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 guitar), the Edge (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. 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 (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, 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. In 2014, the group released its thirteenth album, Songs of Innocence, at no cost to iTunes Store customers, 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, 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". 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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Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Melon & More U2 1
Mulberry 2: U2 Fruitleg Remixes Not for Propaganda U2 1
Mulberry: U2 Fruitleg Remixes Not for Propaganda U2 1
Pear: U2 Fruitleg Remixes Not for Propaganda U2 1
Plum: U2 Fruitleg Remixes Not for Propaganda U2 1
Pomegranate: Duets: U2 Fruitleg Remixes Not for Propaganda U2 1
Popmart Sampler U2 1
Potato: U2 Fruitleg Remixes Not for Propaganda U2 1
Star Fruit: U2 Fruitleg Remixes Not for Propaganda U2 1
Tangerine: U2 Fruitleg Remixes Not for Propaganda U2 1
Tomatoes: U2 Fruitleg Remixes Not for Propaganda U2 1
White Sapote: Remixes Not for Propaganda U2 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Rattle and Hum U2 1
2000 The Unforgettable Fire / The Million Dollar Hotel 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 (from Boy) 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 6
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 3
1988 Angel of Harlem U2 3 5
1989 When Love Comes to Town U2 with B.B. King 2 4
1989 All I Want Is You U2 4 2
1990 Night & Day U2 1
1991 The Fly U2 4 4
1991 Mysterious Ways U2 5 6
1991 Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses U2 4.65 7
1992 One U2 5 4
1992 Even Better Than the Real Thing U2 4 10
1992 Salomé U2 1
1992 Until the End of the World U2 1
1992 Zoo TV: U2 North American Tour: Spring 1992 U2 1
1993 Lemon U2 4
1993 Stay (Faraway, So Close!) U2 5
1993 Numb U2 2
1993 Zooropa U2 1
1995 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me U2 3 12
1995 Hold Me, Thrill U2 1
1997 Discothèque U2 4 8
1997 Staring at the Sun U2 4 7
1997 Last Night on Earth U2 5 3
1997 Please U2 3
1997 If God Will Send His Angels U2 3
1997 Mofo Remixes U2 2
1997 Pop Muzik U2 2
1998 Sweetest Thing U2 3 3
2000 The Ground Beneath Her Feet U2 1
2000 Beautiful Day U2 4.5 6
2000 Summer Rain U2 1
2000 Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of U2 3 9
2001 Elevation U2 5 9
2001 Walk On U2 5 6
2001 New Years Dub Musique vs. U2 6
2002 Electrical Storm U2 4
2002 The Hands That Built America U2 3
2002 The Hands That Built America U2 1
2004 Take Me to the Clouds Above LMC vs. U2 5
2004 Vertigo U2 7
2004 Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own U2 4 7
2004 Smile U2 1
2005 All Because of You U2 5
2005 City of Blinding Lights U2 5 10
2005 Original of the Species U2 1
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 4 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 3
2015 Every Breaking Wave U2 1
2015 Song for Someone U2 1
I Will Follow (from Under a Blood Red Sky) U2 0
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) U2 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Island Treasures U2 1

Single + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Words About Music U2 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Violently Happy / Ultraviolet Björk / U2 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Three U2 3
1985 Wide Awake in America U2 4 6
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

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
2001 U2 U2 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Salome: Achtung Baby Outtakes U2 1

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