U218 Singles

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U218 Singles
Greatest hits album by U2
Released 20 November 2006
Recorded 1982–2006, new material recorded in 2006 with Rick Rubin in France and at Abbey Road Studios
Genre Rock, post-punk, roots rock, alternative rock
Length 74:35
Label Mercury, Interscope
Producer Steve Lillywhite, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Jacknife Lee, Rick Rubin
U2 chronology
U2.COMmunication
(2005)
U218 Singles
(2006)
Zoo TV Live
(2006)
Singles from U218 Singles
  1. "The Saints Are Coming"
    Released: 31 October 2006
  2. "Window in the Skies"
    Released: 1 January 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

U218 Singles is a greatest hits album by the Irish rock band U2, released in November 2006. In most markets, the album contains 18 songs. The first 16 tracks are 16 of their most successful and popular singles. The seventeenth track is a cover version in collaboration with Green Day of a song by Skids) called "The Saints Are Coming". The eighteenth & closing track is a new song called, "Window in the Skies". However, in some markets, such as the United Kingdom, an extra song, "I Will Follow" is added to the tracklist as the opening track, making the regular first track ("Beautiful Day") becoming the second track & so on, bringing the album to 19 tracks (This is not to change the title of this album to U219 Singles). U218 Videos, a DVD featuring music videos from throughout U2's career, was released concurrently.

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart on 9 December 2006 at number 12 with sales of 134,000 copies. It spent 45 weeks on the chart. Despite not being released until November 2006, it was the seventh highest-selling album in the world that year.[5]

Artwork and packaging[edit]

The art direction and design for U218 Singles was handled by Shaughn McGrath. Many different photographs were used in the album's packaging with front and back cover photographs taken by David Corio and Anton Corbijn, respectively with booklet photographs by Corbijn, Paul Slattery, Andrew McPherson, Colm Henry, Matt Mahurin, Pennie Smith, and Sheila Rock.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title From the album: Length
1. "Beautiful Day"   All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) 4:05
2. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"   The Joshua Tree (1987) 4:38
3. "Pride (In the Name of Love)"   The Unforgettable Fire (1984) 3:48
4. "With or Without You"   The Joshua Tree (1987) 4:56
5. "Vertigo"   How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004) 3:10
6. "New Year's Day" (Japanese single version) War (1983) 4:17
7. "Mysterious Ways"   Achtung Baby (1991) 4:02
8. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"   All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) 4:31
9. "Where the Streets Have No Name" (U218 edit) The Joshua Tree (1987) 4:46
10. "Sweetest Thing" (The Single Mix) The Best of 1980–1990 (1998) 3:00
11. "Sunday Bloody Sunday"   War (1983) 4:40
12. "One"   Achtung Baby (1991) 4:35
13. "Desire"   Rattle and Hum (1988) 2:59
14. "Walk On" (Edit) All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) 4:26
15. "Elevation"   All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) 3:47
16. "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own"   How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004) 5:05
17. "The Saints Are Coming" (with Green Day) New song 3:21
18. "Window in the Skies"   New song 4:08
Total length:
74:35
UK, Australia, and Japan only
No. Title From the album: Length
1. "I Will Follow"   Boy (1980) 3:36
Total length:
78:15

No songs from October (1981), Zooropa (1993), Pop (1997), or the 1995 Passengers project Original Soundtracks 1 are included.

Variations[edit]

A limited edition version includes a live DVD featuring ten songs recorded on the Vertigo Tour in Milan. "I Will Follow" appears as a bonus track on UK and Australian editions of the CD.[7] The deluxe version in the UK, Ireland, and Canadian iTunes Stores also contains nine of the live songs from the limited edition bonus disc as audio tracks, as well as a digital booklet and a bonus track, "Smile," for those who pre-ordered the album. The United States deluxe iTunes version does not come with a digital booklet, but instead with "Smile" as a bonus track even if it was not pre-ordered.[8]

Chart positions and certifications[edit]

Vertigo 05: Live from Milan DVD[edit]

Vertigo 05: Live from Milan
Video by U2
Released 20 November 2006
Recorded 21 July 2005, San Siro, Milan, Italy
Genre Rock
Length 57:00
Label Mercury, Interscope
Director Hamish Hamilton
Producer Ned O'Hanlon
U2 chronology
Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago
(2006)
Vertigo 05: Live from Milan
(2006)
U218 Videos
(2006)

Vertigo 05: Live from Milan is a bonus live DVD included in the deluxe edition of the U218 Singles. The DVD features a highlight of ten songs from the band's 25-song set[52] in Milan, Italy during the Vertigo Tour in 2005. It is the second concert release, preceded by Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago and followed by U2 3D. On the iTunes Store deluxe edition of the album, these songs are featured as bonus audio tracks, except for "Original of the Species", which was later released as an iTunes Store exclusive single.[53]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Vertigo"
  2. "I Will Follow"
  3. "Elevation"
  4. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
  5. "All I Want Is You"
  6. "City of Blinding Lights"
  7. "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own"
  8. "Miss Sarajevo"
  9. "Original of the Species"
  10. "With or Without You"

Audio[edit]

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Preceded by
Rudebox by Robbie Williams
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
27 November – 10 December 2006
Succeeded by
Boned! by The Twelfth Man