U2 (Irish rock band)

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U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), the Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion). U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

The band formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album Boy. By the mid-1980s, U2 had become a top international act. They were more successful as a touring act than they were at selling records until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree which, according to Rolling Stone, elevated the band's stature "from heroes to superstars". Reacting to musical stagnation and criticism of their earnest image and musical direction in the late-1980s, U2 reinvented themselves with their 1991 album, Achtung Baby, and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour; they integrated dance, industrial, and alternative rock influences into their sound, and embraced a more ironic and self-deprecating image. They embraced similar experimentation for the remainder of the 1990s with varying levels of success. U2 regained critical and commercial favour in the 2000s with the records All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), which established a more conventional, mainstream sound for the group. Their U2 360° Tour from 2009–2011 was the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history.

U2 have released 13 studio albums and are one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band; and, in 2005, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 in its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and labelled them the "Biggest Band in the World". Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child and the Edge's Music Rising.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Boy U2 4.2 20
1981 October U2 3.45 23
1983 War U2 4.1 22
1984 The Unforgettable Fire U2 4.1 22
1987 The Joshua Tree U2 4.25 31
1988 Rattle and Hum U2 4 14
1991 Achtung Baby U2 4.25 18
1992 When Love Comes to Town U2 with B.B. King 1
1993 Zooropa U2 4.1 9
1997 Pop U2 3.8 6
2000 All That You Can’t Leave Behind U2 3.7 11
2004 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb U2 3.7 19
2009 No Line on the Horizon U2 3.5 9
2014 Songs of Innocence U2 4.35 10

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 The Best of 1980–1990 U2 2.85 8
2002 The Best of 1990–2000 U2 3.35 19
2004 Unreleased & Rare U2 1
2006 U218 Singles U2 3 9

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Under a Blood Red Sky U2 3.4 16
1998 Popmart: Live From Mexico City U2 1
2000 Hasta la Vista Baby! Live From Mexico City U2 1
2001 Elevation 2001: Live From Boston U2 3
2003 U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle, Ireland U2 3
2004 Live From Boston 1981 U2 1
2005 U2.COMmunication U2 1
2006 Zoo TV Live U2 1
2006 Zoo TV: Live From Sydney U2 1
2008 Live From Paris U2 4 1
2010 360° at the Rose Bowl U2 2
2013 From the Ground Up: Edge's Picks From U2360° U2 5 1
2015 Another Time, Another Place: Live at The Marquee London 1980 U2 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Artificial Horizon U2 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 The Unforgettable Fire / The Million Dollar Hotel U2 1
Rattle and Hum U2 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Another Day U2 1
1980 11 O'Clock Tick Tock U2 4 2
1980 A Day Without Me U2 4 2
1980 I Will Follow U2 4.5 7
1981 Fire U2 3 6
1981 Gloria U2 5 3
1982 A Celebration U2 3 2
1983 New Year's Day U2 5 10
1983 Sunday Bloody Sunday U2 5 1
1983 Two Hearts Beat as One U2 2.75 7
1984 Pride (In the Name of Love) U2 4.5 9
1985 The Unforgettable Fire U2 5 5
1987 With or Without You U2 5 3
1987 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For U2 4.5 4
1987 Where the Streets Have No Name U2 5 3
1988 Desire U2 3 2

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