“One” is the third single from U2‘s 1991 album, Achtung Baby, and was released in 1992. While recording Achtung Baby, there was a rift between band members over the direction of the band’s sound. Tensions almost prompted U2 to break-up until the band rallied around the writing of “One”. The song is widely considered to be one of the band’s greatest songs and is consistently featured in lists of the greatest songs of all time. It was named the 36th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #1 on Q Magazine ‘s list of the 1001 Greatest Songs of All-Time. VH1 ranked the song #2 in its list of “Greatest Songs of the 90s”. The song reached #7 in the UK charts, and #10 in the US charts, and reached the top of the US Mainstream Rock Tracks and the US Modern Rock Tracks charts. It peaked at #10 on the Dutch Top 40.
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