Sweetest Thing" is a song by Irish group U2. It was originally released in 1987 as a B-side on the " Where the Streets Have No Name" single. The song was later re-recorded and re-released, as a single in October 1998 for the U2 compilation album, . The Best of 1980-1990
Content [ edit ]
The song was reportedly written by
Bono as an apology to his wife Ali Hewson for having to work in the studio on her birthday during  sessions. The Joshua Tree At Alison's request, profits from the single went to her favoured charity,  Chernobyl Children's Project International. 
History [ edit ]
A version by New York gospel choir, The New Voices of Freedom, appears on the soundtrack to the 1988
Bill Murray film . It was recorded following U2's performance of " Scrooged I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with the choir at Madison Square Garden, which appears on the band's 1988 album . Rattle and Hum 
To promote the release of the single in 1998,
Island Records distributed "Sweetest Thing" chocolate bars, wrapped to look like the single, throughout Europe. They have become a very valuable collectors item among U2 fans during the 2000s. The song reached #1 in both  Canada and Ireland, #3 in the UK, #6 in  Australia, #63 on the , #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Modern Rock Tracks chart and #31 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the United States.
Live performances [ edit ]
The song made its live debut on the opening night of the
Elevation Tour, and was played occasionally over the first and second legs. It was then not played again until the  Innocence + Experience Tour, where once again it only made occasional appearances over the course of the tour.
Performances on the Elevation Tour featured Bono playing the piano parts while the Edge played electric guitar. On the Innocence + Experience Tour, it was played on the e-stage in a stripped down version, with the Edge playing acoustic guitar and Bono joining in on the piano about halfway through the song.
Music video [ edit ]
Bono's wife Ali Hewson appeared in the music video
The video, directed by
Kevin Godley, features Bono taking his wife Ali Hewson on a carriage ride along Fitzwilliam Place, and on to Upper Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin, enlisting various performers along the way in an effort to apologize to her. The performers featured include  Riverdance, Boyzone, Steve Collins, the Artane Boys Band, and the Celtic Knights. The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., Norman Hewson (Bono's brother), Dik Evans (The Edge's brother), and Ali herself appear in the video as well. 
Track listings [ edit ]
(Single mix) 3:00
(Live in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, 5 June 1983) 4:29
An Cat Dubh/Into the Heart" (Live in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, 5 June 1983) 7:14
The back cover listed the third track simply as a live version of "An Cat Dubh".
(Single mix) 3:00
"Stories for Boys"
(Live in Boston, Massachusetts, 6 March 1981) 3:02
"Out of Control"
(Live in Boston, March 6, 1981) 4:25
Personnel [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Sams, Aaron; Kantas, Harry. "U2 – "Sweetest Thing" Single". U2songs.com . Retrieved . 2 August 2016
^ U2.com Backgrounder, "The Sweetest Thing" http://www.u2.com/discography/index/album/albumId/4051/tagName/singles
^ a b Sams, Aaron; Kantas, Harry. "U2 – "The Sweetest Thing" (Single Mix) Video". U2songs.com . Retrieved . 2 Aug 2016
^ McGee, Matt (2008). U2:A Diary. Omnibus Press. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-84772-108-2.
^ "Sweetest Thing Chocolate Bar". U2 Collectibles and Memorabilia - Silver & Gold. U2Wanderer.org . Retrieved . 2007-03-23
^ a b "EveryHit.com search results: U2". Everyhit.com . Retrieved . 2009-11-22 Note: U2 must be searched manually.
^ "U2 Sweetest Thing - U2 on tour". U2gigs.com . Retrieved . 2015-12-25
^ Fitzwilliam Place http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=fitzwilliam+place,+dublin&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=18.808364,44.780273&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Fitzwilliam+Pl,+Dublin+2,+Ireland&t=h&z=16
^ Sams, Aaron; Kantas, Harry. "U2 – "The Sweetest Thing" (Single Mix) Video". U2songs.com . Retrieved . 2 Aug 2016
^ " Australian-charts.com – U2 – Sweetest Thing". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
^ " Austriancharts.at – U2 – Sweetest Thing" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
^ " Ultratop.be – U2 – Sweetest Thing" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
^ " Ultratop.be – U2 – Sweetest Thing" (in French). Ultratop 50.
^ "Top Singles - Volume 68, No. 7, November 09 1998". RPM . Retrieved . 2010-09-02
^ ". The Best of 1980-1990 Awards" . Archived from AllMusic the original on 2016-05-22 . Retrieved . 2017-12-30
^ " U2: Sweetest Thing" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
^ " Lescharts.com – U2 – Sweetest Thing" (in French). Les classement single.
^ " Musicline.de – U2 Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Charts . Retrieved . 2009-11-23 Note: U2 must be searched manually.
^ "Indice per Titolo: S" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia . Retrieved . 4 January 2013
^ " Nederlandse Top 40 – U2" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
^ " Charts.org.nz – U2 – Sweetest Thing". Top 40 Singles.
^ " Norwegiancharts.com – U2 – Sweetest Thing". VG-lista.
^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
^ " Swedishcharts.com – U2 – Sweetest Thing". Singles Top 100.
^ " Swisscharts.com – U2 – Sweetest Thing". Swiss Singles Chart.
^ a b c "Sweetest Thing - U2 - Billboard.com". Archived from the original on January 28, 2016.
^ "Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016 . Retrieved . November 21, 2017
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