U2's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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47. "North and South of the River"

When Bono wrote "Sunday Bloody Sunday," he was an angry 22-year-old. But 15 years later, when he penned this somber reflection on the conflict in Northern Ireland, he was more interested in pleading than shouting. "There was a badness that had its way," he sang. "But love wasn't lost, love will have its day." Originally buried as a B side to 1997's "Staring at the Sun," this sad ode to peace got its definitive version on Irish TV in 1998, when U2 played a tribute show to the victims of a recent terrorist bombing.

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