U2

Pride (In the Name of Love)

Composed by Adam Clayton / Bono / Larry Mullen, Jr. / The Edge

Song Review by

"'Pride' is the best song we've ever written," said Bono in a 1984 interview, and perhaps to date it was. Nearly 20 years later, it would still hold pride of place in U2's live set and was considered a modern rock classic. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" was in fact the single that delivered U2 to a wider audience; their first Top Forty Hit in the U.S. (it hit Top Ten in September 1984 in the U.K.), thanks to its association with the campaign to make Martin Luther King Day a holiday in the state of Arizona, it reached a wider American audience. The Edge's ringing guitar heralds in the majestic riff and martial drums, the bottom held down by a simple low thud of a bass. The freedom-fighting anthem is alternately gentle and powerful from verse to chorus, but the soundscape is unrelenting. It's a sound that has more in common with the big sound of War (1982) rather than the lighter touch that was taken on 1984's The Unforgettable Fire. Later, live versions of the song included a hasty, singalong captured for the film and soundtrack Rattle and Hum (1988); 1997's Zoo TV tour rendition threw into the already hefty mix samples of Dr. King's speeches. Just as the song's heroes like Dr. King fought to their deaths, in the name of love, U2 is unstoppable, and at its most passionate best, delivering the faithful message of "Pride (In the Name of Love)."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Unforgettable Fire 1984
U2
Def Jam / Island / Island/Def Jam / Universal 3:48
No Image 1984
U2
Island
The Joshua Tree 1987
U2
Island / Universal 4:54
Rock's Hottest Ticket [Disc 1+2] 1987
U2
Red Phantom 5:53
Rattle and Hum 1988
U2
Island / Island/Def Jam / Universal 4:27
Greenpeace: Rainbow Warriors [#1] 1989
Various Artists
Geffen 4:32
No Image 1991
U2
RP
No Image 1992
U2
Indian Records 4:23
Ultimate Rock, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
Alex
Dublin 1993 1993
U2
Live Storm 5:50
The Marquee: 30 Legendary Years 1993
Various Artists
Alex 3:43
No Image 1993
U2
Zoo TV: Live from Sydney [Video] 1994
U2
Az / Island
Popmart 98: Santiago 1998
U2
Thunderball 4:20
The Best of 1980-1990/The B-Sides 1998
U2
Island / Universal 3:48
The Best of 1980-1990 1998
U2
Island / Universal 3:48
No Image 1998
U2
Popmart 3:39
Now: 1984 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:44
It's Only Rock N Roll [Sony International] 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:47
Number One 80's 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:43
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 2 [Universal] 2000
Various Artists
Universal International 3:48
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 2 [Virgin Import] 2001
Various Artists
Virgin 3:48
U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle [DVD] 2003
U2
Interscope
Vertigo 05 Live from Chicago 2005
U2
Interscope
Zoo TV Live 2006
U2
U2 Limited 6:23
U218 Singles 2006
U2
Interscope / Island/Def Jam / Universal / Universal Distribution 3:49
Zoo TV Live from Sydney [2 Disc DVD] 2006
U2
Island
Popmart: Live from Mexico City [Video] 2007
U2
Island
U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle 2007
U2
U2 Dot Com 4:58
Live from Paris 2008
U2
Universal / Universal Distribution 4:56
Now That's What I Call Music: 25 Years 2008
Various Artists
EMI 3:47
Island Life: 50 Years of Island Records 2009
Various Artists
Universal 3:50
The Best of 1980-2000 2009
U2
Island 3:49
The  Best of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum: Live 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:52
Innocence + Experience Live in Paris [Video] 2016
U2
Interscope / Island
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vol. 8: 2004-2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:50
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