U2's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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12. "Pride (In the Name of Love)"

This anthem of resistance and love was inspired by a biography of Martin Luther King Jr. (Let the Trumpet Sound) given to Bono by Rolling Stone writer Jim Henke. The soaring melody and chords popped out during a soundcheck in Hawaii; Bono described the lyrics as just a "simple sketch." But it took flight in one of the band's first recordings with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders added stirring backing vocals. Before a late-Eighties concert in Arizona, Bono received a threat that he'd be killed if he sang the song. He sang it anyway.

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