80s Song of the Day: With or Without You

With or Without You by U2 was released on March 16, 1987. It was the lead single from the band’s fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree. The US 7″ release featured Walk To the Water as the B side.

with or without youThe song was U2’s first No. 1 hit in both the United States and Canada. It reached No. 4 on the UK Singles chart.

According to songfacts.com, Without or Without You was the first single U2 released on CD. The website also notes that U2 played the song for the first time in Tempe, Arizona on April 4, 1987, the second night of The Joshua Tree tour. Bono mixed in parts of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart.

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