U2's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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15. "Mysterious Ways"

In 1991, it would have been hard to imagine U2 as anything close to a dance band, but "Mysterious Ways," a Top 10 hit from Achtung Baby, proved that was more than possible. Brian Eno, who played a huge role in their transformation, aptly described the song as "heavy bottomed and lightheaded." The track was built out of Clayton's swooping bass part, which had been taken from an unreleased song called "Sick Puppy," and the rhythms on the finished track, complemented by co-producer Daniel Lanois' congas, give the song a swaying pulse. Bono's lyrics – an ode to the power of female allure – are as joyful as he would ever get.

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