Window in the Skies

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"Window in the Skies"
Window in the Skies promo.jpg
Single by U2
from the album U218 Singles
B-side "Tower of Song"
Released 1 January 2007
Format CD, Maxi-CD, DVD
Recorded September 2006 at Abbey Road Studios in London
Genre Rock
Length 4:07 (Album version)
4:00 (Single version)
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) U2
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
U2 singles chronology
"The Saints Are Coming"
"Window in the Skies"
"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew"
"The Saints Are Coming"
(with Green Day)
"Window in the Skies"
"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew"
(with The Dubliners, Kíla, A Band of Bowsies, various others)

"Window in the Skies" is a song by rock band U2 and is one of two new songs featured on their 2006 compilation album U218 Singles. It was released on 1 January 2007 as the album's second single. It was recorded in September 2006 at Abbey Road Studios in London and produced by Rick Rubin. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

The song reached number one on the Canadian Singles Chart and Dutch Top 40, replacing U2's previous single "The Saints Are Coming" (with Green Day) at the top in both charts.

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Window in the Skies" (Single version) U2 4:00
2. "Tower of Song" (From Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man) Leonard Cohen 5:43
Total length: 9:43
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Window in the Skies" (Single version) U2 4:00
2. "Zoo Station" (Live at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina) U2 4:35
3. "Kite" (Live at Telstra Stadium, Sydney, Australia) U2 8:05
Total length: 16:40
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Window in the Skies" (Audio) U2 4:00
2. "The Saints Are Coming" (Video; featuring Green Day) Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson 3:21
3. "Tower of Song" (Video - from Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man) Leonard Cohen 6:01
Total length: 13:22


There are two different music videos for this song.

U2 released the first music video for "Window in the Skies" on 20 November 2006, after the completion of their Australian leg of the Vertigo tour. A second version of the video was released a few weeks later.

The first video, directed by Gary Koepke, is a montage that includes nearly 100 clips taken from footage from the previous 50 years of other famous musicians performing in concert.[1] The clips were selected and edited together so that either the lip movements or the finger movements of the musicians, who actually were performing other songs, match up with either the lyrics or the music of the U2 song.

The only confirmed location of the video is the Corner Hotel in Richmond in Melbourne, Australia. The band is featured only very briefly in the crowds as fans.[2]

The second video, directed by Jonas Odell, is another montage. The camera flies through a surreal landscape with floating buildings and still images, mostly of the band from their U2 By U2 autobiography, morphing into each other.


The song has only been performed on the fifth leg of U2's Vertigo Tour.[3] The Edge played the song on a Rickenbacker 330-12.


Chart (2006) Peak
Australian ARIA Chart[4] 17
Austrian Singles Chart[4] 11
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[4] 22
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[4] 27
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[5] 37
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Danish Singles Chart[4] 3
Dutch MegaCharts[4] 2
Dutch Top 40 1
Irish Singles Chart[6] 5
Italian Singles Chart[4] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[4] 28
Norwegian Singles Chart[4] 8
Spanish Singles Chart[4] 2
Swedish Singles Chart[4] 38
UK Singles Chart[7] 4

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BBC Radio 1 Chart Blog, U2 - "Window in the Skies
  2. ^, A Window on Rock'n'Roll
  3. ^, All times "Window in the Skies" played live by U2
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "U2 – Window in the Skies". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Charts. Retrieved 2009-11-23.  Note: U2 must be searched manually.
  7. ^ " search results: U2". Retrieved 2009-11-17.  Note: U2 must be searched manually.