Pride (In the Name of Love) was the first single from U2's 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire. In the 1980s, Bono described "Pride" as "the most successful pop song we've ever written. Pop for me is an easily understood thing, you listen to it and you comprehend it almost immediately. You relate to it instinctively." He also added with great insight: "A lot of (The Unforgettable Fire) isn't like that at all." Legend has it that "Pride" was developed during a sound check in 1983. The song is a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., even though it incorrectly describes King's death as happening in the "early morning." "Pride" peaked at number 33 on the Billboard charts, but is undoubtedly the band's most popular. The single was voted Number One Best Single in the Hot Press Readers Poll that year. U2.com shares some trivia about the song: Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders is credited for backup vocals on the track but was credited as Christine Kerr because she was married to Jim Kerr of Simple Minds. The second 7" version was released in Australia and Canada without cover art contains the single version of "Pride (In the Name of Love)" and the B-side "Boomerang II." The Pride (In the Name of Love) single was released on CD.
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AllMusic Review by JT Griffith