U2 (Irish rock band)

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U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). Initially rooted in post-punk, U2's sound grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music, yet has maintained an anthemic sound built on Bono's expressive vocals and the Edge's effects-based guitar textures. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.

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 (1980). Subsequent work such as their first UK number-one album, War (1983), and the singles "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)" helped establish U2's reputation as a politically and socially conscious group. By the mid-1980s, they had become renowned globally for their live act, highlighted by their performance at Live Aid in 1985. The group's fifth album, The Joshua Tree (1987), made them international superstars and was their greatest critical and commercial success. Topping music charts around the world, it produced their only number-one singles in the US, "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For".

Facing a backlash and creative stagnation following their documentary/double album, Rattle and Hum (1988), U2 reinvented themselves in the 1990s through a new musical direction and public image. Beginning with their acclaimed seventh album, Achtung Baby (1991), and the multimedia intensive Zoo TV Tour, the band integrated influences from alternative rock, electronic dance music, and industrial music into their sound, and embraced a more ironic, flippant image. This experimentation continued through their ninth album, Pop (1997), and the PopMart Tour, which were mixed successes. U2 regained critical and commercial favour 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 of 2009–2011 is the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history. The group's thirteenth album, Songs of Innocence (2014), was released at no cost through the iTunes Store, but received criticism for its automatic placement in users' music libraries.

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, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child, and Music Rising.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Boy 4.1 21
1981 October 3.45 24
1983 War 4.1 23
1984 The Unforgettable Fire 4.15 25
1987 The Joshua Tree 4.35 39
1988 Rattle and Hum 4.1 16
1991 Achtung Baby 4.3 21
1993 Zooropa 4.1 10
1997 Pop 3.65 6
2000 All That You Can’t Leave Behind 3.75 13
2004 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb 3.75 20
2009 No Line on the Horizon 3.55 10
2014 Songs of Innocence 4 10
2014 Songs of Innocence 1
Excavation 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1994 The Ultimate Collection 1
1995 The Very Best 1
1996 Four Wild Irish Roses, Part 2 1
1996 Ultra Rare Trax, Volume 3 1
1997 The Dream Comes True 1
1998 The Best of 1980–1990 2.85 9
1998 More Discotheque 1
2000 Previous Day 1
2002 The Best of 1990–2000 3.35 22
2002 Children of the Revolution 1
2004 Unreleased & Rare 2
2004 Unreleased & Rare 2004 (Bootleg) 1
2004 All of This Can Be Yours 1
2004 Duets 1
2005 Communication 1
2006 The Other Side of Elevation 1
2006 U218 Singles 3 13
2007 Playing the Daltons: The Definitive Acoustic Collection 1
2007 The Saints Are Coming: Greatest Hits 1
2008 1977–1984: Collector’s Box Set 1
2009 Zooropa: Collection 1
2009 Pop: Collection 1
2009 All That You Can't Leave Behind: Collection 1
2009 How to Dismantle an Atom Bomb: Collection 1
2009 The Best of 1980–2000 1
2009 Rattle and Hum: The Collection 1
2009 U2: Medium, Rare & Remastered 1
2010 Greatest Hits 1
2011 Duals 1
2017 The Best of 1980–1990 & B‐Sides 1
Achtung Baby: Collection 1
All the Best 1
Beautiful Day 1
Before the Legend Started 1
Best Ballads 1
Best of the Songs 1
Boysenberry: U2 Fruitleg Remixes Not for Propaganda 1
Coffee: Duets: U2 Duets for Spicelegs (Not for Propaganda) 1
Contract Demos 1
Elevate Your Mind 2 1
Especial, Volume 1 1
Greatest Hits 1
Greatest Hits 2000 1
Heart Beat 1
History 1
Last Night on Earth 1
More Than Love 1
No Line On The Horizon: Promotional Tour: February/March 2009 1
Rarities and B-Sides 1
Soul Preacher 2
The Achtung Sessions 1
The Best of U2 1
The Everlasting Love (New and Best) 1
The Lost Broadcasts, Volume 1 1
The Reconstructed Joshua Tree 1
The Ultimate 7″ & 12″ Collection, Part I 1
The Ultimate 7″ & 12″ Collection, Part II 1
The Ultimate 7″ & 12″ Collection, Part III 1
The Ultimate 7″ & 12″ Collection, Part IV 1
The Ultimate 7″ & 12″ Collection, Part V 1
The Ultimate 7″ & 12″ Collection, Part VI 1
The Ultimate 7″ & 12″ Collection, Part VII 1
The Ultimate 7″ & 12″ Collection, Part VIII 1
The Ultimate 7″ & 12″ Collection, Part X 1
The Ultra Rare Trax 2 1
The Working Tapes 1
U2 Greatest Hits 2001 1
Unplugged 1
Zooropa 1993: 50.000 Fans at the Zoo TV Party 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Stop the Traffic: Rock & Roll 1
1992 Exit Paris 1
1993 Covering ’Em 1
1994 Keeping the Faith, Volume 2: 1984–1988 1
1999 The Ultimate Acoustic Collection 1
2000 The Golden "Unplugged" Album 1
Cinnamon: U2 Duets for Spicelegs (not for Propaganda) 1
Cocoa: Duets: U2 Duets for Spicelegs (Not for Propoganda) 1
Ginger: U2 Duets for Spicelegs (for Bradley William - not for Propaganda) 1
The Silent Side of U2 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 2 Sides Live 1
1983 Under a Blood Red Sky 3.4 17
1987 Higher Ground 1
1987 1987-06-28: Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland 3
1987 Rock's Hottest Ticket, Volume 2 1
1989 1989-10-08: National Tennis Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1

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