The Best of 1990–2000 is the second greatest hits compilation album by Irish rock band U2. The album was released on 5 November 2002 through Island Records, except in the United States where the album was released on the Interscope label as a single-disc CD compilation. The Best of 1990–2000 & B-Sides was released on the same day with a second disc featuring 14 of the b-side singles released from 1990 to 2000 and a bonus DVD with a trailer for the album and three other segments. A video album of the same name was later released in December 2002 (see 2002 in music).

The album contained two newly recorded tracks, "Electrical Storm" and "The Hands That Built America", the latter of which was released on soundtrack toGangs of New York while the former was released as a single. The album also included several "new mixes" of several songs, and the songs "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me", which was released as a single in 1995 but had not previously been included on a U2 album, and "Miss Sarajevo", which was originally credited to Passengers and also released as a single in 1995.

The album charted at number 1 in 13 countries and was the twelfth best-selling album of 2002, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.[7]


 [hide*1 Track listing

Track listing[edit]Edit

The Best Of[edit]Edit

No. Title Album Length
1. "Even Better Than the Real Thing"   Achtung Baby (1991) 3:39
2. "Mysterious Ways(Best Of version) Achtung Baby (1991) 4:02
3. "Beautiful Day"   All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) 4:05
4. "Electrical Storm(William Orbit Mix) New song 4:37
5. "One"   Achtung Baby (1991) 4:35
6. "Miss Sarajevo(Radio Edit) Original Soundtracks 1 (1995) 4:30
7. "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)"   Zooropa (1993) 4:58
8. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"   All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) 4:31
9. "Gone(New Mix) Pop (1997) 4:32
10. "Until the End of the World"   Achtung Baby (1991) 4:38
11. "The Hands That Built America(Theme from 'Gangs of New York') New song 4:57
12. "Discothèque(New Mix) Pop (1997) 4:40
13. "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"   Batman Forever: Original Music from the Motion Picture(1995) 4:44
14. "Staring at the Sun(New Mix) Pop (1997) 4:48
15. "Numb(New Mix) Zooropa (1993) 4:21
16. "The First Time"   Zooropa (1993) 3:44
Total length: 71:53
UK and Japan release
No. Title Album Length
17. "The Fly"   Achtung Baby (1991) 4:28

"Electrical Storm" was released as a single in promotion of the album. "Gone", "Discothèque", "Staring at the Sun", and "Numb" were remixed by Mike Hedges for the compilation. "Mysterious Ways" is identical to the album version with the exception of a single lyric. "Miss Sarajevo", co-written by Brian Eno, was originally included on the album Original Soundtracks 1, which was released by the band under the alias "Passengers".

Limited Edition B-sides Disc[edit]Edit

No. Title Originally released on Length
1. "Lady with the Spinning Head(Extended Dance Mix) "Even Better Than the Real Thing" single 6:06
2. "Dirty Day(Junk Day Mix) "Please" single 4:40
3. "Summer Rain"   "Beautiful Day" single 4:07
4. "Electrical Storm"   New song 4:26
5. "North and South of the River"   "Staring at the Sun" single 4:36
6. "Your Blue Room"   Original Soundtracks 1 5:26
7. "Happiness Is a Warm Gun(The Gun Mix) "Last Night on Earth" single 4:45
8. "Salomé" (Zooromancer Remix edit) "Even Better Than the Real Thing" single 5:51
9. "Even Better Than the Real Thing" (The Perfecto Mix) "Even Better Than the Real Thing" single 6:38
10. "Numb" (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix edit) Melon: Remixes for Propaganda 5:50
11. "Mysterious Ways" (Solar Plexus Club Mix) "Mysterious Ways" single 4:08
12. "If God Will Send His Angels(Big Yam Mix) "Mofo" single 5:42
13. "Lemon(Jeep Mix) "Lemon" single 5:29
14. "Discothèque" (Hexidecimal Mix edit) "Discothèque" single 5:45
Total length: 73:52

"North and South of the River" was written with Christy Moore. "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" was written by Lennon–McCartney. "Your Blue Room" was written with Brian Eno.

Limited Edition Bonus DVD[edit]Edit

No. Title Length
1. "The History Mix"   7:40
2. "U2 The Best of 1990 - 2000 DVD Trailer"   2:27
3. "Please" (Live Mural Cut) 5:00
4. "Beautiful Day" (Èze Version) 4:04
Total length: 19:11

"The History Mix" is a video montage anthologizing the band's nineties albums and tours. It includes snippets of interviews, promotional videos, and so forth. The live version of "Please" is from the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in HelsinkiFinland, recorded on 9 August 1997 and directed by Maurice Linnane.

Charts and certifications[edit]Edit


Chart (2002) Peak


Australian Top 50 Albums[8] 1
Austrian Top 75 Albums[9] 1
Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[10] 1
Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums[11] 3
Canadian Albums Chart[12] 1
Danish Top 40 Albums[13] 1
Finnish Top 40 Albums[14] 4
French Compilations[15] 1
German Albums Chart[16] 4
Greek Top 50 Albums[17] 1
Hungarian Top 40 Albums[18] 3
Irish Top 75 Albums[19] 1
Italian Top 20 Albums[20] 1
Japanese Top 30 Albums[21] 3
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[22] 1
New Zealand Top 50 Albums[23] 1
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[24] 2
Polish Top 50 Albums[25] 2
Swedish Top 60 Albums[26] 6
Swiss Top 100 Albums[27] 1
UK Albums Chart[28] 2
US Billboard200[29]*& B-Sides 3
US Billboard200[29]*Standard edition 34


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[30]

Standard edition

2× Platinum 80,000x
Argentina (CAPIF)[31]

+ B-Sides

Gold 20,000x
Australia (ARIA)[32] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[33] Platinum
Belgium (BEA)[34] 2× Platinum 60,000
Brazil (ABPD)[35] Platinum 125,000
Canada (Music Canada)[36] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[37] Platinum 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[38] Gold 29,864[38]
France (SNEP)[39] 2× Gold 200,000
Germany (BVMI)[40] Gold 150,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[17] Platinum 30,000^
Hungary (Mahasz)[41] Gold 10,000x
Mexico (AMPROFON)[42] Gold 75,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[43] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[44] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[45] Gold 35,000
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[46] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[47] Gold 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[48] 2× Platinum 80,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[49] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[50] Platinum 1,000,000^
Europe (IFPI)[51] 3× Platinum 3,000,000

  • sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone


The Best of 1990–2000
Video by U2
Released 2 December 2002
Recorded 1991–2002
Genre Rock
Length 176:00

111:49 (main feature) 77:31 (tracks 1-16 only)

Label IslandInterscope
Director Kevin GodleyStéphane SednaouiJonas ÅkerlundAnton Corbijnet al.
Producer Ned O'Hanlon
U2 chronology
Elevation 2001: Live from Boston


The Best of 1990–2000


U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle


The Best of 1990–2000 was also released as a video compilation, featuring music videos from the songs on the album. The DVD version of the video featured one to two videos for each song on the album, plus seven bonus videos (for songs not on the album), as well as directors' commentaries, and three mini-documentaries. The VHS version of the video featured simply one video for the 16 songs from the album.

On all versions however, there is no video for "The First Time", as one was never made or rather released. In its place was put the video of "The Fly", which itself was on certain versions of the album. The DVD case had two disc slots, one for the main videos, the other for the "History Mix" DVD from the "A and B sides" version of the album. In its absence, a paper shaped CD/DVD disc is used as a placeholder.

Track listing[edit]Edit

Music and words by U2, except where otherwise noted.

  1. "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
    • Kevin Godley video with commentary
    • Ritchie Smyth remix video
  2. "Mysterious Ways"
  3. "Beautiful Day"
  4. "Electrical Storm"
  5. "One"
    • Anton Corbijn video with commentary
    • Phil Joanou video with commentary
    • A Story of One documentary
  6. "Miss Sarajevo"
    • Maurice Linnane video and commentary
    • Missing Sarajevo documentary
  7. "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)"
  8. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
    • Joseph Kahn video with commentary
    • Kevin Godley video with commentary
  9. "Gone"
  10. "Until the End of the World"
  11. "The Hands That Built America"
    • Maurice Linnane studio version video
  12. "Discothèque"
    • Stéphane Sednaoui video with commentary
  13. "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"
    • Godley/Linanne video with commentary
  14. "Staring at the Sun"
    • Jake Scott video with commentary
    • Morleigh Steinberg video
  15. "Numb"
  16. "The Fly"
    • Smith/Klein remix video with commentary

Bonus videos[edit]Edit

  1. "Please"
    • Anton Corbijn video with commentary
  2. "If God Will Send His Angels"
    • Phil Joanou video with commentary
  3. "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses"
    • Phil Joanou video with commentary
  4. "Lemon"
    • Mark Neale video with commentary
  5. "Last Night on Earth"
    • Ritchie Smyth video with commentary
  6. "Mofo"
    • Maurice Linnane remix video
  7. "The Ground Beneath Her Feet"
    • Wim Wenders video with commentary
  • An "easter egg" also features. From the main menu on the DVD, if "One" is clicked, the main screen for "One" will appear. Once on this screen, the digit '1' could be clicked on the remote control three times. If clicked three times, a three minute video of a fish tank, with fish swimming it, appeares. After some time, some Trabants will appear in the video as fishes, which swim from one end of the screen to the other.[52]

The lyrics to "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" were written by Salman Rushdie. The song features Daniel Lanois on pedal steel guitar. All tracks have been remastered for these releases.


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[53] Platinum 8,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[54] Platinum 50,000
France (SNEP)[55] Platinum 20,000
Mexico (AMPROFON)[56] Gold 10,000^

  • sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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