U2's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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32. "City of Blinding Lights"

U2 began work on "City of Blinding Lights" during the Pop sessions, but they didn't get around to finishing it until How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb seven years later. Bono's lyrics were inspired by his first trip to London with his wife, when they were teenagers, and the band's first trip to New York, in 1980. "It's an area of Bono's lyric writing that I really like," the Edge said. "It's cinematic, conjuring up a place and time. New York is a city that really brings you somewhere, a state of mind." The song got a second life when Barack Obama used it during campaign events in 2008.

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