simply don't do it for me. I often skip them and never feel the magic when I hear them playing. That's not to say I don't enjoy the songs. That's not to say when I do hear them I don't like them. It's just that since U2's music usually hits my soul directly, these songs don't carry the same punch. For me, they miss the mark.

"Mysterious Ways" - Yes, it's catchy. Nice song. Some nice allegory. Great lyrics. But, um, yeah. Down on your knees, boy. Skip.

"Pride (In the Name of Love)" - What more in the name of love? It's a U2 anthem. It rocks stadiums and arenas around the world. Skip.

"Beautiful Day" - Again, a very good song. Maybe even a great song. Truth is, [I] love this [song], and even if that doesn't ring true. [It's] been all over and it's been all over you. Skip.

"New Year's Day" - Not that I don't like this song. Not that I don't post a video of this song on this blog almost every year on New Year's Day. But, yeah, nothing changes on New Year's Day. Skip.

"Bullet the Blue Sky" - Probably my least favorite popular U2 song. I'll go ahead and run into the arms of America by skipping this song.

"Lemon" - OK, ha! I joke. This song isn't popular, probably not even among U2 fans. But, oh boy, I love this song. Seriously. No skipping here. It's one of those song that just grew on me over the years and once I found out what the meaning was I loved it even more. Lem-on! See through in the sunlight. She wore le-mon, but never in the daylight.

That rounds out my list. Again, give me these songs on repeat as the only thing playing and I'm happy. I don't hate them. I like them! They just don't reach down into the depths of my being the way, say, "One" or "Moment of Surrender" do.

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Comments on "Popular U2 Songs That Don't Do Anything For Me":
1. NHE - 03/02/2014 1:44 pm CST

Wow, some strong statements.

First, I could not agree more on "Bullet the Blue Sky" - it is also my least favorite U2 song. It was the song that personified when their anti-war politics jumped the shark, but thankfully, they re-grouped politically and became more subtle, and begin to write better lyrics.

After that, I can't think of one I dislike, but I'll name a few that I never connected with...

"Desire" - it has a cool hook at the beginning, but I feel like Bono's at the other end of a 900 call in number when he sings this one

"Sunday Bloody Sunday" - this to me combines one of their most overplayed songs with some of their most dated lyrics......Mullen Jrs. military style drumming is cool, but it may be the only U2 song that comes on the radio and makes me turn the station.

Regarding "Mysterious Ways" - gotta disagree with you on that one. That song is about the Holy Spirit, and it works well if you think about it that way when you're listening to it.....Clayton's bass riffs in it are awesome too

Regarding "Pride in the Name of Love" - saying you can pass on that song is like passing on Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" - it may be overplayed, but it's still awesome and Edge's lick at the beginning NEVER gets old.

Regarding "Beautiful Day" - it never has really grabbed me either, but it's about the Biblical Year of Jubilee, which I was always think is cool when I hear it.

Regarding - "New Years Day" - just another great Edge/Clayton instrumental that NEVER gets old for me - I love it

Finally, my two favorite U2 songs are "Running to Stand Still" and "One Tree Hill" (I crank both often).

The most underrated U2 song for me is "Grace" - it may be their best lyric.



2. Bird - 03/02/2014 4:58 pm CST

Funny how two U2 fan's U2 tastes can be so different.

Great thoughts, NHE. I knew you'd weigh in on this one! ;-)

3. Karl - 03/02/2014 6:37 pm CST

I love all of those, with the exception of Bullet the Blue Sky. That one is ok and a part of their arc, and I'm not against it because of its angry pain driven message. But it's never really transported me (to either positive or negative emotion) the way so many of their other songs do.

Which U2 songs are my favorites can vary by what I'm in the mood for. Many of the older ones are too wrapped up in nostalgia for me to be very objective when trying to judge them against some of the newer stuff - though I also love many of their new songs too.

4. Bird - 03/02/2014 6:41 pm CST

It's been a while since I've done a "favorite U2 songs of all time" post. I'll get one of those in the hopper.

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