500 Greatest Songs of All Time
U2, 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For'
Producers: Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno
Released: May '87, Island
17 weeks; No. 1
"The music that really turns me on is either running toward God or away from God," Bono told Rolling Stone. U2's second Number One single revels in ambivalence — "an anthem of doubt more than faith," Bono has called it. The song was typical of the arduous sessions for The Joshua Tree: Originally called "Under the Weather," it began, like most U2 songs, as a jam. "It sounded to me a little like 'Eye of the Tiger' played by a reggae band," the Edge recalled. "It had this great beat," Lanois said. "I remember humming a traditional melody in Bono's ear. He said, 'That's it! Don't sing any more!' — and went off and wrote the melody as we know it."
Appears on: The Joshua Tree (Island)