Researchers from Durham University in England found out that U2’s hit single One is the “perfect lullaby” to send kids to sleep.
The research team apparently arrived at the conclusion after analyzing data from more than 4,500 songs. Furthermore, the songs in check are those that are regularly played and included in Spotify lullaby playlists. Subsequently, the researchers came to the conclusion that this song featured essential lullaby components.
Annaliese Grimaud, one of the researchers at the Music & Science Lab of Durham University mentioned that:
“The function of a lullaby is to soothe a baby and put them to sleep, so common features we would expect to see in lullabies would be, a slow(ish) tempo, relatively quiet dynamics, simple rhythm pattern – potentially one that imitates a rocking movement – a simple melody that’s easier to memorise and easier to sing, predictability achieved by repetitive phrases and verses, and a high pitch due to the connotations that mothers/females usually sing lullabies.”
Apparently, she and the team found all these qualities in the U2 song. Quite odd, to be honest.
One is not a lullaby, U2 says.
However, the band members are not having it. According to Bono, the song’s meaning is far from soothing. Bono mentions that:
“It is a song about coming together, but it’s not the old hippie idea of ‘Let’s all live together.’ It is, in fact, the opposite. It’s saying, we are one, but we’re not the same. It is not saying we even want to get along, but that we have to get along together in this world if it is to survive. It’s a reminder that we have no choice.”
Likewise, The Edge described the song as
“a bitter, twisted, vitriolic conversation between two people who’ve been through some nasty, heavy stuff”.
Ultimately, there’s only one way to find out if what these folks are saying is true.