Last Updated 2016-07-18
U2Songs.Com was initially started on the internet on April 7, 1995. Though the site has moved and changed locations over the years (most recently at U2Wanderer.Org) the site has been in continual operation since 1995.
When “Rattle and Hum” was released, the book accompanying the movie included a discography in the back. As time went on and more releases came out, Aaron J. Sams started keeping a hand written discography of releases which to this day are in the back of the movie book. In 1991 this list was digitized, and in January of 1995 Aaron started work on his first website which focused on U2 - basically a list of his collection and a want list as a class project. That list, and the hand written discography would eventually be combined, and in April of 1995 the first version of what would become u2songs.com went online at Ohio State University, on a free server.
In 1998, the discography went from being a simple text document, and a collection of links, and we began forming the basis of the current day discography. This was also the introduction of the first version of the lyrics section. The information was hosted on a succession of free websites and personal accounts until August of 1999 when we first found a home at u2.org.
August 2000 saw the site take a leap into it’s own space at U2Wanderer.Org, and the addition of Carl Uebelhart to the team. Carl took on duties as co-webmaster, and took over responsibility for the lyrics section and the calendar and several other initiatives. Carl remains part of the back bone of the site to this day and has developed the current site from the ground up.
November 2004 saw a relaunch of the site, with improved navigation, and improved information throughout. The site welcomed Brad Hood on as a contributing member in 2006 working to keep the forum spam free, and the news feeds up to date. Mike Long, Don Morgan have all joined the team since that time, Mike to focus on lyrics, and Don to focus on news and the discography. Harry Kantas has also joined the day to day management of the site, and currently acts as a technical guru. We’d also like to recognize the help given to us by Graham Knap and Wes Holland over the years.
In late 2009, recognizing the site at U2Wanderer.Org was no longer functioning as a whole, Aaron and Carl chose to shutter things somewhat, and started work on a new upgrade to the site. The whole thing has been rewritten, researched again. Significant new content has been added. And the resultant site is much easier to update and maintain, and features a number of exciting new features. With such a leap forward, it was felt it was time to take a step we had been discussing since 2002, and the site, newly launched, came alive at it’s new permanent home at U2Songs.Com. Our focus through the discography and through the lyrics has always been the songs, and we felt this new URL was a great way to recognize this project isn’t just a continuation of something that came before, but a huge step in a new direction.
We hope you find what you are looking for. Thank you for your support since the site first went online in 1995.
- Aaron Sams
- Brad Hood
- Carl Uebelhart
- Don Morgan
- George Dias
- Harry Kantas
- Mike Long
Note: The thank you notes below were originally published at U2Wanderer.Org we are working on an updated list.
Peter Lenarcic, RD Mauzy, Patrice Bruhat, Caroline Van Oosten de Boer, Darci Chapman, Peter Hanning, Simon Thain, Phil Romans, Jay Wardlaw, Didi from u2tour.de, Brad (Eclipse in Miami), Peter Neff, Darek Pro, Albie Flanagan, Tom Fuke, Larry Crum, Peter J. May, Matthias, Janne Siivonen, Hans, Frank P., David Bouch, Tim Knauff, Ron Hannah, Scarth Vader, Amanda Gilligan, Familia Arambula, Klavier, Teresa Cook, Rob Wanenchak, Rajiv Udani, Nico, Patrick Turner, Joe Williams, Khushru Cooper, Eric Geringas, Alan Villalobos, Mana, Susana, “Familia Arambula”, “Pete the Chop”, Robert Forner, Lisa Larsen, Roars, Gary Chamberlain, Daveydave, Shawn Rocco, Hayley Coristine, Matthias M., Erik Bartlett, Deb Betz, Ray Gillespie, Declan and Calle, Karmen Krol, Kim Tucker, Cindy from U2log.com, Roars, Lisa DeRoche, Kim Tucker, Prarit, Matt McGee, Taylor, Kevin Dolph, Triney Cox, Chris Wolf, David Greg Harth, Dan Eliot, Chris Wolf, Anthony, Carlos Nuñez, Kate Whyte, Herbert Alvarado, Matt Donner, Tom Fuke, Elizabeth Rose, and the Loopay one and anyone else we’ve missed.
Special Thanks to Paul Andersen for allowing us to leave the free pages behind, and allowing us to establish our first real home at u2.org. To Stefanie Bowen for contributions to design, encouragement, and always loving the new graphics, but convincing us not to use them when they really wouldn’t fit. To Dan Vitale and Joshua Worrill, for their continued friendship. To Graham Knap, the original collaborator on the discography, who helped fix many of the mistakes as they cropped up.