share

'You're The Best Thing About Me', the first single from the band's highly anticipated 14th studio album, Songs of Experience, is released Sept 6. Listen/Watch Here.

'You’re the best thing about me
The best thing that ever happened a boy
You’re the best thing about me
I’m the kind of trouble that you enjoy
You’re the best thing about me
The best things are easy to destroy…’


The new single features a sleeve image by Anton Corbijn of The Edge’s daughter Sian Evans.

Tune in tomorrow evening to see the band perform the song live for the first time on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and if you’re a U2.com subscriber, keep an eye out for a special visual art piece coming your way.
 
The release of the first single, follows a surprise gift to fans last week of The Blackout performance video, another track from  the upcoming album.
 
Songs Of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence, the two titles drawing inspiration from a collection of poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience,  by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake. 
 
While Songs of Innocence charted the band’s earliest influences and experiences in the late 1970s and early 80s, the new album is a collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to the singer’s heart; family, friends, fans, himself.
 
Songs of Experience will be available on CD, vinyl and digital download, with the release date and pre-order details to be announced soon.

COMMENTS

118
eileebo
06 September, 2017
Not sure about this song...
Loved the rock sound of blackout.,..why is this not the best song to have as the first single...bombastic and U2 at their best ...rocking out to a great rock/pop song...don't understand it myself...bit gutted the other song is a bit underwhelming to say the least.
StephReid
06 September, 2017
Yes yes yes...i want more!
Two great, strong songs already...cannot wait for the album and hopefully live tour to follow...please please!
kennyu2
06 September, 2017
I like
Hi guys. Good to have some new U2 songs landing. I think it's a clever first single release for SOE, not that i have any other reference (except for The Blackout; which is a good track too). Anyways, for what it's worth - I like it! Thank you.
stboyle111
06 September, 2017
Steve Boyle
Really love the new single great guitar riff drumming and bass line
johnnyboy1
06 September, 2017
Fresh
I'm a fan since 1983, ya never know what to expect from U2, which is a good thing! This song is fresh. So far the three songs are capturing where U2 are in their head space. This could be the last album. Certain lyrics suggest their saying goodbye? I hope I'm so wrong.
JessLee
06 September, 2017
Jet Lag
It's a _itch. But this song helps. Excited.
quimi_juli
06 September, 2017
I love you!!!
You're so great!!! Can't wait for SOE. Greetings from Argentina ;)
isca75ad
06 September, 2017
You're The Best Thing About Me
U2 have reinvented their sound yet again. Absolutely stunning, cannot wait for the album.
S French (Roko)
06 September, 2017
Another great tune!
How does U2 do it??? They keep on getting better and better. The best thing about me, I'm a U2 fan.
Njord69
06 September, 2017
Jesus this one is so good!!!
Heard it live in Dublin but this one will be a good start up song on next tour. Love it and it just to Wake Up and not fall alsleep this winter. So happy Chris Martin in Coldplay also shared it. /Per Winter is Coming
zip101
06 September, 2017
zip
Simple love !!!!
cristiu2
06 September, 2017
Wow!!!
What a great first single this is! Bring u2 back in the charts!!
Lucianomn
06 September, 2017
A rest in madness
I've heard the new single a few times. And I must admit that because "Best Thing" was preceded by appetizer as tasty as the song "Blackout", it was preliminarily difficult to accept "Best Thing" as the main single. But I also admit that "Best Thing" is too sticky, it had to be the main song. The strong and tight drums of "Blackout" pleases me too much, it seems to be tailored to my taste, being able to put together what I liked to hear before and what I like to hear today. The markings on the drums on each line drove me to the style of the Brazilian composer Cazuza, drove me to the style of the Royal Blood and the tasty bass line recalled the flavor of listening to Pumped Up Kicks from Foster the People. But "Best Thing" is the song of hearing in many ocassions. it's one that brings lightness to a moment or to a person who is tense in a hostile environment, it seems to be the element of healing dreamed up in this quote from the writer, novelist and Brazilian diplomat named GuimarĂŁes Rosa, "any love already a little health, a rest in madness". It's definitely a sound with a warm tropical flavor, a sound to heal, a sound that conveys not only love but a deep empathy. Seriously, the album only comes out in December?
mcmastermike77
06 September, 2017
Wow!
First listen to the song in full and my first reaction is what a great song!! Beautiful melodies throughout! Great chorus, great production! Love it.
Don Law
06 September, 2017
U2 Is Back Baby!
Two amazing new songs so far and can't wait to catch the live version of this song on Jimmy Fallon on Thursday. Larry keep hitting em hard!
bonards
06 September, 2017
annoying
quite boring to listen a "new" song already listened more than one year ago... I think we deserve more respect from Live Nation
apdpig
06 September, 2017
Love this song
U2 as usual doesn't disappoint. Can't wait! Thanks guys
joshthetree
06 September, 2017
Greatness
Really love the new single U2 it is great and worth the wait. Love it and love you too!
electricwar
06 September, 2017
Jury is still out
On first listen I have to admit to being a bit disappointed, I just don't feel this is a strong enough song to be the first single, I know many fans will probably disagree with me but I am a fan myself and have been for over 30 years, and if this is the best they can come up with after 3 years then it's time to quit while your ahead.
peter_odonnell
06 September, 2017
The Best Thing
Great to get another track from SOE and if the first two songs are anything to go by we are in for a great album. Thank you guys. Love it............and the drive home was so much more entertaining. Now get the physical formats out and I will be a very happy man #U2vinyladdict
sth
06 September, 2017
Even better than the real thing?
Wow, a grower! Great singing by Bono! Can't help hearing Even better than the real thing in the intro! Two great songs in a week...more to come
cynma17
06 September, 2017
New single
I loved it! :) Love u guys! You are the best!
Royal73
06 September, 2017
Awesome
Great track, can't wait for the new album!!!
JasonDFarr
06 September, 2017
Love It!
Love the new song and I can't wait to watch you boys on The Tonight Show! Wish you could do the week long residency like you were going to try to do a few years back.
AdamAllen
06 September, 2017
Blackout - Vote 2
Great song and I can't wait for the album. For what it's worth though, I agree with brando1123's post. Blackout is a stunner and it should be your first single. Thanks for the new music guys. You never disappoint.
Keuman
06 September, 2017
Love you so much
Can't wait for the album ! I love very much this song, beautiful lyrics. The Blackout as my preference because of the energy of this song. Can't wait for seing you in France guy's !!! Always be with you until my eleven's year.
u2shula
06 September, 2017
Wow and now its time to Revamp the Encor
So we have heard 3 songs off SoE....Blackout, Best Things, and Little Things....all fantasic songs. I can't stop listening to Best Things and Little Things....Hoping U2 starts playing them (yes THEM on the JT tour .... dump Vertigo and MW, and bring on these 3 wonderful songs!). I'm just picturing this setlist for the remaining JT shows: 1-4 - Pre JT songs (as normal) 5-15 - JT Album 16-22: Beautiful Day Elevation Ultraviolet One The Blackout Best Thing about Me is You The Little Things that Give You Away One can dream, right?! Excellent song...can't wait to hear the rest of SoE!
duncmac
06 September, 2017
Kygo version
Why didn't they release a hybrid of the Kygo remix, it's much better than the one that dropped today
GSimmons
06 September, 2017
Junk!
These days 'the best thing about them is us' fans that hang in there hoping for a decent release. Very weak choice of a single full stop let alone the first one. Let's hope the other songs from SOE are better than this.
kuehnnyc
06 September, 2017
great SONG
love the bridge... on a separate note, how are there only SEVEN comments here?
   Newer comments    61 - 90 of 118    Older comments

Recent News all news

13 Mar, 2019

On the tour we heard her voice on 'Women Of The World'. This is SOAK.

28 Feb, 2019

Three track EP for Record Store Day, April 13th.

26 Feb, 2019

First two tracks for subscribers from U2 Live Songs of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE.

19 Feb, 2019

How do you remember 'No Line On The Horizon'? Ten years on.

Related Topics