Last Updated 2019-03-14
U2Songs.com was initially uploaded to the internet on April 7, 1995. Though the site has moved and changed locations over the years (most recently at U2Wanderer.org from 2000 – 2015) the site has been in continual operation since 1995. This site has been referenced by Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, RTE Television, The Irish Independent, Hot Press Magazine, BBC, and other publications.
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When Rattle and Hum was released, the book accompanying the movie included a discography at the back of the book. As time went on and singles were released, Aaron J. Sams started keeping a hand written discography of releases, stored in the back of the movie book. In 1991, this list was digitized and shared on u2-list for the first time. In January 1995, Aaron started work building his first website focused on U2, basically a list of his collection, as well as a want list of U2 items, which was started 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 1999 when we first found a home at U2.org, and first adopted the name “The Wanderer” for the discography site.
In August 2000 the site moved to its own space at U2Wanderer.org, and Carl Uebelhart joined 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. Don Morgan was next to join the site, helping with the Facebook site, and editing throughout the site. Harry Kantas has joined the day to day management of the site, and currently has taken over Carl’s role as technical guru. George Dias has joined to help in the songs section of the site, and to help track down information for the discography. And our newest team member, Nicole Ford joined us at the end of 2020. All of the team are involved in the day to day generation of stories, news gathering and writing. Although now retired, we’d like to recognize the help given to us over the years by Graham Knap, Wes Holland, and Mike Long. Graham was the first editor for the site, Wes worked on our collectibles section, and Mike built the current lyrics archive into what it is today.
In 2002, we registered the domains U2Songs.com and U2Disco.com with thoughts of potentially splitting the site. In 2009, recognizing that the site at U2Wanderer.org was no longer functioning as is, Aaron and Carl chose to start work on a new project. We did minimal updates to the old site, and started work on a new upgrade, making use of the U2Songs.com site. The entire site was rewritten and the research completed again. Significant new content was added. U2Songs.com launched in 2015 as we were named
In 2002, we registered the domains U2Songs.com and U2Disco.com with thoughts of potentially splitting the site. In 2009, recognizing that the site at U2Wanderer.org was no longer functioning well as a whole, Aaron and Carl chose to do minimal updates to the old site, and started work on a new upgrade, making use of the U2Songs.com site. The new site launched in November 2015, at the same time that U2.com recognized us as fan site of the week. The focus through the discography, and lyrics has always been the songs, and we felt that the new URL was a great way to recognize the project wasn’t just a continuation of what came before, but a huge step in a new direction.
The initial launch saw us launch with the basics we had maintained at U2Wanderer.org. Since that time we have dedicated sections dedicated to U2’s live shows, a this day in history section, a section dedicated to U2’s promotional videos for songs, and a look at U2’s demos and the titles that haven’t become songs. The discography has been expanded to include a list of unreleased remixes, separate sections for fan club releases and Record Store Day releases and more. The lyrics section has been upgraded to allow you to search by different categories of songs, and many lyrics entries now have the songs (legally!) embedded, word maps and more. We are continuing to develop the site behind the scenes and have a number of other sections which will be launched in the near future.
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 (Semi-Retired)
- Nicole Ford
We’d like to extend a thank you to everyone who has contributed to U2Songs since the relaunch at the end of 2015. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. We’ve been keeping a list, and we will at some point get it together to put here. But we would like to express a big thank you to Cindy Rosenblum, Tim Cunningham, Christopher Jenkins, and Josh Fuller, who have contributed articles to the site since the relaunch.
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.