Aerrow Shapiro’s Top of the List – 1 – U2’s Achtung Baby Retrospective (Part 1 – Top Singles)

Aerrow Shapiro’s Top of the List
1 – U2’s Achtung Baby Retrospective (Part 1 – Top Singles)
by Aerrow Shapiro (Aerrow Shapiro’s Hour of Power)


Note:  The opinions of this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect nor the public opinion, since people’s tastes differ from each other.

Welcome to a new feature that I decide to do on a regular basis called Aerrow Shapiro’s Top of the List.  In this feature, I will make a list of various things, starting from the bottom and going all the way to the top in terms of how I like them.  So keep an eye out for them every two weeks.

As many people are aware, the re-release of U2’s 1991 album Achtung Baby took place recently for its 20th anniversary.  And in celebration of this, I decided to make two lists of my top tracks from the album (those released as singles and those that haven’t) based on how each one is done musically, regardless of how the remastering production is done.  For the first of the two-part list, I’ll select my top singles from the album so that people who are familiar with those would get noticed.  Also, another reason for this is that putting such songs in some spots in comparison to the non-single tracks would lead to a potential backlash, which is what I fear.  If you have your own ideas on the best singles from that album, feel free to send a comment with your own list.  So without further ado, my top singles for U2’s Achtung Baby.

#5 – Even Better Than the Real Thing (Track 2)

While I do love the synthesizer intro and the dance/rock influence behind it, I placed it at the bottom of my list because the other singles stood out more compared to this, relatively speaking.  But in spite of this, this single has some stand out points, especially with The Edge’s use of guitar riffs and chords, as well as its catchy chorus.

#4 – Mysterious Ways (Track 8)File:U2 Mysterious Ways.jpg
Like I said, the other singles stood out more, compared to the last one.  Case in point, the song has some great highlights, ranging from the distorted guitar sound with a great solo to Bono’s soulful vocals.  Plus, the bass grooves played by Adam Clayton and the percussion and drums courtesy of Larry Mullen, Jr., blend in with a funky sound as a result.

#3 – Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (Track 5)
In this track, more soul is there in Bono’s singing, blended in with The Edge’s guitar-playing, making this song one of the album’s best.  Also prominent in the song is the drumming with the rhythmic beats making, as well as the song structure with its verses, choruses, and bridge sharing the spotlight, one section at a time.

#2 – The Fly (Track 7)

As the lead single for the album, I consider it as a smart choice.  The reason for this is that it best fits the representation of U2’s first album for their transition into the ‘90s with an evolved sound.  With the way Bono sang for this (along with some falsetto added to it), along with some funky guitars chords and riffs, bass grooves, and drum beats, it definitely best sums up the band’s departure from their previous sound from their 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

#1 – One (Track 3)

Although no pun is intended for the placement, I consider this as their best single from the album.  The reason for this is that the song is a ballad with an outstanding arrangement.  From Bono’s heartfelt singing to the instrumentation (especially with The Edge’s guitar work), it touched my heart as much as it does to other people so much that I had to put this as my number one for the top singles of this album.

So that about wraps up my list for the top singles for U2’s 1991 album Achtung Baby.  As mentioned earlier in this article, if you have any other ideas on how your list should be, please put in your list in the comments for this article.  So in two weeks, I will continue with my top-list feature by wrapping up the album’s two-part top-tracks retrospective through a list of non-single tracks from the album.
Aerrow Shapiro is a DJ who hosts an alt/indie show called Aerrow Shapiro’s Hour of Power.  You can find more info on that show on Facebook ( and on Twitter (@hourofpowerkssu).

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