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@U2's Top 5 Like A Song Essays of 2010

@U2, December 30, 2010
By: Matt McGee / @mattmcgee


U2's songs touch us all in different ways. They make us smile, give us hope, or remind us of past troubles or joys. Some songs make us want to drive faster. Some make us want to cry. And some have an even deeper impact on who we are, how we act, or what we think, feel, and believe.

That connection to particular U2 songs is the focus of our regular "Like A Song" essay series, where @U2 staffers write about the songs that have impacted us personally. It's always a popular feature on @U2 and often leads to further discussion in our forum as other fans share their own stories.

As we continue to recap the top content on @U2 during 2010, here's a look at the top five essays from our Like A Song series.

5. Like a Song: The Wanderer (3,225 page views)

Sherry Lawrence wrote about this track from U2's Zooropa album:

"Bono wrote this song at the same age that I began my own journey into discovering who I really am. I took comfort in Johnny Cash's grandfatherly voice, almost as if he was passing down to me the struggles that existed generations before, and that what I was going through in my journey isn't anything new. While the lyrics talk of a harsher journey than mine, the song reminded me that no matter what my struggle is, if I don't lift it up to a higher authority, I will never find peace in it."

4. Like a Song: In God's Country (3,285 page views)

Tassoula Kokkoris wrote about this track from The Joshua Tree in light of the @U2 staff's visit to Death Valley in 2009:

"The early wake-up call only invigorated our spirits as we caravaned into the unknown, U2 songs blaring. We played games car-to-car via walkie-talkies, took photos out the windows and marveled about how beautiful the day was. During our first stop at Zabriskie Point, we were all our usual chatty selves, talking with strangers and taking videos of each other standing on the edge of the scenery. Really, we were conversational right up to the point where we reached the fallen tree. Then a silence overtook us."

3. Like a Song: Staring at the Sun (3,508 page views)

Jennifer Tomooka wrote about this track from the Pop album:

"The 'insect in your ear' is the answer to the choice you have to make, but you might not be ready to hear it. So they lay in wait. Pestering you. Multiplying. I've swatted at these pesky reminders, mentally buried them and done just about anything to get away from the general annoyance of an inconvenient suggestion. But, that's the thing about 'insects.' They don't go away. They stick around, getting louder and louder until there's no way they can be ignored."

2. Like a Song: Bass Trap (3,633 page views)

Sherry Lawrence wrote about this instrumental b-side from The Joshua Tree era:

"Life is about ebbs and flows, much like 'Bass Trap' as the musical layers build and fade. There's also a playfulness within the song that teases you into thinking the melody is going one way but it doesn't. I enjoy the ability to get caught up in it on so many different levels, and depending on the day, I can take something different out of the song. For a 'throwaway b-side,' the listener can absorb so much. Come to think of it, bass traps are indeed low frequency sound absorbers."

1. Like a Song: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (3,778 page views)

I wrote about rediscovering this track from The Joshua Tree during the U2 360 tour:

"Life is halfway over, but the race is just beginning. I'm going to send my son off to college in six years; my daughter four years after him. It'll just be Cari and me at that point. I'll miss my kids enormously, but I'm looking forward to time alone with my wife again, like it was for the first six years we were married. We'll both keep working. Will we move? Will we travel? I hope so. I want to see the world. Will we be healthy? God willing! The kids will finish college. They'll get married. We'll become grandparents. And then it all starts over again, this time trying to be a great grandparent, etc.

Yes, I'm still running. You know I believe it."

These are only about half of the Like A Song essays that our staff wrote in 2010. Don't miss the others in our news archives. And please stay tuned for additional articles looking back at our most popular content of 2010!

(c) @U2/McGee, 2010.

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