Best U2 Songs

Consisting of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., this Irish rock band is arguably the greatest rock band in the world. In their 20 years of awesome success, U2 has sold over 140 million albums, has had six #1 albums in the U.S. and nine in the U.K. While it is hard to pick the top ten from a band that has earned 22 Grammy awards, this list is an attempt to do just that. So with no further delay, here are the top ten sings from the force that is U2.

The Top Ten

1 With or Without You With or Without You

Great song! #1 I absolutely love it, full of emotion & very original song! Go on with your incredible songs... !

This was a hard choice. Good list by the way. - michaelhughes

More of this please... - 80sGreatestOffice

Effing awesome song!
all time favourite and a very original one. By far the best composition by U2

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2 One One

"the song is really fantastic, it moves people... Such an inspiring song... "

If I had to pick one song to listen to for all of eternity, it would either be this or Born to Run. This song makes me want to cry every time I listen to it and the message is absolutely beautiful. Bono and his friends really outdid themselves.

The best song EVER!
But the cover feat Mary is amazing, better than the original!
Never let a bad taste in your mouth

Brilliant song

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3 Beautiful Day Beautiful Day

the dynamic of this song is outstanding, close call, but I think it's the top one for U2

This is the best U2 song by far because it sounds epic and and it is structured so well and the edges guitar playing is legendary and bono's vocals are sick as but all round the song is awesome

The beat and song structure brings this song together.

I like to play this on a beautiful day

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4 Sunday Bloody Sunday

This is not a protest song... This is the best song ever. If this doesn't make you want to change the world, you need to get your pulse checked.

Actually if you look into it its more a propaganda song against the british, yes it sounds good but its also bull.

This song is just amazing. Honestly, how is this not unanimously #1? The almost military-esque drumbeat, the beautiful lyrics, the catchy guitar riff. And to top it all off, the live version is just as amazing. Woo!

My favorite U2 song! - Misfire

Takes everything great U2's done before and puts it into one song, but it's free of a lot of the mistakes they've made before and has elements they've never had before, with an important message.

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5 Where the Streets Have No Name

If this song doesn't chills down your spine, you have no soul. - juke1

This is one of the greatest songs ever made.

"I wanna reach out, and touch the flame. "

I was born to the sound of U2 - no joke. And I've never turned back. This song may have been released years before I first entered the world, but it is by far the greatest thing I've ever heard. This is not U2's best song; this is the world's greatest song. 5th place is not good enough for this masterpiece!

This song is about judgement. He and his wife travel on a mission trip to Ethiopia every year. In this country, your class determines the street you live on. So just by knowing the name of your street, someone is already prejudging you. "Where the Streets Have No Name, " is a place that Bono longs for where people are not prejudged in this manner.

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6 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

For me, this song is about having got religion, having got dogma, and the soul still yearns for something more real, that thing, whatever it is, that burns deep within us; forever pushing us to keep exploring, to keep searching, to keep living in the moment, to keep evolving spiritually; forever moving forward and breaking boundaries, both within us, and without us; because in Truth, God has no boundaries and you can't put God in a book or a box and say, "Well, here it is! By George, I think we got it!

Some of of the best lyrics ever written and a great atmospheric guitar riff

What? Are you kiding me?
This song deserves at least a TOP 5!
Come on, people, vote more this song, is the best song ever!
And yes, I Still haven't found what I'm looking for, this song at top 5! ;)

Greatest U2 Song by Far.

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7 Pride (In the Name of Love)

One BAND come in the name of love, one BAND named U2. - BKAllmighty

Easily their best song, far too low on this list. - truckturner

this has to be at least in top 5!
1/pride
2/one
3/beatiful day
4/vertigo
5/new years day - andres101

just can beat it. this song is almost anthem of rock history

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8 Vertigo

I don't know I just think it's a really good song, its upbeat and different, keeps the blood pumping

I think this song is all about just screaming jumping up and down and being in a better place they call that place vertigo.

Ultimate song for me at least! Awesome music, excellent vocals! Can listen to this song over and over again! Seriously should be much higher on the list..

On the surface its about a girl enjoying a night out in a nightclub. But if you know your Bible, it also contains references to Jesus' temptation by the devil. The song conflates the 2nd and 3rd temptations, where the devil takes Jesus up to the top of the temple (hence the sensation of vertigo) and then offers to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world if Jesus just bows down and worships him (Jesus, of course, rejected Satan's offer). I wonder what temptations the girl in the nightclub should be rejecting. Great song!

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9 New Year's Day

Most underrated u2 song. Great bass line and the edge does a great job on piano and guitar

This is classic U2 that really demonstrates how good they really are - musically and vocally. Their best song ever!

Yes, we can break through. We can begin again. There is hope for the human race. U2 is about hope, and this is their best song.

I love the old U2. I don't care that they've got old they should still be able to write songs like this. Can't understand why they seem incapable of doing so now.

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10 Mysterious Ways

Amazing, Absolutly love it. It should be highter on this list.

What kind of craziness is this? Scroll down, people and vote this song! The song is rocking! The only thing better than hearing this on a radio is hearing it live.

How can this be all the way down here this is one of their best songs

Still a sonically current song. Edge's guitar effects really stand out, and Bono's portrayal of putting women on a pedestal is an interesting theme.

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The Contenders

11 I Will Follow

Best U2 song ever!

Classic! First big U2 hit! How could this song be out of the top 10?
This one could replace Vertigo or City of Blinding Lights which came very late on U2's career!

Best of the bunch and that is saying something. This song is one of my all time favorites from any group. It's a step up from the others. Second would be Where the Streets Have No Name.

Definitely second to Sunday bloody Sunday, I mean have you heard the guitar riff on this, it's amazing

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12 Bad

The music is so captivating

2nd favourite song of all time. Utterly amazing. Really don't know why people say the album mix is inferior, still hits so hard.

Easily the greatest U2 song. Tremendous drumming, and even an incredible drum head sound to drive the song, huge, lump-in-throat anthem from the boys.

I've been a huge fan of U2 since forever and as much as I like many of their songs I only love 2 beyond words: All I want is you and this one. Every time I hear Bad I demand silence, and I do get very emotional listening to it. There's only another song in music history that makes me feel like that, and it's Pink Floyd's Wish you were here. That's how great this song is. - Esteluki

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13 All I Want is You

Love this song, should be Top 3 at least. - truckturner

What the hell!? This should be on the first page, that's probably why it hasn't been pushed up because most people haven't noticed it. This song has the most incredible trance-like riff out of all of U2's songs, and provides the greatest feeling out of any of their songs. It is the only one of their songs which has the ability to make me cry of happiness, that's how powerful it is.

This is my favourite and is much higher than 14 should n4

#105? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? What's going on? Its not even on the first page! Give me a break! This is a top 5 song in my opinion, and should be in EVERYBODY'S top 15 or 20.
My top 5:
1. With or Without You
2. Where the Streets Have No Name
3. All I Want is You
4. One
5. Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own

All I Want is You to vote for this song!
It's a ballad!

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14 Walk On

This is an amazing song should be in the top 5 for sure so so good and powerful and moving

Are you people serious? This song should be top 10 have any of you even heard it. The embodiment of rock

This is #12? Should be in the top FIVE at least. It's my second favorite behind Pride (in the name of love) and I think the problem is nobody has heard it. This is such an amazing song. "You could have flown away... a singing bird in an open cage... that would only fly, only fly for freedom..." now those are some of the best lyrics ever.

Come on man

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15 Elevation

This is U2's best song along with Beautiful Day and Vertigo. If you don't agree, you're a mole diggin' in a hole.

An epic, epic song with clever lyrics and awesome melody

14 best song? You gotta be kidding me!
One of their best...

One of U2's heavier songs and a very, very catchy one, my personal favourite.

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16 City of Blinding Lights

Best song ever

Huh... I can NOT believe this is 10th
COME ON PEOPLE! Check it out on YouTube-listen to the whole thing and be AMAZED

The promotional video is cool and the music is great. The song for sept 11 victims - ronluna

10th?! How in the name of all that's Holy did this end up so low?
It's got literally everything going right for it. I'm in a different world when I listen to this song.

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17 Even Better Than the Real Thing

This is the best song from U2 in my opinion because it epitomizes everything... Beat, lyrics, crazy Edge guitar work, great bass line and they play with the dynamics. Just perfect.

This song is as the title states : even better than the real thing - should definitely be ranked higher

In my opinion "Even Better than the Real Thing" deserves to be in the top-5 of U2.

18 Gloria

This guitar work...melody...AWESOME! It's a classic. Really really good!

Surprised this is so far down the list.

Probably my favorite Edge riff

First song I ever heard from U2, thanks to MTV. I thought, "Cool, who is this band? " Then a year later, heard New Year's Day, and thought, "Ok, WHO is this band?! "

19 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

I like this song alot and agree that it is on the top ten.

Something to headbang to that throws a sprinkle of disturbing material in there. - CinemaZebra

This is such an underrated song.

Great Song with a great riff by the Edge!

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20 Magnificent

WHY THIS SONG GETS MY VOTE?

In magnificent, U2 are NOT lyrically very convincing, the song being about two lovers finding 'common ground' and devoting their life to worship, as quoted by Bono. But the fresh composition and clever use of African percussion and other sounds, notably the unique chord progressions and a very supportive bass gave me an almost transcendental listening experience.

Magnificent was the highlight of it's album but wasn't a chart topper, maybe because that album was too much experimental in conception.

The song might never be mentioned along with the likes of one, Beautiful day, WOWY, WTSHNN, Pride, Sunday Bloody Sunday or even lesser mass favourites such as All I want is you, vertigo etc, but the fact is that it had me hooked on to it for almost 2 years and I used to listen to it at least twice/thrice daily for that period GETS IT MY VOTE. It's not the best but being the first U2 song that I heard, it introduced me to the awesome U2 and ...more

awesome song... just listen to it guys only once and am sure you gona vote for it... should be in top 3... -

Awesome song... No doubt one of the best song of u2. This song magnificent is really magnificent. Hey guys please vote for this song. This song is awesome cool. Just listen to it, specially the guitar portion is awesome. And of course it... Should be in top 3

Magnificent is awesome I prefer it good because it's got a feel that not every song have and what not it's got the perfect tune and touchy feel also not every song is meant like this but magnificent is just magnificent

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21 Kite

"This song is about letting go of somebody you don't wanna let go of..
Could be a lover, could be a father, could be a friend, could be a child, this is Kite."
Bono is legendary!
Definitely, one of U2's most under-rated song!
The emotion behind this song is just overwhelming.

Oh my word! It can't be possible for one band to make this much good music! This song is simply Amazing. The words are meaningful, in true U2 style. But the music! Flip Banana!

Can't believe this is so low.

What to say! I simply marvellous.. What a tune

22 The Unforgettable Fire

Possibly U2's best song, and certainly their most underrated. Incredible lyrics and music - leinad

Their best song in my opinion

Very under-rated. It deserves to be in the top ten at the very least.
"Ice
Your only rivers run cold
These city lights
They shine as silver and gold
Dug from the night
Your eyes as black as coal"
The song is gripping from the very start with its profound lyrics and ambient guitar play

SEVERELY underrated. It's very touching and has mature, meaningful lyrics that I think everyone can relate to at some point of their life. Vote this up into at least top 20, Please!

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23 October

How can this be 79? It's easily one of their top 3, and one of the top 20 songs of all time, by anyone

24 Ultraviolet (Light My Way)

U2 themselves have said this is their most complete song

I have been listening to U2 for A LONG TIME and I always come back to this one. Actung Baby gave us many great songs and Ultraviolet, although not everyones favourite, is a stand out for me. It is great in all of it's incarnations. I absolutely love the 360 degree dvd version, stoked that it made it on to U22!

the undercover gem of "Achtung baby"

This should be number 1 so dark and awesome lyrics

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25 If God Will Send His Angels

Iris got all the attention, but listen to the album again. This is by far the best song from the City of Angels soundtrack, a soundtrack that ranks among the best ever.

I love this song... it's always been one of my favorites by this band... and not many people are familiar with it... just a beautiful piece of work!

Easily one of U2's best songs. Should be higher, however POP never got the recognition that it did deserve - Jiorl

This is my favorite song of this band... How can it not be popular..

26 Unchained Melody
27 Desire

Criminally underrated, why is so low?

I do not have a favourite U2 song, so I am voting for this one because it is the most deserving to be higher than it is right now.

So much energy and passion, to dance to this song is to do what everyone else in the world should be doing. Quality tune.

Classic song with an addictive sound that deserves to be much higher on the list.

This song got to number 1 in many countries and also got in the top 10 in many countries so this song should be higher up this list it's a great song with a great beat and lyrics - mneilan

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28 Please

Terrible song

Not necessarily the best song, But one of the most powerful and important. Bono's views on the tragedies in Northern Ireland change my views & many others. This song was their capstone on the peace process. It was such a stupid and futile fight, I am glad it is over... Almost. - Peatvon

29 Angel of Harlem

Not a single comment on this sweet song? Wow - BeeBlue

Kind of a different style by U2 on this song, with the horns and all. Still, a great song and great tribute to Billie Holliday.

De las mejores canciones, nunca por debajo del top 20!

30 The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)

So good

The reason why this amazing song is so low is because it's relatively new

This song is pretty much one of the best... trust me guys

This really deserves more than 93 guys...

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31 In a Little While

Ok maybe not their best but definitely top 20. Should be much higher on this list. Beautiful song

Oh! So nice! Lovely voice and lyrics )

Great voice from bono

Bono's most emotional performance that makes me cry

32 The Fly

Great songs that's very underappreciated.

The best! Top #1

Probably one of U2's most original sounding songs. For many Rock fans who claim all of U2s work sounds the same, bono cant write, or the edge cant play, this is a disappointment because its such an amazingly written original sounding song with probably the greatest post-70s guitar solo.

The first song I heard from Achtung Baby. Didn't quite know what to make of it, as it sounded so different from The Joshua Tree era. But it is absolutely brilliant! Look, I gotta go, I'm runnin' out of change. There's a lot of things, if I could I'd rearrange.

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33 I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight

Great tune, definitely worth listening too. Top chorus and should be way higher

This song is gold! Absolute magic when heard live as well...
Arguably there best song on there 'No Line On The Horizon' Album.

Amazing song... Can't believe it's so low!

This song's got a lot of energy! I wonder it's so low in this list.

34 Stay (Faraway, So Close!)

By far the most underrated song of U2.

I consider this by far the best song of U2 and in general the period was one of the most artistic or original for the band, love the "berlin-era". cobain and vedder described what was in the hearts of one part of USA generation, 2pac of the hidden US generation and U2 how we felt in Europe in the same period.

No way this song is not inside the top 10.. Personally I consider this as good as One for sure. The melody and the music is great and it's creating a great atmosphere!

Great song needs to be higher!

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35 One Tree Hill

Joshua Tree doesn't get enough credit in my opinion, but hey - it's never too late right? It's one of my favorites. There are SO many to choose from, but this is on top of my list. It's so mellow & dreamy!

This is an amazing song from the Joshua Tree. You know, when I always listen to it, I think of the ocean and its view, the peacefulness and... Everything!

This is a very underrated song and there best along with The Unforgettable Fire and Red Hill Mining Town.

This is a great song... this should be in the top ten..!

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36 Running to Stand Still

This is U2's greatest song because it is extremely evocative and forces the listener to listen to every lyric. I have never heard a song that more poetically tells a story than "Running To Stand Still." The mystery and enigma of this song is unlike anything I have ever experienced. The most emotional and breathtaking U2 songs are Running to Stand Still and Where the Streets Have No Name. The fact that this song is not in the top three shows that real U2 listeners do not make this list. I've heard them all. Here's the real list:
1. Where the Streets Have No Name
2. Running to Stand Still
3. One
4. Sunday Bloody Sunday
5. Bad
6. Mysterious Ways
7. Baby Please Come Home
8. Pride (In the Name of Love)
9. With or Without You
10. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
11. New Years Day
13. Walk On
14. Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own
15.In a Little While
16. City of Blinding Lights
17. Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of
18. ...more

Top Class!

How can this some be so far down the list? U2's best ever lyric, a haunting portrayal of drug addiction in Ballymun. Played Live and acoustic this song is almost spiritual, always gives me a tingle when I hear it.

A lot to choose from, but this should really be in the top three. The lyrics work so well on two levels: they are poetic AND full of realism.

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37 Every Breaking Wave

This should have been in the top ten

"If you go? If you go your way and I go mine. Are we so? Are we so helpless against the tide! " Just wonderful lyrics! This song just soothes you and is definitely got to be the best track on 'songs of innocence' Wish U2 keeps making songs like these, can't stand the new music coming out nowadays...

God this song is insane! Best from the Songs of Innocence! Carries a beautiful message, a message that could send a chill down your spine!
"If you go...
If you go your way and I go mine
Are we so...
Are we so helpless against the tide?
Baby, every dog on the street
Knows that we're in love with defeat
Are we ready to be swept off our feet
And stop chasing every breaking wave? "

I love this song, sometimes I feel like crying, it's an epic song deserves top 10

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38 Bullet the Blue Sky

Why in the world is this amazing song in #37!? The drums, bass, and Bono's voice telling a story about coming to America is one that will stand the test of time for those who are wishing to journey to America to seek a better life. The sounds and setting for this song makes it my best and most favorite U2 song (followed by Mysterious Ways and I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For)

It appears to have been inspired by the Hendrix style. The tones are all over the place and yet it is cohesive and emotional. Hendrix would have covered this piece. - mgenet

Man this song is the BEST OF OF U2, I don't understand why it is not at the top of the list

It deserves much more better position.

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39 Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own

Makes me cry every time I listen to it. Maybe music is the light at the end of the tunnel... It is the only thing that keeps me going sometimes.

Awesome lyrics and one of the best songs... must be higher in the list

No way this song isn't top 10. Me my sister and my girlfriend all love this song and it should be top five if not #1. Top ten in my opinion:
One - sometimes you can't make it on your own - with or without you - where the streets have no name - I still haven't found what I'm looking for - window in the skies - Sunday bloody Sunday - bad - love is blindness - ultra violet

What I like about this song is, that it is not that well known. Unlike some others (With or Without You, I still haven't found what I'm looking for.. ), you don't hear it at the radio all the time. Amazing lyrics and music! Also, the video is great!

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40 Miracle Drug

I love this for it's uplifting effect and the lyrics are sheer beauty

Dear U2 lovers... You gotta listn this with the story based to this song.. Check out with google.. You will be amazed of it... Trust me it will...!

Why is this song at this number...should be at higher

Best song and feel, I think too underrated

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41 Out of Control

Their first single (track 5 on their debut album) and Edge's greatest guitar riff. Play this song right now and turn it up LOUD. This is one of U2's greatest anthems. They also played a decent rendition of this at the Slane Castle show where Bono talks about their beginnings and thanks their parents for loaning them money for their demo.

I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH. HOW IS IT SO LOW?

42 Heartland

Don't understand why Heartland is so underrated! One of the best songs by U2 if one sees the beauty in it...

Sends shivers down your spine when you listen to it... U2 at their very best.

thanks to Rattle and Hum, makes me think of how great Elvis was - englishradio

It's official
Heartland is the most underrated song of all time.
Beautiful song - Har-Jak

43 Tomorrow
44 Song for Someone

This song should definitely be higher on the list. It's so sweet and mellow and so underrated. Whenever someone says they like U2, I ask them if they know "song for someone" and they say they've never heard it :/ easily my favourite U2 song.

Every time I listen to this song I start crying... It's amazing, definitely one of their best songs!

Why are all of the 'Songs of Innocence' songs so low? They're AMAZING!

This song is incredible

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45 So Cruel

The most touching, heartfelt song I've ever listened to. Although the melody might be simplistic, the piano and lyrics have such good chemistry, that the passion just flows out of the song.

So many great lines in a song make it my favorite U2's song. I had heard it for years associating these lines with personal experiences and enjoying it again and again. It passed quite a long time before I realized what it really was about: a guy dealing with his girlfriend/wife closet homosexuallity. Bono's such a great lyricist.

Personally the best U2 song. Probably the best and most touching lyrics that Bono ever wrote.

46 The Troubles

Epic ending for one of their best albums

Life.

47 The Saints are Coming

Underrated song. It's one of my favourites. - Userguy44

The 2 best bands in the world produced a classic song.

It's awesome to here. Green Day and u2 always stays the legend.

Definitely not the best song by them, but it really does deserve a better spot. It was for New Orleans ffs - abhishekgupta

48 Lemon

Not my favorite U2 song but one of my favorites. It is off of a trash album but this is easily the best song on there. This song has a great bass, listen to it with good headphones it’s awesome. Tempted to get Zooropa on vinyl just for this song!

"Your gonna meet here there, she's your destination, there's no sleeping there, she's imagination." The final 2:30 minutes of this song is some of the best music any band has ever made.

i think this is problably th best song of u2 is just simply peacefully..

such a beautiful song. only discovered it recently

49 Red Hill Mining Town

This song has great lyrics and brilliant music.. Everybody pLeaSe LISTEN 2 THIS SONg! Its aMAZING

The vocals and emotion in this song are simply phenomenal. Far and away my favourite U2 song!

simply the best...great emotion and lyrically well written

So much emotion... a beautiful melody... amazing lyrics... it's not flashy nor poppy but it's achingly beautiful. Red Hill Mining Town will forever be one of my favorites of all time.

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50 Breathe

Great song that is way too low on this list! Love The Edge's guitar in this song!

Very cool song. Best tune on NO LINE ON THE HORIZON.

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