U2: Song by Song

Author(s): Aaron J. Sams

ISBN: 9781781558997
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A celebration of U2’s forty-plus-year career, examining their catalogue of songs from the earliest to the most recent.
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  • Analyses the inspiration for and development of each song, its impact when released and its legacy today

  • Extensively researched using quotes from a variety of interviews with band members and collaborating musicians

  • Written by a lifelong fan and curator of the oldest U2 fan website, established in 1995

  • Illustrated with the best of U2’s album artwork

U2 formed in 1976 when Larry Mullen Jr., the band’s future drummer, posted a note on his school bulletin board.

Forty-seven years, seventy singles and fourteen studio albums later, U2 has become one of the most successful rock bands of all time, still producing music and touring the world with the same line-up since the 1970s.

In this book, the reader is guided through each release, song by song, from the band’s first album Boy (1980) until the single ‘Your Song Saved My Life’, released in 2021. Everyone knows U2’s biggest hits—songs like ‘With or Without You’, ‘One’ and ‘Beautiful Day’—but few have closely examined all of the songs, including B-sides, compilation tracks and lesser-known album tracks.

BOOK ISBN 9781781558997
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 176 pages
TERRITORY UK and Worldwide
ILLUSTRATIONS 32 colour illustrations


Aaron J. Sams was born in Nova Scotia and became a U2 fan in the early 1980s. He went to his first U2 concert in 1997, and has not missed a tour since. In 1995, he started up a fan website, U2Songs.com, the oldest U2 site on the internet. U2Songs has been featured on the BBC, in the Irish Independent and on U2’s official site. Sams has contributed to many U2 fan projects, including several books on the band. He has also made contributions to official U2 releases.