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Title: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 02, 2011, 07:36:48 AM
Ok, I went back throught the recent topics and I know this one was around last spring....but for those of us who weren't around on the forum last spring, I'm starting it up again.  Post your rankings for U2's 12 studio albums, in order of your preference.

Unfortunately, I can't even go first because I can't decide!  My list starts like this (but the end is more difficult to pin down). It's a work in progress!

1 - Achtung Baby
2 - J.T.
3 - Zooropa
4 - October
5 - ATYCLB
6- TUF


7 - HTDAAB ?
8 - Boy
9 - NLOTH?
10 - Pop?
11 - R & H?
12 - War

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 02, 2011, 08:59:33 AM
As of this moment:

1. October
2. TUF
3. War

--1-3 never move. It would take some great album of unforeseen magnitude to shake up my top 3.--

4. AB
5. NLOTH
6. Zooropa
7. TJT
8. ATYCLB
9. HTDAAB
10. Pop
11. RnH
12. Boy

(I'm not sure about 11 & 12, they switch around a lot. I rarely listen to Boy, though.)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2_fan8 [aka U28] on May 02, 2011, 09:27:55 AM
1. Pop
2. Zooropa
3. Achtung Baby
4. War
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Boy
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. October
9. No Line On the Horizon
10. Rattle & Hum
11. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
12. All That You Can't Leave Behind

I based my list on how much I enjoy sitting down and listening to each album as a whole, rather than how many of my favorite songs each album has. My top four are really solid, just switching around sometimes in order of preference.
Though Pop is my solid #1. 8)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: I threw a brick on May 02, 2011, 10:33:33 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. War
3. Pop
4. No Line On The Horizon
5. Joshua Tree
6. Unforgettable Fire
7. October
8. Rattle & Hum
9. Boy
10. How to Dismantle Atomic Bomb
11. All That You can leave Behind
12. Zooropa
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Sesquiterpene on May 02, 2011, 11:00:59 AM
1, October
2, Boy
3, TJT
4, War
5, TUF
6, R&H
7, Achtung Baby
8, ATYCLB
9, HTDAAB
10, NLOTH
11, Zooropa
12, Pop


October and Boy firmly 1 and 2. the rest of the first 6 shuffle around, then the other 6 do too, aarrgh its such a tough question. ask me it again tomorrow and it will be a completely different list!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 02, 2011, 11:05:12 AM
^ Yay!! Another October #1!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: StrongGirl on May 02, 2011, 12:06:29 PM
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^ Yay!! Another October #1!!!  ;D

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!   ;D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 02, 2011, 12:10:58 PM
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^ Yay!! Another October #1!!!  ;D

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!   ;D

I know what your favorite album is too. :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Sesquiterpene on May 02, 2011, 12:32:29 PM
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^ Yay!! Another October #1!!!  ;D

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!   ;D




couldnt be any other album for me. REJOICE! ;D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 02, 2011, 12:44:24 PM
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^ Yay!! Another October #1!!!  ;D

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!   ;D


couldnt be any other album for me. REJOICE! ;D

ok...you guys already have an October love thread...do you really need another? :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 02, 2011, 12:48:44 PM
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^ Yay!! Another October #1!!!  ;D

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!   ;D


couldnt be any other album for me. REJOICE! ;D

ok...you guys already have an October love thread...do you really need another? :)

YES. Cuz every other thread on this forum is a AB or Pop appreciation thread. :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 02, 2011, 12:54:32 PM
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^ Yay!! Another October #1!!!  ;D

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!   ;D


couldnt be any other album for me. REJOICE! ;D

ok...you guys already have an October love thread...do you really need another? :)

YES. Cuz every other thread on this forum is a AB or Pop appreciation thread. :)

don't preach to the choir, honey...I like October too, remember? :D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Boom Cha! on May 02, 2011, 01:11:46 PM
1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. Zooropa
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Boy
7. War
8. No Line On The Horizon
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle And Hum
12. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 02, 2011, 01:24:56 PM
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^ Yay!! Another October #1!!!  ;D

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!   ;D


couldnt be any other album for me. REJOICE! ;D

ok...you guys already have an October love thread...do you really need another? :)

YES. Cuz every other thread on this forum is a AB or Pop appreciation thread. :)

don't preach to the choir, honey...I like October too, remember? :D

I know, I was just teasing. :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: onoB27 on May 02, 2011, 01:59:23 PM
JT
AB
TUF
HTDAAB
NLOTH
Pop
Zooropa
War
Boy
RnH
ATYCLB
October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Starman on May 02, 2011, 02:23:19 PM
AB
Pop
Zooropa
TJT
NLOTH
Boy
R&H
War
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
TUF
October
Passengers
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on May 02, 2011, 06:44:30 PM
Achtung Baby
Zooropa
The Joshua Tree
Rattle And Hum
Pop
The Unforgettable Fire
Boy
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
October
All That You Can't Leave Behind
No Line On The Horizon
War
And yet I feel it's not right.  :-\
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 02, 2011, 06:46:10 PM
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Achtung Baby
Zooropa
The Joshua Tree
Rattle And Hum
Pop
The Unforgettable Fire
Boy
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
October
All That You Can't Leave Behind
No Line On The Horizon
War
And yet I feel it's not right.  :-\

You're right. October should be on the top. :)

You know I'm just kidding with you? (I have to say that so that everyone else doesnt accuse me of bullying everyone. :) )
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on May 02, 2011, 06:48:27 PM
I know because you put a smiley after it, and it didn't look like a sarcastically meant smiley. :D

Actually I just know you too well! You're not a bullying type!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 02, 2011, 06:49:31 PM
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I know because you put a smiley after it, and it didn't look like a sarcastically meant smiley. :D

Actually I just know you too well! You're not a bullying type!

Naw, I'm not. I guess sometimes I'm just forceful with my opinion. I mean no disrespect to anyone. :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: SuperAcrobat on May 02, 2011, 06:50:06 PM
1.) The Joshua Tree
2.) Achtung Baby
3.) All That You Can't Leave Behind
4.) Pop
5.) The Unforgettable Fire
6.) No Line On The Horizon
7.) Zooropa
8.) How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
9.) War
10.) Boy
11.) October
12.) Rattle and Hum


Every U2 album ever is amazing and the greatest thing ever, and everyone on this forum agrees. (or at least they should)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: An Cat Dubh on May 03, 2011, 11:31:47 AM
Pop
Achtung Baby!
War
Boy
Zooropa
Rattle & Hum
The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
October
All That You Cant Leave Behind
No Line On The Horizon
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Fly on May 03, 2011, 01:05:15 PM
1. Achtung Baby   <-- Switches with JT all the time... both are so good
2. Joshua Tree
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind  <-- Always #3. The album that got me hooked on U2
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. War
6. Pop
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. October
9. Zooropa
10. Boy
11. No Line on the Horizon
12. Rattle and Hum

Or something like that... It's a little easier to put them in three categories:

Good: Boy, October, Rattle & Hum, Zooropa, HTDAAB, NLOTH
Great: War, UF, Pop
Best: Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, ATYCLB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 03, 2011, 01:08:01 PM
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Pop
Achtung Baby!
War
Boy
Zooropa
Rattle & Hum
The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
October
All That You Cant Leave Behind
No Line On The Horizon
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Wow!!! We rank War in the same position!! I think we occasionally have more in common than I give you credit for. :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Tumbling Dice on May 03, 2011, 01:13:59 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. The Joshua Tree
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop
6. No Line On The Horizon
7. Boy
8. Rattle & Hum
9. War
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
12. October


Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Exile on May 03, 2011, 02:16:06 PM
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1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. The Joshua Tree
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop
6. No Line On The Horizon
7. Boy
8. Rattle & Hum
9. War
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
12. October




Yours is the closest to mine that I have seen. My list goes something like this:

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. Pop
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. No Line on the Horizon
7. War
8. Rattle and Hum
9. Boy
10. October
11. Bomb
12. Behind

All I really care about, though, is the top six and the bottom two. I don't even care about the order.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: fardreamer on May 03, 2011, 02:40:07 PM
Here's mine:

1.  Achtung Baby  -  A perfect record.
2.  Pop  -  Has aged very well
3.  Zooropa  -  I love how underrated it is
4.  No Line On The Horizon  -  Some of U2s best work
5.  All That You Can't Leave Behind  -  This could have been named 'The Unforgettable Joshua Baby'.  It showcases just how awesome U2 is at everything they'd done before it
6.  The Unforgettable Fire  -  A beautiful record
7.  The Joshua Tree  -  Love the hits, the rest is spotty IMHO
8.  Rattle &  Hum  -  I have a soft spot for it, but I think its aged poorly
9.  Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1  -  Takes things too far, but still has some cool stuff
10. War  -  Like Joshua Tree to me
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb  -  This one I refer to as 'Achtung War Tree', but its not as strong as ATYCLB.  City of Blinding Lights is a classic though.
12. Boy  -  A great debut record, still sounds fresh
13. October  -  I love Gloria, October, Tomorrow and Scarlett.  The rest is forgettable to me.  But I love how passionate it's fans are ;)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: An Cat Dubh on May 03, 2011, 03:00:04 PM
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Pop
Achtung Baby!
War
Boy
Zooropa
Rattle & Hum
The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
October
All That You Cant Leave Behind
No Line On The Horizon
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Wow!!! We rank War in the same position!! I think we occasionally have more in common than I give you credit for. :)

War is brilliant! Its the album that got me into U2 in 1983.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 03, 2011, 03:04:22 PM
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Pop
Achtung Baby!
War
Boy
Zooropa
Rattle & Hum
The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
October
All That You Cant Leave Behind
No Line On The Horizon
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Wow!!! We rank War in the same position!! I think we occasionally have more in common than I give you credit for. :)

War is brilliant! Its the album that got me into U2 in 1983.

I agree!! Though it's not the one that got me into U2 since I was 8. :) I like to think that the song Pride did because I heard it when I was young and remember hearing it. AB is the album that really made me a U2 fan. I just fell in love with the old school stuff when I went backwards from AB trying to find everything U2. :)

I think War is good from start to finish. Sometimes I think I'm the only one who loves Red Light and Two Hearts Beat As One. And Surrender.... Ahhh....

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13. October  -  I love Gloria, October, Tomorrow and Scarlett.  The rest is forgettable to me.  But I love how passionate it's fans are ;)

Like me?! LOL! :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: An Cat Dubh on May 03, 2011, 03:23:52 PM
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Pop
Achtung Baby!
War
Boy
Zooropa
Rattle & Hum
The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
October
All That You Cant Leave Behind
No Line On The Horizon
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Wow!!! We rank War in the same position!! I think we occasionally have more in common than I give you credit for. :)

War is brilliant! Its the album that got me into U2 in 1983.

I agree!! Though it's not the one that got me into U2 since I was 8. :) I like to think that the song Pride did because I heard it when I was young and remember hearing it. AB is the album that really made me a U2 fan. I just fell in love with the old school stuff when I went backwards from AB trying to find everything U2. :)

I think War is good from start to finish. Sometimes I think I'm the only one who loves Red Light and Two Hearts Beat As One. And Surrender.... Ahhh....

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13. October  -  I love Gloria, October, Tomorrow and Scarlett.  The rest is forgettable to me.  But I love how passionate it's fans are ;)

Like me?! LOL! :)

No, you are not. There is not one song on Pop, Achtung Baby, Boy or War that I ever skip.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Thunder Peel on May 03, 2011, 03:52:53 PM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. October
5. Zooropa

Everything after that is tied for 6th. I honestly can't decide after that. 1-3 are always the same but the last two places tend to change frequently. Every U2 album spends time in my Top Five at one time or another. I love them all! ;D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: DGordon1 on May 03, 2011, 03:58:14 PM
Just now:

No Line on the Horizon
Achtung Baby
Pop
Joshua Tree
ATYCLB
The Unforgettable Fire
HTDAAB
War
Rattle and Hum
October Boy
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: hartroc on May 03, 2011, 07:23:31 PM
The Joshua Tree
Achtung Baby
Zooropa
No Line on the Horizon
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Pop
War
The Unforgettable Fire
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Boy
Rattle and Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on May 03, 2011, 07:27:13 PM
1. AB
2. TJT
3. October
4. Pop
5. Zooropa
6. War
7. TUF
8. NLOTH
9. HTDAAB
10. Boy
11. R&H


12. ATYCLB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 03, 2011, 08:13:16 PM
1. I'm glad Zoost likes the second side of War. :) War is also an album I never skip a single song on. Along with AB. And October.

2. Wow, Ken, October's in your top 3?! No wonder we get along!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on May 03, 2011, 08:30:56 PM
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1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. Zooropa
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Boy
7. War
8. No Line On The Horizon
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle And Hum
12. October

The other Pop #1 other than myself  ;D

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on May 03, 2011, 08:35:21 PM
1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Joshua Tree
4. No Line on the Horizon
5. Zooropa
6. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. War
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind
10. Boy
11. Rattle and Hum
12. October

1 and 2 are set in stone. 3 and 4 switch constantly, and Bomb used to be 10th, I've liked it a lot more lately.

October is last even though I do enjoy it, because I just like the others better.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2_fan8 [aka U28] on May 03, 2011, 08:41:54 PM
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1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. Zooropa
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Boy
7. War
8. No Line On The Horizon
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle And Hum
12. October

The other Pop #1 other than myself  ;D



HEY. :P
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on May 03, 2011, 08:51:37 PM
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1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. Zooropa
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Boy
7. War
8. No Line On The Horizon
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle And Hum
12. October

The other Pop #1 other than myself  ;D



HEY. :P

Make it 3 of us  :D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on May 03, 2011, 08:58:45 PM
1. All That You Can't Leave Behind
2. Achtung Baby
3. No Line on the Horizon
4. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Pop
7. Boy
8. Zooropa
9. Rattle and Hum
10. The Unforgettable Fire
11. War
12. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: An Cat Dubh on May 03, 2011, 10:11:02 PM
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1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. Zooropa
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Boy
7. War
8. No Line On The Horizon
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle And Hum
12. October

The other Pop #1 other than myself  ;D



HEY. :P

Make it 3 of us  :D

4 of us.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Bads316 on May 04, 2011, 04:39:15 AM
1 Achtung Baby
2 The Unforgettable Fire
3 Pop
4 Zooropa
5 The Joshua Tree
6 Boy
7 No Line
8 War
9 R&H
10 October
11 ATYCLB
12 HTDAAB

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Bundang Dave on May 04, 2011, 07:57:34 AM
Pop
Zooropa
Achtung Baby

No Line
Unforgettable Fire
Joshua Tree

Rattle and Hum
War
How to Dismantle
Boy
October
All That You Can't
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Fly on May 04, 2011, 08:10:34 AM
I'm sort of surprised at how many people have Zooropa in their top 3. Didn't expect that. Also didn't expect No Line to be as high as it was. And I understand there's a group that worships October... but I never realized how many. Finally, it seems Rattle & Hum is consistently toward the bottom of people's lists (mine as well), but I at the same time, U2's shows at the Point Depot in Dublin during the Lovetown tour are some of my favorite shows of all time! Strange...
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 04, 2011, 08:19:26 AM
I love Zooropa...I didn't expect to, but I do. The NLOTH I put down to the "youth" trend in the forum....seems like lots of the younger people like the new stuff - and there seem to be a lot of young fans on @U2. At least it seems that way to me.  (but don't even get me started about those "October" people!!! ;))
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2_fan8 [aka U28] on May 04, 2011, 08:19:56 AM
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I'm sort of surprised at how many people have Zooropa in their top 3. Didn't expect that. Also didn't expect No Line to be as high as it was. And I understand there's a group that worships October... but I never realized how many. Finally, it seems Rattle & Hum is consistently toward the bottom of people's lists (mine as well), but I at the same time, U2's shows at the Point Depot in Dublin during the Lovetown tour are some of my favorite shows of all time! Strange...

I think part of R&H's problem is its lack of flow. I love Heartland, All I Want is You, Hawkmoon, and God Part II, but I don't like having to sit through live tracks to get to them. Having based my list on how much I enjoy listening to each album as a whole, R&H unfortunately ends up at the bottom.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 04, 2011, 08:43:06 AM
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I love Zooropa...I didn't expect to, but I do. The NLOTH I put down to the "youth" trend in the forum....seems like lots of the younger people like the new stuff - and there seem to be a lot of young fans on @U2. At least it seems that way to me.  (but don't even get me started about those "October" people!!! ;))

What's wrong with the October people?  :-[  :) And I'm not sure I like to be described as a "worshipper" of October. Though, really, I think a lot of people on here "worship" Pop in the same way. These are both albums that even the band themselves regards with somewhat disdain (dont read the liner notes that comes with the remastering of October--you can hear the subtext of "we're so sorry this album sucks, we tried" between all the lines). So really I think the people who love Pop and October are the same type of people--really passionate about an album that's underrated by even U2--so we have a knee jerk need to loudly stand up for the album we love. Although the same people who love Pop will also in the same breath say mean things about October... It seems kind of like you're kicking down your own people.  We arent so different, Pop people!

(Although, I ironically, I will point out that I rate Pop in relatively the same position as all the October-haters... though it's not at my bottom, but some of the October disliking people dont rate it at the very bottom of their lists either.)

Secondly, I'm of the middle aged generation who loves NLOTH. :) I like it better, in fact, than anything else released in the 2000's. I definitely listen to it more. Though recently, I've started to like ATYCLB better than I used to...
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on May 04, 2011, 09:39:37 AM
Alright Ė Iíve done this before, but this is how I feel in May 2011.

1.  Achtung Baby (favorite album of all time Ė I want to be buried with it Ė not one bad song)
2.  No Line on the Horizon (hard to put it this high, but Iíve overplayed it but still not bored Ė very strong and interesting all the way through)
3.  The Joshua Tree (I usually skip the ďhitsĒ but thatís Ďcause I hear them all over)
4.  Zooropa (listen to this much more than JT Ė itís gaining in relevancy 20 years later)
5.  The Unforgettable Fire (great in its entirety, but up this high solely because of ďBadĒ)
6.  Boy (I really rediscovered this again last fall)
7.  All That You Canít Leave Behind (hard to put up this high because it seems like a step backward, but itís just got great songs)
8.  Pop (feel bad about putting this so low, Ďcause itís so great)
9.  War (great album, but Iím embarrassed by ďRefugeeĒ and ďRed LightĒ)
10.  Rattle and Hum (always hard to figure out where to put a half-live album)
11.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (has some good songs, but I never willingly listen)
12.  October (still charming in its own way, but a lot of skips for me)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 04, 2011, 09:45:00 AM
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I love Zooropa...I didn't expect to, but I do. The NLOTH I put down to the "youth" trend in the forum....seems like lots of the younger people like the new stuff - and there seem to be a lot of young fans on @U2. At least it seems that way to me.  (but don't even get me started about those "October" people!!! ;))

What's wrong with the October people?  :-[  :) And I'm not sure I like to be described as a "worshipper" of October. Though, really, I think a lot of people on here "worship" Pop in the same way. These are both albums that even the band themselves regards with somewhat disdain (dont read the liner notes that comes with the remastering of October--you can hear the subtext of "we're so sorry this album sucks, we tried" between all the lines). So really I think the people who love Pop and October are the same type of people--really passionate about an album that's underrated by even U2--so we have a knee jerk need to loudly stand up for the album we love. Although the same people who love Pop will also in the same breath say mean things about October... It seems kind of like you're kicking down your own people.  We arent so different, Pop people!

(Although, I ironically, I will point out that I rate Pop in relatively the same position as all the October-haters... though it's not at my bottom, but some of the October disliking people dont rate it at the very bottom of their lists either.)

Secondly, I'm of the middle aged generation who loves NLOTH. :) I like it better, in fact, than anything else released in the 2000's. I definitely listen to it more. Though recently, I've started to like ATYCLB better than I used to...

oh come now....you know I love to tease about Ocotber....did you see where I rank it, btw?  We've had this discussion before- and I never said there was anything WRONG with you October-lovers either! ;)  It's so easy to get you started...... ;D   Did YOU write this album or something??     hahaha
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 04, 2011, 09:48:33 AM
Yes, I wrote this album.  ;D I'm Bono, didnt you know? :) Of course, if I was really Bono, I probably wouldnt like October... :)

You totally misinterpreted me if you thought I was offended. I was just debating. I wish people would stop misinterpreting my responses as angry. I was just RESPONDING. My blood pressure didnt even raise.

And actually I was more responding to Zoost's comment than yours, Jo. And I like Zoost, so I wasnt shouting at him either.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 04, 2011, 09:51:05 AM
okeydokey then  - plus, you did quote what I said, so that's why I responded
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: satellitedog01 on May 04, 2011, 10:29:30 AM
Pop (their last great album)
Zooropa (great songwriting and lyrics)
Passengers (I still listen)
Achtung Baby (almost perfect)
The Unforgettable Fire (ageless beauty)
TJT (best B-sides ever)
Boy (pretty good :-)
No Line
R&H (I wish I had the studio tracks separately, the whole album would move up on the ladder)
Atomic Bomb (a warmed up meal from last week)
ATYCLB (the point U2 stopped being interesting)
October (those girls should not have stolen Bono's notebook)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: mattressjedi on May 04, 2011, 06:13:43 PM
AB (every song is great. their best album)
Pop (their next best album, even with Miami  :D)
War (this was my first album of theirs I owned, actually CD)
TJT (Solid songs and craftsmanship)
Zooropa
ATYCLB
BOY
TUF
Rattle and Hum (not quite a great live album and not quite a great studio album either. still the new material is terrific overall. but perhaps they should've done a full live album and then an album of new material and released them simultaneously. Call one "rattle" and the other one "hum")
HTDAAB
NLOTH
Original Soundtracks 1 (yeah yeah so it's not officially a "U2 album" because they collaborated so closely with Eno. Well they did the same on NLOTH too)
October. Except for October, Gloria, and Tomorrow, the album is a mess. Bono lost his lyrics and it shows "lah lah lah lah lah" uggh!. Still those 3 tracks are terrific.

Really it's funny though cuz HTDAAB is the one album that's grown the most for me over the years since its release. I might actually put it above R+H in a week or two.





Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: An Cat Dubh on May 04, 2011, 06:28:46 PM
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Yes, I wrote this album.  ;D I'm Bono, didnt you know? :) Of course, if I was really Bono, I probably wouldnt like October... :)

You totally misinterpreted me if you thought I was offended. I was just debating. I wish people would stop misinterpreting my responses as angry. I was just RESPONDING. My blood pressure didnt even raise.

And actually I was more responding to Zoost's comment than yours, Jo. And I like Zoost, so I wasnt shouting at him either.

Hey, Ive had enough now. It wasn't me. Some dude called The Fly has STOLEN my avatar - Ive had it for so long everyone just looks at it and thinks it's me. It was him/her who wrote that about October.  >:(

 :D :D :D :D :D :D

OK, The Fly - if you read this - you need to change your avatar  ;) - Ive had it for years, and now people are confusing me with you.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: An Cat Dubh on May 04, 2011, 06:29:46 PM
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I'm sort of surprised at how many people have Zooropa in their top 3. Didn't expect that. Also didn't expect No Line to be as high as it was. And I understand there's a group that worships October... but I never realized how many. Finally, it seems Rattle & Hum is consistently toward the bottom of people's lists (mine as well), but I at the same time, U2's shows at the Point Depot in Dublin during the Lovetown tour are some of my favorite shows of all time! Strange...

See, it was The Fly - that sad old rock star  :D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Miami66 on May 04, 2011, 07:03:26 PM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
3. No Line On The Horizon
4. Achtung Baby
5. Zooropa
6. Rattle And Hum
7. Pop
8. All That You Can't Leave Behind
9. Boy
10. The Unforgettable Fire
11. War
12. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 04, 2011, 07:46:34 PM
AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH
Pop
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Oct
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Antrim Boy on May 04, 2011, 08:20:19 PM
JT
AB
Zooropa
Pop
TUF
NLOTH
War
Boy
HTDAAB
R&H
ATYCLB
October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 04, 2011, 08:52:46 PM
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I'm sort of surprised at how many people have Zooropa in their top 3. Didn't expect that. Also didn't expect No Line to be as high as it was. And I understand there's a group that worships October... but I never realized how many. Finally, it seems Rattle & Hum is consistently toward the bottom of people's lists (mine as well), but I at the same time, U2's shows at the Point Depot in Dublin during the Lovetown tour are some of my favorite shows of all time! Strange...

See, it was The Fly - that sad old rock star  :D

LOL! I apologize, Zoost!! Now I feel like an ass. :) I should maybe READ the names above the avatars.... My bad!!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: DGordon1 on May 05, 2011, 04:37:29 AM
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Yes, I wrote this album.  ;D I'm Bono, didnt you know? :) Of course, if I was really Bono, I probably wouldnt like October... :)

You totally misinterpreted me if you thought I was offended. I was just debating. I wish people would stop misinterpreting my responses as angry. I was just RESPONDING. My blood pressure didnt even raise.

And actually I was more responding to Zoost's comment than yours, Jo. And I like Zoost, so I wasnt shouting at him either.

Hey, Ive had enough now. It wasn't me. Some dude called The Fly has STOLEN my avatar - Ive had it for so long everyone just looks at it and thinks it's me. It was him/her who wrote that about October.  >:(

 :D :D :D :D :D :D

OK, The Fly - if you read this - you need to change your avatar  ;) - Ive had it for years, and now people are confusing me with you.


I never even noticed that wasn't you - identity theft! :D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TongueInMyEar on May 05, 2011, 08:52:08 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. Boy
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. Pop
8. No Line On The Horizon
9. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
10. War
11. Rattle & Hum
12. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Fly on May 05, 2011, 10:55:19 AM
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Hey, Ive had enough now. It wasn't me. Some dude called The Fly has STOLEN my avatar - Ive had it for so long everyone just looks at it and thinks it's me. It was him/her who wrote that about October.  >:(

 :D :D :D :D :D :D

OK, The Fly - if you read this - you need to change your avatar  ;) - Ive had it for years, and now people are confusing me with you.


Haha, wow, I never thought I would cause this much controversy by my avatar. Fair enough though, I will change it.  8)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 05, 2011, 10:57:13 AM
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Hey, Ive had enough now. It wasn't me. Some dude called The Fly has STOLEN my avatar - Ive had it for so long everyone just looks at it and thinks it's me. It was him/her who wrote that about October.  >:(

 :D :D :D :D :D :D

OK, The Fly - if you read this - you need to change your avatar  ;) - Ive had it for years, and now people are confusing me with you.


Haha, wow, I never thought I would cause this much controversy by my avatar. Fair enough though, I will change it.  8)

(don't worry about it too much....what fun is it if you can't push people's buttons a little! ;)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Fly on May 05, 2011, 11:02:47 AM
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(don't worry about it too much....what fun is it if you can't push people's buttons a little! ;)

Well now if I ever want to mess with Zoost, I know how to steal his identity  ;)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 05, 2011, 11:04:59 AM
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(don't worry about it too much....what fun is it if you can't push people's buttons a little! ;)

Well now if I ever want to mess with Zoost, I know how to steal his identity  ;)

Ahhh, now I'm less confused. :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 05, 2011, 11:06:13 AM
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(don't worry about it too much....what fun is it if you can't push people's buttons a little! ;)

Well now if I ever want to mess with Zoost, I know how to steal his identity  ;)

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: An Cat Dubh on May 05, 2011, 11:06:51 AM
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(don't worry about it too much....what fun is it if you can't push people's buttons a little! ;)

Well now if I ever want to mess with Zoost, I know how to steal his identity  ;)


LMAO. Now, order is restored. By the way Fly, love your new avatar. Ah, the memories!

Hey, I wonder if the Fly might make a reappearance at Glastonbury - they went to Berlin to look for him you know!  ;)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: PartyMarty23 on May 07, 2011, 11:41:54 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. No Line on the Horizon
4. The Joshua Tree
5. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
6. Pop
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8.Rattle and Hum
9. War
10.  Zooropa
11. Boy
12. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on May 07, 2011, 12:15:30 PM
1. No Line On The Horizon - The only U2 album, for me, that doesn't have a single bad song on it
2. Achtung Baby - Possibly their most daring album and a brilliantly dark tone that properly works
3. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb - Overlooked by many on this forum, but it has an unbelievable contrast of fantastic songs on it, and it is U2's only real rock album
4. The Joshua Tree - Their most well-known album, but with good reason. I couldn't imagine U2 without this album
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind - Another overlooked album, but a really brilliant one with some of the band's greatest songs
6. Pop - Their second best experimental album (behind AB) and a huge improvement on Zooropa. Could be classed as a rocking album and should really get played live more often
7. Boy - The first time we heard the noise of U2 and the songs are just sublime. The Edge's guitar sounds on this album are simply dominant over everything else
8. The Unforgettable Fire - I feel like I've put this very low, but the other albums deserve to be ahead of this one. Good songs but not their finest album by a long way
9. War - Only really a few good songs on this album, I don't listen to it that often and that is probably why it is so low
10. October - Good songs, especially Gloria, Tomorrow, Fire and Rejoice, but a lot of songs that I skip on this one
11. Rattle And Hum - I don't like the idea of a half and half album, but the studio songs are pretty decent
12. Zooropa - Not a fan of Zooropa, purely because of a lack of studio anthems and the fact that I think they were "too" experimental with this album. Some good songs, but nothing that blows my head off
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on May 07, 2011, 12:16:59 PM
Eh, I kinda want to know what the bad song(s) on AB is. Not that I'm taking offense or anything... ::)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 07, 2011, 12:32:44 PM
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Eh, I kinda want to know what the bad song(s) on AB is. Not that I'm taking offense or anything... ::)

Oh don't worry, there aren't any.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: singnomore on May 07, 2011, 12:41:44 PM
Shame about the October stuff - I'm an October 'people' - in fact I'm a U2 people - just trying to call out an album that people tend to sometimes undervalue  ;D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Boom Cha! on May 07, 2011, 12:44:03 PM
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1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. Zooropa
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Boy
7. War
8. No Line On The Horizon
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle And Hum
12. October

I just need to make some slight changes...

1. Pop
2 Achtung Baby
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. Zooropa
5. The Joshua Tree
6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
7. No Line On The Horizon
8. Boy
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. War
11. Rattle And Hum
12. October

My top 2 and bottom 2 are really the only constants.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on May 07, 2011, 06:23:02 PM
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Eh, I kinda want to know what the bad song(s) on AB is. Not that I'm taking offense or anything... ::)

For me I feel that Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World doesn't really feel like it belongs on the album. If you take out that song then you'd have a perfect album in my opinion. I don't dislike the song, it's just that the standard of songs on Achtung Baby are so high, that this song is unable to produce the quality of the other songs for me.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 07, 2011, 06:42:28 PM
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Eh, I kinda want to know what the bad song(s) on AB is. Not that I'm taking offense or anything... ::)

For me I feel that Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World doesn't really feel like it belongs on the album. If you take out that song then you'd have a perfect album in my opinion. I don't dislike the song, it's just that the standard of songs on Achtung Baby are so high, that this song is unable to produce the quality of the other songs for me.

no way....that song is amazing (plus look what Bono did with it in concerts! :D)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on May 07, 2011, 06:47:38 PM
I know how well-loved it is on this forum, so I really am putting my neck on the line by discounting it, but I maintain that it doesn't feel right on the album. Maybe if it were placed in a different place on the album (maybe after One) then I might feel differently about it. I just feel that it upsets the balance of the album by where it is. It leads nicely into Ultraviolet, but Ultraviolet is the start of the trio of songs that end the album. And you can't say that it fits in after The Fly and Mysterious Ways, so I think it is more to do with where the song is on the album, rather than the song itself
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 07, 2011, 07:00:05 PM
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I know how well-loved it is on this forum, so I really am putting my neck on the line by discounting it, but I maintain that it doesn't feel right on the album. Maybe if it were placed in a different place on the album (maybe after One) then I might feel differently about it. I just feel that it upsets the balance of the album by where it is. It leads nicely into Ultraviolet, but Ultraviolet is the start of the trio of songs that end the album. And you can't say that it fits in after The Fly and Mysterious Ways, so I think it is more to do with where the song is on the album, rather than the song itself

strangely agree with that logic.....
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Miami66 on May 07, 2011, 07:08:09 PM
for me So Cruel and Acrobat are the reasons why AB isn't "Perfect"
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on May 07, 2011, 07:27:54 PM
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I know how well-loved it is on this forum, so I really am putting my neck on the line by discounting it, but I maintain that it doesn't feel right on the album. Maybe if it were placed in a different place on the album (maybe after One) then I might feel differently about it. I just feel that it upsets the balance of the album by where it is. It leads nicely into Ultraviolet, but Ultraviolet is the start of the trio of songs that end the album. And you can't say that it fits in after The Fly and Mysterious Ways, so I think it is more to do with where the song is on the album, rather than the song itself

strangely agree with that logic.....

Does this mean that I am converting you to my way of thinking Jo?  ;D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 07, 2011, 07:49:31 PM
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I know how well-loved it is on this forum, so I really am putting my neck on the line by discounting it, but I maintain that it doesn't feel right on the album. Maybe if it were placed in a different place on the album (maybe after One) then I might feel differently about it. I just feel that it upsets the balance of the album by where it is. It leads nicely into Ultraviolet, but Ultraviolet is the start of the trio of songs that end the album. And you can't say that it fits in after The Fly and Mysterious Ways, so I think it is more to do with where the song is on the album, rather than the song itself

strangely agree with that logic.....

Does this mean that I am converting you to my way of thinking Jo?  ;D

you wish.... :D - besides, I'm older and much wiser ;)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 07, 2011, 11:03:01 PM
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for me So Cruel and Acrobat are the reasons why AB isn't "Perfect"

Acrobat is AMAZING. So Cruel i agree is the weakest, but by no means a skip-able song.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Fly on May 08, 2011, 09:37:55 AM
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for me So Cruel and Acrobat are the reasons why AB isn't "Perfect"

I agree with you about So Cruel; that's probably the only song I skip on AB (and maybe it's because I know The Fly is next). I couldn't disagree more, though, about Acrobat. To me it's a travesty that they have never played this song live. It's one of the best songs they've ever written IMO. The poetry is amazing--dark and moving. The music matches it perfectly. It's an incredibly powerful song. I think Bono said he couldn't sing it live because he could take himself to the dark place that that song came out of. Understandable, but it's still a brilliant song.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Boom Cha! on May 08, 2011, 09:40:48 AM
Why does no one love So Cruel?  :(

It's such a heartbreaking song; one of Bono's best songs lyrically and vocally. I also enjoy Larry's hip-hop drum beat.


Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: hurricane hugo on May 08, 2011, 10:12:03 AM
top 4:

1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. No Line On The Horizon
4. The Unforgettable Fire

bottom 2:

11. Rattle and Hum
12. War

the other ones move around in between those groups, and they're constantly shifting. right now, atomic bomb is my fave of that middle group, but that'll probably change in a month or two.

#@!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Alexander on May 08, 2011, 10:48:16 AM
On The Achtung Baby subject, I think the songs that let down its brilliance are Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses and Even Better Then The Real Thing. WGRYWH has a completely formulaic chorus in my opinion and doesn't nearly match the quality of the other songs on the album, if it was ATYCLB maybe I'd have a better opinion of it. Even Better Then The Real Thing sounds clunky, dated and is just dull, I hate that song. Acrobat on the other hand is incredible and So Cruel is beautiful if a bit too long.

My top U2 albums goes something like this:

1. Achtung Baby
2. POP
3. Zooropa
4. The Joshua Tree
5. No Line On The Horizon
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. How to Dismantle and Atomic Bomb
8. Boy
9. War
10. Rattle and Hum
11. The Unforgettable Fire
12. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 08, 2011, 10:49:33 AM
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Why does no one love So Cruel?  :(

It's such a heartbreaking song; one of Bono's best songs lyrically and vocally. I also enjoy Larry's hip-hop drum beat.




Love So Cruel...fantastic lyrics
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on May 08, 2011, 10:51:08 AM
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Why does no one love So Cruel?  :(

It's such a heartbreaking song; one of Bono's best songs lyrically and vocally. I also enjoy Larry's hip-hop drum beat.

Love So Cruel...fantastic lyrics

Bono's greatest to date... possibly with the exception of the original Mercy lyrics
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 08, 2011, 10:52:14 AM
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Why does no one love So Cruel?  :(

It's such a heartbreaking song; one of Bono's best songs lyrically and vocally. I also enjoy Larry's hip-hop drum beat.

Love So Cruel...fantastic lyrics

Bono's greatest to date... possibly with the exception of the original Mercy lyrics
(did we just agree on something? ;))
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on May 08, 2011, 10:54:21 AM
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Why does no one love So Cruel?  :(

It's such a heartbreaking song; one of Bono's best songs lyrically and vocally. I also enjoy Larry's hip-hop drum beat.

Love So Cruel...fantastic lyrics

Bono's greatest to date... possibly with the exception of the original Mercy lyrics
(did we just agree on something? ;))

We might just have done you know  ;D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Miami66 on May 08, 2011, 12:01:56 PM
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for me So Cruel and Acrobat are the reasons why AB isn't "Perfect"

I agree with you about So Cruel; that's probably the only song I skip on AB (and maybe it's because I know The Fly is next). I couldn't disagree more, though, about Acrobat. To me it's a travesty that they have never played this song live. It's one of the best songs they've ever written IMO. The poetry is amazing--dark and moving. The music matches it perfectly. It's an incredibly powerful song. I think Bono said he couldn't sing it live because he could take himself to the dark place that that song came out of. Understandable, but it's still a brilliant song.

I think that Acrobat is so overrated its like Mercy. Oh god they've never played it live so it must be the best thing ever. Ultraviolet, Stay, and even RTSS are way more powerful songs about "darkness."
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Tumbling Dice on May 08, 2011, 12:13:00 PM
Acrobat is in no way, shape or form like Mercy.



Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 08, 2011, 12:46:38 PM
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Acrobat is in no way, shape or form like Mercy.

Obviously it's not. I think he's just saying he doesn't understand why these 2 songs ar so hyped up. I'd agree i have no clue why Mercy is such a big deal to people. But Acrobat DEFINITELY deserves the praise, and just cuz it hasn't been played live doesn't mean that adds to the praise or allure of the song or w/e. It would just be fun to hear live.

or wait....were you praising Acrobat or insulting it?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Miami66 on May 08, 2011, 01:15:23 PM
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Acrobat is in no way, shape or form like Mercy.

Obviously it's not. I think he's just saying he doesn't understand why these 2 songs ar so hyped up. I'd agree i have no clue why Mercy is such a big deal to people. But Acrobat DEFINITELY deserves the praise, and just cuz it hasn't been played live doesn't mean that adds to the praise or allure of the song or w/e. It would just be fun to hear live.

or wait....were you praising Acrobat or insulting it?

Oh I definitely think that if I was played live people wouldn't talk about it today.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 08, 2011, 01:19:38 PM
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Acrobat is in no way, shape or form like Mercy.

Obviously it's not. I think he's just saying he doesn't understand why these 2 songs ar so hyped up. I'd agree i have no clue why Mercy is such a big deal to people. But Acrobat DEFINITELY deserves the praise, and just cuz it hasn't been played live doesn't mean that adds to the praise or allure of the song or w/e. It would just be fun to hear live.

or wait....were you praising Acrobat or insulting it?

Oh I definitely think that if I was played live people wouldn't talk about it today.

UV has always been a fan-fav from AB and it being played live only served to increased the love for that song. I don't see why you think it being  played would shut everyone up about it. Or do you mean had it been played during the Zoo TV tour it would be disregarded today?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Miami66 on May 08, 2011, 01:21:36 PM
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Acrobat is in no way, shape or form like Mercy.

Obviously it's not. I think he's just saying he doesn't understand why these 2 songs ar so hyped up. I'd agree i have no clue why Mercy is such a big deal to people. But Acrobat DEFINITELY deserves the praise, and just cuz it hasn't been played live doesn't mean that adds to the praise or allure of the song or w/e. It would just be fun to hear live.

or wait....were you praising Acrobat or insulting it?

Oh I definitely think that if I was played live people wouldn't talk about it today.

UV has always been a fan-fav from AB and it being played live only served to increased the love for that song. I don't see why you think it being  played would shut everyone up about it. Or do you mean had it been played during the Zoo TV tour it would be disregarded today?

Yep, also have you checked the collection thread, I posted a pic for you
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on May 08, 2011, 02:09:36 PM
I'm gonna state my opinion on why I think Mercy shoud be hyped up to be the next "One".

The lyrics from the original are up there with Bono's finest and it has a relentless guitar track that lifts my soul as the song progresses. It takes a lot for me to feel this way about a song, but the song just builds and builds to the climax. It isn't too long and the lyrics should remian the same as the original. Bono's vocals aren't his best, but they are nowhere near his worst either. I enjoy Larry's drumming aswell and I think that adds to the experience.

Acrobat is more "exclusive" because it has never been played live. Don't get me wrong, it would blow the roof off if it got played live but would that take away the "exclusivity" of it? It has always been a favourite for the fans just like "Bad" is.

I believe Mercy is one of U2's greatest ballads and you can feel the emotion in every lyric that Bono belts out. It is a very emotional experience listening to it, just because I believe everything he is saying and it just feels perfect. Not any one member is dominant on it, they all share out the honours equally. Mercy is one of my absolute favourite songs of all time, not just U2, and I hate seeing it getting discounted to the waste bin on this forum.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Miami66 on May 08, 2011, 02:12:40 PM
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I'm gonna state my opinion on why I think Mercy shoud be hyped up to be the next "One".

The lyrics from the original are up there with Bono's finest and it has a relentless guitar track that lifts my soul as the song progresses. It takes a lot for me to feel this way about a song, but the song just builds and builds to the climax. It isn't too long and the lyrics should remian the same as the original. Bono's vocals aren't his best, but they are nowhere near his worst either. I enjoy Larry's drumming aswell and I think that adds to the experience.

Acrobat is more "exclusive" because it has never been played live. Don't get me wrong, it would blow the roof off if it got played live but would that take away the "exclusivity" of it? It has always been a favourite for the fans just like "Bad" is.

I believe Mercy is one of U2's greatest ballads and you can feel the emotion in every lyric that Bono belts out. It is a very emotional experience listening to it, just because I believe everything he is saying and it just feels perfect. Not any one member is dominant on it, they all share out the honours equally. Mercy is one of my absolute favourite songs of all time, not just U2, and I hate seeing it getting discounted to the waste bin on this forum.

I LOVE the New Mercy, I did NOT love the Old Mercy.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on May 08, 2011, 02:31:41 PM
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I'm gonna state my opinion on why I think Mercy shoud be hyped up to be the next "One".

The lyrics from the original are up there with Bono's finest and it has a relentless guitar track that lifts my soul as the song progresses. It takes a lot for me to feel this way about a song, but the song just builds and builds to the climax. It isn't too long and the lyrics should remian the same as the original. Bono's vocals aren't his best, but they are nowhere near his worst either. I enjoy Larry's drumming aswell and I think that adds to the experience.

Acrobat is more "exclusive" because it has never been played live. Don't get me wrong, it would blow the roof off if it got played live but would that take away the "exclusivity" of it? It has always been a favourite for the fans just like "Bad" is.

I believe Mercy is one of U2's greatest ballads and you can feel the emotion in every lyric that Bono belts out. It is a very emotional experience listening to it, just because I believe everything he is saying and it just feels perfect. Not any one member is dominant on it, they all share out the honours equally. Mercy is one of my absolute favourite songs of all time, not just U2, and I hate seeing it getting discounted to the waste bin on this forum.

I LOVE the New Mercy, I did NOT love the Old Mercy.

I'm the opposite. I love the original but I'm not so keen on the noew version. It is still very good, but it just lacks something for me, and I really don't like the "because, because" part.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 08, 2011, 02:48:59 PM
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I'm gonna state my opinion on why I think Mercy shoud be hyped up to be the next "One".

The lyrics from the original are up there with Bono's finest and it has a relentless guitar track that lifts my soul as the song progresses. It takes a lot for me to feel this way about a song, but the song just builds and builds to the climax. It isn't too long and the lyrics should remian the same as the original. Bono's vocals aren't his best, but they are nowhere near his worst either. I enjoy Larry's drumming aswell and I think that adds to the experience.

Acrobat is more "exclusive" because it has never been played live. Don't get me wrong, it would blow the roof off if it got played live but would that take away the "exclusivity" of it? It has always been a favourite for the fans just like "Bad" is.

I believe Mercy is one of U2's greatest ballads and you can feel the emotion in every lyric that Bono belts out. It is a very emotional experience listening to it, just because I believe everything he is saying and it just feels perfect. Not any one member is dominant on it, they all share out the honours equally. Mercy is one of my absolute favourite songs of all time, not just U2, and I hate seeing it getting discounted to the waste bin on this forum.

THIS
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on May 08, 2011, 03:17:28 PM
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I'm gonna state my opinion on why I think Mercy shoud be hyped up to be the next "One".

The lyrics from the original are up there with Bono's finest and it has a relentless guitar track that lifts my soul as the song progresses. It takes a lot for me to feel this way about a song, but the song just builds and builds to the climax. It isn't too long and the lyrics should remian the same as the original. Bono's vocals aren't his best, but they are nowhere near his worst either. I enjoy Larry's drumming aswell and I think that adds to the experience.

Acrobat is more "exclusive" because it has never been played live. Don't get me wrong, it would blow the roof off if it got played live but would that take away the "exclusivity" of it? It has always been a favourite for the fans just like "Bad" is.

I believe Mercy is one of U2's greatest ballads and you can feel the emotion in every lyric that Bono belts out. It is a very emotional experience listening to it, just because I believe everything he is saying and it just feels perfect. Not any one member is dominant on it, they all share out the honours equally. Mercy is one of my absolute favourite songs of all time, not just U2, and I hate seeing it getting discounted to the waste bin on this forum.

I applaud your defending of this song, but to rate it up with one is a little overdone a bit. Sure, I'll admit I really enjoy both versions of the song, and the lyrics are pretty good but I don't think it meets one in any means.

The original lyrics take the word "Love" and just dump it all over the place. Now this isn't a bad thing, as the analogies in the song are very clever, but at the same time sound a bit ridiculous (weedkiller and sugar?). I like the guitar in the track, but by the end of the song it seems a bit repetitive to me, especially for a six minute track.

And my main concern over the song is that the original has NO climax. It builds and builds, and then stops. Huh? For a song like that, I think one would need a climax somewhere in the song. They did do this in the remake, but they weakened it and shortened it to the point where it sounds like any song left off ATYCLB.

But to even say it gets discounted to the waste bin of the forum is wrong in my eyes. The song is very strong and should be appreciated, just not as one of the best songs they've ever made.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Starman on May 08, 2011, 03:20:02 PM
New Mercy sucks.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 08, 2011, 04:00:03 PM
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New Mercy sucks.

Obviously. The old one did have it's good moments but not keen on the new one at all.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on May 08, 2011, 04:27:23 PM
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Eh, I kinda want to know what the bad song(s) on AB is. Not that I'm taking offense or anything... ::)

For me I feel that Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World doesn't really feel like it belongs on the album. If you take out that song then you'd have a perfect album in my opinion. I don't dislike the song, it's just that the standard of songs on Achtung Baby are so high, that this song is unable to produce the quality of the other songs for me.
Oh, it does ruin the flow. It's my least favorite song on the album... it's not bad though.
I feel compelled to rank each Achtung Baby song. Who's with me? :P

1. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
2. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (that's right, Alexander, don't insult it in my viewing!)
3. Acrobat
4. The Fly (not all the time, though...)
5. Love Is Blindness
6. One
7. Even Better Than The Real Thing (never realized how AMAZING this song is. It's the guitar and wonderful lyrics for me)
8. Until The End of te World
9. Zoo Station
10. Mysterious Ways (feel awful for putting this so low)
11. So Cruel
12. Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on May 08, 2011, 04:33:56 PM
You didn't have to. :D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Boom Cha! on May 08, 2011, 04:37:21 PM
Ooh! Me too!  :D

1. Ultraviolet
2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
3. The Fly
4. Zoo Station
5. Until The End Of The World
6. Mysterious Ways
7. So Cruel
8. One
9. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
10. Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
11. Love Is Blindness
12. Acrobat
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: AchtungPiano on May 08, 2011, 04:40:27 PM
I haven't heard either Mercy yet.  :-X

I'll just wait until Danger Mouse brings his indieness to it!  8)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on May 08, 2011, 04:45:40 PM
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I haven't heard either Mercy yet.  :-X

I'll just wait until Danger Mouse brings his indieness to it!  8)

:P Listen to Mercy I, now!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 08, 2011, 05:24:53 PM
ranking the AB songs

One
UV
The Fly
UTEOTW
WGRYWH
Zoo Station
Love Is Blindness
Acrobat
TTTYAATW
MW
EBTTRT
So Cruel

more or less
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: PartyMarty23 on May 08, 2011, 06:07:53 PM
Ultraviolet
One
The Fly
Mysterious Ways
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Acrobat
UTEOTW
Love is Blindness
Zoo Station
TTTYAATW
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
So Cruel
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: AchtungPiano on May 08, 2011, 08:23:23 PM
well, I forgot what this thread was about for a second!  :D

Joshua Tree
Achtung Baby (sorry for having a generic top two  ::))
No Line
Pop
Unforgettable Fire
Zooropa
Boy
All That You Can't Leave Behind
War
October
Rattle and Hum
Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: AchtungPiano on May 08, 2011, 08:25:18 PM
aaaaand my Achtung rankings:

The Fly
Acrobat
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Ultraviolet
Love is Blindness
So Cruel
Mysterious Ways
Until the End of the World
One
Zoo Station
Tryin' to Throw Your Arms
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 08, 2011, 08:33:46 PM
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well, I forgot what this thread was about for a second!  :D

Joshua Tree
Achtung Baby (sorry for having a generic top two  ::))
No Line
Pop
Unforgettable Fire
Zooropa
Boy
All That You Can't Leave Behind
War
October
Rattle and Hum
Atomic Bomb

Nah. You got the top 2 right, imo. And last place i can agree with. Thumbs up
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on May 09, 2011, 03:18:56 AM
Achtung Baby's song rankings for EC...

1. Until The End Of The World
2. One
3. Love Is Blindness
4. The Fly
5. Mysterious Ways
6. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
7. So Cruel
8. Even Better Than The Real Thing
9. Acrobat
10. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
11. Zoo Station
12. Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: I threw a brick on May 09, 2011, 03:27:52 AM
AB  Songs

1. Until The End Of The World
2. The Fly
3. So Cruel
4. One
5. Ultraviolet
6. Acrobat
7. Who's Gonna Ride your Wild Horses
8. Zoo Station
9. Tryin To Throw Arms Around The World
10. Love Is Blindness
11. Mysterious Ways
12. Even Better Than The Real Thing
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 09, 2011, 04:24:00 AM
AB songs:

1. Acrobat
2. EBTTRT
3. Ultraviolet
4. UTEOTW
5. Zoo Station
6. The Fly
7. MW
8. TTYATW
9. WGRYWH
10. So Cruel
11. Love Is Blindness
12. One (and yet I'm going to get a tattoo with "We get to carry each other" around a symbol of my faith... so it's not like I hate the song... I dont skip anything on AB.)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on May 09, 2011, 08:00:40 PM
WGRYWH is better than that, we all know it... at least I know it.
Makes me sad to see it low but whatever, it's an opinion! By the way, you didn't have to do this...
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 09, 2011, 08:51:45 PM
On AB, even the last song is good, EC. Same with me with October. Just cuz I rate it low doesn't mean I don't like it... There's just even more awesome songs ahead of it. Like I said, I don't skip anything on AB.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Alexander on May 11, 2011, 04:09:53 AM
AB Ranking -

1. One
2. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
3. The Fly
4. Acrobat
5. Mysterious Ways
6. Love is Blindness
7. So Cruel
8. Zoo Station
9. Until The End of The World
10. Trying to Throw You Arms around the World (I love singing this song while walking home drunk)
11. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
12. Even Better Then The Real Thing
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: northstarjo on May 11, 2011, 09:42:25 PM
hey - who turned this into an AB song thread???  I go away for a couple of days and look what happens! :D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 11, 2011, 10:02:25 PM
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hey - who turned this into an AB song thread???  I go away for a couple of days and look what happens! :D

AB is the best album, and it's a Rank the albums thread, so of course it will turn into an AB song rankings thread  :P
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Post by: northstarjo on May 11, 2011, 10:09:02 PM
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hey - who turned this into an AB song thread???  I go away for a couple of days and look what happens! :D

AB is the best album, and it's a Rank the albums thread, so of course it will turn into an AB song rankings thread  :P

gee...why didn't I figure that out ???   :D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 12, 2011, 05:05:42 AM
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hey - who turned this into an AB song thread???  I go away for a couple of days and look what happens! :D

AB is the best album, and it's a Rank the albums thread, so of course it will turn into an AB song rankings thread  :P

Um, okay.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 12, 2011, 06:23:52 AM
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hey - who turned this into an AB song thread???  I go away for a couple of days and look what happens! :D

AB is the best album, and it's a Rank the albums thread, so of course it will turn into an AB song rankings thread  :P

Um, okay.

uh ok?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: KLFire34 on May 12, 2011, 10:59:03 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Rattle And Hum
4. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. No Line On The Horizon
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. Zooropa
9. War
10. October
11. Pop
12. Boy
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on May 12, 2011, 03:22:50 PM
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hey - who turned this into an AB song thread???  I go away for a couple of days and look what happens! :D
It was me- they didn't have to create a herd to follow! (Well, I guess I did suggest it- can't remember why though...)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 12, 2011, 03:24:09 PM
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hey - who turned this into an AB song thread???  I go away for a couple of days and look what happens! :D
It was me- they didn't have to create a herd to follow! (Well, I guess I did suggest it- can't remember why though...)

I like to rank things. So just ask me to do it and I will. ;)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on May 13, 2011, 01:10:38 AM
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I'm gonna state my opinion on why I think Mercy shoud be hyped up to be the next "One".

The lyrics from the original are up there with Bono's finest and it has a relentless guitar track that lifts my soul as the song progresses. It takes a lot for me to feel this way about a song, but the song just builds and builds to the climax. It isn't too long and the lyrics should remian the same as the original. Bono's vocals aren't his best, but they are nowhere near his worst either. I enjoy Larry's drumming aswell and I think that adds to the experience.

Acrobat is more "exclusive" because it has never been played live. Don't get me wrong, it would blow the roof off if it got played live but would that take away the "exclusivity" of it? It has always been a favourite for the fans just like "Bad" is.

I believe Mercy is one of U2's greatest ballads and you can feel the emotion in every lyric that Bono belts out. It is a very emotional experience listening to it, just because I believe everything he is saying and it just feels perfect. Not any one member is dominant on it, they all share out the honours equally. Mercy is one of my absolute favourite songs of all time, not just U2, and I hate seeing it getting discounted to the waste bin on this forum.

And my main concern over the song is that the original has NO climax. It builds and builds, and then stops. Huh? For a song like that, I think one would need a climax somewhere in the song.

Am I the only one who considers the extended final verse containing the lines "love is the end of history, the enemy of misery" the climax?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on May 13, 2011, 08:11:16 AM
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I'm gonna state my opinion on why I think Mercy shoud be hyped up to be the next "One".

The lyrics from the original are up there with Bono's finest and it has a relentless guitar track that lifts my soul as the song progresses. It takes a lot for me to feel this way about a song, but the song just builds and builds to the climax. It isn't too long and the lyrics should remian the same as the original. Bono's vocals aren't his best, but they are nowhere near his worst either. I enjoy Larry's drumming aswell and I think that adds to the experience.

Acrobat is more "exclusive" because it has never been played live. Don't get me wrong, it would blow the roof off if it got played live but would that take away the "exclusivity" of it? It has always been a favourite for the fans just like "Bad" is.

I believe Mercy is one of U2's greatest ballads and you can feel the emotion in every lyric that Bono belts out. It is a very emotional experience listening to it, just because I believe everything he is saying and it just feels perfect. Not any one member is dominant on it, they all share out the honours equally. Mercy is one of my absolute favourite songs of all time, not just U2, and I hate seeing it getting discounted to the waste bin on this forum.

And my main concern over the song is that the original has NO climax. It builds and builds, and then stops. Huh? For a song like that, I think one would need a climax somewhere in the song.

Am I the only one who considers the extended final verse containing the lines "love is the end of history, the enemy of misery" the climax?

No you're not OAP. I believe that part of the song to be the climax of it aswell. That is the point where it goes into overdrive and climaxes beautifully.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on May 13, 2011, 01:11:10 PM
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I'm gonna state my opinion on why I think Mercy shoud be hyped up to be the next "One".

The lyrics from the original are up there with Bono's finest and it has a relentless guitar track that lifts my soul as the song progresses. It takes a lot for me to feel this way about a song, but the song just builds and builds to the climax. It isn't too long and the lyrics should remian the same as the original. Bono's vocals aren't his best, but they are nowhere near his worst either. I enjoy Larry's drumming aswell and I think that adds to the experience.

Acrobat is more "exclusive" because it has never been played live. Don't get me wrong, it would blow the roof off if it got played live but would that take away the "exclusivity" of it? It has always been a favourite for the fans just like "Bad" is.

I believe Mercy is one of U2's greatest ballads and you can feel the emotion in every lyric that Bono belts out. It is a very emotional experience listening to it, just because I believe everything he is saying and it just feels perfect. Not any one member is dominant on it, they all share out the honours equally. Mercy is one of my absolute favourite songs of all time, not just U2, and I hate seeing it getting discounted to the waste bin on this forum.

And my main concern over the song is that the original has NO climax. It builds and builds, and then stops. Huh? For a song like that, I think one would need a climax somewhere in the song.

Am I the only one who considers the extended final verse containing the lines "love is the end of history, the enemy of misery" the climax?

No you're not OAP. I believe that part of the song to be the climax of it aswell. That is the point where it goes into overdrive and climaxes beautifully.

Exactly.  It's not an explosive climax or anything but its a climax in a similar way the final "what you dont have" verse is in Beautiful Day
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on May 13, 2011, 01:39:11 PM
^ Yeah I would agree with that. It doesn't erupt in your face like some songs do, it just oozes out in to the final part of the song and that is another reason why I love this song so much.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on May 13, 2011, 05:59:52 PM
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^ Yeah I would agree with that. It doesn't erupt in your face like some songs do, it just oozes out in to the final part of the song and that is another reason why I love this song so much.

Yup.  Many U2 songs have that type of climax.  One has it ("love is a temple" verse), Walk On has it ("all that you fashion" verse), Magnificent has it (repetition of the chorus at the end), I can go on and on.  Just because it isnt a prototypical climax a la With or Without You or City of Blinding Lights doesnt mean its not a climax
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Post by: THRILLHO on May 13, 2011, 06:49:01 PM
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^ Yeah I would agree with that. It doesn't erupt in your face like some songs do, it just oozes out in to the final part of the song and that is another reason why I love this song so much.

Yup.  Many U2 songs have that type of climax.  One has it ("love is a temple" verse), Walk On has it ("all that you fashion" verse), Magnificent has it (repetition of the chorus at the end), I can go on and on.  Just because it isnt a prototypical climax a la With or Without You or City of Blinding Lights doesnt mean its not a climax

the best climax in recent U2 memory is easily SYCMIOYO the "can....you..hear......me..when.....i .....SINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG" part. YES!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 13, 2011, 06:52:43 PM
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^ Yeah I would agree with that. It doesn't erupt in your face like some songs do, it just oozes out in to the final part of the song and that is another reason why I love this song so much.

Yup.  Many U2 songs have that type of climax.  One has it ("love is a temple" verse), Walk On has it ("all that you fashion" verse), Magnificent has it (repetition of the chorus at the end), I can go on and on.  Just because it isnt a prototypical climax a la With or Without You or City of Blinding Lights doesnt mean its not a climax

the best climax in recent U2 memory is easily SYCMIOYO the "can....you..hear......me..when.....i .....SINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG" part. YES!

For once I agree with DesertSky. :P :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on May 13, 2011, 06:53:42 PM
I think the song that has the best climax is the remix of crazy  :P
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on May 13, 2011, 06:55:11 PM
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I think the song that has the best climax is the remix of crazy  :P

YES  ;D

YOU CAN REACHHHHHH
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 13, 2011, 06:57:36 PM
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^ Yeah I would agree with that. It doesn't erupt in your face like some songs do, it just oozes out in to the final part of the song and that is another reason why I love this song so much.

Yup.  Many U2 songs have that type of climax.  One has it ("love is a temple" verse), Walk On has it ("all that you fashion" verse), Magnificent has it (repetition of the chorus at the end), I can go on and on.  Just because it isnt a prototypical climax a la With or Without You or City of Blinding Lights doesnt mean its not a climax

the best climax in recent U2 memory is easily SYCMIOYO the "can....you..hear......me..when.....i .....SINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG" part. YES!

For once I agree with DesertSky. :P :)

DISAGREE.  We agreed on Miami and ABOY being the worst from their respecitve albums.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on May 13, 2011, 06:58:48 PM
MIAMI IS AMAZING

BA BA  BA BA %R#%R@# BA
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 13, 2011, 06:59:04 PM
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^ Yeah I would agree with that. It doesn't erupt in your face like some songs do, it just oozes out in to the final part of the song and that is another reason why I love this song so much.

Yup.  Many U2 songs have that type of climax.  One has it ("love is a temple" verse), Walk On has it ("all that you fashion" verse), Magnificent has it (repetition of the chorus at the end), I can go on and on.  Just because it isnt a prototypical climax a la With or Without You or City of Blinding Lights doesnt mean its not a climax

the best climax in recent U2 memory is easily SYCMIOYO the "can....you..hear......me..when.....i .....SINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG" part. YES!

For once I agree with DesertSky. :P :)

DISAGREE.  We agreed on Miami and ABOY being the worst from their respecitve albums.

Okay, for thrice, I agree with DesertSky, then. :) LOL!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on May 13, 2011, 06:59:44 PM
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MIAMI IS AMAZING

BA BA  BA BA %R#%R@# BA

And then a bunch of boring stuff. :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on January 18, 2012, 01:23:22 PM
I'm gonna bring this topic back from the dead and I know this has been debated forever but a few more opinions can't hurt us can it?  ;)

Strangely, my opinion has changed since I last posted here. My order of U2's albums have been shaken up a bit. Here goes...

1. No Line On The Horizon
2. Achtung Baby
3. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. The Joshua Tree
7. Pop
8. Boy
9. War
10. Zooropa
11. October
12. Rattle And Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on January 18, 2012, 04:52:29 PM
1. Zooropa
2. No Line On The Horizon
3. Pop
4. Achtung Baby
5. October
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. All That You Can't Leave Behind
8. War
9. The Joshua Tree
10. Boy
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
12. Rattle & Ham
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Exile on January 18, 2012, 05:08:42 PM
Achtung Baby

Joshua Tree

Pop / Zooropa / Unforgettable Fire (tied)

No Line on the Horizon

War / Boy / October (tied)

Rattle and Hum

Behind / Bomb (tied)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Tumbling Dice on January 18, 2012, 05:16:13 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. The Joshua Tree
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop & No Line on the Horizon - tied

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on January 18, 2012, 05:29:57 PM
1a. Achtung Baby
1b. Pop
********
2. No Line on the Horizon
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Zooropa
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. War
9. Boy
10. Rattle And Hum
11. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on January 18, 2012, 05:49:50 PM
AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

did i forget any? hmmmm
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on January 18, 2012, 06:19:45 PM
Mine changed a little too

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop
6. Rattle And Hum
7. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
8. No Line On The Horizon (they switch very, very often though. Maybe I should tie it.)
9. Boy
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. October
12. War
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: BringCitrus on January 18, 2012, 06:24:10 PM
1) The Unforgettable Fire
2) October
3) The Joshua Tree
4) Achtung Baby
5) All That You Can't Leave Behind
6) Pop
7) Boy
8) How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
9) War
10) Zooropa
11) Rattle & Hum
12) No Line On The Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: pfctsqr on January 18, 2012, 09:31:52 PM
(1) Achtung Baby
(2) Pop/Zooropa (I cant decide between these two)
(3) the Joshua Tree
(4) TUF
(5) War
(6) Boy
(7) ATYCLB
(8) October
(9) Rattle and Hum
(10) HTDAAB

(1120951)  Katie Perry....Teenage Dream
(1120952) NLOTH
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on January 18, 2012, 10:25:48 PM
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1. All That You Can't Leave Behind
2. Achtung Baby
3. No Line on the Horizon
4. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Pop
7. Boy
8. Zooropa
9. Rattle and Hum
10. The Unforgettable Fire
11. War
12. October

Some minor changes from last year's rankings:

1. All That You Can't Leave Behind (same)
2. Achtung Baby (same)
3. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (+1)
4. The Joshua Tree (+1)
5. No Line On The Horizon (-2)
6. Zooropa (+2)
7. Pop (-1)
8. The Unforgettable Fire (+2)
9. Rattle And Hum (same)
10. October (+2)
11. Boy (-4)
12. War (-1)

October escaped the cellar because I have REALLY gotten into Scarlet, especially after seeing it live.  Boy fell because I haven't listened to it at all besides I Will Follow and Out of Control really.  I've been big into The Unforgettable Fire's album tracks lately and I've fallen in love with Zooropa the song and the album over the last few months
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MelicansMatkin on January 19, 2012, 12:12:27 AM
Have I already ranked? I can't remember and am too lazy to check; besides, it's probably changed a bit if I have! And yes, I'm in the camp that counts OS1 as a U2 album.

1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. No Line on the Horizon
4. Original Soundtracks 1
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
7. The Joshua Tree
8. Pop
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind
10. War
11. Rattle and Hum
12. Boy
13. October

I'm not ranking based on contents, but on how the album stands as a cohesive whole (which is basically what determines my preference anyways). Hence why I feel that while the individual tracks on The Joshua Tree are pound-for-pound stronger than the songs on Zooropa, adding it all together into a unit I feel that Zooropa is the stronger narrative and is thus placed higher.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on January 19, 2012, 07:40:22 AM
I'm sure I've done this before, but like MelicansMatkin, I'm sure I've changed them recently. So here I go again:

1. October
2. TUF
3. War
4. AB
5. The Joshua Tree
6. NLOTH
7. Pop
8. Zooropa
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind
10. Boy
11. HTDAAB
12. RnH
 
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Drew 1 on January 19, 2012, 08:32:43 AM
1-The Unforgettable Fire
2-Achtung Baby
3-The Joshua Tree
4-No Line On The Horizon
5-Boy
6-How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
7-War
8-Zooropa
9-All That You Cant Leave Behind
10-Pop
11-October
12-Rattle and Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Bads316 on January 19, 2012, 08:34:12 AM
Good to see some TUF love!!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on January 19, 2012, 08:39:51 AM
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Good to see some TUF love!!

Yes, TUF is solidly my second favorite U2 album. My first four never really change positions. I think TUF is a great, moody album. The title track itself induces goosebumps. I love every song on the album. Yes, even 4th of July and Elvis Presley and America. :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on January 19, 2012, 10:07:02 AM
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1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. No Line on the Horizon
4. Original Soundtracks 1
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
7. The Joshua Tree
8. Pop
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind
10. War
11. Rattle and Hum
12. Boy
13. October

I'm not ranking based on contents, but on how the album stands as a cohesive whole (which is basically what determines my preference anyways).

Proof that I'm not alone in thinking that No Line On The Horizon is more cohesive than its predecessors.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on January 19, 2012, 10:12:55 AM
No matter what one thinks of the quality of October I don't know how it could be argued the album wasn't pretty consistent in its tone and theme.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on January 19, 2012, 10:14:25 AM
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No matter what one thinks of the quality of October I don't know how it could be argued the album wasn't pretty consistent in its tone and theme.

+1
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on January 19, 2012, 06:02:17 PM
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1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. No Line on the Horizon
4. Original Soundtracks 1
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
7. The Joshua Tree
8. Pop
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind
10. War
11. Rattle and Hum
12. Boy
13. October

I'm not ranking based on contents, but on how the album stands as a cohesive whole (which is basically what determines my preference anyways).

Proof that I'm not alone in thinking that No Line On The Horizon is more cohesive than its predecessors.
Indeed. It flows very well. I like collections of good songs like HTDAAB, but the songs on NLOTH fit smoothly into each other and I like it.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on January 19, 2012, 06:10:54 PM
1. AB
2. TJT
3. OCTOBER FTW
4. Pop
5. TUF
6. NLOTH
7. War
8. HTDAAB
9. Zooropa
10. Boy
11. ATYCLB
12. R&H
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on January 19, 2012, 06:38:53 PM
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1. AB
2. TJT
3. OCTOBER FTW
4. Pop
5. TUF
6. Pop
7. War
8. NLOTH
9. Zooropa

10. Boy
11. ATYCLB
12. R&H

You and I are no longer friends. :P
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on January 19, 2012, 06:47:41 PM
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1. AB
2. TJT
3. OCTOBER FTW
4. Pop
5. TUF
6. Pop
7. War
8. NLOTH
9. Zooropa

10. Boy
11. ATYCLB
12. R&H

You and I are no longer friends. :P
man hug. don't worry. 4-9 very. one week NLOTH and Zooropa is 4 another they're 9
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on January 19, 2012, 07:02:59 PM
You listed Pop twice.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on January 19, 2012, 07:10:44 PM
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You listed Pop twice.
I did *facepalm*
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on January 19, 2012, 07:11:31 PM
hopefully Droo approves  :P
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on January 19, 2012, 07:12:09 PM
Ken you must like Pop if its there twice  :D
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Post by: The Grave on January 19, 2012, 07:13:49 PM
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Ken you must like Pop if its there twice  :D
;D it IS amazing
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Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on January 19, 2012, 07:20:55 PM
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Ken you must like Pop if its there twice  :D
;D it IS amazing

I agree.  :D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Drake on January 19, 2012, 07:25:38 PM
Heh. Tough one. Ehh....

Top Five:
1. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (?)
2. The Joshua Tree/ Achtung Baby (Tied. That's weird, isn't it? Considering how strangely opposite those two are...)
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind (probably my favorite lyrically, but...The music behind the lyrics wasn't as fantastic.)
4. NLOTH
5. War

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on January 19, 2012, 07:41:43 PM
I like how Ken forgot HTDAAB even exists.

He lives in a much happier world than I.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on January 19, 2012, 08:07:13 PM
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I like how Ken forgot HTDAAB even exists.

He lives in a much happier world than I.
It's alright I used to love it now I find it ok but it has amaaw which is amazing
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: claytonsbass on January 19, 2012, 08:40:32 PM
I always have the hardest time with this, but here goes...

1. HTDAAB
2. ATYCLB (tie)
    AB (tie)
4. NLOTH
5. JT
6. R&H
7. Pop (tie)
    Zooropa (tie)
9. War
10. October
11. TUF
12. Boy
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Quenchable Thirst on January 19, 2012, 10:37:55 PM
This feels like Sophie's Choice. Anyhow,

1. Achtung Baby, baby!
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Joshua Tree
5. Zooropa
6. No Line on the Horizon
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. Pop
9. War
10. Rattle & Hum
(10. Passengers?)
11. October
12. Boy

I'm sorry October lovers :( I do like most songs on October, but I just feel the band could have worked more on them.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: pfctsqr on January 20, 2012, 05:43:04 AM
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I always have the hardest time with this, but here goes...

1. HTDAAB
2. ATYCLB (tie)
    AB (tie)
4. NLOTH
5. JT
6. R&H
7. Pop (tie)
    Zooropa (tie)
9. War
10. October
11. TUF
12. Boy


It always blows my mind when someone puts HTDAAB at number 1.   I know Edge backstage at the grammies said it was their best album song for song (and he actually managed to say it without laughing...so I guess he is not a bad actor), but I didnt think anyone would actually believe him.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: briscoetheque on January 20, 2012, 06:30:36 AM
Rank?

There is only one truly rank U2 album.

And we all know what that is.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on January 20, 2012, 06:34:20 AM
Yes. Rattle & Ham.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: briscoetheque on January 20, 2012, 06:35:28 AM
OK... most of us know what that is.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on January 20, 2012, 06:52:21 AM
Art is subjective. If you're going to suggest it's October, I know of several people who are going to vigorously disagree with you.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on January 20, 2012, 07:23:34 AM
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Art is subjective. If you're going to suggest it's October, I know of several people who are going to vigorously disagree with you.

Yes. October takes a lot of abuse and it's completely unjustified. I personally not think there's a rank U2 album.... Some are better than others but I like hem all.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Bads316 on January 20, 2012, 08:22:39 AM
Brisco aint talking about October guys everyone relax.






However if you're an ATYCLB fan then go nuts!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on January 20, 2012, 08:33:25 AM
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This feels like Sophie's Choice. Anyhow,

1. Achtung Baby, baby!
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Joshua Tree
5. Zooropa
6. No Line on the Horizon
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. Pop
9. War
10. Rattle & Hum
(10. Passengers?)
11. October
12. Boy

I'm sorry October lovers :( I do like most songs on October, but I just feel the band could have worked more on them.

exactly. the album is just unfinished.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on January 20, 2012, 08:34:17 AM
I think people think it's unfinished cuz U2 said it was unfinished....

U2 also said Pop was unfinished.

Selective hearing?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: BringCitrus on January 20, 2012, 09:23:06 AM
Yeah... what exactly do people think is "unfinished" about the album? Examples?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Bads316 on January 20, 2012, 09:58:47 AM
The one song that really hits me as unfinished is Last Night On Earth - the chorus is weak and nowhere near what it should be, and the outro, well there is no outro, it goes out like a slow fart - almost as if Edge hadn't even thought of that riff for the end at that time, there's literally nothing there. 

I love the record, and I firmly believe that it's unpolished state adds to it's appeal (e.g I much prefer the album version of 'Please') but there are some moments that just don't hit right.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on January 20, 2012, 10:02:09 AM
I feel that the unpolished state of October is what contributes to its greatness as well.

I think a lot of people just dont like October because it's religious in theme.

I've never found its religious themes offensive, though. And I find it very hard to find a U2 song that DOESNT grapple with religious themes.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: BringCitrus on January 20, 2012, 10:14:46 AM
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I feel that the unpolished state of October is what contributes to its greatness as well.

I think a lot of people just dont like October because it's religious in theme.

I've never found its religious themes offensive, though. And I find it very hard to find a U2 song that DOESNT grapple with religious themes.

+1

From what it sounds like, the band members are never 100% happy with their studio songs and always think of things that could/should be different.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on January 20, 2012, 10:18:16 AM
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I feel that the unpolished state of October is what contributes to its greatness as well.

I think a lot of people just dont like October because it's religious in theme.

I've never found its religious themes offensive, though. And I find it very hard to find a U2 song that DOESNT grapple with religious themes.

+1

From what it sounds like, the band members are never 100% happy with their studio songs and always think of things that could/should be different.

Which I think is the bane of every artist. I'm a writer and there's not one piece of work that I've ever written that I've felt was "done." There is a point when you do have to just put something down, though... Or else you become George Lucas and you ruin the whole thing with your continual edits.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on January 20, 2012, 10:48:00 AM
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I feel that the unpolished state of October is what contributes to its greatness as well.

I think a lot of people just dont like October because it's religious in theme.

I've never found its religious themes offensive, though. And I find it very hard to find a U2 song that DOESNT grapple with religious themes.

+1

From what it sounds like, the band members are never 100% happy with their studio songs and always think of things that could/should be different.

Which I think is the bane of every artist. I'm a writer and there's not one piece of work that I've ever written that I've felt was "done." There is a point when you do have to just put something down, though... Or else you become George Lucas and you ruin the whole thing with your continual edits.

I think U2 tries to strive for that unreachable perfection in every song they make. It's just their nature, and its always been that way with them for any song in the vast catalog. Even Moment of Surrender though it seemed to be perfection the way it was released, got a set of lyrics attached to the end of the song by Bono, basically stating that he didn't think the song was 100% how he wanted it to be.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Quenchable Thirst on January 20, 2012, 11:23:52 AM
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I feel that the unpolished state of October is what contributes to its greatness as well.

I think a lot of people just dont like October because it's religious in theme.

I've never found its religious themes offensive, though. And I find it very hard to find a U2 song that DOESNT grapple with religious themes.

I don't care about the religious themes, I try not to over think their songs. I'm actually one of the very few fans of With A Shout :P

And by unfinished, I mean that they could have worked harder on some of the lyrics. Gloria is one great song but the lyrics are too repetitive. Same for Is That All?

I'm not a huge fan of Pop either, but in terms of lyrics, I don't think the album was unpolished. Gone, Please and SATS are just an example of what I mean.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Tumbling Dice on January 20, 2012, 12:02:16 PM
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The one song that really hits me as unfinished is Last Night On Earth - the chorus is weak and nowhere near what it should be, and the outro, well there is no outro, it goes out like a slow fart - almost as if Edge hadn't even thought of that riff for the end at that time, there's literally nothing there. 

I love the record, and I firmly believe that it's unpolished state adds to it's appeal (e.g I much prefer the album version of 'Please') but there are some moments that just don't hit right.

I think the sound of the single version of Please fits in with the overall sound of Pop, more than the album version does.  That is the ONLY reason why I see Pop as 'unfinished'.  In fact, my only niggle about Pop - and it's a constant niggle - is the album version of Please, because I like to play the album in its entirety.  For that reason I have substituted the strings version onto a CD-R for when I'm driving in my car.

I do think LNOE is the weakest song on Pop, but I don't hear it as 'unfinished'.

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on January 20, 2012, 12:16:25 PM
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I think people think it's unfinished cuz U2 said it was unfinished....

U2 also said Pop was unfinished.

Selective hearing?


hate to burst your bubble but i don't know that i've heard them say it was unfinshed.
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Post by: MarsGirl on January 20, 2012, 12:31:37 PM
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I think people think it's unfinished cuz U2 said it was unfinished....

U2 also said Pop was unfinished.

Selective hearing?


hate to burst your bubble but i don't know that i've heard them say it was unfinshed.

They've talked about it being a failure... and Bono felt the lyrics were unfinished because he lost that notebook...
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: briscoetheque on January 20, 2012, 03:11:56 PM
U2only say their albums are unfinished when they don't sell as well as they'd hoped.

They weren't saying anything about Pop being unfinished when they were promoting it...

Same with. No Line.

It's a copout
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on January 20, 2012, 04:21:59 PM
Last Night On Earth is the weakest song on Pop? Ridiculous.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: pfctsqr on January 20, 2012, 04:30:45 PM
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Last Night On Earth is the weakest song on Pop? Ridiculous.

Droo....which do you think are the STRONGEST songs on Pop?   You and I seem to have the same tastes are far as U2 are concerned.  Im an Achtung Zooropa, Pop enthusiast.  The only place you and I disagree is that I think No Line is complete garbage.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on January 20, 2012, 04:41:31 PM
The songs on Pop that I love most are the opening three, Last Night On Earth, Gone, and Miami.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on January 20, 2012, 04:44:06 PM
Oh and NLOTH is my second fave album of theirs. ;)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: zootv on January 20, 2012, 05:00:39 PM
I know i've done this before but heres how i feel today:

1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. Unforgetable Fire
4. Zooropa
5. Pop
6. HTDAAB
7. Boy
8. October
9. War
10. Ratttle and Hum
11. ATYCLB
12. NLOTH
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: pfctsqr on January 20, 2012, 06:23:07 PM
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Oh and NLOTH is my second fave album of theirs. ;)

I like the first 3 on Pop a lot, too.  Do You Feel Loved is somewhat of an overlooked gem.  I love the bumble bee fuzz sound of Egde's guitar in that one, not to mention Adam's bass line.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: mrsamrocks2 on January 21, 2012, 12:17:52 PM
Last Night on Earth is one of the strongest moments on Pop. It's a great album and I rank it in my top 3 with No Line and Achtung Baby. Zooropa is right behind at number 4.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ITM on January 22, 2012, 11:27:34 AM
1) The Joshua Tree  - Beginning to end, a masterpiece. No weaknesses. Always thought it stood out every bit as much an outlier during it's run as AB did during it's own.

2) Achtung Baby - A clear 2nd best. Obvious quality speaks for itself, but I sometimes think the applause for the band's reinvention ignores the influences available at the time. So Cruel has always left a bad taste in my mouth.

3) HTDAAB  - "Man and A Woman" is this album's "So Cruel" for me, but to the rest it's a complete album.

4) TUF - Will always be the definitive U2 album for me. The mood , the newly discovered musical expanse and the last time real mystery enveloped the music which was what initially attracted me to the band. Not as solid a lineup as other albums, but the mood is quintessentially "U2".

5) R&H - Have no idea why this album gets so easily overlooked. Residual from TJT but too good a catalogue to ignore.

6) Soundtracks 1 - I play this album on a regular basis more than any other U2 album. It has the kind of enduring appeal that a great jazz record has for me and provides the same kind of catalytic creative background for me.

7) Zooropa - Not as overlooked as R&H, but same rationale applies.   

8-ATYCLB 9-NLOTH 10-War 11-Boy 12-Pop 13-October*

*Tough to rank albums that would be so many other bands' best.





Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheConstable6 on January 23, 2012, 02:18:11 PM
These are my clear top 5 -

1 ) Pop
2 ) Achtung Baby
3 ) Zooropa
4 ) The Unforgettable Fire
5 ) The Joshua Tree

After this it gets fuzzier

6 ) Boy
7 ) No Line On The Horizon
8 ) How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
9) War
10) All That You Can't Leave Behind
11) Rattle & Hum
12) October

I would say the biggest gaps are between 4&5 & 8&9

The first three change depending on the day. AB was #1 forever, but it's slipped out of my rotation and Pop & Zooropa now are being played more regularly.

All-time #1 song was A Sort Of Homecoming for a very long time, but Do You Feel Loved has usurped it.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: AchtungPop on January 25, 2012, 11:29:41 AM
I've done this before. Oh well....today's....

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. ATYCLB
4. No Line On The Horizon
5. Pop
6. War
7. Zooropa
8. HTDAAB
9. Unforgettable Fire
10. Rattle & Hum
11. Boy
12. October
13. Passengers
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on January 25, 2012, 12:30:03 PM
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I've done this before. Oh well....today's....

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. ATYCLB
4. No Line On The Horizon
5. Pop
6. War
7. Zooropa
8. HTDAAB
9. Unforgettable Fire
10. Rattle & Hum
11. Boy
12. October
13. Passengers

I find it interesting how you have all the 90s work in the top half of the list, but Passengers appears dead last?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: AchtungPop on January 26, 2012, 11:02:18 AM
Yeah...I love Slug, Your Blue Room, & Miss Sarajevo...and the other songs are interesting, but I think songs with vocals will always trump those for me.

And I meant to put Boy before R&H. I never know quite where to put Boy.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Unforgettable Pedro on February 07, 2012, 04:35:39 PM
I've only managed to rank at least 5 of my personal favorite U2 albums. :D

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

And then it gets very vague from there. :/

6. Pop
7. Zooropa
8. Passengers
9. Boy
10. October
11. Rattle And Hum
12. How To Dismantle...
13. No Line On The Horizon

I haven't settled on the other 8... not counting Passengers as officially canon in their discography. :/
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on February 07, 2012, 08:20:38 PM
today

1. AB
2. TJT
3. October
4. TUF
5. Pop
6. War
7. NLOTH
8. Zooropa
9. HTDAAB
10. Boy
11. ATYCLB
12. R&H
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on February 07, 2012, 08:24:33 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on February 07, 2012, 08:25:10 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya
tell me DS. do you love yourself?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on February 07, 2012, 08:26:41 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya
tell me DS. do you love yourself?

i love my opinion of the album rankings, its true Ken
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Ăhk-tung Bay-bi on February 07, 2012, 08:28:00 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. Pop
5. Unforgettable Fire
6. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
7. Zooropa
8. No Line on the Horizon
9. War
10. Boy
11. October
12. Rattle and Hum

^ it was a three way tie for first ..
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on February 07, 2012, 08:28:41 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya
tell me DS. do you love yourself?

i love my opinion of the album rankings, its true Ken
I'm a fan of certain aspects. just put October 3rd and drop everything 1 and it's pretty much the same
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on February 07, 2012, 08:34:16 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya
tell me DS. do you love yourself?

i love my opinion of the album rankings, its true Ken
I'm a fan of certain aspects. just put October 3rd and drop everything 1 and it's pretty much the same

I'm a fan of aspects of your rankings minus this crap about Oct. being anything other than dead friggin last, other than that i agree.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on February 07, 2012, 08:35:05 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya
tell me DS. do you love yourself?

i love my opinion of the album rankings, its true Ken
I'm a fan of certain aspects. just put October 3rd and drop everything 1 and it's pretty much the same

I'm a fan of aspects of your rankings minus this crap about Oct. being anything other than dead friggin last, other than that i agree.
be careful, I'll stick MG on you
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on February 07, 2012, 08:36:18 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya
tell me DS. do you love yourself?

i love my opinion of the album rankings, its true Ken
I'm a fan of certain aspects. just put October 3rd and drop everything 1 and it's pretty much the same

I'm a fan of aspects of your rankings minus this crap about Oct. being anything other than dead friggin last, other than that i agree.
be careful, I'll stick MG on you

please dont stick the leader of the Octoheads on me
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on February 07, 2012, 08:38:34 PM
just remember to love and appreciate the masterful album
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on February 07, 2012, 08:39:48 PM
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just remember to love and appreciate the masterful album

okay i cant deny that October is the only flawless masterpiece u2 has or will ever produce. amen.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on February 07, 2012, 08:41:31 PM
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just remember to love and appreciate the masterful album

okay i cant deny that October is the only flawless masterpiece u2 has or will ever produce. amen.
good start. but AB, TJT, TUF and Pop are the same
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
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just remember to love and appreciate the masterful album

okay i cant deny that October is the only flawless masterpiece u2 has or will ever produce. amen.
good start. but AB, TJT, TUF and Pop are the same
so is your "first place" a 5 way tie? please don't be "that fan"
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya
tell me DS. do you love yourself?

i love my opinion of the album rankings, its true Ken
I'm a fan of certain aspects. just put October 3rd and drop everything 1 and it's pretty much the same

I'm a fan of aspects of your rankings minus this crap about Oct. being anything other than dead friggin last, other than that i agree.
be careful, I'll stick MG on you

please dont stick the leader of the Octoheads on me

I'm certainly not the leader of the Octoheads.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheSceneoftheAccident on February 08, 2012, 11:17:55 AM
1.) Achtung Baby - One
2.) The Joshua Tree - With or Without You
3.) The Unforgettable Fire - The Unforgettable Fire
4.) Zooropa - Zooropa
5.) War - New Year's Day
6.) Boy - An Cat Dubh
7.) Pop - Gone
8.) October - October

Then there's a huge drop in quality...

9.) No Line on the Horizon - Moment of Surrender
10.) All That You Can't Leave Behind - In a Little While
11.) Rattle and Hum - All I Want Is You
12.) How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - City of Blinding Lights

Included my favourite song from each album too. Really don't care for their latest three albums or R&H, all their other albums are incredibly consistent and great though, so they remain one of my favourite bands.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Thunder Peel on February 08, 2012, 11:25:12 AM
My top five are:

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. October
5. Pop

Everything is still tied for sixth after that. I truly love all of their albums and each one is special to me. My favorites tend to change every day. ^_^
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on February 08, 2012, 06:53:40 PM
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just remember to love and appreciate the masterful album

okay i cant deny that October is the only flawless masterpiece u2 has or will ever produce. amen.
good start. but AB, TJT, TUF and Pop are the same
so is your "first place" a 5 way tie? please don't be "that fan"
no. 1 is a little in front of TJT, then a little for October, then a good amount for TUF and Pop. AB is my favorite alone
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on February 08, 2012, 06:53:56 PM
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My top five are:

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. October
5. Pop

Everything is still tied for sixth after that. I truly love all of their albums and each one is special to me. My favorites tend to change every day. ^_^
I love you
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: AceLordGrizzly on February 09, 2012, 10:42:19 AM
The Joshua Tree
Achtung Baby
All That You Canít Leave Behind
The Unforgettable Fire
War
Zooropa
October
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
No Line On The Horizon
Boy
Passengers
Pop
Rattle And Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Boom Cha! on February 09, 2012, 01:26:38 PM
I'm sure I've already done this, but I'll do it again anyways.

1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. Zooropa
5. The Joshua Tree
6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
7. Boy
8. Original Soundtracks 1
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. War
11. No Line On The Horizon
12. Rattle And Hum
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: singnomore on February 09, 2012, 02:41:37 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya
tell me DS. do you love yourself?

i love my opinion of the album rankings, its true Ken
I'm a fan of certain aspects. just put October 3rd and drop everything 1 and it's pretty much the same

I'm a fan of aspects of your rankings minus this crap about Oct. being anything other than dead friggin last, other than that i agree.
be careful, I'll stick MG on you

please dont stick the leader of the Octoheads on me

I'm certainly not the leader of the Octoheads.

The Octoheads move in a seamless pack of music appreciation!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: DGordon1 on February 09, 2012, 03:16:41 PM
I'm thinking of you all as 8-headed beings now.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Bads316 on February 09, 2012, 03:18:06 PM
The Human Octoberpede
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on February 10, 2012, 10:59:40 AM
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The Human Octoberpede

You had to go there. :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on February 10, 2012, 03:05:26 PM
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The Human Octoberpede
I CALL FRONT
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on February 10, 2012, 04:21:52 PM
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The Human Octoberpede
I CALL FRONT

That a 15 year old even knows to make this reference just goes to show that parents are not doing enough to supervise their children.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
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The Human Octoberpede
I CALL FRONT

That a 15 year old even knows to make this reference just goes to show that parents are not doing enough to supervise their children.
::) I actually saw it on Tosh  :P
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on February 10, 2012, 05:04:40 PM
I stand by my earlier statement.

Parents should do more to prevent their children from being exposed to unfunny comedians.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on February 10, 2012, 05:06:48 PM
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I stand by my earlier statement.

Parents should do more to prevent their children from being exposed to unfunny comedians.
  :P

trust me, I'm actually considered a "very good" boy
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on February 10, 2012, 06:36:37 PM
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I stand by my earlier statement.

Parents should do more to prevent their children from being exposed to unfunny comedians.

+1... I'm an adult and I am totally afraid to even view that movie...
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Bads316 on February 13, 2012, 07:05:47 AM
Never seen it, no desire to see it, so many better films to spend your time with.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on February 13, 2012, 01:18:59 PM
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Never seen it, no desire to see it, so many better films to spend your time with.

Never seen it either and never will.

I'm annoyed I even know what it is.
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Post by: MarsGirl on February 13, 2012, 01:23:16 PM
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Never seen it, no desire to see it, so many better films to spend your time with.

Never seen it either and never will.

I'm annoyed I even know what it is.

Haha, me too!!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on February 13, 2012, 02:39:04 PM
I've never seen the real movie bu I've seen people making fun of it on Comedy Central
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Post by: MarsGirl on February 13, 2012, 03:13:32 PM
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I've never seen the real movie bu I've seen people making fun of it on Comedy Central

I read a wikipedia entry about it.
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Post by: TheSceneoftheAccident on February 13, 2012, 04:53:22 PM
I have seen it. It's garbage. It relies too much on the cheap shock gimmick. The sequel tries even harder to try and shock. The guy who directs them needs to watch Irreversible if he wants to know how to shock and disturb and audience AND deliver a powerful message.
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Post by: The Grave on February 13, 2012, 05:13:29 PM
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I have seen it. It's garbage. It relies too much on the cheap shock gimmick. The sequel tries even harder to try and shock. The guy who directs them needs to watch Irreversible if he wants to know how to shock and disturb and audience AND deliver a powerful message.
there's a second one  ???
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on February 13, 2012, 05:19:21 PM
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I have seen it. It's garbage. It relies too much on the cheap shock gimmick. The sequel tries even harder to try and shock. The guy who directs them needs to watch Irreversible if he wants to know how to shock and disturb and audience AND deliver a powerful message.

I've read about that and actually have a interest in seeing that. It's told backwards I believe right?

Oh and interesting fact about that movie, is that Thomas Bangalter scored the film. He is more well know as one half of the duo Daft Punk.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on February 13, 2012, 05:34:03 PM
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I have seen it. It's garbage. It relies too much on the cheap shock gimmick. The sequel tries even harder to try and shock. The guy who directs them needs to watch Irreversible if he wants to know how to shock and disturb and audience AND deliver a powerful message.

please. this movie is all hype and no delivery. yea there's a scene or 2 that are disturbing but its NOT the horrific shockfest everyone acted like it would be. the sequel ive heard IS the shockfest. i wouldnt recommend seeing the first but it's still not as grotesque as youd think.
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Post by: TheSceneoftheAccident on February 13, 2012, 05:45:21 PM
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I have seen it. It's garbage. It relies too much on the cheap shock gimmick. The sequel tries even harder to try and shock. The guy who directs them needs to watch Irreversible if he wants to know how to shock and disturb and audience AND deliver a powerful message.

I've read about that and actually have a interest in seeing that. It's told backwards I believe right?

Oh and interesting fact about that movie, is that Thomas Bangalter scored the film. He is more well know as one half of the duo Daft Punk.

It's told in a non-linear order like Memento... And yeah I heard about the guy from Daft Punk scoring it. Mind was blown when I found out. The music (if you can call it that) really adds to the feel of the film.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Darth Tytis on February 26, 2012, 02:15:27 AM
Masterpieces 5/5 Stars:

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
4. No Line On the Horizon
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. The Unforgettable Fire

The 4 Star Studs:

7. Zooropa
8. War

The 3/5 Stars decent albums:

9. Pop
10. October
11. Boy

The regrettable:

12. Rattle and Hum  (All I want is You, Heartland, Angel of Harlem and Love Rescue Me are great but the rest kind of sucks)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheSceneoftheAccident on February 26, 2012, 11:52:28 AM
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Masterpieces 5/5 Stars:

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
4. No Line On the Horizon
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. The Unforgettable Fire

The 4 Star Studs:

7. Zooropa
8. War

The 3/5 Stars decent albums:

9. Pop
10. October
11. Boy

The regrettable:

12. Rattle and Hum  (All I want is You, Heartland, Angel of Harlem and Love Rescue Me are great but the rest kind of sucks)

Controversial rankings imo
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on February 26, 2012, 01:08:18 PM
It's always been hard for me to rank October and Boy any higher than the bottom 5 or so because its so amateur compared to the rest of their catalog.
 
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: iluvyomumma on February 28, 2012, 05:13:56 AM
1. The Joshua tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Unforgettable fire
4. Zooropa
5. Boy
6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
7. No Line On The Horizon
8. All That You Can't Leave Behind

9. War
10. Pop
11. October
12. Rattle & Hum

That was tough!!! the top 8 I love to bits and that order will probably change by next week!!! The bottem 4 I don't dislike/hate but just don't have as much love for because they don't have any particuarlly loved songs for me with the exception of All I Want is You and "40" which are two of my favs. Like I said, very tough
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on February 28, 2012, 07:00:24 AM
I'm glad people generally have love for TUF. I thought people didnt before I joined this forum. I guess that's just non-fans who only like the song Pride. TUF is just such great mood music. My spine tingles every time those first few notes of the title track begin. And, A Sort of Homecoming is my all time favorite U2 song ever.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: imaginary friend on July 22, 2012, 11:14:26 AM
1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. No Line On The Horizon
4. The Unforgettable Fire

5-11: see note below.

12. Rattle and Hum
13. War

the unnamed albums are all at more or less the same level to me. I do listen to Atomic Bomb, October and Original Soundtracks more than the others in the group, though.  :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on July 22, 2012, 02:02:39 PM
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1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. No Line On The Horizon
4. The Unforgettable Fire

Let's be friends!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on July 22, 2012, 04:00:00 PM
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Mine changed a little too

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop
6. Rattle And Hum
7. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
8. No Line On The Horizon (they switch very, very often though. Maybe I should tie it.)
9. Boy
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. October
12. War
Once again, changed a little.

1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooooooooropa
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Pop
5. The Unforgettable Fire :'( I feel bad moving it down a place
6. Rattle And Hum
7. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
8. No Line on the Horizon
9. Boy
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. October
12. War

The albums in my top five never leave my top five. I have an emotional connection to R&H so it hurts too much to move it down a slot, even if I think HTDAAB or whatever is better. HTDAAB and NLOTH used to frequently change positions, but now I think HTDAAB is solidly above NLOTH. The last four are always mixed up in some way. Sometimes War is my least favorite, sometimes ATYCLB is my least favorite, sometimes Boy and October are better than those two, sometimes October is really low... it varies.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on July 22, 2012, 04:01:15 PM
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Achtung Baby
Zooropa
The Joshua Tree
Rattle And Hum
Pop
The Unforgettable Fire
Boy
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
October
All That You Can't Leave Behind
No Line On The Horizon
War
And yet I feel it's not right.  :-\
And, once it looked like this. Why are NLOTH and TUF so low and why is Boy so high?! :D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Canadanne on July 22, 2012, 05:28:18 PM
I thought I'd done this already, but it seems not.

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

The top three and bottom three are pretty much fixed, but I'm never entirely sure how to rank the ones in between.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheLarryMullenBand on July 22, 2012, 06:40:44 PM
Top 5 has always been the same and will likely never change

1. The Joshua Tree The definitive U2 sound in my opinion, the album that made them superstars.

2. Achtung Baby Tremendously impressive turnaround after R&H, such a unique, new, and rich sound for the time, just brilliant.

3. The Unforgettable Fire Very ambient and atmospheric, one of U2's best works at a relatively young age.

4. Boy For the age at which U2 was when they made this, it's incredibly impressive. An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart is perfect musical cohesion.

5. War First album where U2 finally made a statement w/ their music, lot's of passion and sincerity in this album.

6. Pop The gritty rock / pop sound was pretty much done perfectly w/ the ironies of the album. As U2 has hinted at, it was an album probably well ahead the musical curve.

7. No Line On The Horizon  Like everyone says, a very cohesive, connected piece of work. Although 'Boots is pretty bad, and excluding Winter from the album was pretty poor judgement by U2. I personally think Winter is one of the best songs they've ever written. If Winter was on the album, No Line would definitely be higher in my rankings. Also, the album ages very well as Edge was noted as saying that it's the type of album that will grow on people over time.

8. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb A close contender for best of the 00's albums. Just great all-around tunes albiet All Because Of You. Like Pop, lot's of these songs could have been singles in my opinion.

9. Zooropa Just like Pop, probably an album way ahead of its time. Nonetheless, a great string of songs with that play on the irony theme so well just like Pop. Although Numb, Babyface, Some Days, and Crashed Car don't really do it for me.

10. Rattle and Hum The live songs ruined this album for me, they just felt awkward. Other than that, I love the studio songs, however, I feel like their potential is simply buried by the live songs, which is why R&H is so low on my list. It could have been so much better without the live songs.

11. All That You Can't Leave Behind Absolutely the worst album of the 00's. Bono's voice is around his all-time low. The first half of the album is good, but really drops off after that. Even the songs that I do like I feel that I don't have a strong connection with unlike other U2 songs.

12. October In all honesty, this could be ahead of ATYCLB. It's too bad that Bono lost the original lyrics because this album had great potential. Because of the weak lyrics and some average melodies, this bottoms out my list. Edge does have some pretty epic riffs throughout the album though.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on July 22, 2012, 09:09:06 PM
top 5 haven't changed. ever
AB
JT
UF
Zoo
War

the rest have shifted one or two spots.

NLOTH
Pop <this is about the only one thats ever raised in ranking>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB <this is the only one ive ever dropped, it doesnt age well>
HTDAAB
Oct
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: JBS on July 23, 2012, 04:26:13 AM
1. Achtung Baby: this one has been in the top spot since I became a fan

The rest have all changed around a lot over the years but currently:

2. Pop

3. The Joshua Tree

4. The Unforgettable Fire

5. Zooropa

6. War

7. Rattle N Hum (this one moves around the list the most often)

8. HTDAAB (this can move around a bit as well)

9. Boy

10. ATYCLB

11. NLOTH

12. October: now placing this last is probably unfair as I don't think I've listened to this album more than 5 times and haven't listened to it a few years at this point.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on July 23, 2012, 07:38:57 AM
How I feel this day.

1.  Achtung Baby
2.  No Line on the Horizon
3.  The Joshua Tree
4.  Zooropa
5.  The Unforgettable Fire
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Canít Leave Behind
8.  War
9.  Pop
10.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on July 23, 2012, 07:50:13 AM
*crying for the lack of October love*
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on July 23, 2012, 10:09:56 AM
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*crying for the lack of October love*
They're just all SO GOOD!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on July 23, 2012, 10:21:36 AM
1. AB
2. TJT
3. OCTOBER MG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4. TUF
5. Pop
6. War
7. NLOTH
8. HTDAAB
9. Zooropa
10. Boy
11. ATYCLB
12. Rattle and Ham
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on July 23, 2012, 12:26:36 PM
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12. October: now placing this last is probably unfair as I don't think I've listened to this album more than 5 times and haven't listened to it a few years at this point.

you've placed it where you should of :)

Pop has risen significantly in my list over the past few years. My appreciation for it has waned and now i like it more than i did a few years ago, but not as much as when i first heard it , as it is the album that brought my into the U2-fan base
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on July 23, 2012, 12:33:08 PM
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1. AB
2. TJT
3. OCTOBER MG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4. TUF
5. Pop
6. War
7. NLOTH
8. HTDAAB
9. Zooropa
10. Boy
11. ATYCLB
12. Rattle and Ham

Yes, Ken, I know you're an October supporter. ;)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: JBS on July 23, 2012, 12:44:57 PM
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12. October: now placing this last is probably unfair as I don't think I've listened to this album more than 5 times and haven't listened to it a few years at this point.

you've placed it where you should of :)

Pop has risen significantly in my list over the past few years. My appreciation for it has waned and now i like it more than i did a few years ago, but not as much as when i first heard it , as it is the album that brought my into the U2-fan base

Haha. After I posted that this morning I almost gave October a spin but then....I didn't.

Pop is one of those albums that at certain periods it ranks lower on my list but over the last month I've really gotten back into it and when I'm loving it, it's the album that comes close to knocking Achtung out of the top spot for me.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on July 23, 2012, 01:16:44 PM
I keep forgetting just how great Pop is.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Grave on July 23, 2012, 01:58:25 PM
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1. AB
2. TJT
3. OCTOBER MG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4. TUF
5. Pop
6. War
7. NLOTH
8. HTDAAB
9. Zooropa
10. Boy
11. ATYCLB
12. Rattle and Ham

Yes, Ken, I know you're an October supporter. ;)
;D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on July 24, 2012, 03:17:52 PM
1. No Line On The Horizon - I adore every single song on this album. I believe this to be U2's only album with a flawless set of songs and it is a pure masterpiece. Under-rated by a lot on this forum which it definitely doesn't deserve to be. The middle trio are in my top five songs off this album which shows my minority opinion  ;)

2. Achtung Baby - A risky and daring album that I just love. All the songs are classic and they are even better when translated into a live performance. U2's best live album for me and an album that sounds undeniably guitar heavy, which is also a stroke of genius.

3. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb - I love the shrieking tone of Edge's guitar and the wailing vocals of Bono on this album. U2's only real rock album for me and a great collecion of songs that flow nicely. These songs are also great when played live too.

4. The Unforgettable Fire - A huge shift in direction from their first three albums and it showed where they wanted to go in a big way. Sounds crisper than The Joshua Tree and far more atmospheric. Bono is on fine form here.

5. All That You Can't Leave Behind - A lovely string of songs here and another change in direction from their previous efforts. Cemented their place at the top of music and they've never looked back. Very under-rated by some on this forum but I can't understand why.

6. Pop - U2's second most experimental album (after AB) and a huge improvement on Zooropa. Pop has a more edgy and rocky vibe to it, which I just love. Sophisticated lyrics for the most part and an album that's full of great live songs. If only U2 would play them again hey?

7. The Joshua Tree - The album that propelled them to superstardom. I feel bad for placing it so low but, other than the first four songs and Exit, it doesn't excite me the way it did when I first listened to it. I've lost the love for this album but I still like listening to it on occasions.

8. Boy - What an album to debut with. The best of their first trio of albums and I still can't quite comprehend the level of musicality they showed considering the age they made it at. Edge dominates the album and the songs are all the better for it.

9. October - I never really liked listening to this album until about six months ago and now I love it. I love the passion of the album as a whole; it really sounds like they put their heart and soul into it. I only skip a couple of songs when I listen to it and the quality of the songs I do listen to are up there with U2's finest.

10. War - Another passionate album and very hard-hitting. Larry's drum beats are his finest to date. Bono's mightily impressive shouty vocals makes the album even greater too. I skip about four songs on this album when I listen to it but, as we all know, the majority of the songs are very good on this album.

11. Rattle And Hum - Never liked the idea of a half live/half studio album but I don't listen to the live songs (except Silver & Gold). The studio songs have grown on me these past few weeks and I'm listening to God Part II, Heartland and WLCTT a lot more than I used to as I've now "found" their brilliance. Under-rated album too, it deserves more praise.

12. Zooropa - Not a huge fan of this album as there is a lack of stadium anthems. Stay, Zooropa, Lemon & Some Days are the only songs I really care about on this album. The others are good but I just feel this album was "too" experimental for U2's standards. Pop was a much better attempt in my opinion.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheLarryMullenBand on July 24, 2012, 07:45:03 PM
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*crying for the lack of October love*
They're just all SO GOOD!

The thing with October is that if it was not stacked up against the other 11 albums, it would look way better. It's just overshadowed by other terrific albums, which says a lot about the quality of October in my opinion.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: surit87 on July 24, 2012, 10:29:18 PM
1. War
2. October
3. Zooropa
4. Achtung Baby
5. Pop
6. Unforgettable Fire
7. Rattle and Hum
8. Joshua Tree
9. Boy
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. No Line On The Horizon
12. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on July 25, 2012, 01:35:26 AM
I made a list a long time ago, so I guess it's time to make a new one.

1. All That You Can't Leave Behind
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Joshua Tree
4. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
5. No Line On The Horizon
6. Zooropa
7. Pop
8. The Unforgettable Fire
9. Rattle And Hum
10. Boy
11. War
12. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: pfctsqr on July 29, 2012, 04:27:07 AM
1) AB
2) TJT
3) Pop
4) Zooropa
5) UF
6) War
7) Boy
8. October
9) ATYCLB
10) R&H
11) HTDAAB
1,234,472) NLOTH
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Taco on July 29, 2012, 04:17:24 PM
1) ATYCLB
2) AB
3) HTDAAB
4) JT
5) Boy
6) War
7) TUF
8) NLOTH
9) Pop
10) Zooropa
11) October
12) RAH
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: YeahNoYeah on September 05, 2012, 03:00:14 PM
All That You Can't Leave Behind
The Unforgettable Fire
War
The Joshua Tree
No Line On The Horizon
Achtung Baby
Boy
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
October
Zooropa
Pop
Rattle And Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Tumbling Dice on September 05, 2012, 03:22:35 PM
1. AB
2. Zooropa
3. The Joshua Tree
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop
6. No Line On The Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: So Cruel on September 05, 2012, 05:26:24 PM
1) Achtung Baby
2) Joshua Tree
3) Rattle & Hum
4) Pop
5) The Unforgettable Fire
6) How to Dismantle...
7) Zooropa
8) War
9) All That You Can't...
10) Boy
11) No Line...
12) October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Thunder Peel on September 05, 2012, 05:48:12 PM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. October
5. Pop
6. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
7. No Line on the Horizon
8. Zooropa
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind
10. War
11. Rattle and Hum
12. Boy

This is just a recent ranking. The top five stay consistent but 6-12 change all the time. Heck, tomorrow it could be completely flipped! I really do love every album and each one is special to me. I have yet to be disappointed by a U2 record.:)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on September 05, 2012, 06:04:07 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya

been there ranked that
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheLarryMullenBand on September 05, 2012, 06:33:42 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya

been there ranked that

I actually have the same problem with Pop and NLOTH as well when I rank them.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on September 05, 2012, 06:43:19 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya

been there ranked that

I actually have the same problem with Pop and NLOTH as well when I rank them.

Yea. i think i'd rank NLOTH over Pop if they'd dropped the middle 3, opened the album with Fez instead of No Line. Pop has risen in my rankings thou, i used to have it around 8th or 9th.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: _acrobat on September 05, 2012, 07:27:54 PM
NLOTH
AB
TUF
Zooropa
Pop
JT
HTDAAB
War
Boy
October
R&H
ATYCLB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: nbelcik on September 05, 2012, 07:31:24 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Pop
4. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. No Line on the Horizon
8. Zooropa
9. Boy
10. War
11. Rattle and Hum
12. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheLarryMullenBand on September 06, 2012, 08:28:54 AM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya

been there ranked that

I actually have the same problem with Pop and NLOTH as well when I rank them.

Yea. i think i'd rank NLOTH over Pop if they'd dropped the middle 3, opened the album with Fez instead of No Line. Pop has risen in my rankings thou, i used to have it around 8th or 9th.

Yeah I agree about the middle 3, definitely true. This is what I would have wanted for a track listing, and it actually was the track listing about a year before release:

1.   "Unknown Caller"     
2.   "Breathe"     
3.   "Winter"     
4.   "White as Snow"     
5.   "No Line on the Horizon"     
6.   "Fez Ė Being Born"     
7.   "Magnificent"     
8.   "Stand Up Comedy"     
9.   "Get on Your Boots" 
10.   "Moment of Surrender"     
11.   "Cedars of Lebanon" 


Sooooo much better!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on September 06, 2012, 10:31:43 AM
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This is what I would have wanted for a track listing, and it actually was the track listing about a year before release:

1.   "Unknown Caller"     
2.   "Breathe"     
3.   "Winter"     
4.   "White as Snow"     
5.   "No Line on the Horizon"     
6.   "Fez Ė Being Born"     
7.   "Magnificent"     
8.   "Stand Up Comedy"     
9.   "Get on Your Boots" 
10.   "Moment of Surrender"     
11.   "Cedars of Lebanon" 

Disgree completely.

You would end the album with two slow ballads that aren't exactly happy songs? The album would feel like having no climax. The reason why the end of NLOTH works is because of the sting in the tail by having Breathe inbetween two slow ballads. Without that twist, the album would just finish unspectacularly.

The first four on your list would be a terrible way to start the album. Unknown Caller, Winter and White As Snow don't exactly shout out of the speakers. When I listen to an album from start to finish I want that kick-start to the album like Vertigo or Discotheque. That wouldn't happen with this tracklist, the album would take forvever to get going. And we already know how it ends.

Having five back-to-back flat-out rockers is a great idea, but surrounding them are two depressing sets of songs. It is better to shake it up a bit like they done with original tracklisting in my opinion.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheLarryMullenBand on September 06, 2012, 10:53:41 AM
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This is what I would have wanted for a track listing, and it actually was the track listing about a year before release:

1.   "Unknown Caller"     
2.   "Breathe"     
3.   "Winter"     
4.   "White as Snow"     
5.   "No Line on the Horizon"     
6.   "Fez Ė Being Born"     
7.   "Magnificent"     
8.   "Stand Up Comedy"     
9.   "Get on Your Boots" 
10.   "Moment of Surrender"     
11.   "Cedars of Lebanon" 

Disgree completely.

You would end the album with two slow ballads that aren't exactly happy songs? The album would feel like having no climax. The reason why the end of NLOTH works is because of the sting in the tail by having Breathe inbetween two slow ballads. Without that twist, the album would just finish unspectacularly.

The first four on your list would be a terrible way to start the album. Unknown Caller, Winter and White As Snow don't exactly shout out of the speakers. When I listen to an album from start to finish I want that kick-start to the album like Vertigo or Discotheque. That wouldn't happen with this tracklist, the album would take forvever to get going. And we already know how it ends.

Having five back-to-back flat-out rockers is a great idea, but surrounding them are two depressing sets of songs. It is better to shake it up a bit like they done with original tracklisting in my opinion.

I literally couldn't disagree more. This was the exact track list for Linear so U2 weren't just blindly putting songs together, they knew what they were doing. Besides, MOS is in such an awful spot on the actual NLOTH track listing and it fits so much better closer to the end of the album. Breathe seems out of place as the second to last song. Having it come right after Unknown Caller in this track list fits quite well. If you actually listen to this order it's very cohesive and in my opinion a much better album had they left it that way.

How would it be unspectacular? Have you listened to MOS? Why does it have to be happy? Those songs both send strong messages, it doesn't have to be happy, that's just dumb, cliche logic. Also, Unknown Caller, Winter, and White as Snow are fine right where they are, and who said Unknown Caller wasn't a rocker? Same could be said with Winter too.

I feel the track listing we have with NLOTH is kind of jumbled around, even though it's still one of their more cohesive albums in a long time.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on September 06, 2012, 11:06:21 AM
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This is what I would have wanted for a track listing, and it actually was the track listing about a year before release:

1.   "Unknown Caller"     
2.   "Breathe"     
3.   "Winter"     
4.   "White as Snow"     
5.   "No Line on the Horizon"     
6.   "Fez Ė Being Born"     
7.   "Magnificent"     
8.   "Stand Up Comedy"     
9.   "Get on Your Boots" 
10.   "Moment of Surrender"     
11.   "Cedars of Lebanon" 

Disgree completely.

You would end the album with two slow ballads that aren't exactly happy songs? The album would feel like having no climax. The reason why the end of NLOTH works is because of the sting in the tail by having Breathe inbetween two slow ballads. Without that twist, the album would just finish unspectacularly.

The first four on your list would be a terrible way to start the album. Unknown Caller, Winter and White As Snow don't exactly shout out of the speakers. When I listen to an album from start to finish I want that kick-start to the album like Vertigo or Discotheque. That wouldn't happen with this tracklist, the album would take forvever to get going. And we already know how it ends.

Having five back-to-back flat-out rockers is a great idea, but surrounding them are two depressing sets of songs. It is better to shake it up a bit like they done with original tracklisting in my opinion.

I literally couldn't disagree more. This was the exact track list for Linear so U2 weren't just blindly putting songs together, they knew what they were doing. Besides, MOS is in such an awful spot on the actual NLOTH track listing and it fits so much better closer to the end of the album. Breathe seems out of place as the second to last song. Having it come right after Unknown Caller in this track list fits quite well. If you actually listen to this order it's very cohesive and in my opinion a much better album had they left it that way.

How would it be unspectacular? Have you listened to MOS? Why does it have to be happy? Those songs both send strong messages, it doesn't have to be happy, that's just dumb, cliche logic. Also, Unknown Caller, Winter, and White as Snow are fine right where they are, and who said Unknown Caller wasn't a rocker? Same could be said with Winter too.

I feel the track listing we have with NLOTH is kind of jumbled around, even though it's still one of their more cohesive albums in a long time.

I have listened to Moment Of Surrender and the best place for that song to go would be as the album's closer. MOS, on its own, is a brilliant song and it finishes great. Why would you want to spoil that by putting another song straight after it? I think MOS is in the wrong place on the album too, but putting it where you have doesn't solve this problem, it actually makes it worse. Also, putting Boots straight before it is a catastrophic error. A punky rocker right before a slow song that builds to a crescendo? Not a good idea.

Once again, White As Snow is a great song but putting a rocker like NLOTH straight after it isn't good. I understand that Breathe is after it on the album but that is followed by another slow song. Your tracklist shows WAS coming before five back-to-back rockers. So the brilliance of WAS (and Winter to a certain extent) is followed by a complete change of direction for the next half of the album? Another bad idea.

Unknown Caller does rock but it's not rock enough to open a U2 album. Vertigo, Beautiful Day, Discotheque, Zoo Station... all rocking songs that start an album. Unknown Caller would fit in better surrounded by other, similar songs in my opinion.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheLarryMullenBand on September 06, 2012, 11:31:34 AM
Well if were up to me Boots wouldn't be on any version of the album. I agree that it's out of place on that list, but overall I still think the order is an improvement over what we have imo.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Tumbling Dice on September 06, 2012, 02:17:39 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya

been there ranked that

I actually have the same problem with Pop and NLOTH as well when I rank them.

Yea. i think i'd rank NLOTH over Pop if they'd dropped the middle 3, opened the album with Fez instead of No Line. Pop has risen in my rankings thou, i used to have it around 8th or 9th.

I rank Pop and NLOTH about equally, but I give Pop the nod just because I prefer its sound and it's more a work of art for me.  No Line would deffo have been better if Fez had opened the album, SUC been omitted and Winter included. 
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: GardenTart on September 06, 2012, 03:48:03 PM
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1. AB
2. Zooropa
3. The Joshua Tree
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop
6. No Line On The Horizon
Ummmmm TD, you're missing some.....
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: satellitedog01 on September 06, 2012, 04:50:12 PM
It's been a while, so I give this another go without looking at the previous list:

1-Pop
2-Zooropa/Passengers (I listen to Passengers the most)
3-Achtung Baby
4-TUF
Rattle & Hum (for some of the studio tracks, possibly skipping the rest)
TJT
War (Red Light's pretty cool)
Boy
No Line (for the more interesting songs)
ATYCLB (Starting with Kite)
Bomb
October

I only listen to Passengers semi-regularly these years...
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: GardenTart on September 06, 2012, 04:50:43 PM
 Yeah it's been a while since I've done this so here we go:
1. Achtung Baby
2. R&H
3. J.T.
4. TUF
5. HTDAAB
6. War
7. Zooropa
8. October
9. NLOTH
10. Pop
11. Boy 
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12. ATYCLB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on September 06, 2012, 05:12:02 PM
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It's been a while, so I give this another go without looking at the previous list:

1-Pop
2-Zooropa/Passengers (I listen to Passengers the most)
3-Achtung Baby
4-TUF
Rattle & Hum (for some of the studio tracks, possibly skipping the rest)
TJT
War (Red Light's pretty cool)
Boy
No Line (for the more interesting songs)
ATYCLB (Starting with Kite)
Bomb
October

I only listen to Passengers semi-regularly these years...

you listen to the 2nd half more than the first? ive listened to Passengers probably less than 5 times since i got it 6 years ago.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: satellitedog01 on September 07, 2012, 02:22:45 AM
Yeah, I grew to hate the singles, both for them being overplayed and for their undeserved classic status and because they won't stop including them in setlists.
I was a proper fan at the time it came out (minus Stuck of course), and since I wasn't around in the eighties (Zooropa was the latest album when I started buying their stuff) I liked the back to "basics" selling point up til Bomb.

As for Passengers? I always loved the "what if" and B side tracks of U2, like One Minute Warning, Corpse, Elvis Ate (and Elvis+America too), as they were often more interesting than the pop stuff. Just for the future possibilities of their creative evolution you know. That's why the lack of original B-sides in the '00s is such a kick in the balls. There's no what if, there's just constructed and filtered precision. Passengers is the antithesis of their "comeback" albums.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Tumbling Dice on September 07, 2012, 11:20:23 AM
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1. AB
2. Zooropa
3. The Joshua Tree
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop
6. No Line On The Horizon
Ummmmm TD, you're missing some.....

I'm trying to eliminate negativity from my life.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: AchtungPop on September 07, 2012, 11:35:20 AM
I just love that there are so many wildly different lists. Just shows how great they are, and even if you may not like an album as much as the others, shows how consistent they've been. October tends to be last in most, but its still a good album. In fact, I might listen to some of it now.  8)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Nanda360 on September 07, 2012, 12:46:24 PM
1 Achtung Baby
2 Achtung Baby
3 Achtung Baby
4 Achtung Baby
5 Achtung Baby
6 Achtung Baby
7 The Joshua Tree
8 The Joshua Tree
9 The Joshua Tree
10 The Joshua Tree
11 The Joshua Tree
12 The Joshua Tree

... just kidding

...my true ranking:
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
2. The Unforgettable Fire
4. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. Boy
7. War
8. Pop
9. Zooropa
10. No Line on the Horizon
11. October
12. Rattle and Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Bads316 on September 07, 2012, 04:37:56 PM
1 Achtung Baby - Still the King but for the first time under threat.
2 The Unforgettable Fire - The older I get the more I fall in love with this, a damn masterpiece.
3 The Joshua Tree - So you want some songs? :) More relevant to today than the band who made it.
4 Zooropa - Unlike the other greats in rock 'n' roll land, U2's catalogue is void of a GREAT double album, but they do have this, a genre unto itself.
5 Pop - U2's most honest, raw, gut wrenching work, a rusty nail in the foot kind of album. Along with 'John Wesley Harding' possibly the most underrated album ever.
6 Boy
7 NLOTH
8 Passengers (if it counts)
9 War
10 Rattle and Hum
11 October
12 ATYCLB
13 Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Tumbling Dice on September 07, 2012, 04:54:30 PM
My top 6 favourite 'sounding' albums.

1. Zooropa
2. The Unforgettable Fire
3. Achtung Baby
4. The Joshua Tree
5. Pop
6. Boy

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on September 08, 2012, 11:30:12 AM
All I know is that 1 is Achtung Baby, and 2 is Pop.

The rest usually a mess.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Allie79 on September 08, 2012, 05:26:41 PM
Achtung Baby
War
Pop
The Unforgettable Fire
Joshua Tree
Zooropa
NLOTH
October
Rattle and Hum
Boy
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: jules on September 14, 2012, 01:47:45 AM
UF
AB
JT
Boy
UABRS
War
NLOTH
HTDAAB
R+H
Zooropa
ATYCLB
Pop
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: GardenTart on September 14, 2012, 09:15:51 AM
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1. AB
2. Zooropa
3. The Joshua Tree
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop
6. No Line On The Horizon
Ummmmm TD, you're missing some.....

I'm trying to eliminate negativity from my life.

Then you need to listen to MORE U2! Including R&H.  :P
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on September 14, 2012, 09:26:03 AM
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How I feel this day.

1.  Achtung Baby
2.  No Line on the Horizon
3.  The Joshua Tree
4.  Zooropa
5.  The Unforgettable Fire
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Canít Leave Behind
8.  War
9.  Pop
10.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October

From two months ago above, and as of today below.
1.  Achtung Baby
2.  No Line on the Horizon
3.  The Joshua Tree
4.  The Unforgettable Fire
5.  Zooropa
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Canít Leave Behind
8.  Pop
9.  War
10.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October

The same except for TUF and Zooropa (or as my 5-year-old says, "Zoorobot") switching spots, and Pop and War.  I'll try again in November/December.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: dirtdrybonesandstone on September 14, 2012, 12:22:09 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya

been there ranked that

I actually have the same problem with Pop and NLOTH as well when I rank them.

Yea. i think i'd rank NLOTH over Pop if they'd dropped the middle 3, opened the album with Fez instead of No Line. Pop has risen in my rankings thou, i used to have it around 8th or 9th.

If they would have opened NLOTH with Fez/BB, it would have sold another 500,000 units.   One of their classic mis-cues IMO.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on September 14, 2012, 12:42:55 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya

been there ranked that

I actually have the same problem with Pop and NLOTH as well when I rank them.

Yea. i think i'd rank NLOTH over Pop if they'd dropped the middle 3, opened the album with Fez instead of No Line. Pop has risen in my rankings thou, i used to have it around 8th or 9th.

If they would have opened NLOTH with Fez/BB, it would have sold another 500,000 units.   One of their classic mis-cues IMO.

Really? You think 500k more of the general public would have bought the album if they replaced a rocking, fast-paced album cut with a meandering, largely instrumental album cut? Why? How?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Tumbling Dice on September 14, 2012, 12:58:37 PM
Fez is a good song and would have made a better album opener, but I don't think it would have gained or lost any sales.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheLarryMullenBand on September 14, 2012, 01:03:34 PM
The problem they made was having 'Boots as the lead single. THAT was TERRIBLE decision. It easily cost them millions in sales because almost everyone I've talked to who are pseudo - U2 fans said they had no interest in the rest of the album after they heard 'Boots, and heck, I don't blame them. 
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Tumbling Dice on September 14, 2012, 01:43:14 PM
The problem is that NLOTH didn't have a commercial sounding enough song on it to be a successful lead single like Vertigo or Beautiful Day.  Boots is a poor imitation of Vertigo and they'd already been there and done that.  MOS would have been a much more bold choice and showed the world what U2 were about at that time, but it's an awkward song for a single because of its length.  Magnificent is a good song, but a bit too predictable, and I'll Go Crazy, while a commercial sounding song, is too lightweight to be a lead single.  So I think if any other song on NLOTH was released as lead single it wouldn't have added much to the album's sales.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on September 14, 2012, 03:03:05 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

hell ya

been there ranked that

I actually have the same problem with Pop and NLOTH as well when I rank them.

Yea. i think i'd rank NLOTH over Pop if they'd dropped the middle 3, opened the album with Fez instead of No Line. Pop has risen in my rankings thou, i used to have it around 8th or 9th.

If they would have opened NLOTH with Fez/BB, it would have sold another 500,000 units.   One of their classic mis-cues IMO.

Really? You think 500k more of the general public would have bought the album if they replaced a rocking, fast-paced album cut with a meandering, largely instrumental album cut? Why? How?

replaced? who said i didn't want No Line on the album? I'd just rather have Fez as the opener.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on September 14, 2012, 05:25:34 PM
No, I'm questioning why anyone would say replacing No Line as the opener with a song like Fez would have positively impacted sales like that.

Singles sell albums. Not track order.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: _acrobat on September 14, 2012, 07:49:29 PM
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No, I'm questioning why anyone would say replacing No Line as the opener with a song like Fez would have positively impacted sales like that.

Singles sell albums. Not track order.

Agreed.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: dirtdrybonesandstone on September 14, 2012, 10:34:34 PM
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The problem is that NLOTH didn't have a commercial sounding enough song on it to be a successful lead single like Vertigo or Beautiful Day.  Boots is a poor imitation of Vertigo and they'd already been there and done that.  MOS would have been a much more bold choice and showed the world what U2 were about at that time, but it's an awkward song for a single because of its length.  Magnificent is a good song, but a bit too predictable, and I'll Go Crazy, while a commercial sounding song, is too lightweight to be a lead single.  So I think if any other song on NLOTH was released as lead single it wouldn't have added much to the album's sales.
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The problem is that NLOTH didn't have a commercial sounding enough song on it to be a successful lead single like Vertigo or Beautiful Day.  Boots is a poor imitation of Vertigo and they'd already been there and done that.  MOS would have been a much more bold choice and showed the world what U2 were about at that time, but it's an awkward song for a single because of its length.  Magnificent is a good song, but a bit too predictable, and I'll Go Crazy, while a commercial sounding song, is too lightweight to be a lead single.  So I think if any other song on NLOTH was released as lead single it wouldn't have added much to the album's sales.

The only thing that could have helped sales if it would have been themed/heavy in concept.  Magnificent would have played into that well, but as a stand alone, it seemed like it was a rehash of what had been done before.   MOS wasn't single material.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on September 14, 2012, 10:50:38 PM
So what you're suggesting is that Fez should have been the lead single, not the opening track? Because it seemed pretty clear that what you were saying was Fez as opening track = 500k more sales.

That said, I think Fez would have been a dreadful lead single, because no radio in the world would ever play the Fez intro, which makes up half the song. Then all you're left with is the skeleton of Being Born, which isn't that radio-friendly.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: dirtdrybonesandstone on September 14, 2012, 10:53:26 PM
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No, I'm questioning why anyone would say replacing No Line as the opener with a song like Fez would have positively impacted sales like that.

Singles sell albums. Not track order.

An epic LP's track order isn't interchangeable.   

I'm more interested in their ability and experience in delivering a cohesive/themed collection than a single or two.   
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on September 15, 2012, 12:40:11 AM
For the record i'm simply stating with some re-sequencing choices i'd like NLOTH more than Pop. I know that wouldn't effect sales at all.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on March 01, 2013, 11:47:45 AM
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How I feel this day.

1.  Achtung Baby
2.  No Line on the Horizon
3.  The Joshua Tree
4.  Zooropa
5.  The Unforgettable Fire
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Canít Leave Behind
8.  War
9.  Pop
10.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October

From two months ago above, and as of today below.
1.  Achtung Baby
2.  No Line on the Horizon
3.  The Joshua Tree
4.  The Unforgettable Fire
5.  Zooropa
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Canít Leave Behind
8.  Pop
9.  War
10.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October

The same except for TUF and Zooropa (or as my 5-year-old says, "Zoorobot") switching spots, and Pop and War.  I'll try again in November/December.

I'll have another go of it a few months later.  These things change with time, you know.
1.  Achtung Baby (pretty sure this will never NOT be #1)
2.  The Joshua Tree (going through a renaissance for me.  Haven't listened to much U2 in the past six months except tunes from this for some reason).
3.  No Line on the Horizon
4.  Zooropa
5.  Unforgettable Fire (Zooropa and UF keep switching around)
6.  Boy (disappointed with the votes this got in the "worst album polls."  I think this still holds up, in my opinion)
7.  All That You Can't Leave Behind
8.  Pop
9.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (why not -- what the hell)
10.  War (slipped from #8, to #9, to #10 -- better put in Red Rocks again soon)
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October (#11 and #12 have not moved)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 01, 2013, 01:42:43 PM
Most days:

1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. Unforgettable Fire
4. Zooropa
5. Pop
6. War
7. Rattle & Hum
8. Boy
9. October
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11. All That You Can't Leave Behind
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12. No Line on the Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: _acrobat on March 01, 2013, 01:53:17 PM
I think I already did this but what the heck.
1. Achtung Baby
2. NLOTH
3. TUF
4. Pop
5. Zooropa
6. JT
7. Boy
8. War
9. HTDAAB
10. October
11. ATYCLB
12. R&H
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: So Cruel on March 01, 2013, 03:36:16 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Rattle & Hum
4. Pop
5. Zooropa
6. Unforgettable Fire
7. How to Dismantle...
8. ATYCLB
9. War
10. Boy
11. No Line...
12. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on March 01, 2013, 04:17:34 PM
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AB
JT
UF
Zooropa
War
NLOTH/Pop <i allow myself a tie this go-round, i've never ranked with a tie before, deal with it.>
Boy
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on March 01, 2013, 06:44:52 PM
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1. Zooropa
2. No Line On The Horizon
3. Pop
4. Achtung Baby
5. October
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. All That You Can't Leave Behind
8. War
9. The Joshua Tree
10. Boy
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
12. Rattle & Ham

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

Mine have changed somewhat as well.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Quenchable Thirst on March 01, 2013, 07:05:30 PM
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This feels like Sophie's Choice. Anyhow,

1. Achtung Baby, baby!
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Joshua Tree
5. Zooropa
6. No Line on the Horizon
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. Pop
9. War
10. Rattle & Hum
(10. Passengers?)
11. October
12. Boy

I'm sorry October lovers :( I do like most songs on October, but I just feel the band could have worked more on them.

Ohwow. Someone please smack this year-ago me in the head please. Time for a new ranking.

1. Achtung Baby. Yeah, that's not going to change, ever.
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Pop
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Zooropa
6. War
7. No Line On The Horizon
8. Rattle & Hum
9. Boy
10. October
11. ATYCLB
12. HTDAAB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on March 01, 2013, 07:07:03 PM
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This feels like Sophie's Choice. Anyhow,

1. Achtung Baby, baby!
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Joshua Tree
5. Zooropa
6. No Line on the Horizon
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. Pop
9. War
10. Rattle & Hum
(10. Passengers?)
11. October
12. Boy

I'm sorry October lovers :( I do like most songs on October, but I just feel the band could have worked more on them.

Ohwow. Someone please smack this year-ago me in the head please. Time for a new ranking.

1. Achtung Baby. Yeah, that's not going to change, ever.
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Pop
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Zooropa
6. War
7. No Line On The Horizon
8. Rattle & Hum
9. Boy
10. October
11. ATYCLB
12. HTDAAB

i thank you for coming to your sense in regards to ATYCLB & HTDAAB. drop Pop to 7 and our top halves match perfectly.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Quenchable Thirst on March 01, 2013, 07:10:31 PM
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This feels like Sophie's Choice. Anyhow,

1. Achtung Baby, baby!
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Joshua Tree
5. Zooropa
6. No Line on the Horizon
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. Pop
9. War
10. Rattle & Hum
(10. Passengers?)
11. October
12. Boy

I'm sorry October lovers :( I do like most songs on October, but I just feel the band could have worked more on them.

Ohwow. Someone please smack this year-ago me in the head please. Time for a new ranking.

1. Achtung Baby. Yeah, that's not going to change, ever.
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Pop
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Zooropa
6. War
7. No Line On The Horizon
8. Rattle & Hum
9. Boy
10. October
11. ATYCLB
12. HTDAAB

i thank you for coming to your sense in regards to ATYCLB & HTDAAB. drop Pop to 7 and our top halves match perfectly.

No way. Pop definitely belongs to the top of the list!  8)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on March 01, 2013, 07:38:12 PM
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This feels like Sophie's Choice. Anyhow,

1. Achtung Baby, baby!
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Joshua Tree
5. Zooropa
6. No Line on the Horizon
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. Pop
9. War
10. Rattle & Hum
(10. Passengers?)
11. October
12. Boy

I'm sorry October lovers :( I do like most songs on October, but I just feel the band could have worked more on them.

Ohwow. Someone please smack this year-ago me in the head please. Time for a new ranking.

1. Achtung Baby. Yeah, that's not going to change, ever.
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Pop
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Zooropa
6. War
7. No Line On The Horizon
8. Rattle & Hum
9. Boy
10. October
11. ATYCLB
12. HTDAAB

i thank you for coming to your sense in regards to ATYCLB & HTDAAB. drop Pop to 7 and our top halves match perfectly.

No way. Pop definitely belongs to the top of the list!  8)

No way. But now that i look the rest of my rankings are the same, minus Oct. being dead last in my rankings. Yes way.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: surit87 on March 01, 2013, 11:31:38 PM
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1. War
2. October
3. Zooropa
4. Achtung Baby
5. Pop
6. Unforgettable Fire
7. Rattle and Hum
8. Joshua Tree
9. Boy
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. No Line On The Horizon
12. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

1. Zooropa
2. October
3. War
4. Achtung Baby
5. Unforgettable Fire
6. Joshua Tree
7. Pop
8. Rattle and Hum
9. Boy
10. NLOTH
11. HTDAAB
12. ATYCLB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Pride on July 10, 2014, 12:28:45 PM
I know some people are going to get mad at me. This list does not mean I don't like Achtung Baby. It does, however, mean that I do hate ATYCLB. A lot. They should've taken Walk On and the last four songs and made an EP. Anyway, here's the list and best track (IMO) on each album, and what it ranks on my list of best songs:
1. Zooropa-Zooropa-5
2. October-Tomorrow-10
3. The Unforgettable Fire-Pride (In the Name of Love)-1
4. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb-Crumbs From Your Table-6
5. Boy-An Cat Dubh-14
6. War-Surrender-4
7. Pop-Do You Feel Loved-20
8. No Line on the Horizon-Moment of Surrender-3
9. Achtung Baby-Mysterious Ways-2
10. The Joshua Tree-One Tree Hill-20
11. Rattle and Hum-Angel of Harlem-20
12. All That You Can't Leave Behind-Walk On-20
13. Original Soundtracks 1-I don't know, Slug?-22
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: UnknownCaller98 on July 10, 2014, 12:43:44 PM
1.The Joshua Tree
2.The Unforgettable Fire
3.War
4.Achtung Baby
5.Boy
6.Pop
7.No Line on the Horizon
8.October
9.Zooropa
10.Rattle and Hum
11. HTDAAB
12.ATYCLB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Kit on July 10, 2014, 06:23:38 PM
1. The Unforgettable Fire
2. October
3. Boy
4. Achtung Baby
5. War
6. The Joshua Tree
7. HTDAAB
8. Pop
9. ATYCLB
10. Rattle and Hum
11. Zooropa
12. No Line on the Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: whateverman42 on July 11, 2014, 09:34:20 AM
1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Achtung Baby
5. HTDAAB
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. ATYCLB
8. NLOTH
9. War
10. Boy
11. Rattle And Hum
12. Passengers
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Edgedisciple on July 11, 2014, 12:08:23 PM
1. ATYCLB
2. Achtung Baby
3. Pop
4. HTDAAB
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Zooropa
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. Boy
9. Rattle And Hum
10. October
11. War
12. NLOTH
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on July 11, 2014, 10:21:29 PM
What the hell, I'll update again:

1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. Achtung Baby
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. No Line On The Horizon
7. October
8. War
9. The Joshua Tree
10. Boy
11. Rattle & Ham
12. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: popromancer on July 12, 2014, 02:10:57 AM
1.pop
2.achtung baby
3.zooropa
4.how to dismantle an atomic bomb
5.the joshua tree
6.no line on the horizon
7.the unforgettable fire
8.war
9.boy
10.all that you can't leave behind
11.rattle and hum
12.october
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: an tha on July 12, 2014, 07:22:44 AM
The rankings get a bit muddy as a list is compiled for me.

Even though I am sure I have listed mine at one time I feel that a better way to rank them in terms of how I feel is as follows....

Great - AB, Pop, Zooropa, TUF

Ok but I don't have any great desire to listen to them - TJT, Boy, October, War.

Have zero time for, the odd track aside - R&H, ATYCLB, NLOTH.

The pits - HTDAAB

Trying to order them after the first group and aside from the turkey at the bottom is an exercise in futility for me as they are much of a muchness to me, largely not very good but with redeeming features and things that I don't like in roughly equal measure.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: meximofo on July 12, 2014, 10:45:38 AM
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What the hell, I'll update again:

1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. Achtung Baby
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. No Line On The Horizon
7. October
8. War
9. The Joshua Tree
10. Boy
11. Rattle & Ham
12. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Sounds delicious! No Swine On The Horizon is great too! (I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself  ;))
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on July 12, 2014, 12:27:01 PM
That was intentional. I've been calling it Rattle & Ham for a while now because I think it's a hammy album. :P
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: miami on July 12, 2014, 02:47:12 PM
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The rankings get a bit muddy as a list is compiled for me.

Even though I am sure I have listed mine at one time I feel that a better way to rank them in terms of how I feel is as follows....

Great - AB, Pop, Zooropa, TUF

Ok but I don't have any great desire to listen to them - TJT, Boy, October, War.

Have zero time for, the odd track aside - R&H, ATYCLB, NLOTH.

The pits - HTDAAB

Trying to order them after the first group and aside from the turkey at the bottom is an exercise in futility for me as they are much of a muchness to me, largely not very good but with redeeming features and things that I don't like in roughly equal measure.

Lol, Although I wouldn't agree with all your rankings I'd generally be singing from the same hymn sheet, but very cuttingly delivered as usual. I still think bomb has the odd redeeming feature, though the thinking behind the album wasn't right IMO. One step closer, sometimes you can't make it and city of blinding lights (with less cheesy chorus lyrics) can't be disregarded IMO.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: an tha on July 12, 2014, 02:59:53 PM
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The rankings get a bit muddy as a list is compiled for me.

Even though I am sure I have listed mine at one time I feel that a better way to rank them in terms of how I feel is as follows....

Great - AB, Pop, Zooropa, TUF

Ok but I don't have any great desire to listen to them - TJT, Boy, October, War.

Have zero time for, the odd track aside - R&H, ATYCLB, NLOTH.

The pits - HTDAAB

Trying to order them after the first group and aside from the turkey at the bottom is an exercise in futility for me as they are much of a muchness to me, largely not very good but with redeeming features and things that I don't like in roughly equal measure.

Lol, Although I wouldn't agree with all your rankings I'd generally be singing from the same hymn sheet, but very cuttingly delivered as usual. I still think bomb has the odd redeeming feature, though the thinking behind the album wasn't right IMO. One step closer, sometimes you can't make it and city of blinding lights (with less cheesy chorus lyrics) can't be disregarded IMO.

A pal of mine nailed 'Bomb' perfectly for me when he described it as like walking into a restaurant dead hungry and then getting a menu with 12 things all competing to be the blandest thing on the menu.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: miami on July 12, 2014, 03:19:44 PM
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The rankings get a bit muddy as a list is compiled for me.

Even though I am sure I have listed mine at one time I feel that a better way to rank them in terms of how I feel is as follows....

Great - AB, Pop, Zooropa, TUF

Ok but I don't have any great desire to listen to them - TJT, Boy, October, War.

Have zero time for, the odd track aside - R&H, ATYCLB, NLOTH.

The pits - HTDAAB

Trying to order them after the first group and aside from the turkey at the bottom is an exercise in futility for me as they are much of a muchness to me, largely not very good but with redeeming features and things that I don't like in roughly equal measure.

Lol, Although I wouldn't agree with all your rankings I'd generally be singing from the same hymn sheet, but very cuttingly delivered as usual. I still think bomb has the odd redeeming feature, though the thinking behind the album wasn't right IMO. One step closer, sometimes you can't make it and city of blinding lights (with less cheesy chorus lyrics) can't be disregarded IMO.

A pal of mine nailed 'Bomb' perfectly for me when he described it as like walking into a restaurant dead hungry and then getting a menu with 12 things all competing to be the blandest thing on the menu.

Yeah, they were aiming for the populist radio stations rather than furthering their own art. I think they are so spellbound by the Beatles legacy that they want to have as many songs in their canon that the ordinary joe could sing along to, from the pop album onwards anyway, and they have ditched their adventurous nature in their pursuit of their definition of greatness. They exist in a whole new musical environment and they can't seem to grasp the fact that popularity nowadays doesn't necessarily equate to quality.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: miami on July 12, 2014, 03:48:16 PM
The problem for U2 is that in the Beatles era, it wasn't as difficult to be groundbreaking and great, as pop and rock music was still in its infancy back in the 60's. As Bono himself once uttered, 'every book has been read' with regards to breaking new ground musically.

Songs like streets, wowy and one will go down in the annals as masterpieces. Although not my personal favourites they were great and were undoubtedly original. Personally, Most of the 90's showcased the heights that this band can reach creatively. They have since retreated into an insecure and nervous creative cul-de-sac where they are trying to balance popularity with greatness. I still think they have it in them to produce quality goods whilst maintaining their integrity as great artists. They are too intelligent not to. Nloth showed signs of this. Bands like arcade fire have never had a hit single but are and always will be lauded by critics and fans alike. Arcade fire may be an acquired taste, and I wouldn't say they were the perfect prototype, but U2 could learn a few things about their approach to album-making and general approach to the music scene we all live in these days.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: bondylan on July 12, 2014, 08:45:45 PM
Give me a break it's Arcade Fire who can learn a thing from U2, in 10 years Arcade Fire will be forgotten ,U2 has already done everything and more I repeat it's Arcade Fire who can learn a thing or two.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: reasons40 on July 12, 2014, 10:09:22 PM
1. Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. War
4. Unforgettable Fire
5. Boy
6. October
7. rattle and Hum
8. Zooropa
9. Pop
10. ATYCLB
11. HTDAAB
12. NLOTH

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Exile on July 12, 2014, 10:11:09 PM
First: Achtung Baby

Tied for second: Pop, Zooropa, Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree

Tied for third: Everything else from the '80s, NLOTH

Tied for last: ATYCLB and HTDAAB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Swimming Sorrows on July 14, 2014, 08:24:32 AM
Don't think I've done this; this is how I feel right now

1-4 doesn't really change. Neither does 9-12.

1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Unforgettable Fire
4. Joshua Tree
5. Zooropa
6. HTDAAB
7. NLOTH
8. ATYCLB
9. Boy
10. War
11. October
12. R&H
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheRealEdge on July 14, 2014, 08:32:04 AM
1. Achtung Baby - Joshua Tree

2. Pop - Zooropa - Unforgettable Fire

3. Rattle and Hum

4. NLOTH - War

5. HTDAAB

6. ATYCLBland

7. Boy

8. October


Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on July 21, 2014, 07:41:36 AM
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How I feel this day.

1.  Achtung Baby
2.  No Line on the Horizon
3.  The Joshua Tree
4.  Zooropa
5.  The Unforgettable Fire
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Can’t Leave Behind
8.  War
9.  Pop
10.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October

From two months ago above, and as of today below.
1.  Achtung Baby
2.  No Line on the Horizon
3.  The Joshua Tree
4.  The Unforgettable Fire
5.  Zooropa
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Can’t Leave Behind
8.  Pop
9.  War
10.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October

The same except for TUF and Zooropa (or as my 5-year-old says, "Zoorobot") switching spots, and Pop and War.  I'll try again in November/December.

I'll have another go of it a few months later.  These things change with time, you know.
1.  Achtung Baby (pretty sure this will never NOT be #1)
2.  The Joshua Tree (going through a renaissance for me.  Haven't listened to much U2 in the past six months except tunes from this for some reason).
3.  No Line on the Horizon
4.  Zooropa
5.  Unforgettable Fire (Zooropa and UF keep switching around)
6.  Boy (disappointed with the votes this got in the "worst album polls."  I think this still holds up, in my opinion)
7.  All That You Can't Leave Behind
8.  Pop
9.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (why not -- what the hell)
10.  War (slipped from #8, to #9, to #10 -- better put in Red Rocks again soon)
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October (#11 and #12 have not moved)

I haven't done this in a while. 

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. No Line on the Horizon
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. Boy
7. All That You Canít Leave Behind
8. Pop
9. War
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle and Hum
12. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Rocksingerfan on September 14, 2014, 12:29:13 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. Songs Of Innocence
4. Pop
5. Zooropa
6. No Line On The Horizon
7. Boy
8. War
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. All That You Can't Leave Behind
12. Rattle and Hum
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: lucas.homem on September 14, 2014, 12:54:17 PM
1. Zooropa
2. War
3. Achtung Baby
4. The Joshua Tree
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. POP
7. Songs of Innocence
8. Boy
9. October
10. No Line On The Horizon
11. Rattle and Hum
12. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bom
13. All That You Can't Leave Behind
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Legrosbob on September 14, 2014, 01:02:44 PM
Achtung Baby
POP
Zooropa
The Unforgettable Fire
Songs of Innocence
The Joshusa Tree
Boy
No Line on the Horizon
All That You Can't Leave Behind
War
Rattle & Hum
How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: an tha on September 14, 2014, 01:06:58 PM
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The rankings get a bit muddy as a list is compiled for me.

Even though I am sure I have listed mine at one time I feel that a better way to rank them in terms of how I feel is as follows....

Great - AB, Pop, Zooropa, TUF

Ok but I don't have any great desire to listen to them - TJT, Boy, October, War.

Have zero time for, the odd track aside - R&H, ATYCLB, NLOTH.

The pits - HTDAAB

Trying to order them after the first group and aside from the turkey at the bottom is an exercise in futility for me as they are much of a muchness to me, largely not very good but with redeeming features and things that I don't like in roughly equal measure.

Updating the rankings.... A new category for SOI

Sitting below the great of the big 4, but above the ok category....
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Boom Cha! on September 14, 2014, 01:31:12 PM
At the moment...

1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. Zooropa
4. The Joshua Tree
5. Songs Of Innocence
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. Boy
8. All That You Can't Leave Behind
9. War
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. No Line On The Horizon
12. Rattle And Hum
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TheEnd on September 14, 2014, 01:33:30 PM
I just recently posted my list on Interference. I've since changed my mind about some of the mid tier albums and this is what I'm thinking at the moment:

Top three are pretty secure other than the SOI wildcard or future albums (Time will tell...)

1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Joshua Tree

The wildcard:

4. Songs of Innocence

This section is pretty fluid and it's difficult for me to rank them:

5. War
6. No Line On the Horizon
7. Boy
8. The Unforgettable Fire

Doubt these will move much:

9. Zooropa
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. Rattle and Hum
12. How to Disable an Atomic Bomb
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: surit87 on September 14, 2014, 01:43:55 PM
Zooropa
WAR
Achtung baby
SOI
TUF
October
Pop
Joshua Tree
ATYCLB
NLOTH
Rattle & Hum
Boy
HTDAAB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: striped potatoe on September 14, 2014, 02:28:16 PM

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby!
3. Zooropa
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. POP
6. Songs Of Innocence
7. War
8. All That You Can't Leave Behind
9. No Line On The Horizon
10. Boy
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
12. Rattle & Hum
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Miami66 on September 14, 2014, 03:53:55 PM
1. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
2. Joshua Tree
3. Achtung Baby
4. Songs of Innocence
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. Rattle and Hum
7. Zooropa
8. Pop
9. No Line On The Horizon
10. Unforgettable Fire
11. Boy
12. War
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: fardreamer on September 14, 2014, 04:01:22 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Zooropa
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5 The Joshua Tree
6. Songs of Innocence
7. No Line On the Horizon
8. All that You can't Leave Behind
9. Rattle & Hum
10. Boy
11. War
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on September 14, 2014, 04:08:21 PM
AB
JT
Zooropa
UF
War
Pop
SOI
Nloth
Boy
R&H
Atyclb
Htdaab
Oct

I can't see many changes honestly. Zooropa jumped a spot after I digested the Wikipedia article, atyclb went down a notch over the last year.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: bondylan on September 14, 2014, 04:40:26 PM
Much to early for me to decide where Songs of Innocence will sit on my list. I need an album to marinate for awhile before I decide how it held up.
It's easy sonic accessibility could sound dated in 5 years or so, so far U2 has not been plagued with dated sonics.
I'm pretty confident it won't but they never worked with Mouse,/Teddeer before.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Allie79 on September 15, 2014, 10:26:50 AM
Achtung Baby
Joshua Tree
War
Pop
Zooropa
Unforgettable Fire
Songs Of Innocence
No Line On The Horizon
Rattle and Hum
Boy
Atomic Bomb
October
ATYCLB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: wik73 on September 15, 2014, 10:39:54 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. War
4. SOI
5. Zooropa
6. Unforgettable Fire
7. ATYCLB
8. Rattle and Hum
9. Pop
10. Boy
11. No Line on the Horizon
12. Atomic Bomb
13. October

I list R and H as high as I due because it was during an important time in my life and had a huge influence.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on September 15, 2014, 10:51:30 AM
I'm not ready to rank SOI.

Poor October. :'(
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: robgalloway on September 15, 2014, 11:42:55 AM
Pop
Achtung Baby
Zooropa
Joshua Tree
Songs of Innocence
Boy
ATYCLB
Rattle + Hum
HTDAAB
NLOTH
War
October
Unforgettable Fire
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MattD on September 15, 2014, 12:05:02 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. War
5. Pop
6. Songs of Innocence
7. All That You Can't Leave Behind
8. Zooropa
9. Boy
10. October
------------------------------------
11. No Line on the Horizon
12. How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13. Rattle & Hum

The bottom three are albums I don't regard as quality and rarely listen to completely. Apart from them, I listen to the top 10 constantly and think all are top albums. Really hard to rate themd all and as such interchange quite a bit.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on September 15, 2014, 01:27:37 PM
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Pop
Achtung Baby
Zooropa
Joshua Tree
Songs of Innocence
Boy
ATYCLB
Rattle + Hum
HTDAAB
NLOTH
War
October
Unforgettable Fire

Whaaaa? TUF at the bottom?!?! Seriously?

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Zaphod on September 15, 2014, 01:33:26 PM
Changes from time to time but AB JT ATYCLB are usually high and R&H, October an HTDAAB low. This one SOI is up with the highest. There isnt a U2 album i really don't like by the way.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: robgalloway on September 15, 2014, 01:35:23 PM
I like 2 maybe 3 songs from it ... TUF, MLK, Indian Summer Sky ... I'd like to rank October higher but I've nit sentimental value to it really as with the later albums ... I like all the albums though its just MY least favourite
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: codeguy on September 15, 2014, 01:37:40 PM
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Pop
Achtung Baby
Zooropa
Joshua Tree
Songs of Innocence
Boy
ATYCLB
Rattle + Hum
HTDAAB
NLOTH
War
October
Unforgettable Fire

Whaaaa? TUF at the bottom?!?! Seriously?


must be upside down
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on September 15, 2014, 01:40:17 PM
I think my rankings are something like:

October
The Unforgettable Fire
Achtung Baby
TJT
War
Zooropa
SOI
NLOTH
HTDAAB (yes, I actually like this album, so :P)
Pop
Boy
ATYCLB
RnH

?

Erm.

I dont know. I think several of those I like the same. Like I think I actually feel the same about AB and Zooropa. And HTDAAB and ATYCLB I feel the same about too.

Maybe more like this:

October
The Unforgettable Fire
Achtung Baby & Zooropa
TJT & War
SOI
NLOTH & Pop
HTDAAB & ATYCLB
Boy
RnH

?

I dont know. Let's just say October and TUF are generally my favorites and everything else just falls on the same level of love. It really depends on my mood. Like, right now, it being fall, I will start listening to October and TUF more because they feel like fall music.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: guidowater on September 15, 2014, 01:52:08 PM
1 - Achtung Baby
2 - Songs of innocence
3 - Joshua tree
4 - Pop
5 - Unforgettable fire
6 - Rattle and hum
7 - How to dismantle an atomic bomb
8 - Zooropa
9 - All that you cant leave behind
-----------
10 - War
11 - Boy
12 - No line on the horrizon
13 - October

This is how I feel at the moment but it can change depending on my mood.

I made the list just on witch album I play the most. Bottem 4 albums have some great songs but I skip a lot of them usualy.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: dferry09 on September 15, 2014, 02:04:00 PM
1 Achtung Baby
2 Joshua Tree
3 Unforgettable Fire
4 Songs of Innocence
5 Pop
6 Boy
7 Zooropa
8 War
9 NLOTH
10 Rattle and Hum
11 Atomic Bomb
12 ATYCLB
13 October

Songs of Innocence on reflection following many listens is their best album in a while. I'm not skipping any songs at all, whereas I find there are weak songs in the previous 2 albums. Particularly the 2nd half of Bomb. It could be the most complete album since Achtung I think.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: jimothy17 on September 15, 2014, 02:15:20 PM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. The Unforgettable Fire
3. Achtung Baby
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind
5. War
6. Songs of Innocence
7. Rattle and Hum
8. Boy
9. Atomic Bomb
10. NLOTH
11. Pop
12. October
13. Zooropa

^-^
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ryanm on September 15, 2014, 04:28:54 PM
--- 5 stars ---
1. Achtung Baby
--- 4.5 stars ---
2. The Unforgettable Fire
3. The Joshua Tree
--- 4 stars ---
4. War
5. Songs of Innocence
--- 3.5 stars ---
6. Boy
7. All That You Can't Leave Behind
8. Zooropa
9. Pop
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
--- 3 stars ---
11. No Line on the Horizon
--- 2.5 stars ---
12. October
--- 2 stars ---
13. Rattle & Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on September 15, 2014, 06:31:14 PM
^Oh, maybe that's how I should do it.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: EnduringChill on September 15, 2014, 06:52:03 PM
Knee-jerk reaction:

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. Pop
5. Songs of Innocence
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. No Line on the Horizon
8. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
9. Rattle and Hum
10. Boy
11. October
12. War
13. All That You Can't Leave Behind
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: jtdockter on September 15, 2014, 08:00:36 PM
I'll probably get a lot of flak for this order, but:

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
4. No Line on the Horizon
5. Songs of Innocence
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. Zooropa
8. The Unforgettable Fire
9. War
10. Boy
11. Pop
12. Rattle and Hum
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Manos73 on September 15, 2014, 11:49:17 PM
I counted 21 ranking that included SOI. Here's it came in: 3,7,5,5,4,4,6,4,6,7,7,4,4,6,7,2,4,6,5,5,5
That's an average ranking of 5th. Not bad for a band of their age.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: HedserBono on September 16, 2014, 09:53:46 AM
Very hard, but I'll give it a try.

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. Rattle and Hum
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. War
6. October
7. Boy
8. Zooropa
9. Pop
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. Songs of Innocence
12. No Line on the Horizon
13. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: aviastar on September 16, 2014, 10:26:07 AM
It's fluid, but here's where I am at right now:

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Unforgettable Fire
3. No Line on the Horizon
4. Songs of Innocence
5. Joshua Tree
6. Zooropa
7. War
8. October
9. Boy
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle and Hum
12. Pop
13. All That You Can't Leave Behind

Even lower-rated albums have a lot of gems on them though.  We played "All I Want is You" at our wedding ceremony and "City of Blinding Lights" was our entrance song for our wedding reception.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on September 22, 2014, 08:35:46 AM
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It's fluid, but here's where I am at right now:

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Unforgettable Fire
3. No Line on the Horizon
4. Songs of Innocence
5. Joshua Tree
6. Zooropa
7. War
8. October
9. Boy
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle and Hum
12. Pop
13. All That You Can't Leave Behind

Even lower-rated albums have a lot of gems on them though.  We played "All I Want is You" at our wedding ceremony and "City of Blinding Lights" was our entrance song for our wedding reception.

At my wedding last summer, All I Want Is You was our first dance. When we were introduced as bride and groom at our reception, they used Beautiful Day cuz they knew we were huge U2 fans. The bridal party was introduced using Sweetest Thing. I didnt even really pick those (they never asked me what to use for that) but I was totally satisfied with that selection. ;)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Johnny Feathers on September 22, 2014, 08:50:06 AM
I did this recently in another thread, and mentioned that this list changes.  Well, it's already changed slightly since then:

1. AB
2. UF
3. JT
4. War
5. Zooropa
6. Pop
7. SOI
8. October
9. Boy
10. R&H
11. HTDAAB
12. ATYCLB
13. NLOTH
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Flying_Leg_Kick on September 22, 2014, 12:26:25 PM
1. Pop
2. AB
3. War
4. Zooropa
5. JT
6. TUF
7. ATYCLB
8. Boy
9. October
10. R&H
11. HTDAAB
12. SoI
13. screaming toddlers
14. dramatic readings of the phone book
15. NLOTH
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Rodney T-M on September 22, 2014, 12:51:37 PM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. War
4. October
5. Zooropa
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. Boy
8. No Line on the Horizon
9. Pop
10. Songs of Innocence
11. Rattle and Hum
12. All That You Can't Leave Behind
13. Original Soundtracks 1
14. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: So Cruel on September 22, 2014, 02:37:18 PM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. Rattle & Hum
4. Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop
6. Zooropa
7. War
8. Boy
9. HTDAAB
10. ATYCLB
11. Songs of Innocence
12. October
13. No Line
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ZooClothes on September 22, 2014, 02:42:40 PM
1)Zooropa
2)POP
3)Achtung Baby
4)SoI
5)Joshua Tree
6)TUF
7)Boy
8)NLOTH
9)October
10)HTDAAB
11)ATYCLB
12)War
13)RnH
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: AchtungPop on September 22, 2014, 03:49:13 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. War
5. Songs of Innocence
6. Zooropa
7. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
8. Pop
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. No Line On The Horizon
11. Boy
12. Rattle & Hum
13. October
14. Original Soundtracks I
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: New Zooland on September 22, 2014, 05:39:35 PM
1. Unforgettable Fire
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Zooropa
5. Pop
6. ATYCLB
7. Boy
8. October
9. War
10. Rattle & Hum
11. Songs of Innocence
12. No Line
13. HTDAAB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: shorne on September 22, 2014, 07:39:27 PM
Achtung Baby
Songs of Innocence
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Pop
No Line of the Horizon
Zooropa
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Joshua Tree
Rattle and Hum
Unforgettable Fire
Boy
War
October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: whateverman42 on September 22, 2014, 08:33:16 PM
1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Achtung Baby
5. How To Dismantle
6. All That You Can't
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. Songs Of Innocence
9. No Line On The Horizon
10. Rattle And Hum
11. War
12. Boy
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Pocket Merlin on September 22, 2014, 09:14:39 PM
Ha ha...I tried to do this and I can't even do it...I keep moving things around...I don't have children yet but I imagine that this would be like a parent asked to rank their children!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: fishcci on September 22, 2014, 09:39:22 PM
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1. Pop
2. AB
3. War
4. Zooropa
5. JT
6. TUF
7. ATYCLB
8. Boy
9. October
10. R&H
11. HTDAAB
12. SoI
13. screaming toddlers
14. dramatic readings of the phone book
15. NLOTH
;D ;D
NLOTH is that bad , huh?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: mdmomof7 on September 22, 2014, 10:10:45 PM
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Ha ha...I tried to do this and I can't even do it...I keep moving things around...I don't have children yet but I imagine that this would be like a parent asked to rank their children!

Completely futile endeavor. I've tried before and it can't happen. And, yes, exactly like ranking children. Impossible!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: iced on September 23, 2014, 01:18:18 AM
At this point and time its:

1. POP
2. Zooropa
3. Achtung Baby
4. The Joshua Tree
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. Rattle and Hum
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. No Line On The Horizon
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind
10. Songs of Innocence
11. War
12. Boy
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: u2chamonix on September 23, 2014, 01:49:37 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua tree
3. Pop
4. Songs of innocence
5. The Unforgettable fire
6. Zooropa
7. No line on the horizon
8. Rattle and hum
9. Boy
10. War
11. October
12. All that you can't leave behind
13. How to dismantle an atomic bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: vertigoman on September 23, 2014, 03:02:58 AM
Masterpiece-

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. Songs of Innocence
4. The Unforgettable Fire

Great- (this group changes order a lot)

5. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. No Line on the Horizon
8. Zooropa

Good-

9. War
10. Boy

mmmm...Its Okay

11. October

Has some Great songs here/there but overall album blows

12. Pop
13. Rattle and Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Flying_Leg_Kick on September 23, 2014, 11:00:36 AM
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1. Pop
2. AB
3. War
4. Zooropa
5. JT
6. TUF
7. ATYCLB
8. Boy
9. October
10. R&H
11. HTDAAB
12. SoI
13. screaming toddlers
14. dramatic readings of the phone book
15. NLOTH
;D ;D
NLOTH is that bad , huh?

Dramatic readings...as performed by really bad community theatre groups.   :D

Yeah, that bad.  I don't know if I've ever sat through any U2 album, single, bootleg, or whatever and felt so embarrassed as a fan for having listened to some of those songs, or for them because someone thought some of those songs were up to being album-worthy.

And the shtick about multiple editions with all that unique content...putting that on the fans...yeah, that cemented it.

I don't feel entitled to a free album with my iPhone as SoI is.  I do consider it a bit of a peace offering, though.   :P
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: alfaromeo33 on September 23, 2014, 11:08:54 AM
Zooropa
Atomic Bomb
Unforgettable Fire
No Line on the Horizon
Songs of Innocence
Original Soundtracks 1
War
Achtung Baby
Boy
Joshua Tree
All that you can't leave behind
Rattle and Hum
October
Pop
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: alfaromeo33 on September 23, 2014, 11:12:05 AM
It only goes to show how tastes vary - your feelings towards and opinion of Horizon are only your own, not objective facts in the way you've tried to present them!

I wouldn't say all of the tracks are incredible but I think a lot of them are really interesting and as an album it's an interesting piece of work.

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1. Pop
2. AB
3. War
4. Zooropa
5. JT
6. TUF
7. ATYCLB
8. Boy
9. October
10. R&H
11. HTDAAB
12. SoI
13. screaming toddlers
14. dramatic readings of the phone book
15. NLOTH
;D ;D
NLOTH is that bad , huh?

Dramatic readings...as performed by really bad community theatre groups.   :D

Yeah, that bad.  I don't know if I've ever sat through any U2 album, single, bootleg, or whatever and felt so embarrassed as a fan for having listened to some of those songs, or for them because someone thought some of those songs were up to being album-worthy.

And the shtick about multiple editions with all that unique content...putting that on the fans...yeah, that cemented it.

I don't feel entitled to a free album with my iPhone as SoI is.  I do consider it a bit of a peace offering, though.   :P
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Flying_Leg_Kick on September 23, 2014, 11:50:46 AM
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It only goes to show how tastes vary - your feelings towards and opinion of Horizon are only your own, not objective facts in the way you've tried to present them!

I'm sorry you mis-perceive my opinion as that.  The facts about their multiple-release thing are what they are.  IIRC, if you were merely interested in getting only unique pieces (books, photos, songs, video, etc.), you were spending north of $200 at that time, and you were basically buying the album 4-5 times.  There was no "all in one" edition with everything packed in like Bomb and the reissues.

It phases me none.  I know I'm one of those "artiste" type fans who got weak in the knees by the 90's stuff.  I'm a Pop fan, and my collection is considerable.  I know a couple of interviews revealed how some of the guys felt about the album (Pop).  Larry seemingly despised it and called it self-indulgent.  Oh well.  But, I'm not out of bounds as a fan or music appreciator when someone can say that about their work and then put their name to something like Stand Up Comedy, Boots, or Go Crazy.  That's where I am as a fan.  I'm excited enough to come back to a U2 forum, and love interacting with other fans, but I'm extremely guarded.  Sadly, that's because of my "relationship" with NLOTH.  Oh well...that's on me.  Like they say...YMMV.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Swimming Sorrows on September 23, 2014, 11:57:22 AM
Ok, adding in SOI. This is still really early. I would have put No Line 6th when I first started listening to it and now it's fallen back into the can't decide section.

1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Unforgettable Fire
4. Joshua Tree
5. Zooropa
6. Songs of Innocence (not in the top 5, yet, but above the next group where I really can't decide.)
7. Boy - War - ATYCLB - HTDAAB - NLOTH
8. October
13. R&H (The only album I  never listen too)
 
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: alfaromeo33 on September 23, 2014, 12:08:24 PM
Don't know what you're referring to, I'm sure you're right about the release versions but at any rate I just got the album when it came out, cost about a tenner if I remember rightly. I'm primarily (only) concerned with the music, not the sleeve notes etc.

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It only goes to show how tastes vary - your feelings towards and opinion of Horizon are only your own, not objective facts in the way you've tried to present them!

I'm sorry you mis-perceive my opinion as that.  The facts about their multiple-release thing are what they are.  IIRC, if you were merely interested in getting only unique pieces (books, photos, songs, video, etc.), you were spending north of $200 at that time, and you were basically buying the album 4-5 times.  There was no "all in one" edition with everything packed in like Bomb and the reissues.

It phases me none.  I know I'm one of those "artiste" type fans who got weak in the knees by the 90's stuff.  I'm a Pop fan, and my collection is considerable.  I know a couple of interviews revealed how some of the guys felt about the album (Pop).  Larry seemingly despised it and called it self-indulgent.  Oh well.  But, I'm not out of bounds as a fan or music appreciator when someone can say that about their work and then put their name to something like Stand Up Comedy, Boots, or Go Crazy.  That's where I am as a fan.  I'm excited enough to come back to a U2 forum, and love interacting with other fans, but I'm extremely guarded.  Sadly, that's because of my "relationship" with NLOTH.  Oh well...that's on me.  Like they say...YMMV.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Johnny Feathers on September 23, 2014, 12:48:02 PM
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Don't know what you're referring to, I'm sure you're right about the release versions but at any rate I just got the album when it came out, cost about a tenner if I remember rightly. I'm primarily (only) concerned with the music, not the sleeve notes etc.

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It only goes to show how tastes vary - your feelings towards and opinion of Horizon are only your own, not objective facts in the way you've tried to present them!

I'm sorry you mis-perceive my opinion as that.  The facts about their multiple-release thing are what they are.  IIRC, if you were merely interested in getting only unique pieces (books, photos, songs, video, etc.), you were spending north of $200 at that time, and you were basically buying the album 4-5 times.  There was no "all in one" edition with everything packed in like Bomb and the reissues.

It phases me none.  I know I'm one of those "artiste" type fans who got weak in the knees by the 90's stuff.  I'm a Pop fan, and my collection is considerable.  I know a couple of interviews revealed how some of the guys felt about the album (Pop).  Larry seemingly despised it and called it self-indulgent.  Oh well.  But, I'm not out of bounds as a fan or music appreciator when someone can say that about their work and then put their name to something like Stand Up Comedy, Boots, or Go Crazy.  That's where I am as a fan.  I'm excited enough to come back to a U2 forum, and love interacting with other fans, but I'm extremely guarded.  Sadly, that's because of my "relationship" with NLOTH.  Oh well...that's on me.  Like they say...YMMV.

First, I think I'd rank NLOTH at about the same spot--below the phone book and screaming children.  Or, at least, significantly less than the rest of their catalog.

Second, I balked at any of the deluxe versions of the album when it released.  In hindsight, I'm thrilled I did.  I question releasing "deluxe" versions of any album on its initial release, except if there's actual content (additional songs, etc.) that might justify it.  And I'm one who bought the deluxe "book" version of HTDAAB, which was questionable, but decidedly cheaper than NLOTH's deluxe version(s).  I recently saw that iTunes had Linear available to download for $1.49.  I had been curious about it, despite my dislike of the album, so I bought it and watched.  What an astonishingly bad film, with equally bad music.  Had I paid $50 or $100 just to get it when it had come out, I'd be REALLY mad.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: alfaromeo33 on September 24, 2014, 05:19:32 AM
Hmm, weird - Like I said I paid a tenner or maybe 15 quid for my copy of Horizon and it came with a free download code for Linear (which I've still got) - never watch it, not really bothered about the vids. The music is interesting though, I think.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: DMMacdonald96 on September 24, 2014, 06:06:18 AM
Bit boring but

1. AB
2. JT
3. TUF
4. SoI
5. Zooropa
6. R+H
7. HTDAAB
8. ATYCLB
9. NLOTH
10. Pop
11.  War
12. October
13. Boy

Don't listen to much of Boy and October and Pop apart from the classics. (IWF, OOC, Discotheque, etc)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: 2_Shots_Of_Lemon on September 24, 2014, 06:48:25 AM
Time for an updated list I guess.

1. Achtung Baby - 10/10
2. The Joshua Tree - 10/10
3. Pop - 9.5/10
4. The Unforgettable Fire - 9/10
5. War - 9/10
6. Songs Of Innocence - 9/10
7. October - 8.5/10
8. Boy - 8.5/10
9. Zooropa - 8/10
10. Rattle & Hum - 7/10
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb - 7/10
12. All That You Can't Leave Behind - 7/10
13. No Line On The Horizon - 6/10
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: jjack339 on September 25, 2014, 05:09:14 AM
1.AB
2. JT
3. SOI
4. TUF
5. WAR
6. HTDAMB
7. ZOOROPA
8. R&H
9. ATICLB
10. NLOTH
11. BOY
12. POP
13. OCTOBER
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2Tim on October 07, 2014, 02:06:50 AM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. Zooropa
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind
5. Songs of Innocence
6. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
7. No Line on the Horizon
8. Pop
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. Rattle and Hum
11. War
12. Boy
13. October

I see value in all the albums but really enjoy the first nine albums on my list.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Szigi on October 15, 2014, 07:44:20 AM
01 Achtung Baby
02 Rattle And Hum
03 Pop
04 Zooropa
05 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
06 The Joshua Tree
07 All That You Can't Leave Behind
08 No Line On The Horizon
09 Songs Of Innocence
10 The Unforgettable Fire
11 October
12 War
13 Boy
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: sebastianIM on October 15, 2014, 08:31:30 AM
Haters gonna hate, but here it goes

1-Song of Innocence
2-Achtung Baby
3-The Joshua Tree
4-HTDAAB
5-The Unforgettable Fire
6-War
7-Pop
8-NLOTH
9-ATYCLB
10-R&H
11-Boy
12-October
13-Zoroopa

I really like all of them, though
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MrSparkle on October 15, 2014, 12:05:33 PM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. Songs of Innocence
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind
5. Rattle and Hum
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. No Line on the Horizon
8. Zooropa
9. War
10. Boy
11. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
12. Pop
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: lucas.homem on October 15, 2014, 12:14:34 PM
New list:

1. Zooropa
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Boy
4. War
5. Achtung Baby
6. POP
7. The Unforgettable Fire

8. Songs of Innocence
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind
10. October
11. Rattle and Hum

12. No Line On The Horizon
13. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: reasons40 on October 15, 2014, 12:20:06 PM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3/4 Tie.  The Unforgettable Fire/Zooropa
5. War
6. Boy
7. October
8. Rattle & Hum
9. Pop
10. ATYCLB
11. HTDAAB
12/13 Tie. NLOTH and Songs of Innocence
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: keirdubois on October 15, 2014, 01:09:07 PM
01 Achtung Baby
02 The Unforgettable Fire
03 Boy
04 Zooropa
05 The Joshua Tree
06 Pop
07 October
08 Songs of Innocence
09 No Line on the Horizon
10 War
11 Rattle and Hum
12 All That You Can't Leave Behind
13 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

Ranked in order of "how often do I listen to the whole album all the way through?" Joshua Tree is too low for its quality, but honestly I don't listen to it all that much. Same with War, but then I actually dislike most of that album. The bottom 3 on this list I never play more than 1-2 songs at a time. What I truthfully play the most, and have done so since at least 2009, is my "U2 Hot List" playlist that leans heavily on the list's top 6 albums, with a handful of stuff from the 7-8-9 albums and lots of non-album stuff like Hold Me Thrill Me and Ground Beneath Her Feet.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on October 15, 2014, 08:58:41 PM
I had a pretty solid list, but Songs Of Innocence just jumbled things up.

1. All That You Can't Leave Behind
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Songs Of Innocence
5. No Line On The Horizon
6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
7. Pop
8. Boy
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. Zooropa
11. Rattle and Hum
12. War
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Table Top Joe on October 16, 2014, 02:46:39 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2.The Unforgettable Fire
3.The Joshua Tree
4.Boy
Great start to finish records^^^^^

5.Zooropa
6.Songs Of Innocence
Great......but flawed^^^^.....SOI has some weak tracks but nothing that makes me frantically hit the skip button ( yer "Boots" reference), it can be listened to start to finish, with some gems in there........"Every Breaking Wave" is in my top ten U2 songs,Ive hated the last 15 years of U2s output.....ok, some stuff was alright but it was second rate overall, EBW is the sound of a band who can still get a hard on though ( "Boots" being an old mans pathetic floppy of course)

7.Pop (some fine tunes let down by some terrible lyrics, Bono let the lads down here)
8.October (Sounds like the rushed B Sides version of "Boy"....but that title track......Jesus)
9.War(Loads of filler here with some good uns)
10.Rattle & Hum(Some of their very best songs......thrown in with........f*** knows what, mess of an album)
11.All That You Cant....(Beautiful Day is the sound of a band who care more about being the biggest than they do about being the best.......hate it, some great songs surrounded by bland sh**e........though I actually LOVE "Wild Honey" which I couldnt help but notice everyone else here hates, its a lovely song f*** off)


12.No Line On The Horizon
13.How To Blah Blah Blah


No Line has a couple of half decent of tunes........and "Boots", I hate that song more than words could ever express

How to Blah Blah Blah is just......drivel



There you go
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on October 16, 2014, 03:37:36 PM
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1-Song of Innocence

Way too early to put this top in my opinion. I can't help but think this is a knee jerk reaction to the album.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A_Fly_On_The_Wall on October 16, 2014, 03:41:34 PM
I'm going to attempt to place Songs Of Innocence suitably where I think it might be at the moment...

1. No Line On The Horizon
2. Achtung Baby
3. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
4. Songs Of Innocence
5. The Joshua Tree
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. Pop
8. The Unforgettable Fire
9. Boy
10. War
11. October
12. Rattle And Hum
13. Zooropa
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: fardreamer on October 16, 2014, 03:46:49 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Songs of Innocence
4. Zooropa
5. No Line on the Horizon
6. The Joshua Tree
7. All that You can't Leave Behind
8. The Unforgettable Fire
9. War
10. Rattle & Hum
11. Boy
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Airuarak on October 16, 2014, 04:34:49 PM
Songs of Innocence
Achtung Baby
Pop
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Zooropa
No Line on the Horizon
Boy
The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
War
Rattle and Hum
October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on November 13, 2014, 12:19:58 PM
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How I feel this day.

1.  Achtung Baby
2.  No Line on the Horizon
3.  The Joshua Tree
4.  Zooropa
5.  The Unforgettable Fire
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Can’t Leave Behind
8.  War
9.  Pop
10.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October

From two months ago above, and as of today below.
1.  Achtung Baby
2.  No Line on the Horizon
3.  The Joshua Tree
4.  The Unforgettable Fire
5.  Zooropa
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Can’t Leave Behind
8.  Pop
9.  War
10.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October

The same except for TUF and Zooropa (or as my 5-year-old says, "Zoorobot") switching spots, and Pop and War.  I'll try again in November/December.

I'll have another go of it a few months later.  These things change with time, you know.
1.  Achtung Baby (pretty sure this will never NOT be #1)
2.  The Joshua Tree (going through a renaissance for me.  Haven't listened to much U2 in the past six months except tunes from this for some reason).
3.  No Line on the Horizon
4.  Zooropa
5.  Unforgettable Fire (Zooropa and UF keep switching around)
6.  Boy (disappointed with the votes this got in the "worst album polls."  I think this still holds up, in my opinion)
7.  All That You Can't Leave Behind
8.  Pop
9.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (why not -- what the hell)
10.  War (slipped from #8, to #9, to #10 -- better put in Red Rocks again soon)
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October (#11 and #12 have not moved)

I haven't done this in a while. 

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. No Line on the Horizon
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. Boy
7. All That You Can’t Leave Behind
8. Pop
9. War
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle and Hum
12. October


Okay, one more time two months since Songs of Innocence.  Iím still having a hard time sorting out where it stands in the cannon.  Ahem, ďas of today.Ē

1.  Achtung Baby
2.  The Joshua Tree
3.  Zooropa
4.  No Line on the Horizon
5.  The Unforgettable Fire
6.  Songs of Innocence
7.  Boy
8.  All That You Canít Leave Behind
9.  War
10.  Pop
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13.  October

Not a lot of movement.  Rattle and Hum went up one spot, for some reason.  I'm guessing Songs of Innocence will probably settle in somewhere in the #4-#8 range as time goes on, for me.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2alwaysforever on November 13, 2014, 03:52:02 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
4. Pop
5. Songs Of Innocence
6. Boy
7. The Joshua Tree
8. All That You Cant Leave Behind
9. War
10. Rattle and Hum
11. No Line
12. UF
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2alwaysforever on November 13, 2014, 03:54:42 PM
Its so funny how different our tastes are, only common factor AB seems to be in the top 3 for everyone :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ZooClothes on November 13, 2014, 05:44:13 PM
Zooropa
Pop
AB
SOI
JT
The rest I'll rank later. But this is now solid for me.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: iced on November 14, 2014, 06:32:48 AM
November 14 2014:

1. Zooropa
2. POP
3. Achtung Baby
4. The Joshua Tree
5. Rattle & Hum
6. Songs Of Innocence
7. All That You Can't Leave Behind
8. The Unforgettable Fire
9. No Line On The Horizon
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (easiest record to bounce of the bunch...)
11. Boy
12. War
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2Tim on November 17, 2014, 09:51:03 PM
A few changes since my last list:

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. Pop
4. Zooropa
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. Songs of Innocence
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. No Line on the Horizon
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. Rattle and Hum
11. War
12. Boy
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: sceptic on November 18, 2014, 03:32:03 AM
My ranking would go something like this:

1- The Unforgettable Fire (9/10)

2- The Joshua Tree (8/10)
3- Achtung Baby (8/10)
4- Zooropa (8/10)
5- Boy (8/10)

6- Pop (7,5/10)
7- No Line on the Horizon (7,5/10)
8- Songs of Innocence (7,5/10)

9- War (7/10)
10- October (7/10)
11- Rattle & Hum (7/10)

12- All That You Can't Leave Behind (4,5/10)
13- How to Destroy an Atomic Bomb (4/10)


As can be seen, SOI is right there in the middle of the list.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on November 18, 2014, 08:44:39 AM
I guess this would work.

1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. War
4. Songs of Innocence
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Zooropa
7. No Line on the Horizon
8. The Unforgettable Fire
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. Boy
12. Rattle and Hum
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: soloyan on November 19, 2014, 05:19:09 AM
1-The Joshua Tree - absolute greatness
2-Achtung Baby - ballsy, with minor flaws
3-Songs of Innocence - Pretty strong material
4-Pop - ballsy too but "Under-achieved"
5-The Unforgettable Fire - Solid but I skip a few songs
6-War - same
7-Boy - Pretty straightforward but a tad too simple
8-No Line on the Horizon - Two albums in one : one that I love, the other I couldn't care less
9-Rattle & Hum - I have to skip the live tunes and not a fan of blues in the first place
10-Zooropa - it belongs in the 90's
11-All that You Can't Leave Behind - Too many "meh's"
12-How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - nicely crafted tunes but no greatness
13-October -it belongs in the 80's. Hard to put any of those songs in a playlist
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: PieBlaCon on November 22, 2014, 07:42:09 PM
1. The Joshua Tree - The first two tracks are my favorite U2 songs, but the entire album is fantastic. I love the American landscape-esque vibe it has
2. War - The album is one great song after another. Not a single dud on the album. I've really been into Seconds and Surrender lately.
3. Songs of Innocence - Another album with, in my opinion, no songs that are skippable. It doesn't have quite the classic sounding tracks that War and JT do, but it's a great album.
4. Boy - Awesome album. The Ocean is really the only song I don't care for, but it's a stellar album.
5. Zooropa - I didn't listen to this album until recently, but wow is it under-appreciated. Lemon is in my top 10 U2 songs, and the album itself just shows U2's versatility.
6. Achtung Baby - A dramatic reinvention following the semi-disaster Rattle and Hum was, this album is remarkable. The fact that it ranks 6th is simply a testament to how great U2's collection is.
7. The Unforgettable Fire - This album has some great songs, including top 5 U2 track for me A Sort of Homecoming, but it also has some major downers (Elvis Presley which is not good, and Promenade/4th of July which are kinda boring). MLK has been on a roll for me as of late.
8. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - I don't get the hate for this album. It has some great songs on it. One Step Closer is the only song I'd classify as bad on it. Crumbs is also kind of mediocre, and Yahweh is just ok, but everything else is really good or better.
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind - Basically tied with How.. for me. Some duds (NY, Grace, Peace), but some really amazing songs as well. An impressive collection of songs for a band with such an incredible catalog up to that point.
10. Rattle and Hum - This is where I simply pick and choose songs I like. I have the 9 above on my phone in their full form, but I only have Angel, Desire, and All I Want is You, though I do like the Gospel performance of I Still Haven't Found what I'm looking for.
11. October - Gloria and With a Shout are great, and Is That All is ok, but this is a sophomore stumble.
12. No Line on the Horizon - Get on Your Boots is soooo offensive to me. It just isn't good. I actually really like I'll go Crazy... though. No Line is also a good track.
13. Pop - I listened to this after being thoroughly impressed with Zooropa, and this record just fell flat for me. I don't care for it.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: LToy on November 22, 2014, 10:13:55 PM
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: iced on November 23, 2014, 05:23:41 AM
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  • Achtung Baby
  • Zooropa - **This could easily swap places with Achtung depending on my frame of mind**
  • The Joshua Tree
  • The Unforgettable Fire
  • War
  • October
  • Boy
  • Rattle & Hum
  • How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
  • Songs of Innocence
  • Pop
  • All That You Can't Leave Behind
  • No Line On The Horizon

Here, here...it's easy to swap.

Question though, why is "POP" rated so low on your list?

...Curious?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: u2chamonix on November 23, 2014, 08:15:55 AM
In chronological order,

Masterpieces

The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
Achtung Baby
Pop


Great

Boy
War
Rattle and hum
Zooropa
All that you cant leave behind
Songs of Innoncence


Good
 
No line on the horizon


Not so good

October
How to dismantle an atomic Bomb




Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: LToy on November 23, 2014, 11:07:31 AM
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  • Achtung Baby
  • Zooropa - **This could easily swap places with Achtung depending on my frame of mind**
  • The Joshua Tree
  • The Unforgettable Fire
  • War
  • October
  • Boy
  • Rattle & Hum
  • How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
  • Songs of Innocence
  • Pop
  • All That You Can't Leave Behind
  • No Line On The Horizon

Here, here...it's easy to swap.

Question though, why is "POP" rated so low on your list?

...Curious?

To quote previous posts on this thread, POP just underachieved as an album considering it had a lot of high expectations.  I also think its flaws far outweigh its strength(s).  Unlike conventional wisdom, I don't treat the 90's decade as 1 monolithic movement in U2's body of work.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: tom_b1807 on November 23, 2014, 12:24:31 PM
1# Achtung Baby
2# Joshua Tree
3# All That You Can't a Leave Behind
4# Zooropa
5# How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (personally think this album is underrated)
6# War
7# The Unforgettable Fire
8# Boy
9# Songs Of Innocence
10# Pop
11# No Line On The Horizon
12# Rattle And Hum
13# October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Edgedisciple on November 26, 2014, 11:08:36 AM
Time for an update I guess...

1. ATYCLB (10/10)
2. Achtung Baby (10/10)
3. Pop (9/10)
4. HTDAAB (9/10)
5. The Joshua Tree (9/10)
6. Zooropa (8/10)
7. The Unforgettable Fire (7.5/10)
8. Boy (7.5/10)
9. October (7/10)
10. Songs Of Innocence (6/10)
11. War (6/10)
12. Rattle And Hum (5/10)
13. NLOTH (4/10)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: mofo_spacejunk on November 26, 2014, 07:57:59 PM
Based on today. Obviously TJT has lost some sheen over some time. Still reckon they fluked the album, i.e. they didn't really know what they were doing and it just happened.

1. Pop (9.5/10)

2. Achtung Baby (9/10)
3. Zooropa (9/10)

4. The Unforgettable Fire (8.5/10)

5. The Joshua Tree (8/10)

6. Boy (7.5/10)

7. Songs of Innocence (7/10)

8. War (6.5/10)

9. NLOTH (5.5/10)

10. Rattle And Hum (5/10)

=11. ATYCLB (3/10)
=11. HTDAAB (3/10)

13. October (2/10)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: LightMyWay92 on December 01, 2014, 07:24:03 PM
This is tough, but here are mine:

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. War
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
7. Boy
8. Songs of Innocence - This could move up in time
9. Rattle & Hum
10. Zooropa
11. October
12. No Line on the Horizon
13. Pop
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: barbiemom4 on December 01, 2014, 09:18:10 PM
1.Rattle and Hum
2.AB
3.UF/JT
4.SOI/Zooropa
5.AYCLB/HTDAAB
6.Pop
7.NLOTH
8.War
9.October
!0.Boy
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: barbiemom4 on December 04, 2014, 06:20:39 PM
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1.Rattle and Hum
2.AB
3.UF/JT
4.SOI/Zooropa
5.AYCLB/HTDAAB
6.Pop
7.NLOTH
8.War
9.October
!0.Boy
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: barbiemom4 on December 04, 2014, 06:24:33 PM
 I have changed mind again about favorites,I would rank soi as #3,with Ab as 4th,zooropa as 5th,sorry for the seperate posts.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: BalconyTV on December 04, 2014, 08:33:08 PM
Just cos I'm bored. Let me see.

1/ Pop - My first U2 album. The one I think to this day has the best music, experimentation, lyrics, adventure. And also I think it lacks the crassness that hurts other U2 albums.
2/ Achtung Baby - Ok, 2nd place is tough. I love much of Achtung Baby, but its not an album I will go back and listen to from start to finish much. But pound for pound it has to slot in here.
3/ NLOTH - Controversial. Here we go. But for my money this album had some daring. So what if its a little disjointed. So what if it has a couple of songs people think are duds. It has a lot going for it besides those points, and I think it will age well. Get back to me in 10 years about this.
4/ The Joshua Tree - Ok, granted this could have been in 3rd. But just as I felt awkward putting Achtung Baby in second place... I don't listen to The Joshua Tree much. But I accept pound for pound its right up there. Even if I am totally bored with certain songs on it.
5/ ATYCLB - Controversial. Again, this album gets a bashing here. But remember when this album came out. It seems almost subtle by their standards, and thats a big statement when it comes to U2. The album has songs. And it has songs, that have become U2 standards, love them or hate them. + The Elevation Tour was fantastic. And again that was down to the subtlety of the record. Less was more... in a big U2 way :-)
6/ Songs of Innocence. Might aswell slap this one right in the middle. Because while I enjoy this album, I really cant tell how it will mature and age. I can easily see fans saying this was crap ala NLOTH in a few years. I think its a strong record... just a tad dull in some way. As I say, it can go up or down on this list.
7/ Zooropa. Could be higher. Probably should be. Maybe I'm being generous to SOI. Has great great songs. But a few more boring ones. I like its color.
8/ Unforgettable Fire. The rest of this list are albums that deserve way more love and could equally be at the top of this list. And isn't that the point of U2. What you hate you love, what you love you hate. I'm putting it lower purely because I don't listen to it so much, and its a little dated. But still... its a classic.
9/ Boy. Silly really. See... these lists are silly. Boy deserves to be much higher. Its just so far away in the mind at this stage, its harder and harder to imagine the band in this stage. But its a great album.
10/ October is an album that I feel that I understand the least. That should excite me the most. Must revisit.
11/ HTDAAB. Ok, everyone hates it. Yadda yadda yadda. But I still think it has great songs. Perhaps peoples opinions on this forum have got to me. My critique would be its U2 trying to please people the most. And I guess they did that. Songs like Sometimes You (etc etc)... resonated with people so hugely. Its not a bad album. Its just a bit... broad...
12/ War. Some absolute classics. But probably the U2 album that has aged the worst.
13/ Rattle and Hum... Its just confused. And I don't really consider it a proper album.]

Phew.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: codeguy on December 05, 2014, 03:13:24 PM
OK I've been reading this thread forever, time I finally contributed:

1. Unforgettable Fire
2. Achtung, Baby
3. Joshua Tree
4. Songs of innocence
5. Zooropa
6. WAR
7. No line on the horizon
8. Boy
9. All that you can't leave behind
10. How to dismantle an atomic bomb
11. Rattle and Hum
12. POP
13. October
14. Passengers
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: gooseblitz on December 08, 2014, 08:43:34 PM
I guess no better way to start my time here than with a first post like this.

Joshua Tree   Arguably the best Side 1 (when I had the cassette) of any album. Then Side two opens with one of my favoritesÖIn Gods Country. Probably helps their monster album was my freshman year in college. The band coming into it own at the same time I was.   

WAR   Two of their biggest hits, coupled with 40 and Two Hearts and a R rated personal story this reminds me of keeps this one at the top of my list.

Unforgettable Fire  Bad, Unforgettable Fire, Promenade, MLK, Wire I love them all I didn't even mention Pride.

Boy   Out of Control, I Will Follow and Electric Co have such energy and raw youthful U2 I love it every time I hear it.

Achtung, Baby   U2 really hitting their stride with some great work here.

Rattle and Hum   I love Heartland, All I Want is You that alone carries this one for me. Angel of Harlem, Desire and Hawkmoon 269 are songs I could listen to for a long time to come.
 
All that you can't leave behind   This is new enough for me I had it lower until I realize 7 or 8 of the songs are really good U2. AmazingÖI forget how much I love their sound.

How to dismantle an atomic bomb   I love City of Blinding Lights.  Original of the Species and Yahweh I enjoy immensely too. Sometimes You Can't Make It really spoke to me and is top of my list. Throw in Vertigo and it also is better than I give it credit for.

October   Some great music that for me gets lost between Boy and War

POP   Gone and Staring at The Sun are favorites of mine. I thought it was a step up from Zooropa

No line on the horizon   Magnificent is a favorite, Crazy, Breathe and Boots are commercially successful. I enjoyed some of the more subtle songs on this one.

Songs of innocence   Too early for me to tell.  I own all of U2's music. Soundtrack. DVDs, VHS, vinyl singles with B-sides. (love "Walk to the Water")  I can't pass judgement on my favorite bands latest effort just yet. I do know I like it better than a few of these already. 

Zooropa
   Stay and Zooropa are abou it for me on this album

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: GPitt on December 09, 2014, 08:54:06 PM
Achtung Baby
The Joshua Tree
No Line on the Horizon
Songs of Innocence
Zooropa
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Boy
Pop
War
The Unforgettable Fire
October


I basically ranked the albums by how sad I'd be if I could never listen to them again, and that naturally privileged the more layered, mature, musically interesting albums as well as those with which I have the most emotional resonance. Thus there's some chronological bias in the list. Boy beats out Pop based strictly on the fact that the U22 version of Out of Control is so good it made me go back and listen to the older stuff more closely. I'd like to see them give such a treatment to other older songs on the upcoming tour. Also, I've never really liked Pop, even though I keep trying and trying based on this board's love for it, and I'm starting to get into some songs that I didn't really give that much thought before based on how people talk about them here.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: iced on December 10, 2014, 05:54:42 AM
It's December 10, 2014.

Here's my now (revised) choice:

Top Albums:

1. Zooropa (1993)
2. Pop (1997)
3. Acthung Baby (1991)
4. The Joshua Tree (1987)
5. Songs of Innocence (2014)
6. Rattle & Hum (1988)
7. All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000)
8. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004)
9. No Line On The Horizon (2009)
10. The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
11. Boy (1980)
12. War (1983
13. October (1981)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: dghickey on December 11, 2014, 08:36:50 PM
AB
October
JT
War
Zooropa
TUF
Boy
SoI
R&H
HTDAAB
ATYCLB
Pop -- LOVE the songs on this album, want nothing more to hear them live, however I'm not a fan of the performance on the album itself
NLOTH
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TongueInMyEar on December 12, 2014, 03:47:06 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Boy
4. Pop
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. Songs of Innocence
8. October
9. Zooropa
10. War
11. Rattle & Hum
12. No Line on the Horizon
13. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MrAC on December 25, 2014, 12:59:36 AM
1. Achtooooooooong BABY!
2. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
3. Joshua Tree
4. Zooropa
5. Songs of Innocence
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. Unforgettable Fire
8. War
9. No Line on the Horizon
10. Boy
11. October
12. Rattle & Hum
13. Pop
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Marvinho on December 25, 2014, 02:13:10 AM
The Joshua Tree
Boy
Achtung Baby
War
The Unforgettable Fire
October
No Line On The Horizon
Songs Of Innocence
How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Zooropa
Pop
Rattle And Hum
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: PatateTony35 on January 04, 2015, 10:22:43 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. War
9. Songs Of Innonence
10. Boy
11. No Line On The Horizon
12. Rattle and Hum
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Thunder Peel on January 04, 2015, 01:57:33 PM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. October
5. Pop
6. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
7. Songs of Innocence
8. No Line of the Horizon
9. Zooropa
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. Rattle and Hum
12. War
13. Boy

That's just my list for today. The top five are consistent but the rest can easily change. I love every album. :)

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Jreagin3 on January 09, 2015, 02:51:23 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Zooropa
5. SOI
6. War
7. Boy
8. ATYCLB
9. Pop
10. NLOTH
11. Rattle and Hum
12. HTDAAB
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Lem0nade on January 12, 2015, 12:10:01 PM
Achtung Baby
The Joshua Tree
Zooropa
Boy
Pop
The Unforgettable Fire
War
Songs of Innocence
All That You Canít Leave Behind
No Line on the Horizon
October
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Rattle and Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ZooClothes on January 12, 2015, 09:54:30 PM
Zooropa
Pop
AB
SoI
JT
TUF
Boy
October
RnH
NLOTH
HTDAAB
ATYCLB
War

SoI, JT, and TUF are tied. So are Boy and October. Then another tie with NLOTH and RnH.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: barbiemom4 on January 12, 2015, 10:06:13 PM
1.Rattle and Hum
2.The Joshua Tree
3.AB
4.Songs of Innocence
5.UF
6.Zooropa
7.ATYCLB
8.HTDAAB
9 Pop
10.NLOTH
11.War
12.october
13.Boy
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Dr_Grape on January 15, 2015, 02:26:51 PM
1.  The Unforgettable Fire
2.  The Joshua Tree
3.  War
4.  Achtung Baby
5.  Boy
6.  October
7.  Zooropa
8.  Pop
9.  Songs of Innocence
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle and Hum
12. All That You Can't Leave Behind
13. No Line On The Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2OnceAgain on January 19, 2015, 01:56:59 PM
AB
JT
POP
October
Boy
WAR
TUF
NLOTH
SOI
Zooropa
RNH
HTDAAB
ATYCLB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Clarky on January 20, 2015, 12:37:30 AM
After heavy deliberation... (the gaps indicate clear distinctions in terms of different levels of appreciation)

1. AB
2. JT

3. WAR
4. NLOTH

5. R&H
6. SOI
7. POP

8. TUF
9. ATYCLB
10. ZOOROPA
11. HTDAAB

12. OCTOBER
13. BOY



Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: reasons40 on January 20, 2015, 06:39:00 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree (Both AB & JT are so close with me that on any given day - their positions could be reversed)
3. War
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Zooropa
6. October
7. Boy
8. Rattle & Hum
9. ATYCLB
10. Pop
11. HTDAAB
12. SOI
13. NLOTH


Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on January 21, 2015, 06:59:56 AM
Iíll try this again.  Songs from October have been coming up on shuffle a lot lately, and Iím reminded how a lot of those songs are still great as well.  There really isnít a ďbadĒ U2 album. 

1.  Achtung Baby
2.  The Joshua Tree


3.  No Line on the Horizon
4.  The Unforgettable Fire
5.  Zooropa


6.  Songs of Innocence
7.  All That You Canít Leave Behind
8.  Boy
9.  Pop
10.  War

11.  How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
12.  Rattle and Hum
13.  October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: wik73 on January 21, 2015, 08:38:28 AM
I'm surprised to see SOI so low on so many lists. Has it already lost its luster with many fans?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Edgedisciple on January 21, 2015, 10:11:49 AM
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I'm surprised to see SOI so low on so many lists. Has it already lost its luster with many fans?
I was REALLY surprised to see it in the top 5 of many users, honeymoon played a big part I guess. I don't judge the users' opinions, but for me there are far better U2 albums, it's kinda weird to see it in the top 5.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: I Am Here on January 21, 2015, 10:34:33 AM
1. Unforgettable Fire
2. Joshua Tree
3. Achtung Baby
4. Zooropa
5. War
6. Boy
7. Pop
8. Songs of Innocence
9. HTDAAB
10. Passengers
11. Rattle & Hum
12. No Line
13. October
14. ATYCLB

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: LightMyWay92 on January 21, 2015, 11:12:50 AM
SOI is so new that I had a tough time figuring out where it fit in my rankings. It's definitely good enough to move fairly high up over time.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: reasons40 on January 21, 2015, 12:11:55 PM
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I'm surprised to see SOI so low on so many lists. Has it already lost its luster with many fans?
I was REALLY surprised to see it in the top 5 of many users, honeymoon played a big part I guess. I don't judge the users' opinions, but for me there are far better albums, it's kinda weird to see it in the top 5.

I would have placed the honeymoon effect pushing it up higher at this point. It's been, what, 2-3 months since the release?

For me - I love U2. But, it has been so long in between releases that it would be just strange not to listen to other artists. You are completely right - there are far better albums out there, even in U2's own discography. Ironic that their older material is looking better every time they issue a new release.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Achtung Maybe on January 22, 2015, 08:46:28 AM
Not gonna rate Songs of Innocence because, besides 'The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)', which I think is great, I haven't heard the album at all! (I know, but my head has been in a lot of other directions all year, I didn't even know U2 had a new album until relatively recently) but I plan to listen to it maybe today (depending on time; I started listening to every U2 album in a row yesterday and I'm continuing it today, and right now I'm on Rattle & Hum) or tomorrow for sure.

Anyway, my ranking, sans Songs of Innocence:
 
12. Rattle & Hum
11. Pop
10. No Line On The Horizon
9. October
8. Boy
7. Zooropa
6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
5. War
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. The Unforgettable Fire
2. Achtung Baby
1. The Joshua Tree
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on April 16, 2015, 08:05:56 AM
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How I feel this day.

1.  Achtung Baby
2.  No Line on the Horizon
3.  The Joshua Tree
4.  Zooropa
5.  The Unforgettable Fire
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Can’t Leave Behind
8.  War
9.  Pop
10.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October

From two months ago above, and as of today below.
1.  Achtung Baby
2.  No Line on the Horizon
3.  The Joshua Tree
4.  The Unforgettable Fire
5.  Zooropa
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Can’t Leave Behind
8.  Pop
9.  War
10.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October

The same except for TUF and Zooropa (or as my 5-year-old says, "Zoorobot") switching spots, and Pop and War.  I'll try again in November/December.

I'll have another go of it a few months later.  These things change with time, you know.
1.  Achtung Baby (pretty sure this will never NOT be #1)
2.  The Joshua Tree (going through a renaissance for me.  Haven't listened to much U2 in the past six months except tunes from this for some reason).
3.  No Line on the Horizon
4.  Zooropa
5.  Unforgettable Fire (Zooropa and UF keep switching around)
6.  Boy (disappointed with the votes this got in the "worst album polls."  I think this still holds up, in my opinion)
7.  All That You Can't Leave Behind
8.  Pop
9.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (why not -- what the hell)
10.  War (slipped from #8, to #9, to #10 -- better put in Red Rocks again soon)
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  October (#11 and #12 have not moved)

I haven't done this in a while. 

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. No Line on the Horizon
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. Boy
7. All That You Can’t Leave Behind
8. Pop
9. War
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. Rattle and Hum
12. October


Okay, one more time two months since Songs of Innocence.  I’m still having a hard time sorting out where it stands in the cannon.  Ahem, “as of today.”

1.  Achtung Baby
2.  The Joshua Tree
3.  Zooropa
4.  No Line on the Horizon
5.  The Unforgettable Fire
6.  Songs of Innocence
7.  Boy
8.  All That You Can’t Leave Behind
9.  War
10.  Pop
11.  Rattle and Hum
12.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13.  October

Not a lot of movement.  Rattle and Hum went up one spot, for some reason.  I'm guessing Songs of Innocence will probably settle in somewhere in the #4-#8 range as time goes on, for me.

Decided to do this again after a few nights of listening to some of their older albums.  The above ranking lists started sometime in 2012.

1.  Achtung Baby (this will always be #1)

2.  The Joshua Tree (this will probably always be #2)

(This next tier seems to swap positions with time, but always stays in this grouping)
3.  The Unforgettable Fire
4.  Zooropa
5.  No Line on the Horizon

(This next tier seems to swap positions with time, but always stays in this grouping)
6.  Boy
7.  All That You Can't Leave Behind
8.  Songs of Innocence
9.  Pop
10.  War

(This next tier seems to swap positions with time, but always stays in this grouping)
11.  How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
12.  Rattle and Hum

13.  October (like the album, but I'm hoping this always stays last on the list)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2_One on April 16, 2015, 08:45:29 AM
1-13

Achtung Baby
The Joshua Tree
No Line On The Horizon
Rattle And Hum
Songs Of Innocence
The Unforgettable Fire
Pop
Boy
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
War
Zooropa
All That You Can't Leave Behind
October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Spidermike on April 16, 2015, 09:34:20 AM
Something like this I suppose...

Acthung Baby
Joshua Tree
October
War/Under a Blood Red Sky
Zooropa
Rattle & Hum
Unforgettable Fire
Boy
Songs of Innocence
Pop
No Line on the Horizon
ATYCLB/HTDAAB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on April 16, 2015, 05:15:38 PM
least fav to fav

Oct
HDAAB
ATYCLB
R&H
Boy
NLOTH
SOI
POP
War
Uf
Zoo
JT
AB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on April 16, 2015, 05:55:33 PM
Haven't done this in a while. Some of you may think I'm nuts for this but...

FAVORITE TO LEAST FAVORITE:
1. All That You Can't Leave Behind
2. Achtung Baby
3. No Line On The Horizon
4. The Joshua Tree
5. Songs Of Innocence
6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
7. Pop
8. Zooropa
9. Boy
10. The Unforgettable Fire
11. Rattle & Hum
12. War
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Canadanne on April 16, 2015, 06:43:08 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
3. Songs Of Innocence
4. Zooropa
5. Pop
6. The Joshua Tree
7. Boy
8. War
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. Rattle & Hum
11. All That You Can't Leave Behind
12. October
13. No Line On The Horizon

...maybe.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: PookaMacP on April 18, 2015, 04:42:25 AM
The good:
1 Achtung Baby
2 The Joshua Tree
3 The Unforgettable Fire
4 Pop
5 Zooropa

The patchy:
6 No Line On The Horizon
7 War
8 Songs Of Innocence
9 Boy

The ugly:
10 All That You Can't Leave Behind
11 Rattle & Hum
12 October
13 How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: iced on April 18, 2015, 05:17:50 AM
1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. Achtung Baby
4. The Joshua Tree
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
8. No Line On The Horizon
9. Rattle & Hum
10. Songs Of Innocence
11. War
12. Boy
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: tom_b1807 on April 18, 2015, 05:31:13 AM
1. Achtung Baby - the only U2 album I can listen to all the way through and not get bored.

2. The Joshua Tree - love most songs on this. Mothers of the disappeared is ok, and I always have a problem with Exit. Incredible live though.

3. HTDAAB - (ducks for cover) don't understand the hate given to this album. I adore COBL, Vertigo, ABOY, OTTS and many others on this album. It was my first U2 album though, so I might be a bit bias.

4. Pop - U2 at their most daring and experimental, with some of Bonos best lyrics. I dismissed it at first but after giving it a real listen it's one of my favourites! Discoteque and SATS are perfect as they are, I only prefer the remix of Gone from the Best of 1990-2000. DYFL and Mofo are some of my favorite U2 songs.

5. ATYCLB - Par Grace and Peace on Earth it's one of U2s most complete albums imo. Especially the ones with TGBHF. Again, don't really understand the criticism thrown at this album.

6. Zooropa - Love Zooropa, Stay and Lemon but find a few of the songs boring and difficult to listen to. Like the theme and vibe of the album though.

7. The Unforgettable Fire - Some classics like Pride, TUF and ASOH. Studio version of Bad is a shadow of its Live version though.

8. War - Some of U2s biggest hits on it but can't get into some of the songs. Sounds really dated to my ears as well.

9. SOI - Probably in the minority here in that I prefer side 1 to side 2. EBW, California and Iris are some of my favourite songs.

10. Rattle And Hum - probably one of the only people who didn't put this last. It's a bit of a mess, I'll admit, but Heartland, AOH, Hawkmoon and Desire carry it for me. If it was just a studio album it would easily be in my top 5.

11. NLOTH - it may be a bit disjointed. Love SUC but not keen on the other 2 in the mid-section. The rest of the album seems mediocre to me, with just Magnificent really standing out.

12. Boy - some really good songs but I much prefer more recent live takes of IWF, OOC and the electric co.

13. October - meh
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Jreagin3 on April 18, 2015, 10:00:33 AM
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Top Three (These never change)

Achtung Baby
The Joshua Tree
TUF

4-6

Zooropa
War
Pop

7-9

SOI
Boy
ATYCLB

10-13 (October never moves)

R&H (not enough material)
HTDAAB
No Line
October

^This^
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: rlabs19 on April 26, 2015, 03:25:00 PM
Achtung Baby
The Joshua Tree
The Unforgettable Fire
Rattle and Hum (unpopular opinion, but I love all of the new material on it minus Heartland)
War
Zooropa
SOI
Pop
ATYCLB
Boy
October
HTDAAB



NLOTH (haven't even listened all the way through -- its not U2)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Thunder Peel on April 26, 2015, 03:43:59 PM
How I'm feeling this week:

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. October
5. Pop
6. Songs of Innocence
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. War
9. Zooropa
10. No Line on the Horizon
11. All That You Can't Leave Behind
12. Boy
13. Rattle and Hum

Next week it'll be completely different. I love them all. :D
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Pride on April 26, 2015, 05:52:46 PM
I'm the reason this thread is still going.  ;D
1. Zooropa
2. October
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. No Line on the Horizon
5. Boy
6. Achtung Baby
7. War
8. Pop
9. The Joshua Tree
10. Rattle and Hum
11. Original Soundtracks 1
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13. All That You Can't Leave Behind
14. Songs of Innocence
Yes, ladies and gentleman, for the first time in since I've joined (1 year, 9 days), ATYCLB isn't last.  :P
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: surit87 on April 27, 2015, 01:10:16 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. Songs of Innocence
4. Zooropa
5. Pop
6. Unforgettable Fire
7. War
8. October
9. Boy
10. Rattle and Hum
11. NLOTH
12. ATYCLB
13. HTDAAB

Yep, SOI is now officially better than Zooropa (for me).
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on April 27, 2015, 09:48:07 AM
Hmm. I guess I'll try again. I've been having trouble doing this these days. I really love them all.

1. October
2. TUF
3. Achtung Baby
4. Zooropa
5. NLOTH
6. War
7. The Joshua Tree
8. Boy
9. SOI
10. HTDAAB
11. Pop
12. ATYCLB
13. RnH
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: AchtungPiano on May 07, 2015, 11:32:47 PM
TIER ONE: Perfect Albums
Achtung Baby
Joshua Tree
Unforgettable Fire

TIER TWO: Underrated Albums
Pop
Boy
Zooropa
No Line

TIER THREE: Meh
War
R&H
October

TIER FOUR: Lol
ATYCLB
Songs of Innocence
Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2Tim on May 11, 2015, 10:40:44 PM
This is still my list:

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. Pop
4. Zooropa
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. Songs of Innocence
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. No Line on the Horizon
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. Rattle and Hum
11. War
12. Boy
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: halljoh2 on May 13, 2015, 07:49:42 AM
I haven't done this in forever.  Hard to rank after the top few but there really is no bad U2 album.   

1. Achtung Baby
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. Joshua Tree
4. Unforgettable Fire
5. Zooropa
6. Songs of Innocence
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. Rattle and Hum
9. War
10. No Line on the Horizon
11. Pop
12. Boy
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: fardreamer on May 14, 2015, 04:30:24 PM
I've posted mine here before, but SOI was new then. Here's my new rankings:

1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Zooropa
4. Songs of Innocence
5. The Joshua Tree
6. All that You can't Leave Behind
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. No Line On the Horizon
9. War
10. Rattle & Hum
11. Boy
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: sailornick on May 14, 2015, 04:48:48 PM
Achtung
Joshua
Pop
SOI
War
Boy
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Zooropa
RnH
NLOTH
UF
October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: asortofhomecoming on May 16, 2015, 02:37:20 AM
This is always hard but I don't think i've done this since SOI came out:

Masterpiece Tier:
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Songs of Innocence (Would be ranked one slot higher if it had Lucifer's Hands & The Crystal Ballroom on it)

Great Album Tier:
5. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. No Line on the Horizon
8. Zooropa

Good/Average Album Tier
9. War
10. October
11. Boy

Misfire Album Tier:
12. Pop
13. Rattle and Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: very good on May 16, 2015, 04:24:58 AM
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I haven't done this in forever.  Hard to rank after the top few but there really is no bad U2 album.   

1. Achtung Baby
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. Joshua Tree
4. Unforgettable Fire
5. Zooropa
6. Songs of Innocence
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. Rattle and Hum
9. War
10. No Line on the Horizon
11. Pop
12. Boy
13. October

Pretty much my list too - although I'd shove pop and boy up and SOI down
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Wedge on May 16, 2015, 06:08:13 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. War
5. No Line on the Horizon
6. All that you can't leave behind
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. PoP
9. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
10. Songs of Innocence
11. October
12. Rattle & Hum
13. Boy
14. Passengers
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: codeguy on May 16, 2015, 11:54:05 PM
I have posted on here before, so at the risk of contrradicting myself:

14. Passengers
13. POP
12. October
11. How to dismantle an atomic bomb
10. All that you can't leave behind
9. Rattle and hum
8. Boy
7. Zooropa
6. No line on the horizon
5. WAR
4. Songs of innocence
3. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung, Baby
1. The Unforgettable Fire
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: iced on May 17, 2015, 03:06:54 AM
I'll play again:

1. Zooropa
2. POP
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Achtung Baby
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. Passengers
8. Rattle & Hum
9. Songs Of Innocence
10. No Line On The Horizon
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
12. Boy
13. October
14. War
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: larrys pants on May 17, 2015, 03:37:10 PM
The Joshua tree
Achtung baby
Pop
Under a blood red sky
October
Boy
Songs of innocence
Zooropa
The unforgettable fire
Rattle and hum
No line on the horizon
War
All that you can't leave behind
How to dismantle an atomic bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Lebowski on May 17, 2015, 05:14:02 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Rattle and Hum
4. War
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. Songs of Innocence
7. Pop
8. Boy
9. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. No Line on the Horizon
12. Zooropa
13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: emalvick on May 19, 2015, 01:51:43 PM
This is how it would go right now, and it is becoming quite a departure from the last time I did this:

1. Zooropa
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Songs of Innocence
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. Boy
7. All That You Can't Leave Behind
8. Pop
9. War
10. No Line on the Horizon
11. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
12. October
13. Rattle and Hum

The bottom four would be somewhat interchangeable depending on my mood.

Zooropa and Achtung Baby are virtually a tie for me.  I used to rank The Joshua Tree tops, but either I've bored of it just a bit or I've really grown to love AB and Zooropa more than I ever used to.  In the past couple of weeks SOI has moved into the top 5.  Previously, it would have been right about where Boy is. 

It wasn't too long ago that Boy would have been in the top 5 for me as it has been quite a favorite of mine over the years, but the list really represents a lot of great albums, and if R&H was a bit more of an album, even it would be higher on the list.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: So Cruel on May 19, 2015, 03:00:39 PM
1a) Achtung Baby
1b) The Joshua Tree
3. Rattle & Hum
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Pop
6. Zooropa
7. War
8. Boy
9. All that You Can't Leave Behind
10. Songs of Innocence
11. How to Dismantle and Atomic Bomb
12. October
13. No Line on the Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Boom Cha! on May 19, 2015, 04:00:19 PM
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At the moment...

1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. Zooropa
4. The Joshua Tree
5. Songs Of Innocence
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. Boy
8. All That You Can't Leave Behind
9. War
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. No Line On The Horizon
12. Rattle And Hum
13. October

1. Pop
2. Achtung Baby
3. Zooropa
4. Songs Of Innocence
5. The Joshua Tree
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. Boy
9. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
10. War
11. No Line On The Horizon
12. Rattle And Hum
13. October

SOI hasn't gotten stale for me after numerous listens, which is awesome. I doubt it can crack my top 3, but it's nice to know how well the album has held up for me (the same can't be said for NLOTH).
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: coolz481 on May 20, 2015, 01:05:17 PM
After hearing SOI live (well, most of it...), I find the album climbing in my rankings:

1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Zooropa
5. Songs of Innocence
6. Boy
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. Rattle & Hum
9. War
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
12. October
13. No Line on the Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ProofThatThisIsReal on May 20, 2015, 03:28:26 PM
Best and Favorite. Two very different things. My opinion of course.

Best:

1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Pop
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Zooropa
6. All That You Canít Leave Behind
7. War
8. Songs of Innocence
9. Boy
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11. October
12. Rattle & Hum
13. No Line on the Horizon

Favorite:

1. Achtung baby (1)
2. The Joshua Tree (2)
3. All That You Canít Leave Behind (6)
4. The Unforgettable Fire (4)
5. Pop (3)
6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (10)
7. Songs of Innocence (9)
8. Zooropa (5)
9. Rattle & Hum (12)
10. War (7)
11. Boy (8)
12. October (11)
13. No Line on the Horizon (13)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Thunder Peel on May 20, 2015, 08:50:05 PM
My rankings for this week:

1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. October
5. Pop
6. Zooropa
7. Songs of Innocence
8. No Line on the Horizon
9. Boy
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11. All That You Can't Leave Behind
12. Rattle and Hum
13. War

Each week 6-13 are completely different. It's fun tracking my listening habits and seeing which albums are getting more play. It just shows how strong their catalogue is. Each album is special to me and on any given week the rankings can be completely flipped. 
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: jonas on November 15, 2015, 07:04:37 AM
My rankings for this wonderful band!
It was very hard to do because only the top 5 and the last one will never change.

1.Achtung baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. How to dismantle an atomic bomb
4. All that you can't leave behind
5. Zooropa
6. The unforgettable fire
7. No line on the horizon
8. Rattle and hum
9. Songs of innocence
10. Pop
11. War
12. Boy
13. October (even admitting Gloria, October and Scarlet are great songs, it's clear how amazing this band is)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: UnknownCaller98 on November 15, 2015, 10:19:05 AM
1. Joshua Tree
2. Unforgettable Fire
3. War
4. Achtung Baby
5. Boy
6. SOI
7. Pop
8. NLOTH
9. October
10. Zooropa
11. Rattle and Hum
12. HTDAAB
13. ATYCLB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: tom_b1807 on November 15, 2015, 03:19:52 PM
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My rankings for this wonderful band!
It was very hard to do because only the top 5 and the last one will never change.

1.Achtung baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. How to dismantle an atomic bomb
4. All that you can't leave behind
5. Zooropa
6. The unforgettable fire
7. No line on the horizon
8. Rattle and hum
9. Songs of innocence
10. Pop
11. War
12. Boy
13. October (even admitting Gloria, October and Scarlet are great songs, it's clear how amazing this band is)

Pretty similar to my rankings. It's always interesting to see how polarising Bomb is - I personally love and you clearly do as well but many on this forum think it's the worst thing they've ever done!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on December 15, 2015, 07:11:07 AM
I haven't been listening to much U2 the past 3-4 months.  I'd do one of these with the music not so fresh in my soul and based on instinct/impulse.

1.  Achtung Baby
2.  The Joshua Tree
3.  The Unforgettable Fire
4.  Zooropa
5.  No Line on the Horizon
6.  Boy
7.  Pop
8.  All That You Can't Leave Behind
9.  War
10.  Songs of Innocence
11.  How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
12.  Rattle and Hum
13.  October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ToRontoRon on December 15, 2015, 02:05:57 PM
Tier 1:
1.  Achtung Baby
2.  The Joshua Tree

Tier 2:
3.  All That You Can't Leave Behind
4.  How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
5.  Songs Of Innocence

Tier 3:
6.  Zooropa
7.  October
8.  Rattle & Hum
9.  Pop
10.  Boy

Tier 4:
11.  No Line On The Horizon
12.  The Unforgettable Fire
13.  War
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Connordo on December 15, 2015, 05:48:17 PM
How come under a blood red sky is never included in these polls?  It was an album technically and would be at the top of my list, anyone else?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: griffen2014 on December 23, 2015, 11:51:29 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. SOI
4. Unforgettable Fire
5. Zooropa
6. All That you can't leave behind
7. Rattle & Hum
8. Pop
9. Boy
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11. October
12. No Line on the Horizon
13. War
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums e
Post by: redrunningred on December 23, 2015, 01:19:35 PM
Subject to change

TJT
AB
SOI
TUF
ATYCLB
HTDAATB
War
Boy
R&H
Zooropa
Pop
NLOTH
October
Passengers

I like all of these albums, and ranking them is like ranking children
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on December 23, 2015, 03:22:59 PM
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Subject to change

1. TJT
2. AB
3. SOI
4. TUF
5: War
6. HTDAATB
7. TUF
8. ATTYCLB
9. Boy
10. R&H
10. Zooropa
11. ATYCLB
12. Pop
13. NLOTH
14. October
15. Passengers

I like all of these albums, and ranking them is like ranking children
It's a good album!  :)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: redrunningred on December 23, 2015, 03:37:38 PM
Whoops. Correcting it now
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ToRontoRon on January 06, 2016, 10:57:33 PM
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Subject to change

1. TJT
2. AB
3. SOI
4. TUF
5: War
6. HTDAATB
8. ATTYCLB
9. Boy
10. R&H
10. Zooropa
11. ATYCLB
12. Pop
13. NLOTH
14. October
15. Passengers

I like all of these albums, and ranking them is like ranking children

I know it's also really tough choosing between #8 and #11.  ;)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: redrunningred on January 06, 2016, 11:00:48 PM
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Subject to change

1. TJT
2. AB
3. SOI
4. TUF
5: War
6. HTDAATB
8. ATTYCLB
9. Boy
10. R&H
10. Zooropa
11. ATYCLB
12. Pop
13. NLOTH
14. October
15. Passengers

I like all of these albums, and ranking them is like ranking children

I know it's also really tough choosing between #8 and #11.  ;)

Oh my god, I am so sorry! I must have been either distracted, exhausted, or watching a show while I typed that list! I'll reedit it after I post this post
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on May 05, 2016, 01:21:54 PM
My U2antheon rankings for today. 

1.    Achtung Baby (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1)
2.   The Joshua Tree (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3)
3.   The Unforgettable Fire (3, 3, 5, 5, 5, 4, 5) 
4.   Zooropa (4, 4, 3, 3, 4, 5, 4)
5.   No Line on the Horizon (5, 5, 4, 4, 3, 2, 2)
6.   Boy (6, 6, 7, 6, 6, 6, 6)
7.   All That You Canít Leave Behind (8, 7, 8, 7, 7, 7, 7)   
8.   Pop (7, 9, 10, 8, 8, 8, 9)
9.   War (9, 10, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8 )
10.   Songs of Innocence (10, 8, 6, X, X, X, X) 
11.   How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (11, 11, 12, 10, 10, 10, 10)
12.   Rattle and Hum (12, 12, 11, 11, 11, 11, 11)
13.   October  (13, 13, 13, 12, 12, 12, 12)

Iím also in a list-making mood today, so I looked back on this thread to see how I voted in the past.  In the parentheses are the rankings from the other dates (December 2015, April 2015, November 2014, July 2014, March 2013, September 2012, July 2012).

Iím surprised itís stayed this consistent, honestly.
Achtung Baby:  Iím fairly confident that U2 will never create anything that challenges Achtung Baby and what that album has meant to me.
The Joshua Tree:  as much as I donít really listen to the album, itís still the freaking Joshua Tree.
The Unforgettable Fire and Zooropa:  Seem to battle it out at #3-4.
No Line on the Horizon: Iíve loved this album since it came out and was quite enamored with it for several years afterward Ė thus it got as far as #2 on my list back in 2012.  With time, it looks to have settled in at #5 for now.  It still has a special place for me, and I canít see it dropping.
Boy:  Firmly entrenched at #6
ATYCLB, Pop, and War:  it depends on my mood for which album is better Ė all are great though.
SOI:  I think #10 is a good place for this.  I really never have the urge to spin it, and when I do, I usually move on quickly.  It was as high as #6 for me after its release but continues to drop since then.
HTDAAB, R&H, October:  These albums are always in the last three. 
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: shorne on June 22, 2016, 02:14:26 PM
Achtung Baby
Songs of Innocence
The Joshua Tree
How to Dismantle and Atomic Bomb
Pop
Rattle and Hum
Zooropa
Boy
All that You Can't Leave Behind
The Unforgettable Fire
War
No Line on the Horizon
October
Under a Blood Red Sky
Passengers
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on June 22, 2016, 04:36:54 PM
The Greatest:

1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. TUF
4. Zooropa

The Good:

5. The Joshua Tree
6. Boy
7. NLOTH
8. Original Sounstracks I

The Decent:

9. Songs of Innocence
10. War
11. R&H

The Bad:

12. October
13. ATYCLB
14. HTDAAB
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Cam501 on June 22, 2016, 07:10:29 PM
I already posted my list on another thread fairly recently but it's ready for an update as I recently listened to a lot of material again to confirm my thoughts and made some glaring errors after the top 3 .

1.  AB (my all time fav album from any artist)
2.  JT
3.  Zooropa
4.  Pop
5.  War
6.  ATYCLB
7.  TUF
8.  RH
9.  NLOTH
10.  Boy
11.  HTDAAB
12.  SOI
13.  October

8-10 were tough to rank and 12-13 are about even.  I didn't count Passengers or any live only recordings.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MattDavis on June 22, 2016, 09:04:52 PM
TJT
AB
TUF
R&H
Boy
ATYCLB
SOI
Pop
War
Zooropa
HTDAAB
NLOTH
October

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on May 24, 2017, 12:55:14 PM
I always like to resurrect this thread once in a while, because itís interesting to see how tastes change.  Itís also fun to see the names/avatar pictures of @U2 members I havenít seen in a while.  Itís like a virtual class reunion.  So as of today, my U2antheon is as follows:

TOP TIER:
1. Achtung Baby Ė My favorite album by anyone of all time.  I plan to be buried with it.  Every single song is amazing.  So, so good.  Iíll never tire of it. 
2. The Joshua Tree Ė Well, itís the Joshua Tree.  Iíve been listening to it with more frequency this spring.  Iím assuming Iím not the only one.
TIER TWO:
3. No Line on the Horizon Ė Yes, I said it.  Iíve deeply connected with this album more than most.  It still sounds amazing.  It has a strange effect on me like no other album can conjure.
4. Zooropa Ė A very, very special album.  So many visceral feelings associated with it.  My go-to U2 night album.
5. The Unforgettable Fire ĖAmazing.  I like every song.  When I ďput it on,Ē itís like a present being opened.   And it has ďBad,Ē which is my favorite song by anyone of all time.
TIER THREE:
6. Boy Ė When I listen to it, I think to myself:  ďthis is what default U2 sounds like.Ē  Iíve always enjoyed it.
7. All That You Canít Leave Behind Ė Itís not something I spin often of my own volition.  But itís hard to argue with the power of the first half.
8. War Ė There are very few U2 songs I dislike.  However, this album has two of them.   Those two songs bring down an otherwise amazing album. 
9. Pop Ė I really do love Pop.  I wish modern-day U2 would try to reach out of their comfort zone like this.  It suffers a bit with the same two-song issue I have with War.
BOTTOM (BUT MOST BANDS WISH THEY COULD ALBUMS LIKE THIS) TIER:
10. Rattle and Hum Ė I had a reawakening to the song ďHawkmoonĒ last summer, when it unexpectedly came on the radio as I was driving down a hill into a valley before a thunderstorm (really!).  But I donít listen to U2 for R&B-tinged music.  As the years have gone by, I feel that a lot of the tracks on here have been unjustly maligned.   
11. Songs of Innocence Ė I just didnít connect with it.  Iíve rarely listened to it since 2014, with the exception of ďSleep Like a Baby Tonight.Ē  The second half is pretty good, however.  It would have been interesting to see what it would have sounded like if Danger Mouse had sole production credit.
12. How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Ė I liked this more when it came out Ė it just hasnít aged well for me.  I wonít bash it, though Ė there are some good tunes here.
13. October Ė Even my least favorite U2 album is an album I find enjoyment listening to.  But something has to be last, right?   
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: THRILLHO on May 24, 2017, 01:04:09 PM
Top 5
AB
JT
Zooropa
UF
War

Mid Tier
Pop
SOI
R&H
Boy
NLOTH

Maybe not so great
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
Octo

these rarely change order. I moved Zoo. up to the 3 spot last year. The mid-tiers may change the most. The bottom is pretty much what it's been for 10 years or so for me
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on May 24, 2017, 01:19:31 PM
Masterpieces

1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop

Great

3. Zooropa
4. Original Soundtracks I
5. The Unforgettable Fire

Good

6. Boy
7. The Joshua Tree
8. No Line On the Horizon

Average

9. October
10. Songs of Innocence
11. War

Dreadful

12. Rattle & Hum
13. All That You Can't Leave Behind
14. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ZEROpartII on May 24, 2017, 02:44:07 PM
1. Achtung Baby - Rock and Roll miracle. Never duplicated. Greatest reinvention of a band ever.

2. The Joshua Tree - Created an incredible landscape of music. Timeless classic

3. Zooropa - Experimental Genius. Quirky and Fun.

4. The Unforgettable Fire - Best atmospheric album anchored by vintage anthems.

5. Rattle & Hum - The original tracks are some of my personal favorites. Peak musicianship.

6. War - Concept album with great execution on standout tracks.

7. Boy - Strong debut. Mature beyond it's years

8. Songs of Innocence - Time machine concept album that is a robust listen from start to finish. 

9. No Line on the Horizon - Highest highs, knocked down by several missteps. Best album 2000-2010.

10. Pop - Adventurous album that unfortunately sounds hollow in spots due to rushed production.

11. All That You Can't Leave Behind - Iconic songs, mixed with a play it safe approach, especially on the second half.

12. October - Dropoff in quality from Boy, but has some underrated gems

13. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - Vertigo saves an album where Bono seemed to put the cart ahead of the horse, by deciding what type of songs he wanted instead of letting the songwriting come naturally.  They were trying too hard, and yet it won the Grammy for Album of The Year.  That's how good a band U2 is.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: codeguy on May 24, 2017, 03:50:15 PM
1. The Unforgettable Fire - I rate albums based on all the material that came from the sessions, and UF had it. The ambiance, the abstract art feel, the searching. It was, for me, their most complete record.
2. Achtung, Baby The greatest artistic reinvention in music history and the kickoff to U2's greatest patch
3. The Joshua TreeThe great masterpiece, all eleven songs fully belonging, great in-your-face ideas and an expansive welcoming feeling, even when dealing with the harshest of subject matter.
4. WAR Their first visual and creative masterpiece. The lost innocence of the boy from the BOY album, and a childs view of humanity's worst evils.
5. No Line on the Horizon Not quite masterpiece, it was somewhat spoiled by its soft center, but a sonic explosion producing amazing sounds from Fez to COL to MOS to Winter to Soon. Pity the world didn't look past the weak center with GOYB and Magnificent the let-down promotional records.
6. ZooropaThe album that could have been their sergeant pepper - Playful, full of attitude and breaking all the rules - shame they rushed it out so fast. AS it is, it's a great album. Another six months and it could have sold 30-40M copies and could have been their finest hour. It could have been combined with passengers to produce U2's first truly 'dark side of the moon' high on drugs sounding record. Imagine this record with Lady with the spinning head, Alex descends into hell, HMTMKMKM, Miss Sarajevo, Your Blue Room, and a few pan-european sounds thrown in for effect, with entire verses written in latin, Russian, German, Italian and allusions to various places across the continent.
7. BOY The innocence of childhood summed up in great teenage simplicity and with sophmore talent that lends additional authenticity even if it comes with bad choices like Bono playing the  triangle in I will Follow.
8. Songs of Innocence Masterpieces have left the building, but individual songs like Cedarwood road, Troubles, Raised like wolves and others still make this a good album.
9. Rattle and Hum Misguided, hegemonic, but also filled with brilliant moments like Desire, Hawkmoon, All I want is you, etc.
10. How to dismantle an atomic bomb Another near masterpiece. Bono summed it up as "The whole is not greater than the sum of it's parts" and I agree. There is no mental image with this album. No sense of Desert (JT), timelessness (UF), Lost innocence (WAR), urban chaos (AB), etc. It loses something with that, though it has some great songs.
11. October Good for a second album, but we'd all  be disappointed if this was released today. Most notably, no truly memorable hits.
12. POP That's right, POP defenders, i'm down on you. Totally misguided, they needed to bring 3 or 4 huge hits to market to not look like reaching with the massive tour and ridiculous stage. It had its moments, but not close to best effort.
13. All that you can't leave behind Kite and In a little while beighten the place up, but this is the worst of their well known albums for me
14. Passengers/OS1Should not count as a u2 album - some brilliance but way too much filler (and contains Elvis Ate America - easily the worst song on any of these albums)
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: evaboogaard on May 24, 2017, 03:58:42 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. No Line On The Horizon
5. How To Dismantle
6. Unforgettable Fire
7. Boy
8. War
9. Rattle and Hum
10. Zooropa
11. Pop
12. October

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: fardreamer on May 25, 2017, 06:46:18 AM
May 2017 rankings:

1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Songs of Innocence
4. Zooropa
5. The Joshua Tree
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. No Line on the Horizon
8. All That You Can't Leave Behind
9. Rattle & Hum
10. War
11. Passengers
12. Boy
13. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
14. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Rasmus on May 25, 2017, 05:33:26 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Zooropa
4. The Joshua Tree
5. War
6. The Unforgetable Fire
7. All That You Cant Leave Behind
8. Boy

All of the above are great albums. The following are the more problematic ones in my opinion.

9. October
10. Rattle & Hum
11. Songs of Innocence
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13. No Line on the Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: mrsamrocks2 on May 25, 2017, 10:28:08 PM
1-AB
2-Pop
3-The Joshua Tree
4-All That You Can't Leave behind
5-Songs of Innocence
6-No Line On The Horizon
7-Zooropa
8-Boy
9-Atomic Bomb
10-TUF
11-War
12-R&H
13-October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: imaginary friend on May 26, 2017, 08:27:53 PM
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top 4:

1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. No Line On The Horizon
4. The Unforgettable Fire

bottom 2:

11. Rattle and Hum
12. War

the other ones move around in between those groups, and they're constantly shifting. right now, atomic bomb is my fave of that middle group, but that'll probably change in a month or two.

#@!

^ Yes, that was me the 1st time around. Now, on to the subject at hand...

What's changed? Not much. SOI's been fighting it out with TUF for that #4 spot ever since it was released, and OS1 and October are in a pitched battle for supremacy in that middle group. AB's probably at the bottom of that middle group now, if only because I just don't think about that album anymore when I'm not here seeing y'all writing about it. I still love most of those songs from it, but at this point they might as well be non-album singles; my brain never seems to tie them together anymore, if that makes any sense.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: shineinthesummernight on May 26, 2017, 10:23:25 PM
I love "October" and "NLOTH" so I'm like the weird stepchild of U2 fans lol.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: DoYouFeelLoved on May 27, 2017, 02:42:30 PM
I see that my personal ranking is fairly atypical compared to the general perception here

Greatest
Pop
ATYCLB
Achtung Baby

Superb
Zooropa
HTDAAB
TJT
TUF
Boy

Good
October
Rattle And Hum
War

Dreadful
Songs of Innocence
No Line On The Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on May 27, 2017, 07:10:10 PM
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top 4:

1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. No Line On The Horizon
4. The Unforgettable Fire

bottom 2:

11. Rattle and Hum
12. War

the other ones move around in between those groups, and they're constantly shifting. right now, atomic bomb is my fave of that middle group, but that'll probably change in a month or two.

#@!

^ Yes, that was me the 1st time around. Now, on to the subject at hand...

What's changed? Not much. SOI's been fighting it out with TUF for that #4 spot ever since it was released, and OS1 and October are in a pitched battle for supremacy in that middle group. AB's probably at the bottom of that middle group now, if only because I just don't think about that album anymore when I'm not here seeing y'all writing about it. I still love most of those songs from it, but at this point they might as well be non-album singles; my brain never seems to tie them together anymore, if that makes any sense.


Wait-- Imaginary Friend is Hurricaine Hugo?  I always dug Hurricaine Hugo in this forum and the old forum before the update.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: A Passenger on May 28, 2017, 07:47:56 AM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Passengers: Original Soundtracks
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Boy
5. War
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. Zooropa
8. Pop
9. October
10. Achtung Baby
11. Rattle & Hum
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13. No Line on the Horizon
14. Songs of Innocence

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: imaginary friend on May 28, 2017, 09:24:31 AM
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top 4:

1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. No Line On The Horizon
4. The Unforgettable Fire

bottom 2:

11. Rattle and Hum
12. War

the other ones move around in between those groups, and they're constantly shifting. right now, atomic bomb is my fave of that middle group, but that'll probably change in a month or two.

#@!

^ Yes, that was me the 1st time around. Now, on to the subject at hand...

What's changed? Not much. SOI's been fighting it out with TUF for that #4 spot ever since it was released, and OS1 and October are in a pitched battle for supremacy in that middle group. AB's probably at the bottom of that middle group now, if only because I just don't think about that album anymore when I'm not here seeing y'all writing about it. I still love most of those songs from it, but at this point they might as well be non-album singles; my brain never seems to tie them together anymore, if that makes any sense.


Wait-- Imaginary Friend is Hurricaine Hugo? 

Yes...and in between those two screen names, I was cletus thurston beauregard
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: an tha on May 28, 2017, 09:41:29 AM
Great (stand up in the very top tier of albums in my collection)

Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa

Good 

The Unforgettable Fire

Average (OK nothing to write home about really - have some good moments and some not so good but are generally just so so)

The Joshua Tree
War
Boy
October
Songs of Innocence
No Line on The Horizon

Dreadful

Rattle and Hum
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: il_capo on May 28, 2017, 02:23:52 PM
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Great (stand up in the very top tier of albums in my collection)

Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa

Good 

The Unforgettable Fire

Average (OK nothing to write home about really - have some good moments and some not so good but are generally just so so)

The Joshua Tree
War
Boy
October
Songs of Innocence
No Line on The Horizon

Dreadful

Rattle and Hum
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

So the Oracle of great music out there didn't really like U2 until they released the Fly in 1991?  Just curious!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: an tha on May 28, 2017, 02:30:30 PM
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Great (stand up in the very top tier of albums in my collection)

Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa

Good 

The Unforgettable Fire

Average (OK nothing to write home about really - have some good moments and some not so good but are generally just so so)

The Joshua Tree
War
Boy
October
Songs of Innocence
No Line on The Horizon

Dreadful

Rattle and Hum
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

So the Oracle of great music out there didn't really like U2 until they released the Fly in 1991?  Just curious!

Pretty much.....

I took a passing interest in TJT but couldn't stand ISHFWILF which was pushed hard as you would know here, Streets was meh for me and i liked WOWY.

I was a little young for TUF but it was TUF and UABRS that got me interested in u2 albeit a few years after they were released....R&H turned me off them almost totally and that was what late 88?.... and as you would know around 89/90 for people of a certain age there was a certain movement taking place here that was a long way from cowboy boots and hats and americana......

So although i had an interest in u2 my real fandom began with The Fly/AB.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: il_capo on May 28, 2017, 02:35:39 PM
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Great (stand up in the very top tier of albums in my collection)

Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa

Good 

The Unforgettable Fire

Average (OK nothing to write home about really - have some good moments and some not so good but are generally just so so)

The Joshua Tree
War
Boy
October
Songs of Innocence
No Line on The Horizon

Dreadful

Rattle and Hum
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

So the Oracle of great music out there didn't really like U2 until they released the Fly in 1991?  Just curious!

Pretty much.....

I took a passing interest in TJT but couldn't stand ISHFWILF which was pushed hard as you would know here, Streets was meh for me and i liked WOWY.

I was a little young for TUF but it was TUF and UABRS that got me interested in u2 albeit a few years after they were released....R&H turned me off them almost totally and as you would know around 89/90 for people of a certain age there was a certain movement taking place here that was a long way from cowboy boots and hats and americana......

So although i had an interest in u2 my real fandom began with The Fly/AB.

Yes, R&H left me feeling rather empty too.  I was expecting something great but it was the first time they put out an album that wasn't as high as my expectations.  It's interesting to see how popular the album is with many American posters on this forum.  To this day it's not a record I turn to, though Angel of Harlem is a great song.  Like you, in the late 80s I was enamoured by other exciting music emerging from the independent scene, and that played into the sound of AB when it was recorded.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: an tha on May 28, 2017, 02:41:28 PM
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Great (stand up in the very top tier of albums in my collection)

Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa

Good 

The Unforgettable Fire

Average (OK nothing to write home about really - have some good moments and some not so good but are generally just so so)

The Joshua Tree
War
Boy
October
Songs of Innocence
No Line on The Horizon

Dreadful

Rattle and Hum
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

So the Oracle of great music out there didn't really like U2 until they released the Fly in 1991?  Just curious!

Pretty much.....

I took a passing interest in TJT but couldn't stand ISHFWILF which was pushed hard as you would know here, Streets was meh for me and i liked WOWY.

I was a little young for TUF but it was TUF and UABRS that got me interested in u2 albeit a few years after they were released....R&H turned me off them almost totally and as you would know around 89/90 for people of a certain age there was a certain movement taking place here that was a long way from cowboy boots and hats and americana......

So although i had an interest in u2 my real fandom began with The Fly/AB.

Yes, R&H left me feeling rather empty too.  I was expecting something great but it was the first time they put out an album that wasn't as high as my expectations.  It's interesting to see how popular the album is with many American posters on this forum.  To this day it's not a record I turn to, though Angel of Harlem is a great song.  Like you, in the late 80s I was enamoured by other exciting music emerging from the independent scene, and that played into the sound of AB when it was recorded.

Yes indeed....

I bought R&H on the strength of a friend who raved about TJT....I was 'meh' about TJT but I really loved TUF which I had discovered.....I remember playing R&H and just thinking 'erm this isn't very good' and trying to live with it and it grow on me but it never did.......it felt alien and not in a good way.

I understand why some love it but it really didn't speak to me at all.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: very good on May 28, 2017, 03:27:11 PM
Perfection
Achtung baby

Bloody brilliant
Joshua tree
Zooropa
All that you can't leave behind

Very very good
Pop
Unforgettable fire

Decent
No line on the horizon
Boy
How to dismantle...
Rattle & hum

So so
October
War

Dire
Songs of innocence
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: redrunningred on June 07, 2017, 01:20:11 AM
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I see that my personal ranking is fairly atypical compared to the general perception here

Greatest
Pop
ATYCLB
Achtung Baby

Superb
Zooropa
HTDAAB
TJT
TUF
Boy

Good
October
Rattle And Hum
War

Dreadful
Songs of Innocence
No Line On The Horizon
What i find interesting, sort of atypical, isnt any one album, because we all have different preferences, but its that you have Pop with ATYCLB. Generally fans are divided as to whether 21st century U2 has gone in the right direction, and to have those 2 together brings together 2 thoughts of mind as to what makes U2 great that many people have trouble reconciling
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: LovableLadFromLiverpool on June 07, 2017, 08:46:16 AM
Brilliant:
War
TJT
TUF
AB

Great:
Boy
Zooropa
Pop

Extremely good:
October

Good:
NLOTH

Okay:
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
SOI
Title: Rank U2's albums
Post by: DoYouFeelLoved on June 07, 2017, 12:50:49 PM
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I see that my personal ranking is fairly atypical compared to the general perception here

Greatest
Pop
ATYCLB
Achtung Baby

Superb
Zooropa
HTDAAB
TJT
TUF
Boy

Good
October
Rattle And Hum
War

Dreadful
Songs of Innocence
No Line On The Horizon
What i find interesting, sort of atypical, isnt any one album, because we all have different preferences, but its that you have Pop with ATYCLB. Generally fans are divided as to whether 21st century U2 has gone in the right direction, and to have those 2 together brings together 2 thoughts of mind as to what makes U2 great that many people have trouble reconciling
I know it seems strange, but the explanation is that ATYCLB and especially Beautiful Day are the reason I became a fan.
They were the first things I heard back in the day and many of those songs still resonate with me very deeply 'cause they brought me comfort during some harsh times.
Contrarily to the common opinion in here, I think it's a brilliant album with lots of great textures and sounds.
"Pop music" isn't always the enemy to me.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: JFW on June 07, 2017, 02:04:10 PM
Made an graphic in courier font, don't know if it will be visible for every one. (If you can't see, but you're interested, copy the message and paste it in notepad.) Remember: there is no such thing as a bad U2-album. But some I do not like very much :)

The scoring is based on the following things:
* Times played;
* My feelings during the album;
* The layers of sound;
* Musically complexity;
* The tour.


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* In my opinion the band was fine during the '80s. If I had to rank Boy, War, and Joshua. It would be (least to best) W-B-J.
* De band was as greatest in the '90s. Those albums could be as tight as B, W and J. But I had to make choises because the graph would be enormous otherwise.
* In the '00s it goes downwards. No Line On The Horizon could be 'a light on the horizon'.
* The '10s can be very interesting this way. SOI is a very good peace of work, I almost gave it a '#' more. It has more in it than the critism says. I have high expectations of SOE. While The Best Thing and The Little Things are not the sound which I want on SOE. As stand alones they're fine. My hope is based on the video's on Instagram and Fender. I hope the '10s will be as the '90s and maybe top it!

It's hard to see on the phone. Every album has the following points:
B: 9
O: 6
W: 9
U: 7
J: 9
R: 5
A: 10
Z: 11
O: 9
P: 12
A: 5
H: 3
N: 7
S: 9


Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: redrunningred on June 07, 2017, 05:52:53 PM
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I see that my personal ranking is fairly atypical compared to the general perception here

Greatest
Pop
ATYCLB
Achtung Baby

Superb
Zooropa
HTDAAB
TJT
TUF
Boy

Good
October
Rattle And Hum
War

Dreadful
Songs of Innocence
No Line On The Horizon
What i find interesting, sort of atypical, isnt any one album, because we all have different preferences, but its that you have Pop with ATYCLB. Generally fans are divided as to whether 21st century U2 has gone in the right direction, and to have those 2 together brings together 2 thoughts of mind as to what makes U2 great that many people have trouble reconciling
I know it seems strange, but the explanation is that ATYCLB and especially Beautiful Day are the reason I became a fan.
They were the first things I heard back in the day and many of those songs still resonate with me very deeply 'cause they brought me comfort during some harsh times.
Contrarily to the common opinion in here, I think it's a brilliant album with lots of great textures and sounds.
"Pop music" isn't always the enemy to me.
Agreed. That is one of my fundamental differences with the 90's die hards. Also, when i think Pop music i think Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, etc. I think U2's 21st century work is more simple, more heartfelt, emotional, and comes across as more "commercial" but is completely in a different vein then pop music.


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Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Argo on June 07, 2017, 06:55:52 PM
Can someone explain their love of ATYCLB for me. Beautiful Day is a top 5 U2 song for me but after that it falls away really quickly. Elevation is ok but rubbish lyrics and just a bit of fun kind of like Party Girl, Walk On is ok, Kite is ok, When I Like at the World ok but that's about it. Wild Honey is one of U2's worst ever songs, Grace is terrible and the rest kind of meh.

What I would say about the album is that it put U2 back on more casual fan's radar as a lot of people got lost with Zooropa and Pop. Especially when many people focus hugely on the first single. When I first heard Numb it was like what on earth is that (in a bad way), Discotheque just got people confused, whereas Beautiful Day was like wow, this is terrific, I remember these guys, they're good again (this is my view of how non hardcore fans would have seen U2 throughout all that).

So, whilst I think Beautiful Day is awesome and was hugely important in getting U2 back into the mainstream, the album as a whole is bottom 4 top stuff to me. And I am not a pure 90s lover, I actually like Bomb and No Line.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: DoYouFeelLoved on June 07, 2017, 07:28:31 PM
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Can someone explain their love of ATYCLB for me. Beautiful Day is a top 5 U2 song for me but after that it falls away really quickly. Elevation is ok but rubbish lyrics and just a bit of fun kind of like Party Girl, Walk On is ok, Kite is ok, When I Like at the World ok but that's about it. Wild Honey is one of U2's worst ever songs, Grace is terrible and the rest kind of meh.

What I would say about the album is that it put U2 back on more casual fan's radar as a lot of people got lost with Zooropa and Pop. Especially when many people focus hugely on the first single. When I first heard Numb it was like what on earth is that (in a bad way), Discotheque just got people confused, whereas Beautiful Day was like wow, this is terrific, I remember these guys, they're good again (this is my view of how non hardcore fans would have seen U2 throughout all that).

So, whilst I think Beautiful Day is awesome and was hugely important in getting U2 back into the mainstream, the album as a whole is bottom 4 top stuff to me. And I am not a pure 90s lover, I actually like Bomb and No Line.
You're beating a dead horse as the subject of ATYCLB's value has been "discussed" again and again here at least a thousand times... Very often ending with users fighting and biting their heads off. So I'd prefer to avoid the subject.

I think it's a great album, with its flaws and its peaks, and I hold it close to my heart. Many others don't agree. To each their own.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: paisteguy on June 07, 2017, 09:02:51 PM
1) The Unforgettable Fire
2) Achtung Baby
3) Rattle & Hum
4) Zooropa
5) The Joshua Tree
6) October
7) War
8) All That You Can't Leave Behind
9) No Line On The Horizon
10) How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11) Pop
12) Songs Of Innocence
13) Boy*

* I actually think boy is a good debut - It just leaves me cold compared to other U2 albums.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Saint1322 on June 08, 2017, 03:09:00 PM
Achtung Baby
Zooropa
Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Boy
War
No Line On The Horizon
Rattle And Hum
Songs of Innocence
Pop
October
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

I don't dislike any of these albums, but I think

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: cjscarboro1999 on June 10, 2017, 05:13:43 AM
Achtung Baby
Joshua Tree

(Huge gap)

Zooropa
Unforgettable Fire
War
Songs of Innocence
No Line on the Horizon
Boy
October

(Huge gap)

How to Dismantle an Automic Bomb
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Passengers:Soundtracks

(Huge gap)

Rattle and Hum

(Huge gap)

Pop
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: DK46 on June 10, 2017, 08:14:44 AM
I'll preface this by saying, I don't truly hate any of their albums (honestly), but some just don't do a lot for me.  From 1980 to 2000, they were a remarkable band with a discography as consistent as any IMO, then sadly, it slipped.  Still, for this fan, they've written plenty of great songs throughout their 40 year career.

Here goes:

1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. Pop
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. The Joshua Tree
6. War
7. Boy
8. Original Soundtracks 1
9. October
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind (my first U2 album, so lots of nostalgia here, but I do generally enjoy it)
11. Rattle and Hum
12. No Line on the Horizon
13. Songs of Innocence
14. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

The last 3, I don't consider godawful (unlike a few here), I just listen to them less.  I think each definitely has a couple of great songs, i.e. I love The Crystal Ballroom and listen to that consistently. 

I think a bit of it comes down to the production. If SOI and HTDAAB had gone for a more raw, organic sound, touched up the lyrics (especially on HTTAAB, can apply this to NLOTH too), these could be improved.  Also, pushed the experimental aspects on NLOTH a bit more.  The sad thing for me is these albums have some great b-sides, so they are more than capable of writing good songs.  Maybe just not for an entire album, who knows?  They seemed to acknowledge the polished sound of SOI, so hopefully they'll develop a more raw sound for SOE, but we shall see. 
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2ArkFanChuck on June 20, 2017, 01:53:41 PM
Achtung Baby will always always always be my all time favorite album. 

Then I listen to ATYCLB and change my mind! Hahaha. Is it okay to love them all??

--Chuck
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: JFW on June 23, 2017, 04:39:13 AM
According to a Top750 (from 2016) in The Netherlands (Radio Veronice), ranks are the place on the list:

4. The Joshua Tree
27. The Unforgettable Fire
53. Achtung Baby
75. War
92. All That You Can't Leave Behind
145. Rattle And Hum
213. The Best of 1990-2000
257. Under A Blood Red Sky
324. Zooropa
350. October
382. Boy
477. How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
562. The Best of 1980-1990
597. Songs of Innocence
687. No Line On The Horizon
715. 18 Singles
-. Pop

Pop has been in the list in 2013
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: TimmyB on June 26, 2017, 09:43:24 AM
It's been a while since I've done this, so here goes:

1. All That You Can't Leave Behind

2. Pop
3. Achtung Baby
4. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
5. The Joshua Tree

6. No Line On The Horizon
7. Rattle And Hum
8. War

9. Zooropa
10. Boy
11. Songs Of Innocence
12. The Unforgettable Fire

13. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: davis on July 09, 2017, 05:47:00 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. Unforgettable Fire
4. Rattle and Hum
5. Pop
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. Zooropa
8. Under a Blood Red Sky (have to include this as it's the one that started it all for me)
9. Boy
10. October
11. No Line on the Horizon  (would be higher without the crappy middle section)
12. Songs of Innocence
13. War  (I know--I'm surprised too this is so low.  Three great songs.)
14. How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Number 14 is the only one that if I never heard again I would not care at all.  In contrast, the distance between 1 and 13 for me isn't all that great.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: dscriber on July 09, 2017, 07:40:45 PM
I looked at total song plays on my iTunes account and totaled them up by album.  Then, combined this objective approach with the subjective approach of what songs I know I skip almost every time when they come on.

1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. Pop
4. The Joshua Tree
5. Boy
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. Rattle and Hum
8. War
9. October
10. Songs of Innocence
11. No Line On The Horizon
12. All That You Can't Leave Behind
13. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: hollywoodswag on July 10, 2017, 04:19:53 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Boy
5. Rattle and Hum
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. Pop
9. Zooropa
10. War
11. No Line on the Horizon
12. October
13. Songs of Innocence
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Allhorizonbomb on July 17, 2017, 09:57:55 AM
1. No Line on the Horizon
2. Atomic Bomb
3. Joshua Tree
4. Achtung Baby (best live songs, don't even listen to album anymore)
5. Zooropa
6. All that you can't leave behind
7 Pop
8. War
9. Songs Of Innoncence + ( not officially an album but it's better and has 10 songs)
10. Songs of Innocence
11. Boy
12. Unforgettable fire
13. Rattle and a Hum
14. October.

Iíd like to modify my list and move Atomic Bomb to the middle above War and everything else moves up above it. Also iíd Like to add SOE to number 6.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Rasmus on July 20, 2017, 05:03:12 AM
1. Achtung Baby (aka The Greatest Album Ever Made)
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind
5. Pop
6. War
7. Boy
8. The Unforgetable Fire
9. Songs of Innocence
10 Rattle & Hum
11. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
12. October
13. No Line on the Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Luzita on July 23, 2017, 06:55:19 PM
1. War
2. Boy
3. October
4. Joshua Tree
5. Zooropa
6. Achtung Baby
7. HTDAAB
8. SOI
9. ATYCLB
10. Unforgettable Fire
11. NLOTH
12. R&H
13. Pop

I've browsed through this thread and love how much variety there is in people's rankings. People even mix up albums from different eras.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on July 23, 2017, 08:32:19 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Zooropa
4. Original Soundtracks I
5. The Unforgettable FIre
6. Boy
7. The Joshua Tree
8. War
9. October
10. No Line On the Horizon
11. Songs of Innocence
12. Rattle & Hum
13. All That You Can't Leave Behind
14. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: iced on December 23, 2017, 05:01:02 AM
As of right now:

1. Pop
2. Zooropa
3. Achtung Baby
4. The Joshua Tree
5. The Unforgetable Fire
6. No Line On the Horizon
7. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
8. Rattle & Hum
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind
10. Songs of Innoncence
11. War
12. Songs of Experience
13. October
14. Boy

May change, but feel a bit let down.

Still the best band on the planet, just not the most interesting anymore...

...Threads that should never die.

Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Clarky on December 23, 2017, 05:52:38 AM
1.Achtung Baby
2.Joshua Tree
3.No Line on the Horizon
4.War
5.Rattle & Hum
6.All That You Cant Leave Behind
7.Pop
8.Songs of Experience
9.The Unforgettable Fire
10.Zooropa
11.How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
12.Songs of Innocence
13.Boy
14.October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Coop15879 on December 30, 2017, 02:59:01 PM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind
5. Songs of Experience
6. Boy
7. Pop
8. Zooropa
9. Songs of Innocence
10. War
11. Rattle and Hum
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13. October
14. No Line on the Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: robbover on December 31, 2017, 05:18:03 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. War
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. The Joshua Tree
5. Songs of Experience
6. Boy
7. All That You Can't Leave Behind
8. Pop
9. Zooropa
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11. October
12. Songs of Innocence
13. No Line on the Horizon
14. Rattle and Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Vox on January 25, 2018, 11:29:27 AM
Itís probably still too early to try this Ė Iím still not sure where Songs of Experience should logically sit yetÖ  But, as of early 2018 for Voxís U2antheon.
TOP TIER:
1. Achtung Baby Ė My favorite album by anyone of all time.  I plan to be buried with it.  Every single song is so, so amazing. 
2. The Joshua Tree Ė Well, itís the Joshua Tree.  I had several renewed listening sessions of it last year, as Iím sure a lot of others had.   
TIER TWO:
3. The Unforgettable Fire Ė Still very magical to me.  Includes ďBad,Ē which is my favorite U2 song.  This album still takes me to a place each time I listen to itÖ
4. No Line on the Horizon Ė I know Iím in the minority here, but I have a very special place in my heart for this record.  This album gives me a very powerful feeling that no other collection of music gives me.
5. Zooropa Ė So much love for this.  So many visceral feelings associated with it.  After 10:30 each night, this album automatically moves up to #3 on this list.
TIER THREE:
6. Boy Ė I still can go through stretches where I exclusively spin this one.  ďWhat default U2 is meant to sound like.Ē   
7.  Songs of Experience Ė So hard to figure out where this one will end up.  Iím still wrapping my head around it.  Today, Iíll place it here.  However, unless thereís some crazy magic that further ignites it for me in the future, or some big personal life event, this will probably be as high as it goes.  In fact, with time I could easily see it potentially falling into the lower tier.  For now, though, I like having new U2 music, and I enjoy all of the songs on this album, in one form or another.  Iím just enjoying it for what it is today Ė itís been a lot to take in.
8. War Ė There are very few U2 songs I dislike.  However, this record has two of them.   Those two songs bring down an otherwise amazing album.
9. Pop Ė It always seems Pop should rate much higher for me, I love it so.  But it suffers the same two-song issue I have with War.   And Iím not sure itís aged well.  Still, creative and daring U2 is the best U2. 
10. All That You Canít Leave Behind Ė Letís be honest, this is a pretty good album, even though itís not one of my go-to U2 albums.
11. Rattle and Hum Ė You know, for the past few years Iíve come to appreciate the studio tracks more and more.  I may have prematurely maligned this record.  I like to have this type of U2 music in their back catalogue. 
BOTTOM (BUT MOST BANDS WISH THEY COULD ALBUMS LIKE THIS) TIER:
12. Songs of Innocence Ė Iíve still never really connected with it.  Maybe itíll happen sometime.  There are some decent songs on here, but I just havenít been able to bring myself to listen to it much since 2014. 
13. How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Ė I liked a lot when it came out.  It hasnít aged well for me.  I wonít bash it, though Ė there are some good tunes here.
14. October Ė Even my least favorite U2 album is an album I find enjoyment listening to.  But something has to be last, right?   
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: bfvertigo1 on January 31, 2018, 12:47:45 PM
1. The Joshua tree
2. Achtung baby
3. All that you can't leave behind
4. Songs of experience
5. Songs of innocence
6. The unforgettable fire
7. Zooropa
8. Pop
9. Boy
10. Rattle and hum
11. War
12. No line on the horizon
13. How to dismantle an atomic bomb
14. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: andyc2111 on March 29, 2018, 03:40:33 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Zooropa
4. The Joshua Tree
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. Songs of Experience
7. Boy
8. No Line On The Horizon
9. War
10. Rattle and Hum
11. All You Canít Leave Behind
12. Songs of Innocence
13. October
14. How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Clarky on March 30, 2018, 07:36:37 PM
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Itís probably still too early to try this Ė Iím still not sure where Songs of Experience should logically sit yetÖ  But, as of early 2018 for Voxís U2antheon.
TOP TIER:
1. Achtung Baby Ė My favorite album by anyone of all time.  I plan to be buried with it.  Every single song is so, so amazing. 
2. The Joshua Tree Ė Well, itís the Joshua Tree.  I had several renewed listening sessions of it last year, as Iím sure a lot of others had.   
TIER TWO:
3. The Unforgettable Fire Ė Still very magical to me.  Includes ďBad,Ē which is my favorite U2 song.  This album still takes me to a place each time I listen to itÖ
4. No Line on the Horizon Ė I know Iím in the minority here, but I have a very special place in my heart for this record.  This album gives me a very powerful feeling that no other collection of music gives me.
5. Zooropa Ė So much love for this.  So many visceral feelings associated with it.  After 10:30 each night, this album automatically moves up to #3 on this list.
TIER THREE:
6. Boy Ė I still can go through stretches where I exclusively spin this one.  ďWhat default U2 is meant to sound like.Ē   
7.  Songs of Experience Ė So hard to figure out where this one will end up.  Iím still wrapping my head around it.  Today, Iíll place it here.  However, unless thereís some crazy magic that further ignites it for me in the future, or some big personal life event, this will probably be as high as it goes.  In fact, with time I could easily see it potentially falling into the lower tier.  For now, though, I like having new U2 music, and I enjoy all of the songs on this album, in one form or another.  Iím just enjoying it for what it is today Ė itís been a lot to take in.
8. War Ė There are very few U2 songs I dislike.  However, this record has two of them.   Those two songs bring down an otherwise amazing album.
9. Pop Ė It always seems Pop should rate much higher for me, I love it so.  But it suffers the same two-song issue I have with War.   And Iím not sure itís aged well.  Still, creative and daring U2 is the best U2. 
10. All That You Canít Leave Behind Ė Letís be honest, this is a pretty good album, even though itís not one of my go-to U2 albums.
11. Rattle and Hum Ė You know, for the past few years Iíve come to appreciate the studio tracks more and more.  I may have prematurely maligned this record.  I like to have this type of U2 music in their back catalogue. 
BOTTOM (BUT MOST BANDS WISH THEY COULD ALBUMS LIKE THIS) TIER:
12. Songs of Innocence Ė Iíve still never really connected with it.  Maybe itíll happen sometime.  There are some decent songs on here, but I just havenít been able to bring myself to listen to it much since 2014. 
13. How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Ė I liked a lot when it came out.  It hasnít aged well for me.  I wonít bash it, though Ė there are some good tunes here.
14. October Ė Even my least favorite U2 album is an album I find enjoyment listening to.  But something has to be last, right?   


Great list. Probably the most glaring difference for me is that I have never connected with UF as much as a lot of people have, much to my chagrin. Which is unfortunate because I love Bad, Pride, UF, Homecoming etc..but as a whole I havent bonded with it like I have with NLOTH. So I dunno. But yeah I agree with the list.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Lebowski on May 07, 2018, 08:26:53 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Rattle and Hum
4. War
5. The Unforgettable
6. Pop
7. Songs of Innocence
8. Songs of Experience
9. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
10. Boy
11. All That You Can't Leave Behind
12. Zooropa
13. October
14. No Line on the Horizon
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Domenico of Lovetown on May 10, 2018, 02:16:16 PM
1.  The Joshua Tree
2.  Rattle and Hum
3.  Zooropa
4.  Achtung Baby
5.  The Unforgettable Fire
6.  Boy
7.  Songs of Experience
8.  War
9.  Pop
10.  How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11.  Songs of Innocence
12.  All That You Can't Leave Behind
13.  No Line On The Horizon
14.  October

The order after number 6 could change next week with a mood shift.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: redapple129 on May 10, 2018, 08:40:48 PM
Pop
Boy
Zooropa
AB
TJT
TUF
War
October
R&H
SOE
SOI
NLOTH
ATYCLB
HTDAAB

As a group of songs, I prefer AB over Zooropa. However, almost all those songs were taken to extraordinary heights even beyond the album when played live. Listening to Zooropa, I hear the energy of ZooTV that made AB's songs shine crackling through it, while listening to AB I crave that extra energy that isn't quite there yet, so I rank Zooropa higher as an album.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2Tim on June 15, 2018, 05:49:13 AM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. Pop
4. Zooropa
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. Songs of Innocence
7. Songs of Experience
8. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
9. No Line on the Horizon
10. The Unforgettable Fire
11. Rattle and Hum
12. War
13. Boy
14. October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: laoghaire on June 15, 2018, 06:37:49 AM
I don't know, don't people's rankings change every day?

I don't listen to TJT hardly at all any more, but it changed my life, where do I put it?

I guess I'll just rank based on which ones I am listening to and most excited by these days.

1 Songs of Experience
2 Songs of Innocence
3 Achtung, Baby
4 Pop
5 All That You Can't Leave Behind
6 The Joshua Tree
7 October
8 War
9 The Unforgettable Fire
10 Zooropa
11 Rattle and Hum
12 Boy
13 No Line on the Horizon - this will move up some day
14 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - this prolly won't

That's hard because you have to understand that something can be number 12 and still so dear.

Am I the first to put SOE at number 1?
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ToRontoRon on June 15, 2018, 06:26:27 PM
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I don't know, don't people's rankings change every day?

I don't listen to TJT hardly at all any more, but it changed my life, where do I put it?

I guess I'll just rank based on which ones I am listening to and most excited by these days.

1 Songs of Experience
2 Songs of Innocence
3 Achtung, Baby
4 Pop
5 All That You Can't Leave Behind
6 The Joshua Tree
7 October
8 War
9 The Unforgettable Fire
10 Zooropa
11 Rattle and Hum
12 Boy
13 No Line on the Horizon - this will move up some day
14 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - this prolly won't

That's hard because you have to understand that something can be number 12 and still so dear.

Am I the first to put SOE at number 1?

Well, I don't have it at #1, but I have it at #3, just behind Achtung Baby and The Joshua Tree.  I used to think it was 12 great songs and The Showman thrown in there to prevent it from being a classic, but now I'm actually really starting to dig The Showman too.  It still has that new album smell, but for me I now have it as their 3rd classic album.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: laoghaire on June 15, 2018, 06:56:03 PM
I hear ya on Showman, it felt weak but there's also something there. I've been trying to figure out the style/genre of the song. I'm sure it's blatently obvious but it eludes me. It's fairly old fashioned in some way, it's not a modern style.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ToRontoRon on June 16, 2018, 05:26:11 PM
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I hear ya on Showman, it felt weak but there's also something there. I've been trying to figure out the style/genre of the song. I'm sure it's blatently obvious but it eludes me. It's fairly old fashioned in some way, it's not a modern style.

Yeah, to me it sounds like a 50's song or something, remade for the 21st century.  Maybe kind of like The Everly Brothers? 

I was in my car yesterday for a quick trip somewhere, happened to have SOE in my CD player, (yeah, you heard me, a CD player.  I guess my car is kinda old), and only had time for one song.  I chose The Showman, and didn't regret my decision.  That had never happened before.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: laoghaire on June 16, 2018, 05:38:47 PM
I have, a couple of times, selected that song to hear and marvelled at my choice.

My car has a CD player. I also just redeemed 4, count em, 4 copies of SOE in CD format!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ToRontoRon on June 16, 2018, 05:42:09 PM
Oh good.  I'm not the only one still rocking the CD player...  4 copies?  Hey, why not? 
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: laoghaire on June 16, 2018, 06:04:00 PM
They come with the concert tix.

1 copy is for me because I purchased a digital download originally. Want to see the CD booklet, but more importantly, I get a higher quality audio than whatever format I downloaded.

1 copy is for a potential new fan. A 16 year old I know, I just discovered is obsessively playing SOI over and over. She doesn't know anything else other than Elevation. <rubs hands together with glee> Taking her to Boston 2 next week - no better way to convert a new fan.

Other 2 CDs, dunno. Might give one to the library. I will find ways to spread the love. U2 don't need the money but I'd love for them to reach 500,000 sales, so I contributed 5, or 0.001% toward that goal.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: ToRontoRon on June 16, 2018, 09:36:10 PM
Oh, that makes sense.

That's awesome that you know a 16 year old who probably discovered the band because of the free album in 2014...  Me too!  Say what you will about the stunt, but my, at the time 12 year old niece, (now 16), got into the band because of it, and we even saw the Joshua Tree 2017 tour together last year.  The next time they come back to Toronto, we'll probably see them together again too.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: U2Tim on June 17, 2018, 03:26:38 AM
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I don't know, don't people's rankings change every day?
Mine are fairly consistent.
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That's hard because you have to understand that something can be number 12 and still so dear.
I know what you mean.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Rasmus on June 17, 2018, 11:44:10 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. Pop
5. All That You Can't Leave Behind
6. War
7. Boy
8. The Unforgetable Fire
9. Songs of Innocence
10. Songs of Experience
11. Rattle and Hum
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13. October
14. No Line on the Horizon

I feel that my list is getting quite consistent... Might prefer Pop over Zooropa or Boy over War some days but all in all this is it for me.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: iced on June 20, 2018, 04:40:45 AM
Six months later:

1. Zooropa
2. POP
3. Achtung Baby
4. The Joshua Tree
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. No Line On the Horizon
7. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
8. Rattle & Hum
9. All That You Can't Leave Behind
10. Songs of Innoncence
11. Songs of Experience
12  War
13. October
14. Boy
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Droo on June 21, 2018, 12:32:40 PM
Currently:

1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. Songs of Innocence
4. Achtung Baby
5. The Joshua Tree
6. October
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. All That You Can't Leave Behind
9. No Line On The Horizon
10. Songs of Experience
11. War
12. Boy
13. Rattle & Hum
14. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb 
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: shineinthesummernight on June 21, 2018, 12:36:53 PM
I listen the most to NLOTH, October, and SOE so that's how I have to rank them for myself.  I'm not saying that they are necessarily their artistic best, but they are my personal favorites.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: hollywoodswag on June 22, 2018, 11:48:34 AM
My last post in this thread is woefully outdated. Here are my updated rankings:

1) The Joshua Tree - To me, this is the perfect album. There's never really much of a dead spot on this. Side two's In God's Country-Trip Through Your Wires-One Tree Hill sequence is sublime.

2) Achtung Baby - This is an absolutely stellar album that, had it finished a bit stronger than with the Acrobat/Love Is Blindness duo, probably would have stolen the gold. Even so, there are so many exceptional gems on this album. Who needs a skip button?

3) How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - This and the one right below it often switch, but where the album listed below wins in consistency, this one makes up for it with high-powered rockers. Vertigo, Love and Peace, and All Because of You demand that the speakers be turned up to 11, and Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own and City of Blinding Lights, a.k.a. Streets for the 21st century, are heavy hitters with a more classic sound. There are a few other honorable mentions, but ultimately this album is a genuine pleasure to experience.

4) Zooropa - Most bands would probably give their right arms to deliver an album this strong, and yet U2 just kind of threw this one out for the heck of it. It's one of U2's most consistently good albums with a side two that rivals that of The Joshua Tree. I love listening to it over and over.

5) All That You Can't Leave Behind - It may be ironic given the actual themes of a number of the songs on this album, but this album is one I would listen to if I want to ensure I'm in a good mood. It just has a happy sound throughout it, and I just find it to be U2's optimism album.
___________________________________

I put that line there to differentiate the hall-of-fame albums from the rest. That's not knocking those that will follow, but those are my desert island albums. Here are the rest in an order that tends to shift from time to time.

6) No Line On the Horizon
7) Rattle & Hum
8) The Unforgettable Fire
9) Pop
10) Songs of Experience
11) Boy
12) War
13) October
14) Songs of Innocence
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Clarky on June 23, 2018, 01:32:15 AM
All Because of You is the most contrived, 'hard-rocking', one-note song I've heard from U2. Top it off with Bono's painful wailing during the chorus means I've not listened to this song in full for probably about 7 years.

Most of the album is alright though. Not top 3 in my books, but mid-tier - all things considered.
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: laoghaire on June 23, 2018, 06:00:35 PM
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I listen the most to NLOTH, October, and SOE so that's how I have to rank them for myself.  I'm not saying that they are necessarily their artistic best, but they are my personal favorites.

That's an unusual ranking! Neat!
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: The Fly on June 24, 2018, 11:33:54 AM
Havenít done this since SOE came out, so here goes...

Achtung Baby
Joshua Tree - this is my favorite, but I think AB is better as a whole
ATYCLB
War
Pop
Unforgettable Fire
SOE
HTDAAB
Zooropa
Rattle & Hum
Boy
SOI
October
NLOTH



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Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: World71R on June 27, 2018, 11:45:35 PM
Achtung Baby
The Joshua Tree
The Unforgettable Fire
War
Zooropa
Pop
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Songs of Experience
Songs of Innocence
Boy
No Line on the Horizon
Rattle & Hum
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: Clarky on June 30, 2018, 07:59:03 PM
Achtung Baby
The Joshua Tree
War
The Unforgettable Fire
Rattle and Hum
No Line on the Horizon
Pop
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Songs of Experience
Boy
Zooropa
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Songs of Innocence
October
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: MarsGirl on July 02, 2018, 12:59:11 PM
October
Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa
The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
SOE
SOI
War
NLOTH
HTDAAB
ATYCLB
Boy
Rattle & Hum
Title: Re: Rank U2's albums
Post by: mrsamrocks2 on July 02, 2018, 01:11:08 PM
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October
Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa
The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
SOE
SOI
War
NLOTH
HTDAAB
ATYCLB
Boy
Rattle & Hum
To me, it's fascinating to have October so high and Boy so low.