"Where the Streets Have No Name" is a song by Irish rock band U2, from their 1987 album, The Joshua Tree. It was released August 1987 as the third single from The Joshua Tree. Bono was inspired to write the lyrics by the notion that it's possible to identify a person's religion by the street on which they lived, particularly in Belfast, and also their income depending upon the part of the street. Amidst difficulties recording the song, producer Brian Eno attempted to erase it. The song's signature is a repeating guitar arpeggio utilizing a delay effect that is played at the beginning and end of the song.
It peaked at #14 in Canada, #10 in The Netherlands and #4 in the United Kingdom. The song became a staple of live shows, being played 645 times at 642 shows since its inaugural performance 2 April 1987 in Tempe, Arizona. Its critical reception was mostly warm, praised by music critics such as Rolling Stone. In Rolling Stone issue 1054, the song was ranked 28th in the issue's list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time."
1. "Where the Streets Have No Name" (Single version) 4:46
2. "Silver and Gold" 4:40
3. "The Sweetest Thing" 3:03
4. "Race Against Time" 4:03