U2's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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39. "Luminous Times (Hold On to Love)"

A testament to the creative roll U2 were on during the Joshua Tree sessions, this excellent, darkly roiling song about love's addictive power ended up on the cutting-room floor. (A demo version was used as the B side to "With or Without You.") The band recorded it without the help of either Brian Eno or Daniel Lanois, arriving at something closer to the shadowy expressionist charge of arty European punk than American blues or gospel. Though "Luminous Times" was never fully completed, the Edge told Eno, "I think this is as good as anything on the album."

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