Achtung, Babies: Beware These Common First-Dance Songs

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The 20th-anniversary edition of U2's Achtung Baby is out now (one bride already told us she's putting the ginormous Uber Deluxe box set on her registry), which got us thinking about the great first-dance songs the band has recorded over the years ("All I Want Is You," "Love Rescue Me"). It also got us thinking about all their not-so-great first-dance songs—you know, the ones that are disguised as love songs but are actually dark and twisty voyages into the heart of despair. After the jump, find out which three U2 songs seem like totally genius wedding picks but are just very, very wrong:

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"With or Without You" (The Joshua Tree)
Why it seems so right: The heart-searing emotion of Bono's vocals and the perfect-for-a-slow-dance tempo.
Why it's just so wrong: The superdark lyrics: "My hands are tied/My body bruised she's got me with/Nothing to win and/Nothing left to lose."
Did you know?: "With or Without You" is about the tension between domestic life and life as a rock star. According to Bono, the line "And you give yourself away" is "about how I feel in U2 at times—exposed."

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"One" (Achtung Baby)
Why it seems so right: Lines like "We get to/Carry each other/Carry each other"
Why it's just so wrong: Lines like "You ask me to enter/But then you make me crawl/And I can't be holding on to what you got/When all you got is hurt"
Did you know?: Bono says "One" is about "having to live together rather than wanting to."

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"Love Is Blindness" (Achtung Baby)
Why it seems so right: The word "love" is in the title.
Why it's just so wrong: The creepy organ music, creepy lyrics ("Love is clockworks/And cold steel/Fingers too numb too feel"), and all-around general creepiness.
Did you know?: The song is reportedly about the breakup of the Edge's marriage.

So what are your favorite U2 first-dance songs? Can you think of other popular first- dance songs—by U2 or anyone else—that are actually dark and twisty in disguise? Tell us what you think below. —Yolanda Crous, senior articles editor
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