"Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" from How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004)
Thoughts: I can remember specifically the instant I fell for this song. It was featured at the end of a November 2004 episode of The OC about two weeks before the album was to be released to the public. I knew, in that instant, that I loved the song. The vocals from Bono seemed so familiar and so soothing. The melody carried itself so well. I knew that I had to get the album at some point. Just had to. "Vertigo" may have been the starting point, but this song sealed that need for me. I knew that this song would eventually get released as a single, though I was really hoping it wouldn't because the overexposure would kill any love I had for the song. And it has. U2's video for the song is on constant rotation on both MTV and VH1 and it seems like the song is everywhere. My personal favorite part is still the part of the chorus where the backing vocals go falsetto to deliver, "And it's you when I look in the mirror. And it's you when I don't pick up the phone." It feels almost transcendent. I used to be a tenor in the choir before my voice changed and I can still hit some high notes in the tenor range, but I've found that singing this song is really rough on tenor voices. It's almost like "I Will Always Love You" and soprano voices. The range of the notes is pretty wide. The live version of the song sung at this year's Grammys prove how difficult the notes can be, even with a skilled musician like Bono in firm command of things. It seemed like he was straining to hit some of the notes and mold it around the phrasing. That being said, it's such a heartfelt and emotional song, one of the album's very best tracks, but the one deterrent for me is that it starts out too slow for my taste.