"'Pride' is the best song we've ever written," said Bono in a 1984 interview, and perhaps to date it was. Nearly 20 years later, it would still hold pride of place in U2's live set and was considered a modern rock classic. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" was in fact the single that delivered U2 to a wider audience; their first Top Forty Hit in the U.S. (it hit Top Ten in September 1984 in the U.K.), thanks to its association with the campaign to make Martin Luther King Day a holiday in the state of Arizona, it reached a wider American audience. The Edge's ringing guitar heralds in the majestic riff and martial drums, the bottom held down by a simple low thud of a bass. The freedom-fighting anthem is alternately gentle and powerful from verse to chorus, but the soundscape is unrelenting. It's a sound that has more in common with the big sound of War (1982) rather than the lighter touch that was taken on 1984's The Unforgettable Fire. Later, live versions of the song included a hasty, singalong captured for the film and soundtrack Rattle and Hum (1988); 1997's Zoo TV tour rendition threw into the already hefty mix samples of Dr. King's speeches. Just as the song's heroes like Dr. King fought to their deaths, in the name of love, U2 is unstoppable, and at its most passionate best, delivering the faithful message of "Pride (In the Name of Love)."