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20 Insanely Great U2 Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know

Listen to lesser-known gems from the band’s catalog

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U2 had a whole mini-catalog of songs prior to recording their debut LP Boy, and after that they always wrote far more tunes than could fit on any one album. Some of these songs were relegated to B-sides, while others were merely played live a handful of times. For every forgettable song like “Womanfish,” there’s a brilliant one like “North and South of the River” or “Salome.” Here’s a guide to 20 of the best obscure songs from the Irish quartet.

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20. ‘Lady With the Spinning Head’

Achtung Baby is undoubtably one of U2's greatest albums, but it had a very difficult birth. When they began cutting the album in Berlin, Germany, they were simply unable to finish any songs they were happy with. One of their early attempts is "Lady With the Spinning Head." They eventually gave it up and scrapped it for parts, using elements of it on "Zoo Station," "The Fly" and "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)." It's trippy to listen to it today since it sounds like all those songs combined. 

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