U2 Release New Single "You're the Best Thing About Me"

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The rocking love song is the first single from the band's long-promised 'Songs of Experience' album, the follow-up to 2014's 'Songs of Innocence.'

In a time of tumult and daily, almost hourly angst, U2 has done the truly unexpected. The band known for powerful message songs released a throwback, classic love song called "You're the Best Thing About Me." The track, which dropped Wednesday morning (Sept. 6) is the first single from the band's long-promised Songs of Experience album, the follow-up to 2014's Songs of Innocence.

Carried on a classic echoing guitar riff from The Edge, the tune opens with Bono singing, "When you look so good/ The pain in your face doesn't show/ When you look so good/ And baby you don't even know/ When the world is ours/ The world is not your kind of thing." As drums, tambourine and a pulsing bass ramp up Bono pushes into the keening chorus, "You're the best things about me/ The best thing that ever happened a boy/ You're the best thing about me/ I'm the kind of trouble that you enjoy."

No release date has been announced yet for Experience, though the band is scheduled to perform two songs on The Tonight Show on Thursday night (Sept. 7). In addition to the warm embrace of their signature sound, longtime U2 fans will likely appreciate the slice of self-deprecation from the always vocal Bono, who sings winkingly, "Shooting off my mouth/ That's another great thing about me."

Check out the track below.

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