Readers Poll: The Best U2 Songs

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9. 'Beautiful Day'

When the new millennium rolled in, it looked like U2 might be on the way out. Their last album Pop failed to connect with a mass audience, and the 1997/98 stadium extravaganza Popmart was labelled Flopmart by one too many headline writers. (For what it's worth, Pop remains a vastly under-appreciated album). U2 aren't the kind of band to roll over and die, and with their 2000 LP All That You Can't Leave Behind they came back swinging. The first single Beautiful Day sounded more like classic U2 than most anything they did in the 1990s, and it became a smash hit. It's one of the few songs from this century that's likely to be in every U2 setlist for the rest of their career. 

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