U2’s new playlist includes tracks from Kris Kristofferson, Sinéad O’Connor, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Joy Division and more…
Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr and U2’s Adam Clayton have released a brand new 41-track Spotify playlist, titled ‘Songs That Saved Our Lives’.
Bono’s personal picks include “Help Me Make It Through The Night” by Kris Kristofferson, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division, “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, ‘Most of the Time’ by Bob Dylan, ‘Hurt’ by Johnny Cash, the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys collab ‘Empire State of Mind’, ‘ Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony and David Bowie’s ‘Life On Mars’.
The Edge’s best tracks include Bowie, The Beatles (“Strawberry Fields Forever”), U2’s “One”, Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”, Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In The Blue”, “I Say A Little” by ‘Aretha Franklin Prayer For You’, Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’, Elvis Costello’s ‘Shipbuilding’, New Radicals’ ‘You Get What You Give’ and The Clash’s ‘London Calling’.
Larry chose 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 best tracks include Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”, Bob Marley & the Wailers’ “Exodus”, Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” by the Righteous Brothers, “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel, “Super Bad” by James Brown, “I Want To Take You Higher” by Sly & the Family Stone, “Nice and Sleazy” by The Stranglers, “The Magnificent Seven and “The Clash” Waiting in Vain’ by Bob Marley & the Wailers.
With ten tracks each, the playlist presumably celebrates the Dublin rock band’s involvement in the Sing 2 soundtrack, with “Your Song Saved My Life” nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category.
It’s U2’s first new single since 2019, when they released their collab with AR Rahman, “Ahimsa.”
Sing 2, the sequel to the hugely popular 2016 computer-animated film, is out January 28, 2022. Bono will also be featured in the film as the voice of “lion rock legend Clay Calloway” – an artist “who turned isolated from the world more than ten years ago after the loss of his wife and has not 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 willing 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 film soundtracks over the years – and were twice nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars for ‘The Hands That Built America’ (New York Gangs, 2003) and “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: a long road to freedom, 2014).