U2's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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20. "Out of Control"

U2 were still in their teens when they introduced themselves with "Out of Control" – the song was written on Bono's 18th birthday. But they were already earnest young men, brooding over childhood angst with lines like "Monday morning/Eighteen years of dawning." It appeared on their debut release in September 1979, a three-song seven- and 12-inch that cracked the Top 20 of the Irish singles charts. Like a lot of the tunes on Boy, it echoes the goth punk of bands like Joy Division or Siouxsie and the Banshees. Bono once mused, "I would like to do that album again, if nothing else to stop singing like Siouxsie Sioux."

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