Despite being the lead single from No Line on the Horizon
, this only reached #12 in the UK singles chart. Previously every first single from a new U2 album apart from "Stay (Faraway So Close)
" had made #1 since 1988. It was also the band's first release to miss the UK Top 10 since December 1997 when "If God Will Send His Angels" only managed to each #12, due to the competition of the other singles issued during the Christmas period. Bono suggested to Q
magazine January 2010 that its relative failure may have been because it "was too spongy for the audience."