U2 - Desire

U2 – Desire

“Desire” is a song by the Irish rock band U2. It was released in September 1988 with Hallelujah (Here She Comes)” on the B-side as the lead single from their sixth studio album, “Rattle and Hum.” The song is known for its energetic and blues-influenced rock sound.


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“Desire” is characterized by its catchy and bluesy guitar riff, upbeat tempo, and Bono’s distinctive vocals. The song’s production creates a raw and rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere, influenced by American blues and gospel music. The lyrics of “Desire” convey themes of desire, temptation, and longing. The song’s narrator expresses a passionate yearning for a woman, framed within the context of a fast-paced, catchy rock song.

The music video for “Desire” was directed by Richard Lowenstein and Lynn-Maree Milburn. It was filmed in Hollywood, Calfornia.

“Desire” was a commercial success, reaching high positions on music charts in various countries, including #1 in the UK, Australia, New Zaland, Canada, and on Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts in the United States. Its bluesy rock sound and catchy melody resonated with audiences, making it a memorable track in U2’s discography.

U2 – Desire – Lyrics