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 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 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 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'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 14 studio albums and are one of the world's best-selling music artists in history, having sold 175 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Tom Dunne’s 30 Best Irish Hits Various Artists 2
2001 Top 40 HitDossier 1999-2000 Various Artists 1
2001 Top of the Pops 2001, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2001 Top of the Pops 2001, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2001 Uncovered Various Artists 1
2002 Reloaded 4 Various Artists 1
2002 NRJ Music Awards 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 GRAMMY Nominees 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 The Essential Johnny Cash Johnny Cash 5
2002 TMF Hitzone 18 Various Artists 1
2002 Blasters: The Action Movie Song Collection Various Artists 1
2002 KISA, Volume 5: The Love That Binds Various Artists 1
2002 Now That's What I Call Music! 9 (USA) Various Artists 1
2002 Triple J: Hottest 100, Volume 9 Various Artists 2
2002 Triple M's New Stuff, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 Triple M's New Stuff, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2002 Simply Acoustic Various Artists 1
2002 Beautiful Game Various Artists 1
2002 De Afrekening, Volume 27 Various Artists 1
2002 So Fresh: The Hits of Winter 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Now That's What I Call Music! 6 (Portugal) Various Artists 1
2002 KISA, Volume 6: Too Good to Be True Various Artists 1
2002 KISStory: Ibiza Classics Various Artists 1
2002 WicKeD: Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2002 Ö3 Greatest Hits, Volume 19 Various Artists 1
2002 Alternative Times, Volume 30 Various Artists 1
2002 J Files: The Best B-Sides of All Time Various Artists 1
2002 The Very Best of the Tube Various Artists 1
2002 50 Years of the Greatest Hit Singles Various Artists 1
2002 Now That’s What I Call Music! 53 (UK) Various Artists 2 2
2002 Hitzone: Best of 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Ö3 Greatest Hits, Volume 20 Various Artists 1
2002 Top Of The Pops 2002 Vol. 4 Various Artists 1
2002 Q: The Best Tracks From the Best Albums: From 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Big Shiny 90s Various Artists 1
2002 DAMN! Top 100 Various Artists 1
2002 Greatest Hits of the 80's Various Artists 1
2002 Hit Explosion: 2002, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2002 Massive Mixes: Collaborations & Remixes '89 - '02 Massive Attack 1
2002 More Than Hits: 18 Non-Stop Party Hits Various Artists 1
2002 MTV Weekender Various Artists 1
2002 Music of the Millennium III Various Artists 1
2002 My World: In the Mix Paul van Dyk 1
2002 Now That’s What I Call Music! 2 (Denmark) Various Artists 1
2002 Now That’s What I Call Music! 32 (South Africa) Various Artists 1
2002 Now! 7 Various Artists 1
2002 So Fresh: The Hits of Summer 2002 Plus the Biggest Hits of 2001 Various Artists 1
2002 So Fresh: The Hits of Summer 2003 Plus the Biggest Hits of 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Take 40 Platinum Various Artists 1
2002 TMF Awards 2002 Various Artists 1
2003 NRJ Music Awards 2003 Various Artists 2
2003 Q: The Album Various Artists 1
2003 The Essential Willie Nelson Willie Nelson 2
2003 Empire Presents: Sound Tracks Various Artists 1
2003 Tom Dunne's 30 Best Irish Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 50 Years of the Greatest Hit Singles: Platinum Collection Various Artists 1
2003 Clubland 4: The Night of Your Life Various Artists 1
2003 Café del Mar: The Best Of José Padilla 6
2003 De Afrekening, Volume 32: Best of 2003 Various Artists 1
2003 Big Shiny 90s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 Tenth Anniversary: Ongoing History of New Music Various Artists 1
2003 All Lined Up: The Kult of the Eighties Various Artists 1
2004 Greatest Irish Bands Various Artists 3
2004 Floorfillers Various Artists 1
2004 Trance Voices: The Greatest Vocal Trance Anthems, Volume Eleven Various Artists 3 1
2004 Now Dance 2004, Part Two Various Artists 1
2004 Absolute Music 45 Various Artists 3 1
2004 Hellomoto Various Artists 1
2004 Bravo Hits 44 Various Artists 2
2004 Now That’s What I Call Music! 57 (UK) Various Artists 2 1
2004 Ibiza: The History of Trance Various Artists 1
2004 Absolute Kidz 12 Various Artists 1
2004 Clubland X-Treme 2 Various Artists 1
2004 Markus Gardeweg: Off the Record Markus Gardeweg 1
2004 Ultra.Dance 05 Various Artists 1
2004 Just the Best, Volume 48 Various Artists 1
2004 Tuning Tunes Various Artists 1
2004 538 Dance Smash Hits Spring 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 Club Rotation, Volume 26 Various Artists 1
2004 Club Sounds: The Ultimate Club Dance Collection, Volume 30 Various Artists 1
2004 Power Summer Party 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 Disco Parade Compilation Estate 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 Dragostea Summer Hits Various Artists 1
2004 Ministry of Sound: Trance Nation America Three Various Artists 1
2004 World Cup of Hockey 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 Dance Power 10 Various Artists 1
2004 Rush Hour Various Artists 1
2004 Clubland 5 Various Artists 2
2004 The Best Summer... Ever! Various Artists 3 1
2004 Blanco y Negro Hits Various Artists 1
2004 The Best Club Anthems 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 Dance 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 Digital Beauties .001 Various Artists 1
2004 Fest 2004 Kos Various Artists 1
2004 Absolute Dance: Move Your Body! Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2004 Pioneer: The Album, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2004 Clubmix: Summer 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 Fetenhits: The Real Classics, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2004 Alternative Times, Volume 53 Various Artists 1
2004 Let's Go Girls Various Artists 1

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