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Artist Countdown: U2 Top 50 Hits 6pm ET @U2_Official @RadioMax #ac

U2U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion). U2’s early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group’s musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals, highlighted by The Edge’s timbrally varied guitar sounds and Bono’s expressive vocals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

U2 formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album Boy. By the mid-1980s, they became a top international act. They were more successful as a touring act than they were at selling records, until their breakthrough 1987 album The Joshua Tree, which, according to Rolling Stone, elevated the band’s stature “from heroes to superstars”. Reacting to musical stagnation and criticism of their earnest image and musical direction in the late-1980s, the group reinvented themselves with their 1991 hit album Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour; U2 integrated dance, industrial, and alternative rock influences into their sound, and embraced a more ironic and self-deprecating image. Similar experimentation continued for the remainder of the 1990s with varying levels of success. U2 regained critical and commercial favour in the 2000s with the records All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), which established a more conventional, mainstream sound for the group. Their U2 360° Tour from 2009–2011 was the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history.

U2 have released 12 studio albums and are among the all-time best-selling music artists, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 in its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” and has labelled them the “Biggest Band in the World”. Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, and The Edge’s Music Rising.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 The Fly
2 Vertigo
3 Desire
4 The Saints Are Coming (with Green Day)
5 Beautiful Day
6 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
7 Discothèque
8 With or Without You
9 Electrical Storm
10 Sweetest Thing
11 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
12 Mysterious Ways
13 Elevation
14 Pride (In the Name of Love)
15 One
16 Stuck in a Moment
17 Miss Sarajevo
18 Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
19 Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
20 Get On Your Boots
21 Even Better Than the Real Thing
22 Staring at the Sun
23 Angel of Harlem
24 Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own
25 Walk On
26 Window in the Skies
27 All Because of You
28 Take Me to the Clouds Above (as LMC vs. U2)
29 New Year’s Day
30 When Love Comes to Town (with B.B. King)
31 Please
32 Where the Streets Have No Name
33 Last Night on Earth
34 One (with Mary J. Blige)
35 All I Want Is You
36 Magnificent
37 City of Blinding Lights
38 Original of the Species
39 I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
40 If God Will Send His Angels
41 The Unforgettable Fire
42 Lemon
43 Two Hearts Beat as One
44 Numb
45 Gloria
46 Sunday Bloody Sunday
47 In God’s Country
48 Everlasting Love
49 I Will Follow
50 A Celebration

Artist Countdown: Melissa Etheridge Top 35 Hits 6pm ET @radiomax @speak_true

metheridgeMelissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist.

Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, the younger of two girls, to John Etheridge, a psychology teacher at Leavenworth High School, and Elizabeth Williamson, a computer consultant. She attended David Brewer School, which is still located at 17th and Osage Streets. She graduated in 1979 from Leavenworth High School (LHS), 10th Avenue and Halderman. Etheridge was a member of the first “Power and Life” musical/dance group at LHS. Her childhood home was at 1902 Miami Street.

Etheridge’s interest in music began early; she picked up her first guitar at 8. She began to play in all-men country music groups throughout her teenage years, until she moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music.

While in Berklee, Etheridge played the club circuit around Boston. After three semesters, Etheridge decided to drop out of Berklee and head to Los Angeles to attempt a career in music. Etheridge was discovered in a bar called Vermie’s in Pasadena, CA. She had made some friends on a women’s soccer team and those new friends came to see her play. One of the women was Karla Leopold, whose husband, Bill Leopold, was a manager in the music business. Karla convinced Bill to see her perform live. He was impressed, and has remained a pivotal part of Etheridge’s career ever since.[3] This, in addition to her gigs in lesbian bars around Los Angeles, led to her discovery by Island Records chief Chris Blackwell. She received a publishing deal to write songs for movies including the 1986 movie Weeds.

In 1985, prior to her signing, Etheridge sent her demo to Olivia Records, a lesbian record label, but was ultimately rejected. She saved the rejection letter, signed by “the women of Olivia”, which was later featured in Intimate Portrait: Melissa Etheridge, the Lifetime Television documentary of her life.
After an unreleased first effort that was rejected by Island Records as being too polished and glossy, she completed her stripped-down self-titled debut in just four days. Her eponymous debut album Melissa Etheridge was an underground hit, and the single, “Bring Me Some Water“, a turntable hit, was nominated for a Grammy.

At the time of the album’s release, it was not generally known that Etheridge was a lesbian. While on the road promoting the album, she paused in Memphis, Tennessee to be interviewed for the radio syndication, Pulsebeat—Voice of the Heartland, explaining the intensity of her music by saying: “People think I’m really sad—or really angry. But my songs are written about the conflicts I have…I have no anger toward anyone else.” She invited the radio syndication producer to attend her concert that night. He did and was surprised to find himself one of the few men in attendance

Etheridge is known for her mixture of confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, smoky vocals. She has also been an iconic gay and lesbian activist since her public coming out in January 1993. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 I’m the Only One
2 I Want to Come Over
3 Come to My Window
4 Your Little Secret
5 Nowhere to Go
6 If I Wanted to
7 Angels Would Fall
8 No Souvenirs
9 Bring Me Some Water
10 Ain’t It Heavy
11 Like the Way I Do
12 Let Me Go
13 Similar Features
14 Breathe
15 Fearless Love
16 All American Girl
17 I Want to Be in Love
18 Dance without Sleeping
19 Message to Myself
20 2001
21 I Run for Life
22 Enough of Me
23 Chrome Plated Heart
24 Must Be Crazy for Me
25 Cry Baby/ Piece of My Heart (with Joss Stone)
26 The Angels
27 This Moment
28 Don’t You Need
29 You Can Sleep while I Drive
30 Refugee
31 I Need to Wake Up
32 Falling Up
33 Burning Love
34 Nervous
35 My Back Door