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Cover Wars: With Or Without You

With or Without You is a U2 classic, being the second most frequently covered song. It was released in 1987, as the third track on the landmark Joshua Tree album. It became the band’s most successful single at that time, becoming the first U2 song to reach Number One on both the Billboard 100 and the Canadian RPM. The song was written by Bono. The lyrics are objectively about a troubled relationship, but Bono has been quoted as saying the song is about the conflict he faces, to tour or to stay with his family. There have been some religious interpretations, not surprisingly as U2 has always been a spiritual band. The song could be about a conflict of faith, or spiritual need. Bono’s response is, “There’s nothing more revolutionary than two people loving each other. One, ’cause it’s so uncommon these days, and two, ’cause it’s so difficult to do.”

In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at number 132 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. It’s in my personal U2 Top Five. It was very exciting to search YouTube and the web for covers, which are as diverse as the artists covering them. Vote for your favorite below.

Darío Fuentes and Julia Westlin:

Dario Fuentes Youtube:
David MeShow’s Youtube:

Facebook :
Instagram :
Website :
Soundcloud :





We Are The Fallen:


Corey Taylor:

Voting ends Friday, May 13 at 11/10pm CST. 

Written by Arlene Allen

Hello, my name is Arlene Allen, and I love all things nerd: genre tv and movies, books, loud rock and roll music, kittens, conventions, books, graphic novels and superheroes, RPG and tabletop games, and did I say books? Oh, yes. I spent 25 years as a librarian (nerd) mainly working with youth (creating nerds), a number of years as a teacher (more nerd indoctrination). I have my own spawn, leveled up to 22 and my partner in nerdiness. As a nerdy writer, I have found a home at Talk Nerdy With Us.

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