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Welcome to WikiProject U2. Several Wikipedians have formed this collaboration resource and group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of U2 and the organization of information and articles on this topic. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions and various resources; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians interested in the topic. If you would like to help, please join the project, inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list below.
edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:WikiProject U2:

  • Expand and maintain all articles related to U2
  • Fix and archive dead references (mostly Rolling Stone and Associated Press) for U2 360° Tour for GAN.

Fair use

  • Add fair use rationale to all images and sound samples (all except images already labeled free use).
  • Resize large "fair use" images to less than 300 pixels, @ 72dpi.


  • Try to expand all songs stubs if possible. Some song stubs can not be expanded and should be redirects to the album. See WP:NSONG.
  • Remove Trivia sections (trivia sections should be avoided in favor of presenting information within the framework of the article's main text).
  • Addition of pictures and/or photographs to illustrate the relevant topics/sections.
  • To Nominate at WP:FAC: (see above)

Needing attention

Project building

If you complete one of these tasks, please remove it from the list and add your achievement to the project log.

Goals and scope [edit]
Our project is dedicated to improving articles and coverage related to U2 in a fair and accurate manner, including but not limited to...

As of 19 October 2019, there are 270 articles within the scope of WikiProject U2 of which, there are 9 featured and 25 good articles. This makes up 0% of the articles on Wikipedia, 0.1% of all featured articles and lists, and 0.08% of all good articles. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 1,040 pages in the project.

Relatives [edit]

The parent of WikiProject U2 is Wikipedia:WikiProject Rock music. Related WikiProjects include:

Resources [edit]
WikiProject U2 [edit]
U2 performing at Cowboys Stadium

Quick links [edit]
Shortcuts WP:WPU2
Template → {{WikiProject U2}}
Member userbox {{User WikiProject U2}}
iPod user userbox {{User WikiProject U2 iPod edition}}
Project references → WP:WikiProject U2/References
Discussion pages [edit]
General discussion
Departments [edit]
The Assessment Department
The Outreach Department
The Collaboration of the Month Department
The Collaboration of the Fortnight Department
Newsletters [edit]
Current edition
Past editions
Featured Content [edit]
Statistics [edit]

Guidelines [edit]
In building U2 articles, try to base their layout on the Project's current Featured Articles (if possible). Song articles, for example, should use a layout similar to "City of Blinding Lights" while album articles should be fairly close in style to No Line on the Horizon. Of course this is by no means mandatory, but it is heavily recommended. All articles should have an applicable infobox and be well-referenced. References should follow the recommended formats at Wikipedia:WikiProject U2/References. Articles should have the following:


Covers: the four band members, Paul McGuinness, related personnel and family members.

It is imperative that articles on people follow the guidelines of WP:BLP first and foremost. Content should include sections on the following:

  • Early life - from birth to the moment Feedback was formed.
  • Personal life - family, friends, medical problems, etc.
  • Musical career - this should include two subsections, the first being U2 (also covering Feedback and The Hype), and the second for musical work ouside of the band.
  • Other endeavours - activities outside of the band, including business ventures and humanitarian work.


Covers: U2 songs, collaborations with other artists, and songs band members have written/played outside of U2.

Song articles should have sections for the following:

  • Background and inspiration - how the song was developed, where the inspiration came from, and the writing and recording process.
  • Composition and theme - how the song is played (tempo, key, what the notes are, etc.), what the themes in the song are, and similarities in sound and theme to other works.
  • Live performances - when the song was played, live themes and visuals.
  • Reception and legacy - how the song was received by critics, how it has been referenced/used in/influenced culture, summary of chart performance (if applicable).
  • Personnel - who played what instrument.
  • Navigation boxes - the navigation box for the album the song was released on (ex. {{Achtung Baby}} for "Zoo Station") followed by {{U2}}. If it was released as a single, use {{U2 singles}} instead of {{U2}}. These should not be given their own section but should instead be included at the bottom of the page as part of "External links".


Articles on singles should include all of the above as well as the following:

  • Release - when it was released, promotional releases, summary of release formats, inclusion on other albums (such as compilations), and music video. If there is enough information about the latter it should be included as a subsection of Release.
  • Track listings - the specific tracks on each release, included with the use of {{tracklist}}. Information about the various B-sides should be included in this section.
  • Charts - a table detailing the single's charting positions.


Covers: Studio and live albums, fanclub giveaways, extended plays, and concert videos.

Album articles should have sections for the following:

  • Recording and production - details on the recording process from the beginning to the end of the sessions.
  • Composition - The album's theme and how details of each song relate to that theme, as well as a brief summary of the songs (for those that do not have articles).
  • Release - the release date, the various release formats (including remasters), and inormation on the album artwork.
  • Promotion and singles - how the album was promoted by the band and the record label, and what the singles from the album were. If there is enough information available, consider splitting information about the singles into a new section.
  • Reception - how it was received, chart positions, sales numbers, and a summary of certifications. For older albums, consider working information about it's legacy into this section. If there is enough information, split Legacy into a new section.
  • Supporting tour - a brief summary of the tour held in support of the album. This should not be overly detailed; the specifics should be contained in the Tour article.
  • Track listing - a list of the tracks on the release using {{tracklist}}, including bonus tracks under their own heading. Also should include information about who wrote the songs, who produced them, and their length.
  • Charts and certifications - Ten locations in alphabetical order where the album charted and what the most recent cetifications in those locations was. Ireland should be included at the top of the list regardless of alphabetization. Recommended markets for inclusion are Australia, Belgium (Flanders or Wallonia), Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A separate chart box should be included to the right for the singles and other songs that charted from the album (see Achtung Baby#Charts and certifications for an example).
  • Personnel - who worked on the album and what their roles were. Separate the band members (as U2) and everyone else (as Additional).
  • Navigation boxes - the navigation box for the album (ex. {{October (U2 album)}} for 'October') followed by {{U2}}. These should not be given their own section but should instead be included at the bottom of the page as part of "External links".
Articles [edit]

New articlesEdit

Please feel free to list your new U2-related articles here (newer articles at the top, please). Any new articles that have an interesting or unusual fact in them, are at least over 1,000 characters, don't have any dispute templates on them, and cite their sources, should be suggested for the Did you know? box on the Wikipedia Main Page.

Did you know?Edit

This is a list of U2's related facts that were featured on the Main Page as part of Did you know?

  • ... that for 24 hours, for every download of the song "Invisible" by U2, Bank of America was giving $1 to the organisation (RED), raising $3,138,470 to fight HIV-AIDS? – (DYK – 11 February 2014)
  • ... that U2's autobiography U2 by U2 was inspired by The Beatles Anthology? – (DYK – 11 November 2013)

Female specimen

U2 performing at Madison Square Garden in November 2005

Templates [edit]
  • {{WikiProject U2}} (should be added to the talk page of any article covered by this project)
WikiProject U2 (Rated Project-class)
This page is within the scope of WikiProject U2, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of U2 and related articles on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
 Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.

  • {{U2}} (should be added to any U2-related article that is not a single)

  • {{U2 singles}} (should be added to any U2 single article)

  • {{U2 Barnstar}} (it is the custom to reward Wikipedia contributors for hard work and due diligence by awarding them a barnstar)
U2 Barnstar Hires.png The U2 Barnstar
I hereby award you the U2 Barnstar for your efforts in helping Wikiproject U2. Congratulations! {{{1}}}

Add {{subst:U2 Barnstar|1=Put your message here. ~~~~}} to the talk page of the user you wish to award it to.

Wikiproject U2 collabstar.jpg The U2 Collaboration Barnstar
I hereby award you this U2 Collaboration Barnstar for your outstanding efforts in helping the Wikiproject U2's Collaboration of the Fortnight. Congratulations! {{{1}}}

Add {{subst:U2 Collaboration Barnstar|1=Put your message here. ~~~~}} to the talk page of the user you wish to award it to.

If you see someone that might have an interest in the project, you can place this template on their userpage to invite them.

WikiProject U2 invitationEdit

Frankfurt U2.svg Hello! This message is to inform you that Wikipedia:WikiProject U2 needs your input! Please, join this discussion on this talk page!

You may add yourself to our member list below by clicking here!


by including this text: {{subst:Project U2 invitation}}

  • DO put some commentary below it, explaining WHY they might be interested, and sign. Alternatively, you may leave a message and sign within the template by supplying an optional parameter: {{subst:Project U2 invitation}}|your message here. ~~~~}}
  • DO NOT spam people extensively, give it some thought first and don't invite too many people at once.

It makes sense to grow the project participation slowly so use with care. But it's a fun template, a bit more attention grabbing than just a note.

WikiProject U2 needs your help!Edit

Frankfurt U2.svg Hello! This message is to inform you that Wikipedia:WikiProject U2 needs your input! Please, join the discussion on the talk page! ~~~~

  • This template should always be substituted — use {{subst:Project U2 member ping}}.

  • {{User WikiProject U2}} (to link to and identify yourself with this project - For user pages "only")
Wikiproject U2.jpgThis user is a member of the U2 WikiProject
Multimedia-player-ipod-U2-color.svgThis user is a member of the U2 WikiProject and has an iPod U2 Special Edition.
Book important.svgThis user is a member of the U2 WikiProject and owns a copy of U2 by U2.
  • {{User WikiProject U2 Tshirt}} (to identify yourself with this project and the fact you own a U2 T-Shirt' - For user pages "only")
Userboxu2tshirt.pngThis user is a member of the U2 WikiProject and has a U2 T-Shirt.
Adam Clayton 2005 Wien.jpgThis user's favourite member of the band is Adam Clayton.
  • {{User WikiProject U2 Bono}} (to identify yourself with this project and the fact that your favourite member of the band is Bono - For user pages "only")
Bono U2 360 Tour 2011.jpgThis user's favourite member of the band is Bono.
The Edge 360 Tour Foxboro 2009 2.jpgThis user's favourite member of the band is The Edge.
Larry Mullen jr cc20.jpgThis user's favourite member of the band is Larry Mullen Jr.

Wikipedia:WikiProject U2/newsletter
{{Wikipedia:WikiProject U2/Outreach/Badge}} (can be added to your userpages to promote The WikiProject U2 Newsletter)
The WikiProject U2 Newsletter

File:U2portallogo.png (Portal's logo)
File:U2portalbanner.png (Portal's banner)
Article alerts WikiProject cleanup listing

Articles to be split

Members [edit]
Please feel free to add yourself by clicking here, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.
  1. Melicans (talk · contribs) 14:11, 21 June 2007 (UTC)
  2. Dream out loud (talk · contribs) 16:35, 21 June 2007 (UTC)
  3. Pjoef (talk · contribs) 16:43, 10 February 2008 (UTC) The 80s, from Boy to Rattle and Hum plus the ONE Campaign
  4. Y2kcrazyjoker4 (talk · contribs) 03:05, 22 April 2010 (UTC)
  5. Lemurbaby (talk · contribs) 03:01, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
  6. Difop (talk · contribs) 20:26, 19 October 2012 (WEST)
  7. Miss Bono (talk · contribs) 11:53, 14 November 2012 (UTC) The entire career of the band plus Bono and Ali Hewson.
  8. Cullen328 (talk · contribs) 22:10, 3 April 2013 (UTC)
  9. Teancum (talk · contribs) 14:08, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
  10. PBASH607 (talk · contribs) 03:13, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
  11. Mayast (talk · contribs) 19:32, 5 February 2014 (UTC) Upcoming songs and album (2014)
  12. c_meindl (talk · contribs) 10:45, 6 February 2014 Taking a WikiPedia class and had to join a WikiProject. I am interested in supplementing song stubs and articles!
  13. atuldeshmukh1 (talk · contribs)
  14. Calidum (talk · contribs) Wish I had seen this sooner. 01:00, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
  15. Fylbecatulous (talk · contribs) returning to active status; just based on a feeling... Fylbecatulous talk 15:44, 6 November 2017 (UTC)
  16. [[User:<Pushandturn>|<Pushandturn>]] ([[User talk:<Pushandturn>|talk]] · [[Special:Contribs/<Pushandturn>|contribs]]) 00:57, 1 May 2019 (UTC) optional: Im a longtime U2 fan and I went to the U2 360 tour and love sharing their music!