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Thread started 01/23/13 1:34pm

Toofunkyinhere

Rank the U2 albums

1. Achtung Baby

2. Joshua Tree

3. Unforgettable Fire

4. War

5. Rattle & Hum

6. Zooropa

7. Boy

8. Pop

9. All That You Can't Leave Behind

10. No Line On The Horizon

11. October

12. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

What do you guy's reckon?

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Reply #1 posted 01/23/13 1:50pm

controversy99

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Well, my S-Z CDs were stolen during a move a few years ago, and I haven't yet repurchased the U2 CDs that I had (my CDs were organized alphabetically in 4 carrying cases, and 1 was stolen). I still have one vinyl LP. I've only heard the singles on their last few albums. So based on what I've heard & what I remember, here's my list:

1. Achtung Baby

2. Joshua Tree

3. Live Under A Blood Red Sky

4. War

5. Unforgettable Fire

6. Rattle & Hum

7. Zooropa

"Love & honesty, peace & harmony"
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Reply #2 posted 01/23/13 2:32pm

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I don't like any of them start-to-finish.. even my favorites have a couple tracks I don't like.

  1. Achtung Baby
  2. All That You Can't Leave Behind (my top 2 are very close, could change)
  3. War
  4. The Joshua Tree
  5. Boy
  6. Pop
  7. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
  8. No Line On The Horizon
  9. The Unforgettable Fire
  10. Rattle & Hum
  11. Zooropa
  12. October

4-6 are also very close for me. On Zooropa the only outstanding track imo is "Stay".. and I don't like October at all.

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Reply #3 posted 01/23/13 2:52pm

bobzilla77

I only know the 80s ones so...

Boy

Unforgettable Fire

War

Joshua Tree

October

Rattle & Hum

I think they generally made a better "singles band" than "album band" prior to Joshua Tree which was right when they started to lose me.

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Reply #4 posted 01/23/13 4:09pm

xLiberiangirl

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we share the same top 3. wink

my list;

1. Achtung Baby

2. Joshua Tree

3. Unforgettable Fire

4. Zooropa

5. War

6. Boy

7. Pop

8. Rattle & Hum

9. All That You Can't Leave Behind

10. No Line On The Horizon

11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

12. October

cool

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Reply #5 posted 01/23/13 4:49pm

lastdecember

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xLiberiangirl said:

we share the same top 3. wink

my list;

1. Achtung Baby

2. Joshua Tree

3. Unforgettable Fire

4. Zooropa

5. War

6. Boy

7. Pop

8. Rattle & Hum

9. All That You Can't Leave Behind

10. No Line On The Horizon

11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

12. October

cool

Pretty much agree though....

1.Joshua Tree

2. All that You cant Leave Behind

3. Achtung Baby

4. No Line on the Horizon

5. Rattle And Hum

6.War

7. Unforgettable Fire

8. How to Dismante

9. Boy

10. Zooropa

11.October

12. Pop


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Reply #6 posted 01/23/13 4:58pm

Gunsnhalen

1. Achtung Baby

2. War

3. All That You Can't leave Behind

4. Joshua Tree

5. Unforgettable fire

6. Zooropa

7. Boy

8. Pop

9. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

10. No line On The Horizon

11.Rattle & Hum

12. October(The band doesn't even like this album lol )

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Reply #7 posted 01/23/13 4:59pm

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1. Achtung Baby

2. The Joshua Tree

3. All That You Can't Leave Behind

4. No Line on the Horizon

5. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

6. The Unforgettable Fire

7. Zooropa

8. War

9. Boy

10. Rattle & Hum

11. Pop

12. October

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Reply #8 posted 01/23/13 5:05pm

lastdecember

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NoVideo said:

1. Achtung Baby

2. The Joshua Tree

3. All That You Can't Leave Behind

4. No Line on the Horizon

5. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

6. The Unforgettable Fire

7. Zooropa

8. War

9. Boy

10. Rattle & Hum

11. Pop

12. October

Glad to see "All" getting Love that it deserves, and Honestly No Line is very very underrated as a record.


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Reply #9 posted 01/23/13 5:07pm

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lastdecember said:

NoVideo said:

1. Achtung Baby

2. The Joshua Tree

3. All That You Can't Leave Behind

4. No Line on the Horizon

5. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

6. The Unforgettable Fire

7. Zooropa

8. War

9. Boy

10. Rattle & Hum

11. Pop

12. October

Glad to see "All" getting Love that it deserves, and Honestly No Line is very very underrated as a record.

It reminds me of Unforgettable Fire...a lot.

c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #10 posted 01/23/13 6:58pm

NoVideo

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lastdecember said:

NoVideo said:

1. Achtung Baby

2. The Joshua Tree

3. All That You Can't Leave Behind

4. No Line on the Horizon

5. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

6. The Unforgettable Fire

7. Zooropa

8. War

9. Boy

10. Rattle & Hum

11. Pop

12. October

Glad to see "All" getting Love that it deserves, and Honestly No Line is very very underrated as a record.

No Line on the Horizon is a great record. It's only problem, it didn't have that big epic single (and they chose by far the worst track on the album for 1st single)

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Reply #11 posted 01/23/13 7:49pm

Ace

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Toofunkyinhere said:

1. Achtung Baby

2. Joshua Tree

3. Unforgettable Fire

4. War

5. Rattle & Hum

6. Zooropa

7. Boy

8. Pop

9. All That You Can't Leave Behind

10. No Line On The Horizon

11. October

12. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

What do you guy's reckon?

I hate Bono. I think the only songs I like are Stuck in a Moment and a couple tracks off Pop. So, Pop, FTW.

"Acceptance, forgiveness, and love."
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Reply #12 posted 01/24/13 2:48am

Henaz

War

Achtung Baby

All That You Can't Leave Behind

The Joshua Tree

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Zooropa

Pop

No Line On The Horizon

The Unforgettable Fire

October

Rattle And Hum

Boy

War is my favourite - it's what got me into U2, while most of my school colleagues were listing to Achtung Baby and The Joshua Tree.

I've never understood the acclaim that The Unforgettable Fire gets. I dislike about half the tracks. But the ones I like are among U2's best.

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Reply #13 posted 01/24/13 3:25am

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1 zooropa

2 achtung

then all that crap they churned out

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Reply #14 posted 01/24/13 5:37am

JoeTyler

1. Achtung Baby

2. War

3. Joshua Tree

drop off

4. Zooropa

5.The Unforgettable Fire

6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

bigger drop off

7. All That You Can't Leave Behind (overrated)

8. Boy

9. Pop (underrated, but certainly not great either)

and then

10. October yawn

11. No Line On The Horizon neutral

12. Rattle & Hum barf

[Edited 1/24/13 5:39am]

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Reply #15 posted 01/24/13 10:57am

Gunsnhalen

Henaz said:

War

Achtung Baby

All That You Can't Leave Behind

The Joshua Tree

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Zooropa

Pop

No Line On The Horizon

The Unforgettable Fire

October

Rattle And Hum

Boy

War is my favourite - it's what got me into U2, while most of my school colleagues were listing to Achtung Baby and The Joshua Tree.

I've never understood the acclaim that The Unforgettable Fire gets. I dislike about half the tracks. But the ones I like are among U2's best.

War is the album that really got me big into U2 as well!

I recall listening to that album as well as The Hurting by Tears For Fears back to back for days. Listening to those 2 was like being in a fiercly cold winter.

Pistols sounded like "Fuck off," wheras The Clash sounded like "Fuck Off, but here's why.."- Thedigitialgardener

All music is shit music and no music is real- gunsnhalen

Datdonkeydick- Asherfierce

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Reply #16 posted 01/24/13 12:11pm

SpaceInBetween

1. The Joshua Tree

2. Achtung Baby

3. The Unforgettable Fire

4. War

5. Rattle & Hum

6. How to dismantle an atomic bomb

7. Zooropa

8. No Line on the horizon

9. Pop

10. All That You Can't Leave Behind

11. October

12. Boy

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Reply #17 posted 01/24/13 12:17pm

Toofunkyinhere

I think Zooropa and Unforgettable Fire are mostly just really great mood albums, with 2 or 3 real classics thrown in. I see a couple of people compared No Line with UF, i can see some similarities there, but i could just never get into the first few songs on No Line, i actually really like second half of that album. Also i've always thought Rattle and Hum was really overlooked, there's some real cracking songs on that one, i can count 4 classics on that one that still get played on radio today...

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Reply #18 posted 01/29/13 3:55am

Henaz

Gunsnhalen said:

Henaz said:

War

Achtung Baby

All That You Can't Leave Behind

The Joshua Tree

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Zooropa

Pop

No Line On The Horizon

The Unforgettable Fire

October

Rattle And Hum

Boy

War is my favourite - it's what got me into U2, while most of my school colleagues were listing to Achtung Baby and The Joshua Tree.

I've never understood the acclaim that The Unforgettable Fire gets. I dislike about half the tracks. But the ones I like are among U2's best.

War is the album that really got me big into U2 as well!

I recall listening to that album as well as The Hurting by Tears For Fears back to back for days. Listening to those 2 was like being in a fiercly cold winter.

When I was getting into War,it was during a cold winter in Cape Town and the music seemed to fit the season, especially New Year's Day

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Reply #19 posted 01/29/13 5:47am

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I try not to hold it agains the album or the band how overplayed Joshua Tree was (it was overplayed for a reason, and it's not U2's fault "With or Without You" was played every hour on the hour for two years straight on local stations.1. No Line on the horizon9T. Achtung Baby3. All That You Can't Leave BehindThe Unforgettable Fire4. he Joshua Tree2War5. Rattle & Hum6. How to dismantle an atomic bomb7. Zooropa8. . Pop10. 11. October12. Boy

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[Edited 1/29/13 5:54am]

[Edited 1/29/13 8:21am]

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Reply #20 posted 01/29/13 6:06am

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1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. War
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind
5. Boy

I think Pop, perhaps their worst.

don`t care about the rest

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Reply #21 posted 01/29/13 8:56am

barates

Boy

Pop

Achtung baby

Unforgettable fire

Joshua tree

October

Zooropa

The rest

War

I thought U2 were great with the first two records, then came War, just terrible.

I like Pop a lot. I thought it was a daring record with (for them anyway) lost of experimentation.

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Reply #22 posted 01/29/13 10:55am

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JoeTyler said:

1. Achtung Baby


2. War


3. Joshua Tree



drop off



4. Zooropa


5.The Unforgettable Fire


6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb





bigger drop off



7. All That You Can't Leave Behind (overrated)


8. Boy


9. Pop (underrated, but certainly not great either)







and then



10. October yawn


11. No Line On The Horizon neutral


12. Rattle & Hum barf


[Edited 1/24/13 5:39am]



I think this list is perfect, from the order to the drop offs to the puke
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Reply #23 posted 01/29/13 11:09am

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JoeTyler said:

1. Achtung Baby

2. War

3. Joshua Tree

drop off

4. Zooropa

5.The Unforgettable Fire

6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

bigger drop off

7. All That You Can't Leave Behind (overrated)

8. Boy

9. Pop (underrated, but certainly not great either)

and then

10. October yawn

11. No Line On The Horizon neutral

12. Rattle & Hum barf

underrated?
You must be joking. lol

Number 1 in more than 20 countries, including all major markets.
7.5 million copies sold
Critics average 7/10 or 8/10 (RS ****)

and this is all despite the fact that the album is not good (I would have said more harsh, but don`t want to offend the fans)
this album is overrated.

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Reply #24 posted 01/29/13 4:49pm

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Im surprised how their early work showed so poorly on here.

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Reply #25 posted 01/29/13 7:37pm

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I can't believe the low placing everyone's giving Zooropa.

It's my fave album of theirs!!!

In my mind zooropa and Achtung Baby are linked.. like companion albums.. Could even make a double album.. & theyre clearly the greatest thing U2 ever did IMO
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Reply #26 posted 01/29/13 8:02pm

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sfinky1 said:

I can't believe the low placing everyone's giving Zooropa. It's my fave album of theirs!!! In my mind zooropa and Achtung Baby are linked.. like companion albums.. Could even make a double album.. & theyre clearly the greatest thing U2 ever did IMO

I like Zooropa, but it's kinda "Achtung Baby"-lite. It has some great things but overall the material is not nearly as strong as "Achtung Baby" IMHO. There are some throwaways on there. But I do like it's low-key nature - it has a charm to it, for sure. But "Achtung Baby" is a beast; every song is classic. One of the Best 2 or 3 albums of the 90s, no question. "Zooropa" just doesn't come close for me - - although I do like it.

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Reply #27 posted 01/30/13 2:38am

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NoVideo said:



sfinky1 said:


I can't believe the low placing everyone's giving Zooropa. It's my fave album of theirs!!! In my mind zooropa and Achtung Baby are linked.. like companion albums.. Could even make a double album.. & theyre clearly the greatest thing U2 ever did IMO



I like Zooropa, but it's kinda "Achtung Baby"-lite. It has some great things but overall the material is not nearly as strong as "Achtung Baby" IMHO. There are some throwaways on there. But I do like it's low-key nature - it has a charm to it, for sure. But "Achtung Baby" is a beast; every song is classic. One of the Best 2 or 3 albums of the 90s, no question. "Zooropa" just doesn't come close for me - - although I do like it.



Agree^^. Love is blindness!! Wow. And Acrobat I think those are my faves. Achtung is a pop masterpiece. Every song sounds like it could be a single.

Zooropa on the other hand is like its demented cousin, dark twisted experimental industrial etc.. some really depressing but beautiful songs which in mood and emotion I've never heard them match since. " the wanderer", "the first time" "stay" "lemon" I love those tracks and the production on the album is awesome i'd say it's their most interesting sonically to listen to
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Reply #28 posted 01/30/13 6:04am

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sfinky1 said:

NoVideo said:

I like Zooropa, but it's kinda "Achtung Baby"-lite. It has some great things but overall the material is not nearly as strong as "Achtung Baby" IMHO. There are some throwaways on there. But I do like it's low-key nature - it has a charm to it, for sure. But "Achtung Baby" is a beast; every song is classic. One of the Best 2 or 3 albums of the 90s, no question. "Zooropa" just doesn't come close for me - - although I do like it.

Agree^^. Love is blindness!! Wow. And Acrobat I think those are my faves. Achtung is a pop masterpiece. Every song sounds like it could be a single. Zooropa on the other hand is like its demented cousin, dark twisted experimental industrial etc.. some really depressing but beautiful songs which in mood and emotion I've never heard them match since. " the wanderer", "the first time" "stay" "lemon" I love those tracks and the production on the album is awesome i'd say it's their most interesting sonically to listen to

Those are my 2 favorites as well: "Acrobat" and "Love is Blindness" although like you said, every song could have been a single. It's one of those rare albums with no fat, and every song is killer.

I think they were very smart not to try and top it, and follow it up with something much more low-key and experimental. "Zooropa" was a good move. And there are some really great things on it... i LOVE "Lemon" although it took me years to "get" lol. "Stay" is a great ballad.

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Reply #29 posted 01/30/13 6:21am

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1. Best Of 1980 - 1990

the rest: unnecessary

Ideally speaking, the President of the United States and the dumbest person in the country would be two different people. Oh well.... money can't fix stupid
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