Is that the list? You have got to be joe-king! That's appalling modern chart music right there!
That's up to your interpretation. I see some respected artists/music there and a fair amount of trash. Which is really typical for any music producer--Lillywhite has worked on some real duds, same with other highly regarded producers. Again, a producer can't work magic, they can make some music better than it would otherwise be, but ultimately it's on the musicians themselves to create great music.
Believe - Cher (Age 53)
Louis Armstrong - Hello Dolly (Age 63)
Beethoven's 9th - Ode to Joy (Age 56)
Bruce Springsteen - The Rising (Age 53)
David Bowie Where are we now (age 66)
Elton John UK #1 Are you ready for love (Age 56)
Aerosmith - Jaded US Rock #1, Steve Tyler Age 52
So its rare but it does happen
All of those artists mentioned did this pre-2010 (except for Bowie, but he's a huge exception being a legendary artist). The radio landscape of today is DRASTICALLY different than it was in 2002 when Springsteen had his last massive commercial hit, or 1999 when Cher had hers. Those were the days where even older artists could have pop radio hits.
Nowadays, everyone on the radio is under the age of 45. I've said this before, but I'll say it again: Coldplay won't be all over the radio in 5-7 years no matter how radio friendly or catchy or good their music is. Ageism IS a thing in popular music. It has certainly counted against U2 the last couple albums. I mean, "Get On Your Boots"? Not a strong song, but catchy enough to have been a hit in the same vein as Vertigo. But younger people who listen to pop radio don't want to see 49 year olds acting like they're 20-something, trying to be hip. Especially not when they've made the unfortunate decision to wear eyeliner.
There's an exception to all of this, though. Paul McCartney had a hit a couple of years ago called FourFiveSeconds. Except it wasn't just him, it was a collaboration he did with two huge current artists (Rihanna and Kanye West). Really, his only contribution was the guitar and perhaps writing the song itself. Vocally he's not on there at all. I don't know why he did the song, if it was because he just felt like collaborating with those artists or if he sought another radio hit. In either case, he succeeded.
With U2's age, they aren't going to have another radio hit UNLESS they decide to do a collaboration with a younger popular artist. Which, of course, is not what any of us fans really want to see. We don't want to see Swift or Katy Perry taint our great band. I'm open minded about a collaboration because, with the right artist, it has the potential to be great. Even if I don't like specific genres of music or artists, I'm willing to give anything a chance once and if I like it, that's that. I've also said this before, but I wouldn't mind seeing them collaborate with a truly great female artist. Someone like Adele or Lady Gaga could be interesting, but again, it would depend on the song and how well both U2 and the artist fit into it.