500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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U2, 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'

272. U2, 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'

Writers: Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Released: March '83, Island
Did not chart 

This rallying cry set to a military beat was inspired by two Sunday massacres in the ongoing civil war between Irish Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. The band changed the song’s opening line from "Don’t talk to me about the rights of the IRA" to "I can’t believe the news today" out of fear that its plea for peace would be misconstrued.

Appears on: War (Island)


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