“You’re the Best Thing About Me” is a joyous ear-worm about romantic dissatisfaction. Larry Mullen Jr. holds time with a firm, stuttering pattern on drums, and the Edge carries the chorus with pretty shards of melody from his guitar. High backing vocals echo many of Bono’s lines, and the singer shows off his own falsetto during a gliding, multi-tracked bridge.
But underneath that appealing surface, Bono is playing the part of a malcontent. “I’ll be crying out, how bad can a good time be?/ Shooting off my mouth, that’s another great thing about me/ I have everything, but I feel like nothing at all,” he sings. “You’re the best thing about me,” he admits, before adding, “the best things are easy to destroy.”