8. "Moment of Surrender"
The standout track from U2's 2009 album, No Line
on the Horizon, and the song that ended nearly every show of their two-year
U2 360 ̊ stadium odyssey, is a seven-and-a-half-minute meditation on addiction.
(The term "moment of surrender" is Alcoholics Anonymous lingo for the
instant in which an addict admits helplessness.) "The character in the
song is a junkie, so that's where I got it," Bono told Rolling Stone in
2009. "I know a lot of people who have had to deal with demons in
courageous ways. Maybe there's a part of me that thinks, 'Wow, I'm just an inch
away.'" Producer Daniel Lanois, who has struggled with his own addiction
issues in the past, came up with the chorus melody. The rest of the song was
written during an impromptu jam, with the band improvising the version that
ended up on the album out of thin air in one take. "That spirit blows
through every now and then," Bono told Rolling Stone as U2 were preparing
to release No Line on the Horizon. "It's a very strange feeling. We're
waiting for God to walk into the room – and God, it turns out, is very