The Stories Behind 29 U2 Songs


Mysterious Ways (1991)

In the 1990s, U2 took a new musical direction, attempting to "chop down The Joshua Tree" by reinventing themselves with a funkier, more experimental sound on the album Achtung Baby. It must have worked because "Mysterious Ways," powered by Edge's abrasive guitar riffs and Bono's enigmatic lyrics, scored U2 another number one on both Billboard's Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts.

Fans disagree over the song's meaning -- some feel it's deeply spiritual, with references to John the Baptist, while others believe the lyrics are more sexual in nature, and others just think it's a funky dance groove.