"We have been listening to the first three Police albums – realising that these records are minimum masterpieces. It's an influence on our album Songs of Innocence. But I think it's gonna be even more of an influence on our next record Songs of Experience."
- Bono, 2016
Twenty songs were recorded for Zooropa during the sessions, but ultimately 10 were chosen for the final track listing. One piece that was left off the record was "In Cold Blood", which featured somber lyrics written by Bono in response to the Bosnian War and was previewed prior to the album's release.