U2's 50 Greatest Songs

A definitive guide to 35 years of music that changed the world

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25. "All I Want Is You"

One of Bono's most heartfelt love songs, the glimmering ballad "All I Want Is You" is a tender tribute to his wife, Ali. "That's a song about commitment," he said. The Edge worked out its pensive chord progression around the same time he and Bono wrote "Desire," but it took the cinematic string arrangements of Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks to push the song over the top. (Edge called Parks' contribution "haunting" and "gorgeous.") "'All I Want Is You' is probably the best of what we were trying to do with [Rattle and Hum], in that it has a traditional basis, but it was a truly U2 song," the Edge said.

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