U2

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Song Review by

An ambitious undertaking, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" set the tone for War, a breakthrough album for U2 on the U.K. charts. At the top, Larry Mullens counts off the song with a restrictive, martial beat which carries over throughout the take-no-prisoners theme of the album. The Edge lets out a foreboding guitar feedback sound, signalling a warning for the doom at hand. Though Bono claims he wrote the song quickly, explaining away any arguable lyrical naïveté, he stands firmly behind the passion harnessed in each verse. His idea was to compare and contrast the troubles in Northern Ireland and a particularly bloody massacre there with the religious significance of Easter Sunday. More so than perhaps any of U2's many peace anthems, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is the blueprint for the strident cause-orientated songs that would become the band's stock-in-trade throughout its long career as a politically charged and humanist rock band.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
War 1983
U2
War
Island 4:39
Sunday Bloody Sunday 1983
U2
BMG 4:37
No Image 1984
U2
Island
The Joshua Tree 1987
U2
Island 0:00
No Image 1991
U2
RP 0:00
Fetenhits: Real Classics 1995
Various Artists
Polygram / Polystar 4:36
Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection, 1982-1983 1995
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:41
If God Will Send His Angels 1998
U2
Island 0:00
The Best of 1980-1990/The B-Sides 1998
U2
Island 4:40
The Best of 1980-1990 1998
U2
Island 4:40
The U2 Phenomenon: The Independent Review 2006
U2
Classic Rock Legends
U218 Singles 2006
U2
Interscope 4:40
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 4:38
1977-1984 [Collector's Box Set] 2009
U2
Island / Universal Island Records 4:39
The Best of 1980-2000 2009
U2
Island 4:41