Achtung Baby - Choose Three

22 Dec 2021181

Achtung Baby: Choose Three

Hard as it is to believe, in November we marked the thirtieth birthday of Achtung Baby.

(Although not as hard to believe as it had been the month before, when we marked the fortieth birthday of October. )

Arriving a couple of years after the band had vowed to go away and 'dream it all up again',  Achtung Baby was a promise kept and the record was widely seen as a sonic and visual reinvention.

As Miriam Jonker posted on our earlier story, 'I loved this album from day one and it is still the album I listen to the most. Excellent capture of the zeitgeist at the time and a great reinvention of U2….'

Or as pawel_peczak added, 'No one has ever recorded anything like Achtung Baby before, after and ever after. It's a masterpiece. Reflects the whole generation. It's Yellow Submarine of the 1990's. Its new Europe, unified. It's personal story of love and divorce, love hurts, love loves ....so emotional. It changed my entire life forever...'

But let's imagine you're making your own playlist of the band's finest songs and you can only choose THREE songs from any one album… what are the three songs from Achtung Baby that you could not live without? 

Vote for those three in our poll…  then tell us why in the comments below.

Achtung Baby

1. Zoo Station 
2. Even Better Than The Real Thing 
3. One 
4. Until The End Of The World 
5. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses 
6. So Cruel 
7. The Fly 
8. Mysterious Ways 
9. Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World 
10. Ultra Violet (Light My Way) 
11. Acrobat 
12. Love Is Blindness

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shuttle
Achtung Baby - Best 3 songs
1. One 2. Mysterious Ways 3. Even Better Than The Real Thing
andy_p
Achtung baby
One, So cruel and Acrobat would be my choice. What a fantastic album! One of U2’s big footsteps in music history! Such strong lyrics, and the songs are just great!
lassche
Achtun g, achtun g:
New song s of healing ❤️‍
philmarseille
One ultraviolet who’s gonna ride your wi
I can’t do without
mpj5369
Redman
Has to be One, ultraviolet and love is blindness. Magical songs when played live.
paoloapostoli
Can't do this ...
One of the greatest albums ever, each song a masterpiece, impossible to pick three. With a gun to my head: Until the end of the world One Even better than the real thing
FinnFan
Then and now?
Happy to love and relove the album, as the songs seem to stay favourites but also appear to be more actual now, after a good period of life lived since the release. Love is Blindness The Fly Even better than the real thing if I have to choose. Love a good mix.
victorporto
The best
My three favourites are: -One -Until The End Of The World -Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
darrell_sharp
One, Mysterious Ways and Even Better Tha
My best three on this album by far.
mattmorgan
Real Thing, Fly, Mysterious Ways
Nothing before or since has sounded like them. A whole new color of rock-n-roll.
Picachu
TOP 3 Achtung Baby
One The Fly Love is blindness But choice is difficult. All are top3 songs
daniel_filho
Choose Three
ONE -shows how powerful love can be Mysterious Ways - the power of the woman Even better than the real thing - you can do better
azkoneyboy
juggernaut
until the end of the world / so cruel / the fly
yannick_mignot
3 songs
1. Acrobat 2. Love Is Blindness 3. Zoo Station
Chip W
Just three?
"Until the End of the World" "The Fly" "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)"
Sleathy!
Too late ...
I would have gone for Zoo Station, Until the end of the World and Who's gonna ride your wild horses. An album crammed with cracking tracks!
Miguel_better_by_design
Achtung Baby: Too good to be true
1. Mysterious Ways. 2. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses. 3. One. Without this album, the 90’s wouldn’t be the 90’s.
jmcorbalan
JMCORBALAN
Acrobat is one of the songs of my life .... Ultraviolet also bigger than heaven .... and the power of Until The End of The World ... always pushed me further ...
Litri
For me all the songs, but here i go:
1.- Until the end of the World 2.- Who’s gonna ride your wild horses 3.- Ultra Violet
BigJD
3 best songs from Achtung Baby
Until the End of the World (incredible Live) One (of course) Love is Blindness (excellent end to the record and the live shows....just dark and beautiful)
Brian C
Achtung Baby Top Three
Until the End of the World Love is Blindness Ultra Violet
tulips
Ultra Violet
Ultra Violet rocks my world. I love the live version on the 360 tour, it just blew me away, Bono's jacket end him swinging about from the microphone. I smiled for weeks after the concert. Love is Blindness is just divine. Watching the live version from Zoo TV cuts you to the core. You can see that they really feel the music and are gone with the music. Such a treat, in my humble opinion.
hliitos
One
My three favorite songs from Achtung baby are One, Love is Blindness and Even better than the real thing. One is my all time favorite song, maybe the best song from U2.
Carolynfoss
Hard to choose 3 but...
I choose - Until The End Of The World, Ultra Violet, The Fly - can't wait to see you guys again in Toronto - one day!!!
DukePH
Achtung Baby - to good to be true or to
Hard choice, but that's the deal: just pick three out of this masterpiece Until the end of the world - a song you could listen to until the end of everything Mysterious ways - never before and never again U2 had a comparable song that goes to your "hips" so easily Love is blindness - was there ever a better song at the end of an album? Or remember the ZOO-TV tour... what a heartbreaker as a closer and give credits to Edge for let his guitar cry and weep this way
Nadoo
Can anyone choose just 4???
Love is Blindness Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World/Ultra Violet (Light My Way) Until the End of the World I can't listen to One anyone because it makes me cry so I guess I'll just leave it out.
Willie2112
U2 songs
Hi my three songs from album very hard choice from album in 1991 when I heard it disliked then grew on my to a classic album,classic one great lament,wild horse reminded me of girlfriend I once new ultra violet light Again echoing lyrics from my own life.sime many fantastics songs on album
23irishlad
The Achtung trinity
Until The End Of The World. This is what a conversation between Christ and Judas Iscariot sounded like. Where mercy love and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too. Acrobat. Never let the bastards grind you down. The Fly. The sound of four Irishmen chopping down the Joshua Tree, a beloved album - but thankful for their evolution.
u2fanusa
Studio or Live
Some songs take on a new "identity" when they are played live. They almost become better which makes it hard to go back to the studio version. My top three with consideration to the live versions are: Number 3: Ultra Violet (Light My Way) - All I can see is that giant light bulb swinging to and from on stage while Bono sings; "Baby, Baby, Baby,....Baby, Baby, Baby,...Baby, Baby, Baby,...Light My Way! Great song to sing too. Number 2: Until The End Of The World - I love it when Edge fights off Bono with his "horns" sticking up. Great guitar riff on this live version. Number 1: The Fly - ("It's no secret.") This song just screams energy and gets the crowd pumping every time. I can picture Bono wearing his "Fly. Glasses". Just a great song live and actually the studio version of this song is just as good. Any chance the band will do an "Achtung Baby" tour like they did for the Joshua Tree 40th Anniversary? One can only hope. Thanks.
robbie01
Achtung Baby
All of them!
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