46. "Sweetest Thing"
"Sweetest Thing" began as Bono's apology to
his wife, Ali, for spending her birthday in the studio, but it became so much
more. After releasing it as a B side to "Where the Streets Have No Name,"
the band gave it a face-lift with rejiggered vocals and new guitar textures for
a 1998 best-of compilation. U2 also made a video for the song that featured
Bono wooing Ali. After albums like Pop and Zooropa, it signaled a
songful return to form, paving the way for All That You Can't Leave Behind. "It's
pop as it should be – not produced out of existence, but pop produced with a
real intimacy and purity," the Edge said.