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Once the embers of 1984’s The Unforgettable Fire subsided, U2 decided to go on a different kind of tour. (No, not that Amnesty International tour in 1986 with Sting.) This tour delved into the band’s wonder with America, and it gave birth to one of music’s biggest albums ever.

The Joshua Tree will be forever defined as U2’s dive into the United States, from its roots music to its symbolism and everything in between. Add in a recent visit to Ethiopia by Bono and his wife, Ali, where they saw first hand the vast difference in the quality of life, and the mixture of the album’s emotions all of a sudden start to make sense.

The longing and beautiful ache from the one-two punch of “Where The Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…”

U2 - Where The Streets Have No Name (Official Video)

For more information check out www.u2.com Listen to U2 on Apple Music: http://po.st/U2AppleMusic Listen to U2 Complete on Spotify: http://po.st/U2Complete U2's new album, "Songs of Experience" out now. Listen to the album: https://lnk.to/ZaQRe Explore more music from U2: https://lnk.to/oVysR Follow U2: http://www.u2.com/ Facebook: https://U2.lnk.to/FBID Twitter: https://U2.lnk.to/TWID Instagram: https://U2.lnk.to/ISID (C) 1987 Universal-Island Records Ltd.

U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Official Video)

Listen to U2 on Apple Music: http://po.st/U2AppleMusic Listen to U2 Complete on Spotify: http://po.st/U2Complete U2's new album, "Songs of Experience" out now. Listen to the album: https://lnk.to/ZaQRe Explore more music from U2: https://lnk.to/oVysR Follow U2: http://www.u2.com/ Facebook: https://U2.lnk.to/FBID Twitter: https://U2.lnk.to/TWID Instagram: https://U2.lnk.to/ISID (C) 1987 Universal-Island Records Ltd.

The scathing “Bullet The Blue Sky…”

Bullet The Blue Sky

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Bullet The Blue Sky · U2 The Joshua Tree ℗ 2007 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited Released on: 1987-03-03 Associated Performer, Vocals, Harmonica: Bono Associated Performer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, Unknown, Other: The Edge Associated Performer, Bass Guitar: Adam Clayton Associated Performer, Drums & Percussion: Larry Mullen, Jr.

The pains and yearnings of love on “With Or Without You” and the grossly underappreciated “Trip Through Your Wires…”

U2 - With Or Without You (Official Video)

Check out the official music video for "With or Without You" by U2 For more information check out www.u2.com Listen to U2 on Apple Music: http://po.st/U2AppleMusic Listen to U2 Complete on Spotify: http://po.st/U2Complete U2's new album, "Songs of Experience" out now.

Trip Through Your Wires

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Trip Through Your Wires · U2 The Joshua Tree ℗ 2007 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited Released on: 1987-03-03 Associated Performer, Vocals, Harmonica: Bono Associated Performer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, Unknown, Other: The Edge Associated Performer, Bass Guitar: Adam Clayton Associated Performer, Drums & Percussion: Larry Mullen, Jr.

The gut-wrenching struggles of heroin addiction explored on “Running To Stand Still…”

Running To Stand Still

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Running To Stand Still · U2 The Joshua Tree ℗ 2007 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited Released on: 1987-03-03 Associated Performer, Vocals, Harmonica: Bono Associated Performer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, Unknown, Other: The Edge Associated Performer, Bass Guitar: Adam Clayton Associated Performer, Drums & Percussion: Larry Mullen, Jr.

Somehow all of this and more made its way onto 11 tracks. In theory, such complexity shouldn’t have lead to packing arenas and stadiums the world over. But once the lead single “With Or Without You” dropped, there was no turning back. By the end of 1987, The Joshua Tree sold four million copies in the U.S. alone.

It bears mentioning the other great gift of The Joshua Tree would come about four-and-a-half years later with 1991’s Achtung, Baby. Of course, in order to get to the album referred to by Bono as “the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree,” they had to dig deep for this one-of-a-kind breakthrough first. If that was the goal, it’s clear U2 found what they were looking for.


Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.