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"
Released1 January 2007
FormatCD, Maxi-CD, DVD
RecordedSeptember 2006 at Abbey Road Studios in London
GenreRock
Length4:07 (Album version)
4:00 (Single version)
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)U2
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
U2 singles chronology
"The Saints Are Coming"
(2006)
"Window in the Skies"
(2007)
"The Ballad of Ronnie Drew"
(2008)

"Window in the Skies" is a song by Irish 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]

CD
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Window in the Skies" (Single version)U24:00
2."Tower of Song" (From Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man)Leonard Cohen5:43
Total length:9:43
Maxi-CD
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Window in the Skies" (Single version)U24:00
2."Zoo Station" (Live at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina)U24:35
3."Kite" (Live at Telstra Stadium, Sydney, Australia)U28:05
Total length:16:40
DVD
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Window in the Skies" (Audio)U24:00
2."The Saints Are Coming" (Video; featuring Green Day)Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson3:21
3."Tower of Song" (Video - from Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man)Leonard Cohen6:01
Total length:13:22

Videos[edit]

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 musicians in order of appearance are: Frank Zappa, Billie Holiday, Simon & Garfunkel, Roy Orbison, Björk, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Marley, Talking Heads, Louis Armstrong, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Frank Sinatra, John Stirratt, Kanye West, Mick Jones, Nat King Cole, Paul Cook, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Ozzy Osbourne, The Temptations, Sharleen Spiteri, Elvis Costello, The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash, Iggy Pop, Radiohead, Mary J. Blige, Elvis Presley, Al Green, Morrisey, Beck, Britney Spears, Elton John, The Police, Wu-Tang Clan, Arcade Fire, Joey Ramone, The Temptations, White Stripes, Funkadelic, Kurt Cobain, U2, Charles Mingus, John Paul Jones, Arcade Fire, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Adam Clayton, Chrissie Hynde, Alicia Keys, Ray Charles, Little Richard, The Beatles, Sam Cooke, Keith Moon, David Bowie, The Beatles, Smokey Robinson, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Vladimir Horowitz, Ronnie Spector, John Bonham, Queen, James Brown, Fela Kuti, Talking Heads, Public Enemy, MC5, U2, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jay-Z, Larry Mullen Jr., Patti Smith, Apollo Sunshine, Stevie Wonder, Nirvana, U2 and Frank Sinatra.

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.

Live[edit]

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.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006–07) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 17
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 27
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[8] 37
Canada (Canadian Singles Chart) 1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[9] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 14
Greece (IFPI)[11] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 5
Italy (FIMI)[13] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 2
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[16] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 28
Norway (VG-lista)[18] 8
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 38
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 34
UK Singles (The Official Company)[22] 4
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[23] 1
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[24] 32
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[25] 26

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Radio 1 Chart Blog, U2 - "Window in the Skies
  2. ^ U2.com, A Window on Rock'n'Roll
  3. ^ U2-Vertigo-Tour.com, All times "Window in the Skies" played live by U2
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – U2 – Window in the Skies". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – U2 – Windows in the Skies" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – U2 – Window in the Skies" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – U2 – Window in the Skies" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  8. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  9. ^ "Danishcharts.com – U2 – Window in the Skies". Tracklisten. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – U2 – Window in the Skies". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  11. ^ IFPI archive
  12. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Charts. Retrieved 2009-11-23. Note: U2 must be searched manually.
  13. ^ "Italiancharts.com – U2 – Window in the Skies". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 3, 2007" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – U2 – Window in the Skies" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  16. ^ "U2 – Window in the Skies". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  17. ^ "Charts.nz – U2 – Window in the Skies". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – U2 – Window in the Skies". VG-lista. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  19. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – U2 – Window in the Skies" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – U2 – Window in the Skies". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – U2 – Window in the Skies". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "EveryHit.com search results: U2". Everyhit.com. Retrieved 2009-11-17. Note: U2 must be searched manually.
  23. ^ "U2 Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "U2 Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  25. ^ "U2 Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.