The school assignment that served as the impetus for this question involved a question much broader in scope--What do you think is the greatest love song?--but I, of course, being the U2 nut that I am, and having been absent the day the assignment was originally given and therefore having a much shorter time than the rest of the class in which to choose what I thought was the greatest love song, I decided to narrow my selection to the body of musical work that I know best: the recordings of U2. My first thought, either because my mind had, at the time, been "stuck" in The Joshua Tree era, or because I just plain like the song, was "All I Want is You" from Rattle and Hum. Upon further consideration, I realized that "All I Want is You," while not necessarily the greatest love song, and not necessarily even the greatest love song by U2, is certainly a great love song in that it has a simple, easily-related message ("all I want is you") that is neither restricted by nor confined to one specific gender, race, lifestyle, or religion. Quite simply, anyone anywhere could, I believe, listen to "All I Want is You" and, at least to some extent, sympathize with or understand the song's meaning or message. Being painfully aware of the slight "limitations" of the Rattle and Hum album (as fun as Hum may be, it's no War or Achtung Baby), however, I instead considered "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" from Hum's predecessor, and the album that most anyone will agree is a true rock masterpiece, The Joshua Tree, but I quickly discounted "Looking," as I recalled Bono's repeated description of the song as a sort of modern gospel hymn--not a romantic love song. I next turned to "With or Without You," but the song's frustrated, "can't do this, but I can't do that either," undertone made me again consider looking elsewhere in order to track down U2's greatest love song. At this point, I realized that I could pour over each of U2's albums, diligently searching track-by-track for what I felt to be the band's greatest love song, but that, in the end, I would still come back to "All I Want is You" for its sheer simplicity and near-universal appeal.
Now that I've rambled on for one rather large paragraph, what do you all think? "All I Want is You" or something else entirely? Feel free to agree or disagree--I'm asking for your opinions.
As I'm sure you're not in any mood for another marathon-length paragraph, I'll keep this quick and relatively to the point: My name's Robby, and I've been a fan of U2 since I bought All That You Can't Leave Behind in 2000, although I didn't become an "avid" fan until the following year when I received The Joshua Tree as a gift (in retrospect, I probably should have begun my U2 odyssey with an earlier album than ATYCLB). To name a few of my other favorite bands: Radiohead (a recent discovery), Coldplay, Jimmy Eat World, and The Police. Currently, I'm developing a keen interest in J-rock, or Japanese rock, and from this genre, L'Arc~en~Ciel, GLAY, The Pillows, and X-Japan, among others, are becoming fast favorites.