Bono said that with this song, he wanted U2 to create joy in these insane times. Asked to elaborate by Rolling Stone
"Unlike happiness, joy is one of the hardest human emotions to contrive for an artist but it is the mark of my favorite artists whether that be the Beatles, Prince, Beethoven, Oasis. It is life force itself. And I think something to do with the spilling over of gratitude for just being alive.
Indeed as I think of it, Beethoven has his 'Ode To Joy
.' The Supremes singing 'Stop! In the Name of Love
' to me is one of the great anti-war songs. Although think it's about a lover's betrayal, the highness of the melody, the simplicity of the statement could be Ramones, could be Coldplay but I don't think there's anything more defiant than joy in difficult times.
And the essence of romance is defiance. This is where rock & roll came in, this is what makes us useful. We must resist surrendering to melancholy for only the most special moments.
That's a long way to say check our new single out, 'You're the Best Thing About Me,' it's kind of like punk Supremes."