Achtung Baby - Choose Three

22 Dec 2021190

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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RVATOMMY
My U2-3
Uno/One Dos/Even Better Than The Real Thing Tres/Until The End Of The World Honorable Award - Zoo Station, because of the way it rocked my ears the first time I listened to it.
spot63
My 3 Achtung Baby songs
1 - So Cruel 2- One 3 - Who's Gonna Ride your Wild Horses Looking forward to the live recording of So Cruel. Have attended 7 shows the past 34 years, and never heard this song performed live. Possibly my absolute favorite U2 song
GreatGonzo
Three songs from Achtung Baby that you
This is terribly hard but here goes: 1) Until The End of World - Makes the list thanks to all the amazing live performances. Larry's baseline is haunting, Edge is at his angriest yet melodic and the lyrics carry the impending doom that you realize is all around you and ending in a fury. 2) So Cruel - One of the most underrated in the the U2 catalog, sadly not performed enough live. The tragedy in this song can be lost in the melody and tone. The pain you can't quit always hurts the most. 3) One - Can't leave off one of the best songs ever written. Performed live, it brings it's own sense of spirituality that is unforgettable. There are few better - from anyone.
juleschka82
Acrobat, Even Better Than The Real Thing
Aaahhhh It's not really possible for me to choose 3 songs
scuderia156
3 best of Achtung baby
1/Ultra Violet, 2/Acrobat, 3/Love is blindness
TOMAHAWK4
Achtung Top Three
1. Zoo Station 2. Until The End Of The World 3. Even Better Than The Real Thing
gm16sw
Best 3 songs
Until the end of the world, the fly and ultra violet
OttawaTrev
Achtung Baby - top 3
1 One, 2 Even Better Than the Real Thing (preferably live or extended mixed versions), and 3 Ultra Violet. Bonus vote - Lady with the Spinning Head ;-)
Drago_Harpua
Achtung y'all
The Fly Even Better Than The Real Thing Zoo Station Still one of the greatest albums ever recorded
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
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