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, highlighted by The Edge's timbrally varied guitar sounds and Bono's expressive vocals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

U2 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 became 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. Similar experimentation continued 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 12 studio albums and are among the all-time best-selling music artists, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they 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 has 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, and The Edge's Music Rising.

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Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2001 Elevation U2 6
2001 New Years Dub Musique vs. U2 6
2002 Electrical Storm U2 4
2004 Take Me to the Clouds Above LMC vs. U2 4
2004 Vertigo U2 7
2004 Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own U2 7
2005 All Because of You U2 5
2005 City of Blinding Lights U2 10
2006 The Saints Are Coming U2 and Green Day 3
2006 One Mary J. Blige & U2 3
2007 Window in the Skies U2 4
2009 Get on Your Boots U2 8
2009 Magnificent U2 9
2009 I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight U2 5
2010 Soon U2 1
2013 Ordinary Love U2 1
2014 Invisible U2 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1979 Three U2 3
1985 Wide Awake in America U2 4 4
1997 Please: PopHeart Live EP U2 1
2001 Elevation U2 1
2002 7 U2 1
2004 Live Under the Brooklyn Bridge U2 1
2004 Live From Under the Brooklyn Bridge U2 1
2010 Wide Awake in Europe U2 1
God Part II U2 1

Other

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Maximum U2 U2 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
All I Want Is ... Interview CD Interview U2 1
Bono in Conversation Interview U2 1
Bono Talks in Philadelphia Interview U2 1
Interview Picture Disc Interview U2 1
Press Conferance Mexico 1992 Interview U2 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
More Discotheque U2 1
Shaped U2 1
Two Hearts Beat as One: Out of the Studio 1983 U2 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Island Treasures Compilation U2 1

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