Song of the Day: U2 – “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

Happy birthday to David Howell Evans, a.k.a. The Edge, who turns 56 years old today. Also on this day 30 years ago, this track hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music and title of this song were created by The Edge, while Bono wrote the lyrics. Per Songfacts, Edge once said of this song (Q Magazine, 1998) “We were listening to some Gospel during The Joshua Tree sessions – I remember The Mighty Clouds and the Reverend Cleveland and The Staple Singers. The original was more loose, almost Jamaican. Bono hit on the melody and I had the title in a notebook. At first, no one took it that seriously because it sounded so unlike anything we’d ever done and it didn’t gel until the mix, but when it was finished we all realized that we had something special. The reviewers didn’t like it though. One American said it was a pale imitation of the original form and that Foreigner song I Want To Know What Love Is was better.”

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