One by U2 — the background story, Part 1

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"One" is a song by the Irish rock band U2. It is the third from their 1991 album Achtung Baby, and it was as the record's third single in March 1992. During the album's recording at Hansa Studios in Berlin, arose between the band members over the of U2's sound and the quality of their material. Tensions almost the band to break up until they achieved a breakthrough with the of "One"; the song was written after the band members were by a chord progression that guitarist The Edge was playing in the studio. The lyrics, written by singer Bono, were inspired by the band members' relationships and the German reunification. Although the lyrics ostensibly "disunity", they have been interpreted in other ways.

"One" was released as a benefit single, with going towards AIDS research. The song the Irish Singles Charts and US Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts, and it at number seven on the UK Singles Chart and number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. In of the song, the band filmed several music videos, although they were not pleased until a third was created.

The song was by critics upon its release, and it has since been featured in of the greatest songs of all time. U2 have performed "One" at every one of their tour concerts since the song's live in 1992, and it has appeared in many of the band's concert films. In a live setting, "One" is often used by the group to human rights or social justice causes, and the song lends its namesake to Bono's charitable organisation, the ONE Campaign. In 2005, U2 re-recorded the song as part of a duet with R&B singer Mary J. Blige on her album The Breakthrough.