U2's 50 Greatest Songs

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

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26. "Vertigo"

The Edge listened to a lot of the Buzzcocks, the Sex Pistols and the Who when U2 began work on 2004's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, and the influence of those raging guitar bands is very clear on the lead single. "It's just a great, visceral rock & roll song," the Edge said. "It's very simple: drums, one guitar, one bass and the vocals." Bono's lyrics were inspired by a vision of an awful nightclub, and the famous intro cry of "Uno, dos, trés, catorce" (which translates to "1, 2, 3, 14") had a similar origin. "There may have been some drinking involved," Bono said in 2004.

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