U2 – “Where the Streets Have No Name” – (1987)

This was track no. 1 on The Joshua Tree – it’s always nice when that opening track is at least good so when you pop the album in and hit play you don’t have to skip around to find something decent. But I think “Where the Streets Have No Name” is a little better than decent. I’m sure (because Bono was involved) that this song has some kind of deep meaning, but I always considered how much it would piss me off to live in a town where the streets actually had no name. The pulsating guitar, with the percussion to match it, gives this song a wonderfully up-tempo feel. It’s one of U2’s best.

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U2 – “With or Without You” – (1987)

“With or Without You” was U2’s first #1 single in the U.S. and Canada. It remains one of U2’s best known songs. Something I never really noticed about this song is that it doesn’t do the whole chorus-verse-chorus thing. It just kind of goes with these big building lyrics and memorable guitar. This music video reminds me what a kind of strange figure Bono is. I mean, his name is “Bono” and he’s been this looming presence in the world (not just the music world) for almost 30 years. In the video it’s weird seeing him without sunglasses on.