U2 - New Year's Day
When I first heard this song, it was like I had been hit with a ton of bricks, that's the kind of impact it had.
I saw U2 live in Montreal a couple of years ago, which was great, but the first time I saw anyone live playing their songs was a U2 cover band that I saw at a high school in Montreal back in 1985, when I was representing Nova Scotia at the National Debating Championships (I finished eleventh out of a hundred or so, and the team came in second, which was pretty good for a small province).
I also got to sit in the desk once occupied by Corey Hart on that trip! Wow!!
Here's a live version from a German concert.
When people would ask me in interviews (back when I was a musician) what bands had influenced me the most as a songwriter, I would always say the Beatles, the Smiths and U2. We only did a couple of covers over the years - one of which was "Exit" from the Joshua Tree album.
I always wished I could play the guitar like The Edge!