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 musical style has evolved throughout their career, 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 and sociopolitical themes. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.

The band formed as teenagers while attending Mount Temple Comprehensive School, when they had 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 creative stagnation and a backlash 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 most recently released the companion albums Songs of Innocence (2014) and Songs of Experience (2017), the former of which received criticism for its pervasive, no-cost release through the iTunes Store.

U2 have released 14 studio albums and are one of the world's best-selling music artists in history, 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 social justice causes, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child, and Music Rising.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Vertigo U2 4 7
2004 Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own U2 4 8
2004 Smile U2 1
2005 All Because of You U2 6
2005 City of Blinding Lights U2 5 11
2005 Original of the Species U2 1
2006 The Saints Are Coming U2 and Green Day 4
2006 One Mary J. Blige & U2 3
2007 Window in the Skies U2 5
2007 Window in the Skies U2 1
2008 The Ballad of Ronnie Drew U2, The Dubliners, Kíla & A Band of Bowsies 2
2009 Get on Your Boots U2 8
2009 Running to Stand Still U2 / Elbow 1
2009 Magnificent U2 4 9
2009 I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight U2 6
2009 Winter U2 1
2010 Soon U2 1
2013 Ordinary Love U2 1
2014 Invisible U2 3
2015 Every Breaking Wave U2 1
2015 Song for Someone U2 1
2017 Red Hill Mining Town U2 2
2017 You’re the Best Thing About Me U2 4 3
2017 Get Out of Your Own Way U2 2
2017 The Blackout U2 3
2017 American Soul U2 1
2017 You’re the Best Thing About Me U2 vs. Kygo 1
2018 Lights of Home U2 2
2018 Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way U2 4
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) U2 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The Joshua Tree Collection U2 1
1988 The Joshua Tree Singles U2 1
1989 The Missing Tracks Vol. 2 U2 1
1990 Island Treasures U2 1
2017 The Joshua Tree Singles: Remastered & Live U2 2

Single + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Words About Music U2 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Live 8 (Hyde Park, London) Paul McCartney & U2 1
2011 I Will Follow (live from Glastonbury) U2 1
2017 Spotify Singles U2 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Violently Happy / Ultraviolet Björk / U2 1
2016 With or Without You U2 1
2017 You're the Best Thing About Me U2 vs. Kygo 1
2017 Get Out of Your Own Way (Switch remix) U2 1
2018 Get Out of Your Own Way (Afrojack remix) U2 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Three U2 3
1985 Wide Awake in America U2 4.35 9
1988 Excerpts From Rattle and Hum U2 1
1989 God Part II U2 1
2000 En Vivo: Edition Limitada U2 1
2002 7 U2 1
2004 Early Demos U2 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 October 1991 U2 1
2002 Tracks From the ’90s U2 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Please: PopHeart Live EP U2 1
2004 Live from Under the Brooklyn Bridge U2 1
2010 Wide Awake in Europe U2 1

EP + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 3‐D Dance Mixes U2 2
2001 U2 U2 1
2002 Remixes From the ’90s U2 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The U2 Talkie: A Conversation With Larry, Bono, Adam & The Edge U2 1
1991 Achtung Baby Solicitation Kit U2 1
1992 Salome: Achtung Baby Outtakes U2 1
1994 Two Hearts Beat as One: Out of the Studio 1983 U2 1
1996 Previously... U2 1
2005 The Very Best U2 1
2011 Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary Edition Sampler U2 1
2014 Songs of Innocence + U2 1
2014 U2: Films of Innocence U2 4 1
1982-05-01: Get Set for Summer, BBC One, Manchester, UK U2 1
1983-11-22: TV Studio, Tokyo, Japan U2 1
1987-09-08: Trip Through Your Wires, New York City, NY, USA U2 1
Shadows and Tall Trees: The Early Demos U2 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 A Dialogue With U2 U2 1
1987 The Joshua Tree Interview • Their Words and Music • U2 1
1988 Bono Talks in Philadelphia U2 2
1994 Bono in Conversation U2 1
1996 All I Want Is ... Interview CD U2 1
1997 Press Conferance Mexico 1992 U2 1
2000 All That You Can't Leave Behind: Interview CD U2 1
2000 Maximum U2 U2 1
1981-03-19: KUSF Radio Station, San Francisco, CA, USA U2 1
1983-08-11: RTE, Dublin, Ireland U2 & Dave Fanning 1
1983-08-20: Loreley Amphitheater, St. Goarshausen, Germany U2 & Alan Bangs 1
1985-06-24: RTE 1 U2 & Dave Fanning 1
1987-06-25: RTE 2, Dublin, Ireland U2 & Dave Fanning 1
1988-10-28: RTE 2, Dublin, Ireland U2, Dave Fanning & Timothy White 1
2000-10-19: NRJ radio, Paris, France U2 1
Interview Picture Disc U2 1
Shaped U2 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 3 Live Tracks from Boston (5-Inch CD: USA, INTR-10577-2) U2 4 1
2005 Vertigo 2005 // Live From Chicago U2 0
2005 Vertigo 2005//U2 Live from Chicago U2 4
Love Comes to Town Tour U2 1

Broadcast + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 This Show Will Last Forever U2 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993-08-08: Celtic Park, Glasgow, UK (DAT source) U2 1
Rattle And Hum Outtakes & Demos U2 1
Zooropa U2 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Previously... U2 1
2000 U2 Exclusive CD! U2 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Popmart: Live From Mexico City U2 1

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