Two Hearts Beat as One

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"Two Hearts Beat as One"
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Standard artwork (pictured variant used for most 7-inch releases)
Single by U2
from the album War
B-side"Endless Deep"
Released21 March 1983[1]
RecordedSeptember–November 1982
StudioWindmill Lane Studios (Dublin)
Producer(s)Steve Lillywhite
U2 singles chronology
"New Year's Day"
"Two Hearts Beat as One"
"Sunday Bloody Sunday"

"Two Hearts Beat as One" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the seventh track on their 1983 album, War, and was released as its second single in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia on 21 March 1983.


"Two Hearts Beat as One" features a propulsive bassline by Adam Clayton and achieved moderate success as a single in the UK and with album-oriented rock airplay in the US.[citation needed]

The music video was directed by Meiert Avis and was filmed on Montmartre in Paris in March 1983 and portrays the band performing the song, intercut with scenes of an acrobat and other scenes featuring Peter Rowen (the boy who appears on the album cover). Unlike the other videos from the album, it has never been included on any of the band's video compilations.

It was released as the album's second single in the US, UK and Australia, as opposed to "Sunday Bloody Sunday", which was released only in the mainland of Europe. Both singles were released in Japan.

Live performances[edit]

The song was first played in concert on 26 February 1983, at the first show of the War Tour and was played at almost all concerts on that tour. On the second leg of the War Tour, "Two Hearts Beat as One" began to follow "Surrender" and the two songs segued together. This transition survived to the Unforgettable Fire Tour. However, on the third leg of the Unforgettable Fire Tour, "Two Hearts Beat as One" was separated from "Surrender" and it was played less frequently. Its last tour appearance on 29 April 1985, in Atlanta. It made a further subsequent appearance when it was performed as part of the encore at a Lovetown Tour concert on 27 December 1989, in the Point Depot, Dublin.[3] The song was not played live again for 25 years until a New York concert during the Innocence + Experience Tour.

A live performance of the song at Red Rocks Amphitheatre appears on the DVD release of the concert film Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky.

Formats and track listings[edit]

7" release
1."Two Hearts Beat as One" (7" edit)3:52
2."Endless Deep"2:58
12" release
1."Two Hearts Beat as One" (Club version)5:40
2."New Year's Day" (U.S. remix)4:30
3."Two Hearts Beat as One" (U.S. remix)4:23
7" UK and Ireland release
1."Two Hearts Beat as One" (7" edit)3:52
2."Endless Deep"2:58
3."New Year's Day" (U.S. remix)4:30
4."Two Hearts Beat as One" (U.S. Remix)5:40
7" French release
1."Two Hearts Beat as One" (Album version)4:02
2."Two Hearts Beat as One" (Import mix)3:42


Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 53
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 18
US Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100[8] 101
US Billboard Top Tracks[8] 12

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sams, Aaron; Kantas, Harry. "U2 – "Two Hearts Beat as One" Single". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  2. ^ Tangari, Joe (24 July 2008). "U2: Boy / October / War Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  3. ^ Mühlbradt, Matthias; Axver, André. "U2 Dublin, 1989-12-27, Point Depot, Lovetown Tour – U2 on tour". Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989, part 2". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Two Hearts Beat as One". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  6. ^ " – U2 – Two Hearts Beat As One". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2002). Rock Tracks. p. 147. ISBN 0-89820-153-5.

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