Rise Above 1

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"Rise Above 1"
Single by Reeve Carney featuring Bono & the Edge
from the album Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Released May 25, 2011
Format Digital download
Genre Alternative rock, R&B
Length 3:53
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Paul David Hewson
David Howell Evans
Producer(s) Bono, the Edge, Alex da Kid

"Rise Above 1" is the first single from the soundtrack of the Broadway rock musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, released in May 2011. The song was recorded by Reeve Carney, who portrays Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the musical, along with co-writers Bono and the Edge of U2. Another version of the song contains the cast from the musical, titled "Rise Above 2".

The single peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Carney's first single to chart.


Carney, Bono, and the Edge performed the song live on the season finale of the 10th season of American Idol..[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video directed by Aaron Platt and Joseph Toman premiered in July 2011. It was produced by Jonathan Lia via GOODCOMPANY.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Giving 3 stars out of 5, Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone magazine said that the song "may become a metaphor for its slog towards redemption."[4] Victoria Meng of TheCelebrityCafe was critical of the song, saying it "tries to sound good and somewhat succeeds", but that the song didn't convey the true personality of Spider-Man.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of June 11, 2011 after being performed live on American Idol.

Chart (2011) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 71
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 74
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 8
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[9] 34
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[10] 48
US Heatseekers Songs (Billboard)[11] 5


  1. ^ "U2 and Reeve Carney Perform 'Spider-Man' Song on 'American Idol' Finale". Spinner. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "U2 & Reeve Carney - Rise Above 1, GOODCOMPANY". Vimeo. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ 'Spider-Man' star Reeve Carney in new video with Bono, the Edge Latimes.com (2011-07-28) Retrieved on November 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Dolan, Jon. "Rolling Stone reviews - "Rise Above 1" -Reeve Carney feat. Bono and the Edge". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Meng, Victoria. "'Rise Above 1' Single: Review". TheCelebrityCafe. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Reeve Carney – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Reeve Carney. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "Reeve Carney – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Reeve Carney. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "Reeve Carney – Chart history" Billboard Adult Alternative Songs for Reeve Carney. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "Reeve Carney – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Reeve Carney. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  10. ^ "Reeve Carney – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Reeve Carney. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  11. ^ "Reeve Carney Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 

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