U2's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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10. "Even Better Than the Real Thing"

Originally conceived around the same session as 1988's "Desire" – and based around a riff the Edge called "about as close as we could or would ever want to get to the Rolling Stones" – the song, first called "The Real Thing," was transformed during the sessions for Achtung Baby. Starting with its whirring-siren intro, the track took on a shadowy, throbbing energy, driven by the Edge's effects pedal. Bono said his lyrics were "reflective of the times we were living in, when people were no longer looking for the truth. We are all looking for instant gratification."

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