Strange as it may seem, fans have heard all of those meanings in "One." (And that's not even counting those who hear it as a simple happy love song and play it at their weddings, apparently unaware of the heartbreaking lyrics.) U2 was happy to build up the mystery, releasing three different music videos, each of which suggested a radically different interpretation.
So what's the song really about? Maybe all of those things, or maybe none; they're one, but they're not the same.
About the Song
|Artist||U2||Musician(s)||Bono (vocals, guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboard, background vocals), Adam Clayton (bass), Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums)|
|Writer(s)||Bono (lyrics), U2 (music)|
|Producer(s)||Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno|
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On the ChartsChart performance of "One" as a single:
Reached #1 in Ireland, #1 in Canada, #7 in the UK, #10 in the USA.
Named 36th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
"One" finished #2 in VH1's rankings of the Greatest Songs of the ‘90s. (Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" edged out U2 for top honors.)