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Title: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: WhenIsSOE on September 06, 2017, 01:27:26 PM
Rank all 13 U2 albums from best (1) to worst (13) and explain your ranking.
This has probably been done, but there's always new data to find!
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: matttiki on September 06, 2017, 02:06:01 PM
1. Achtung
2. Joshua Tree
3. Unforgettable Fire
4. Zooropa
5. Pop
6. All That You Can't
7. War
8. Songs of Innocence
9. Boy
10. No Line
11. October
12.Atomic Bomb
13. Rattle and Hum
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Rasmus on September 06, 2017, 02:30:10 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. Pop
5. Boy
6. All That You Cant Leave Behind
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. War
9. Songs of Innocence
10. Rattle & Hum
11. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
12. October
13. No Line on the Horizon

Top 3 are locked. 4-9 changes every time I make this list. Bottom 4 are pretty locked as well.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Spacejunk69 on September 06, 2017, 03:13:29 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Boy
4. Zooropa
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. War
7. Passengers:OS1
8. Rattle & Hum
9. October
10. The Joshua Tree
11. NLOTH
12. ATYCLB
13. SOI
14. HTDAAB
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: TimmyB on September 06, 2017, 03:17:35 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
6. Boy
7. Pop
8. Rattle And Hum
9. No Line On The Horizon
10. Zooropa
11. War
12. Songs Of Innocence
13. October
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on September 06, 2017, 03:52:52 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. No Line On the Horizon
10. Songs of Innocence
11. October

12. Rattle & Hum
13. All That You Can't Leave Behind
14. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: U2_One on September 06, 2017, 03:54:02 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Rattle And Hum
4. No Line On The Horizon
5. Songs Of Innocence
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. Boy
8. Pop
9. War
10. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11. Zooropa
12. October
13. All That You Can't Leave Behind
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: The Fly on September 06, 2017, 04:05:44 PM
Always fun to do this...

1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. War
5. Pop
Top 5 are pretty consistent. 1 & 2 change as do 4 & 5. From there it gets tougher...
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. Rattle and Hum
9. Zooropa
10. Boy
11. Songs of Innocence
12. No Line on the Horizon
13. October

But honestly, these bottom 8 are all so close. It really depends on what mood I'm in.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: WhenIsSOE on September 06, 2017, 04:36:42 PM
Why is Rattle And Hum so surprisingly unpopular??
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: bfvertigo1 on September 06, 2017, 04:53:58 PM
1. Joshua Tree.
2. Achtung Baby.
3. All That You Can´t Leave Behind.
4. Songs Of Innocence.
5. Zooropa.
6. Rattle And Hum.
7. Pop.
8. The Unforgettable Fire.
9. Boy.
10. War.
11. How To Dismantle An ATomic Bomb.
12. No Line On The Horizon.
13. October.

Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: coolz481 on September 06, 2017, 07:54:50 PM
Love making lists!

1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Boy
5. Zooropa
6. War
7. Songs of Innocence
8. All That You Can't Leave Behind
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. Rattle & Hum
11. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
12. No Line on the Horizon
13. October
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Moser on September 06, 2017, 08:55:18 PM
These are so fluid -- they are mostly an expression of how I feel at a particular time. For example, before NLOTH and SOI was pretty sure I liked POP more than anything. Now I find War up there because I'm listening to it a lot recently.

1. Achtung Baby (sonically and spiritually their finest masterpiece, and the sound of U2 chopping down that god forsaken Joshua Tree)
2. War (I mean it has The Refugee -- the song I blew my car speakers on)
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind (because it hits me with the feels and tears)
4. Boy (the most important U2 album)
5. The Joshua Tree (nice picture of America, but my country pisses me off, and this puts it too much on a pedestal. Plus old folks still think it's their best work and that pisses me off too)
6. Songs of Innocence (as a narrative the most cohesive U2 album ever put together and it has real gems)
7. The Unforgettable Fire (A Sort of Homecoming, Pride, Bad, Wire, and Elvis Presley and America -- especially Elvis Presley and America because it just feels so good)
8. Pop (less interesting to me these days, but still an album I listen through and through)
9. Zooropa (less interesting to me these days)
10. No Line on The Horizon (after SOI I realized how undisciplined U2's song writing was on this record. I used to hold it in higher regard but now it's just TUF without the greatness).
11. Rattle and Hum (these songs were cool when I was a teenager, but now sound too stuck in the past)
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Vertigo will always make me rock, Original of the Species is one of the best U2 songs -- but the rest don't feel timeless)
13. October (I still love you -- just not as much as the others, you unfinished sketch of a better album)
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: PieBlaCon on September 06, 2017, 09:38:16 PM
1. The Joshua Tree: Side 1 is unreal when you really think about it. "Exit" is also an incredible and underrated track.
2. Zooropa: "Lemon" and "Stay" (plus the title track) all have a place in my top 10 U2 songs.
3. War
4. Boy
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind: Listened to this one for the first time in a while recently and couldn't believe how much it had grown on me.
7. Achtung Baby: It's great, but the sheer adoration is a bit puzzling. Kudos to the band for the drastic reinvention, but the 1993 followup is just much better in my opinion.
8. Songs of Innocence
9. No Line on the Horizon: I really like this album, but the band has put out a lot of great stuff.
10. October
11. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb: Lot of clunkers on this one. Some incredible track too, but inconsistent on the whole.
12. Pop: A mess. Here's how I'd fix it: https://www.reddit.com/r/indieheads/comments/6seugp/for_your_consideration_116_u2_zooropa/dlc81lt/
13. Rattle & Hum: It's a shame this is considered part of their proper discography because it's such a disaster.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Argo on September 06, 2017, 09:51:14 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. Pop
4. SOI
5. Boy
6. Unforgettable Fire
7. HTDAAB
8. NLOTH
9. Rattle & Hum
10. War
11. Zooropa
12. ATYCLB
13. October

Top 4 are basically locked (at least until SOE comes out) and bottom 3 the same (at least until SOE comes out - hope it doesn't end up here) and rest can move around a bit. Interesting to see SOI not faring well in most lists.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Moser on September 06, 2017, 09:58:21 PM
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Interesting to see SOI not faring well in most lists.

It's averaging at 8th place -- considering the decades of competition, the fact that it's now the previous album (which typically takes a hit), I'd say anywhere from 6-8th place is a good place to be.

To put that in perspective, that's just 1 point behind the average of All That You Can't Leave Behind score so far. Which is far more surprising to me for what I consider a masterpiece. And just as surprising, POP averages somewhere between 5th and 6th place. POP certainly has some love these days from the die-hard fans.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: RB on September 07, 2017, 03:02:05 AM
U2 is such an amazing band! It's just so interesting to see how people's lists differ and why! Can't imagine having meaningful debates on the ranking of other bands' albums.

If I could put all the albums between positions 1-3, I would, but since I can't here's my current version:

1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. Pop
...
Who am I kidding? Making this list is too difficult! Apart from AB, it could be quite different tomorrow, or this afternoon!

Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Quester11 on September 07, 2017, 03:26:19 AM
14. All That You Can't Leave Behind
13. Songs Of Innocence
12. Rattle and Hum
11. Original Soundtracks 1
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
9. No Line on the Horizon
8. October
7. Zooropa
6. Boy
5. The Joshua Tree
4. Pop
3. The Unforgettable Fire
2. Achtung Baby
1. War
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: eviltimeban on September 07, 2017, 06:11:47 AM
I'll have to admit I'm not familiar with Boy, War, or October - I've never really bothered with early U2. So my list will start from the Unforgettable Fire era.

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

I'd flip the last two around as "worst". Some of the songs on Bomb are good, probably more than songs on No Line.

Pop is my favourite album, and I know I say it's the "best" but to rank them, you just gotta let Achtung Baby pip it. Close second though.

Personally I like Zooropa more than JT, but in fairness, in terms of what it is and what it made the band become, you have to rank JT higher.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Smee on September 07, 2017, 09:02:51 AM
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Achtung Baby
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. (All the rest except Bomb are joint 4th)
13. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (can still happily listen to this album though)
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Vox on September 07, 2017, 09:04:39 AM
I love doing these lists, periodically.  May as well do another before the next album.

Top Tier
1. Achtung Baby (always my #1, by anyone of all time)
2. The Joshua Tree (had a resurgence for me this year – I assume it has with a lot of folks)

Second Tier (these three can be interchangeable)
3. The Unforgettable Fire (has “Bad,” my favorite song – love every song with the exception of the title track)
4. No Line on the Horizon (this often sits at #3 – I connect with this album in a very special way)
5. Zooropa (this moves up to #3 every night after 10:00 p.m. – very personal album to me)

Third Tier (these can also get interchangeable, depending on the season and the mood)
6. Boy (I go through periods where I still spin this quite a bit)
7. All That You Can’t Leave Behind (many well-crafted songs – would be higher if not followed by the similar-sounding HTDAAB)
8. War (great album, only brought down by “The Refugee” and “Red Light,” which are the rare U2 songs I don’t care for so much)
9. Pop (seems like it should be higher than this, I love it so – I don’t think it’s aged well, for me)

Last Tier (but still love them -- #10 through #12 can also be interchangeable)
10. Songs of Innocence (I never really connected with it – maybe it could still happen)
11. Rattle and Hum (I’ve probably been unfair to this album in the past, but I’m sure glad U2 made it)
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (meh…, still good, I just don’t play it often)
13. October (it has its own mood, which I sometimes enjoy)
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Pride on September 07, 2017, 07:53:22 PM
1. Zooropa
2. October
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. No Line on the Horizon
5. Boy
6. War
7. Achtung Baby
8. Pop
9. Rattle and Hum
10. The Joshua Tree
11. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
12. Songs of Innocence
13. All That You Can't Leave Behind
14. Songs of Experience, based on what I've heard so far
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: ToRontoRon on September 07, 2017, 08:42:01 PM
Tier 1:
1.  Achtung Baby
2.  The Joshua Tree

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

Tier 3:
6.  Rattle And Hum
7.  The Unforgettable Fire
8.  Zooropa
9.  October
10.  Pop
11.  Boy

Tier 4:
12.  No Line On The Horizon
13.  War


Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: popromancer on September 08, 2017, 02:19:34 AM
1. Pop
2. Achtung baby
3. The joshua tree
4. Zooropa
5. How to dismantle an atomic bomb
6.no line on the horizon
7.songs of innocence
8.war
9.the unforgettable fire
10.rattle and hum
11.boy
12.all that you can't leave behind
13.october
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: ciaz on September 09, 2017, 07:14:33 AM
1. POP. Brilliant, dark, ironic.
2. Achtung Baby. Masterpiece.
3. The Joshua Tree. First side and the end amazing. Let down by TTYW and Red Hill.
4. Songs of Innocence. Coherent, solid songwriting. Epic live show.
5. The Unforgettable Fire. Love the soulful sketching of songs.
6. War. Some real passion here.
7. Zooropa. Absolutely love some of the stuff on here - experimental and confident.
8. All That You Can't Leave Behind. Some solid stuff on this album.
9. Rattle and Hum. Nowhere near as bad as people think.
10. Boy. Some good stuff but some raw songwriting.
11. Atomic bomb. One Step closer and crumbs hugely underrated.
12. October.
13. No line on the horizon. A piece of trash. Absolutely horrendous album. Mildly saved by Cedars and Fez. Crazy tonight? Uggggh. Shivers.


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Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: aviastar on September 09, 2017, 10:49:36 AM
 The Unforgettable Fire
TJT
AB
War
Boy
Zooropa
SOI
Rattle and Hum
HTDAAB
October
Pop
NLOTH
ATYCLB


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Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: rubbersoul on September 09, 2017, 11:02:43 AM
Achtung Baby
Joshua Tree
Unforgettable Fire
War
Zooropa
SOI
Rattle and Hum
Leave Behind
Boy
Pop
No Line
Atomic Bomb
October
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: lucas.homem on September 09, 2017, 11:04:14 AM
First tier:

1. Boy/The Unforgettable Fire/Zooropa/OST#1
2. War/Joshua Tree/Achtung Baby

Second tier:

3. POP
4. October/ATYCLB/SOI

Third tier:

5. NLOTH
6. HTDAB
7. R&H (great new songs, but uninteresting album as a whole)
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: xtrmntr on September 09, 2017, 11:23:53 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Pop
5. War
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. Rattle & Hum
8. All that you can't leave behind
9. No line on the Horizon
10. Boy
11. October

I don't acknowledge stink(bomb) and SOS.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: WhenIsSOE on September 10, 2017, 04:16:55 PM
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1. Passengers
2. The Unforgettable Fire
3. Zooropa
4. Pop
5. War
6. Boy
7. Achtung Baby
8. October
9. Rattle And Hum
10. No Line On The Horizon
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
12. Songs Of Innocence

It's hard for me to rank their albums separating them from each of their phases:

Boy
October
War
Under A Blood Red Sky

Unforgettable Fire
Captive Soundtrack
Joshua Tree
Rattle And Hum

Achtung Baby
Zooropa
Passengers
Pop

Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
No Line On The Horizon

Songs Of Innocence
Songs Of Experience
Songs Of Ascent
1. Why is Passengers your #1?
2. Songs OF Ascent hasn't even been hinted at.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: WhenIsSOE on September 10, 2017, 04:18:41 PM
Plus, U2's periods are thus:

Boy
October
War/Under A Blood Red Sky

TUF
The Joshua Tree
Rattle And Hum

Achtung Baby
Zooropa/Passengers
Pop

ATYCLB/TGBHF/Stateless
HTDAAB/Mercy
NLOTH/Winter

SOI
SOE
???? (Unknown)
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on September 10, 2017, 07:42:17 PM
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1. Passengers
2. The Unforgettable Fire
3. Zooropa
4. Pop
5. War
6. Boy
7. Achtung Baby
8. October
9. Rattle And Hum
10. No Line On The Horizon
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
12. Songs Of Innocence

It's hard for me to rank their albums separating them from each of their phases:

Boy
October
War
Under A Blood Red Sky

Unforgettable Fire
Captive Soundtrack
Joshua Tree
Rattle And Hum

Achtung Baby
Zooropa
Passengers
Pop

Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
No Line On The Horizon

Songs Of Innocence
Songs Of Experience
Songs Of Ascent
1. Why is Passengers your #1?
2. Songs OF Ascent hasn't even been hinted at.

I know that I'm really going out on a limb here, but I bet that's his favorite album.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: KenKaniff on September 10, 2017, 09:33:14 PM
1. Joshua Tree
2. Unforgettable Fire
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. Achtung Baby
5. Boy
6. War
7. SOI
8. Pop
9. How To Dismantle
10. Rattle & Hum
11. Zooropa
12. NLOTH
13. October
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: fardreamer on September 13, 2017, 07:01:38 AM
MOST LOVED
1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Zooropa
4. Songs of Innocence

EXCELLENT
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. The Joshua Tree
7. All That You Can't Leave Behind

PRETTY GOOD
8. No Line on the Horizon
9. Boy
10. War
11. Rattle & Hum

MEH
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13. October

Passengers would fit in between NLOTH and Boy.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: InGodsCountry on September 13, 2017, 11:17:51 AM
1. Achtung Baby (This is a toss-up with Joshua Tree, but I find myself listening to this album all the way through the most. Start to end, their strongest album for me).
2. The Joshua Tree (Lots of good memories for me here. First album I stole from my brothers and listened to all the way through. Lots of gems, and In God's Country is probably my favorite U2 song).
3. No Line on the Horizon (Fez, Magnificent, and Moment of Surrender are amazing songs. The rest of the album is great, too, with the possible exception of Stand Up Comedy and Get On Your Boots)
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind (Great example of U2 being able to reinvent themselves successfully and proving their versatility. Will always hold a special place in my heart as Elevation Tour was my first U2 show and first concert ever!)
5. The Unforgettable Fire (Just a bunch of classic songs on this album.)
6. Songs of Innocence (Really enjoyed the band's introspective look on this album. I think it gets more of a bad rap because of its release strategy and U2's inability to promote it b/c of Bono's accident, but I can still listen to it all the way through and really enjoy it.)

Above all, these top 6 are all albums I can listen to all the way through and not feel the urge to hit skip (yes, even on SUC and GOYB). I won't bother ranking U2's other albums because 7-13 all have great songs I love and all have songs that I would skip. Some more than others, but not in a way where I could separate them into a ranking.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: ShankAsu on September 13, 2017, 12:50:58 PM
Passengers is the only album that matters ;D
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: bfvertigo1 on September 13, 2017, 12:56:33 PM
Passengers = side proyect (U2 + Brian Eno)

Additional personnel: Pavarotti, Howie B., Craig Armstrong, Holi, Paul Barret, David Herbert, Des Broadbery and Holger Zschenderlein.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: tom_b1807 on September 13, 2017, 01:23:40 PM
Achtung Baby (also my all time favourite of any band)
The Joshua Tree
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (slightly bias, first album I listened to)
Zooropa
Pop
Songs of Innocence
The Unforgettable Fire
War
Boy
Rattle and Hum
No Line On The Horizon
October
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: World71R on September 13, 2017, 03:19:49 PM
Based on personal preference:

Achtung Baby
The Joshua Tree
The Unforgettable Fire
Zooropa
War
Pop/NLOTH
Songs of Innocence/ATYCLB
Rattle & Hum
HTDAAB

*have not listened to Boy and October in full yet.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: u2dc on September 13, 2017, 06:16:49 PM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
5. Songs of Innocence
6. War
7. Rattle and Hum
8. No Line on the Horizon
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. Boy
11. Pop
12. Zooropa
13. October
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: TongueInMyEar on September 14, 2017, 07:06:38 AM
I'll have done this a few years ago but can't remember what order, this is how I feel now:

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

AB always my number 1. Been listening a lot again the past few weeks, it's perfect to me. The lyrics are the best Bono ever wrote.
Title: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: DoYouFeelLoved on September 14, 2017, 10:28:24 AM
1. Pop
2. ATYCLB
3. Achtung Baby
4. Zooropa
5. HTDAAB
6. The Joshua Tree
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. Boy
9. October
10. War
11. Rattle And Hum
12. Songs of Innocence
13. NLOTH
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: jaredlabbq on September 16, 2017, 11:17:55 AM
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1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. Zooropa
4. Original Soundtracks I

5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. Boy

7. The Joshua Tree
8. War
9. No Line On the Horizon
10. Songs of Innocence
11. October

12. Rattle & Hum
13. All That You Can't Leave Behind
14. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

I dig your top 4. The 90's was their best decade.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Clarky on September 16, 2017, 08:44:01 PM
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14. All That You Can't Leave Behind
13. Songs Of Innocence
12. Rattle and Hum
11. Original Soundtracks 1
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
9. No Line on the Horizon
8. October
7. Zooropa
6. Boy
5. The Joshua Tree
4. Pop
3. The Unforgettable Fire
2. Achtung Baby
1. War

That is such an unpopular ranking... interesting if you're being completely serious.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Clarky on September 16, 2017, 08:57:39 PM
1. ACHTUNG BABY (easy)
2. JOSHUA TREE (AB edges it out because it's a little more exciting and fun to listen to, that's all)

3. WAR (Raw, angry, sonically clean and crisp and with SBS and New Years Day - come on, how not to like)
4. NLOTH (aside from 2 or 3 tracks where they tried to be commercial, they went for something different and it mostly works. Modern UF)
5. R&H (hard not to put this up here with so many good tunes)
6. UF (I like the songs on UF a lot, but for whatever reason I am not compelled to play it as often as other albums)
7. Zooropa (First half of this album is brilliant but the second half drags it down in my estimation)
8. POP (not as big of a fan as most, but still enjoy for the most part)
9. ATYCLB (good songs, Beautiful Day has never been the quintessential U2 song for me though which is why I guess it doesn't get a higher ranking. Album overall feels a little weak)
10. HTDAAB (same sort of thing as ATYCLB - has some strong songs but overall, U2 being a bit too radio friendly and trying to wrap every song up in a nice bow)
11. SOI (every song is fine, but no song is great. EBW comes the closest)
12 & 13. Boy and October (I can never really separate these two. Both are good for their time but I'm not that interested)

Can't believe how low SOI is after 3 years of initially liking it and thinking it was a top 6 of 7...but that's where it falls I guess.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Quester11 on October 03, 2017, 10:20:49 PM
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14. All That You Can't Leave Behind
13. Songs Of Innocence
12. Rattle and Hum
11. Original Soundtracks 1
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
9. No Line on the Horizon
8. October
7. Zooropa
6. Boy
5. The Joshua Tree
4. Pop
3. The Unforgettable Fire
2. Achtung Baby
1. War

That is such an unpopular ranking... interesting if you're being completely serious.

How so? Other than War being my favourite, I don't see much that's really out there.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: mdewater on October 04, 2017, 07:09:17 AM
1. The Joshua Tree - A cliche favorite, but for a reason.
2. Achtung Baby - Front to back their best album for sure. JT only just nudges it out as my personal favorite.
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind - Very underrated. Side 1 especially is as good as anything they've ever done.
4. War - When the worst songs on the album are some of the best the band has ever done, you know it's a classic.
5. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb - Deal with it. It introduced me to the band and it gets an unbelievably bad wrap around here.
6. The Unforgettable Fire - It's a shame the purely ambient vibe didn't last longer with the band.
7. No Line On The Horizon - Wanted to be a masterpiece, and honestly I think came close. Then Boots happened.
8. Zooropa - Any album with Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car automatically gets bumped down a few spots.
9. Rattle and Hum - I usually listen to my own playlist "studio version" of this and like it a whole lot more than the official album.
10. Songs of Innocence - Still hard to place. Will likely change depending on what SOE and the following (?) album are like.
11. Boy - This probably deserves to higher, but I just don't find myself coming back to it all that often.
12. Pop - Sorry Pop fans. I just can't listen to this one all the way through without hating those awful songs towards the end.
13. October - Meh. Just so utterly forgettable, no matter how many tries I give it.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Clarky on October 04, 2017, 07:40:24 AM
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14. All That You Can't Leave Behind
13. Songs Of Innocence
12. Rattle and Hum
11. Original Soundtracks 1
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
9. No Line on the Horizon
8. October
7. Zooropa
6. Boy
5. The Joshua Tree
4. Pop
3. The Unforgettable Fire
2. Achtung Baby
1. War

That is such an unpopular ranking... interesting if you're being completely serious.

How so? Other than War being my favourite, I don't see much that's really out there.

It just clicked that you had your list upside down. lmao.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Sonofabono on October 07, 2017, 06:32:34 PM
This is hard. Top 5 are probably my actual top 5 albums. #6-11 are all kinda tied. 12 and 13 I just tend to forget about.

1. How to Dismantle --- first album that came out after I became a fan so got nostalgia factor going for it, plus COBL
2. War --- soooooooo good
3. Joshua Tree --- of course
4. Rattle and Hum --- first album that I really sunk into after I became a fan of some of U2's hits, so again nostalgia factor but also it's really good
5. Zooropa --- I love the sound of this record. From start to finish, might be their most cohesive.
6. Songs of Innocence --- partly cause I've listened to it so much recently
7. Achtung Baby --- I think the songs are more alive in the live versions; songs are good but not my favorite sounding record
8. Boy --- I forget how good this one is
9. Pop --- I actually kinda like Pop
10. No Line on the Horizon --- I go through phases with this one. Mostly I just forget about it.
11. All That You Can't Leave Behind --- frontloaded.
12. The Unforgettable Fire --- Maybe the most forgettable album. *rimshot*
13. October --- Great sound with (mostly) bad lyrics.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: an cat dubh on October 08, 2017, 12:20:49 AM
1-3. Achtung Baby/Joshua Tree/Unforgettable Fire

Really, depending on the day, any of those three albums can be my favorite.  Flip a coin.  Then flip it again.  Often UF can be my favorite.  I love the 80s aesthetics of UF and the obvious and immediate Eno influences.  A good pair of headphones and Promenade is an audio experience I cherish every time.  It's transcendent to me.  And Bad may be my favorite track ever.  Bad is everything I love about U2 wrapped up in a seven minute barrage of earnestly impassioned vocals, relentless rhythm and The Edge's hynotic chime. 

Not much can be said about AB and JT that hasn't been said already.  In my book, AB is the more complete experience conceptually - but only by a small margin.   

4. War

The cohesive tone of the album and the impact of Sunday Bloody Sunday and New Year's Day on the band's trajectory and musical relevance can't be argued.  Strong songs throughout, including gems like Drowning Man, Two Hearts Beat as One and Seconds.  "40" took on a life of its own live.

5. Zooropa

Quirkier than any other release, Stay (Faraway, So Close) and Lemon are two of the band's finest tracks.  Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car and The First Time will always be sentimental favorites of mine.

6. Pop

What was the saying?  Achtung Baby was the sound of the Joshua Tree being chopped down, and Pop was the sound of Achtung Baby being given an Ambien?  No?  Ok.  I was sixteen when Pop was released, and it was the first album released while I was a full-on U2 fan.  Gone, Staring at the Sun, Last Night on Earth, Please (Single Edit...I think) and even Discotheque will always find their way to any "Best of U2" Spotify mixes I make.  I'll never not love those songs.  Per capita, this has a lot of songs that belong in the Band's Pantheon.  I just decided I should have put it above Zooropa. 

7. All That You Can't Leave Behind

Starting the trend of overproduction that would haunt the remainder of the band's albums released in the new century and take away the passion and edge (pun not intended) of prior performances .  Also the continuation of Bono beginning to get a little too cheeky and smirky with his songwriting (which probably truly started on Pop).  A mole...digging in a hole...hot as a handbag...and a can of mace...

The replayability of this album has taken a dramatic downturn for me. 

8. Songs of Innocence

We're entering the "meh" zone here.  I hate that because it contains tracks and albums that didn't use to be "meh" for me.  Also, 20 years ago, it was sacrilege to think anything about U2 could be considered meh. 

Every Breaking Wave and Raised by Wolves have hints of the classic band elements.  Iris (Hold Me Close) and Sleep Like a Baby Tonight are favorites of mine though I'm not many will agree with the latter.  Otherwise the album feels way too glossy especially if this was the nod to the younger iteration of the band that they claimed it was.

9. Boy

It's got chops.  And I've written too much already. 

10. October

I like it but don't expect others to.  There's a beautiful melancholy to October, Scarlet and Tomorrow and I love Fire for some reason.  When I took a trip to Ireland back in the early 2000s I made a photo slide show of my trip, 2 of the 3 songs on the soundtrack were October and Scarlet.  It fit perfectly. 

11.  How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

At times Vertigo and City of Blinding Lights are passable.  If you squint.  Otherwise a mess of U2 doing a very poor U2 impression.

12.  Rattle and Hum

Probably should be higher but now I'm tired and don't care.  Give me All I Want is You all day every day.  If Bad is my favorite all-time U2 song, All I Want is You is a very close second.  No other U2 song is as heartfelt. 

Also give me Hawkmoon 269 while you're at it.

13.  No Line on the Horizon   

Yuck.  I think there's a version of the title track I like, I just can't remember which edit it is.  And thus the tinkering is part of U2's problem of the 2000s. 





 
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: ShankAsu on October 08, 2017, 12:31:50 AM
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Passengers = side proyect (U2 + Brian Eno)

Additional personnel: Pavarotti, Howie B., Craig Armstrong, Holi, Paul Barret, David Herbert, Des Broadbery and Holger Zschenderlein.
I think you're too new on here to know this is a long on-going debate and I've always been vocal about passengers not being a u2 album. The other debate is that NLOTH is Passengers' second album. I agree, Passengers isnt u2
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Droppo on October 08, 2017, 08:15:14 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. War
4. Zooropa
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. Boy
8. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
9. Rattle and Hum
10. Pop
11. October
12. Songs of Innocence
13. No Line on the Horizon




Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: imaginary friend on October 08, 2017, 09:17:13 AM
Top level:

Zooropa
Pop
No Line On The Horizon

these seem to be pretty much set.

2nd level:

Songs Of Innocence
The Unforgettable Fire

These 2 are constantly fighting for position. 6 months ago, TUF would've been on top.

3rd level:

October
Original Soundtracks 1
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Boy
The Joshua Tree
Achtung Baby

Not much difference in quality between any of these; I've listed them in order of frequency of my listening to them.

Bottom level:

Rattle and Hum
War

I'm beginning to warm up to R&H lately - a year from now, it could be in the next level up. War, however, has aged terribly.   :(
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Boom Cha! on October 09, 2017, 01:22:11 AM
Pop
Achtung Baby
Zooropa
The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
Songs Of Innocence
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Boy
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
No Line On The Horizon
War
Rattle & Hum
October
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: TheOriginal on October 10, 2017, 08:49:33 PM
1. Achtung Baby
U2 at their best in terms of songwriting and album consistency - not one mediocre song on the record.
2. The Joshua Tree
A masterpiece in creative vision and atmosphere. Alllll the hits.
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
Both the easiest to listen to at times and the hardest-hitting at other. U2 embracing who they are and doing what they do best (nothing wrong with that!)
4. Zooropa
The coolest U2 record - a record that just sounds weird and one where U2 sounds like they didn't overthink it.
5. Pop
Dark, innovative: classic u2 songs infused with electronica that are bold and heavy.
6. Songs of Innocence
The most cohesive U2 album - no standout singles, but great lyrics and great narrative beginning to end.
7. The Unforgettable Fire
The hint of things to come - a dreamy, timeless record
8. War
Brash and energy-filled
9. No Line on the Horizon
A half-baked effort to be experimental - ends up feeling fuzzy and unfocused with moments of inspiration (M0S and Fez) and weirdly incoherent throughout (GOYB, Crazy, SUC)
10.How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Some amazing songs (Miracle Drug, COBL, OOTS) but the most generic and uninspired effort.
11. Rattle and Hum
Great songs, but U2 at their most annoying and pretentious.
12.Boy
Some bright spots (Out of Control, IWF), but songs aren't really there
13.October
Borrring (except for Gloria)
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: NOLA Fly on October 19, 2017, 10:46:31 PM
One more for the road...

The Immortals (*****)
Achtung Baby - The G.O.A.T. For my money, simply the greatest reinvention/album/tour in the history of popular music. It's the party. It's the hangover. It's the dark night of the soul. The wings that we were promised wouldn’t melt, do…and we’re left to survey the damage under the ultraviolet glare of the light above our bed.  I can't tell you how many times I've had this on endless repeat for days on end. Are you in love? Listen to “One” and don't pay attention to the words. Has your relationship hit a rough patch? Listen to “One” and pay attention to the words.
The Joshua Tree - A side one to rule all them all (WTSHNN and ISHFWILF are my two favorite songs of all time). There's an entire world in those five tracks: hope, faith, fear, doubt, love, joy, anger, sadness, grief, ache. Can't live with someone? Can't live without someone? They've got you covered. Side two is spectacular, as well; its only fault is the company it keeps. This album is so good U2 could center a tour around it.

The Greats (****1/2)
All That You Can't Leave Behind - Arriving at the dawn of the 21st century, ATYCLB finds U2 shedding the masks and irony and pondering what's essential. It's a soulful album whose sizable impact is somewhat out of proportion with its rather conservative (by U2 standards) parts--that impact no doubt enhanced for many by the events of 9/11 and the role the album/tour played in the healing process. The "U2 returns to their old sound" angle, I think, is over hyped, as apart from Edge breaking out the chime in a few places, U2 hadn't really sounded like this before. Throughout the album--from the euphoric blast of "Beautiful Day"; through meditations on love, lost friends, courage in the face of injustice, family, and despair at the brokenness of the world; all the way to the quite, yet resilient, hope of "Grace"--there's a lightness of touch and effortlessness that I love. It's also Mrs. Fly's favorite U2 album.
Songs of Innocence - U2 making an album looking back at their formative years is not something I would have thought they would do, but it makes for a compelling listen. Beautifully written and sequenced, the journey from finding one's voice and falling in love to confronting the darkness within and without has been on frequent replay for me since it was released. EBW and "California" are two of their best and the sequence from "Iris" to "Cedarwood Road" is one of the strongest passages of music U2 has committed to record. It's a shame that this album carries a stigma from the (ridiculous, if you ask me) controversy over the release. For me, it's easily U2's strongest release since ATYCLB. Rumors of U2's demise have been greatly exaggerated.
War - The third, and greatest, of the Lillywhite trio. I love the aggressive, gritty tone of this album. It sounds like a band of angry pacifists wants to punch you in the face and then take you to church to pray for peace. I dig that.
Boy - "We're a band from the north side of Dublin. We're called U2. This is our first [album]. We hope you like it!"  I do. I really do. I didn't dig deep into it until after it's emphasis on the Vertigo tour, but, hey, better late than never. That 19-20 year-olds came up with the sequence of An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart/Out Of Control is crazy to me. A fantastic debut.
Pop – Pro tip, kids: Finish your album before you schedule the tour…or else you might just find yourself under rehearsed and falling flat on your face in front of a stadium. Oh, yeah, and don’t get too cute with the marketing, lest you find yourself in the lingerie section of a K-Mart playing a B-side to a gaggle of media who have no idea what the hell is going on. Outside of that, though, the album itself is very strong.  Epic, even.  From the opening trio to the gut punches of “Please” and “Wake Up Dead Man,” there isn’t a bad song here. Sure, it’s not perfect (the pop culture references in “The Playboy Mansion” date it too much, in my opinion) but the material is so strong it almost doesn’t matter. It’s truly sad that this era carries a stigma in the grand narrative of the band and is largely forgotten by the band and the non-diehards. More people should know about this album.

The Very Good (****)
Zooropa - Sometimes your EP snowballs into an LP. It happens. But, really, what else are you supposed to do when your creative juices are out of control? I'll tell you what you do. You let Edge monotone rap over an industrial, guitar-drenched beat, is what you do. And then Bono is going to sing, fat lady style, over a German disco track. Oh, yeah, and then you conjure up five minutes of sublime gorgeousness in "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" and get Johnny Cash to close out the show. Because you're U2 and that's how you ****ing roll.
The Unforgettable Fire – U2 gets moody. Goodbye, Steve Lillywhite. Hello, Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.  Full disclosure: I think this album could use some tightening up. Specifically, “Bad” could use some tightening up. The largest gap between studio and stage is found right there. Sometimes you just need to tell Eno, “No, we’re going to take another pass at it, thank you very much.” Don’t get me wrong, it’s still great, but it’s just a shell of what it became. That aside, this picture of U2 expanding their borders is a fine listen. It may be short on fully formed songs for my taste, but it does strike a mesmerizing mood and it’s hard to argue with the power of “A Sort of Homecoming,” “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “The Unforgettable Fire,” and “Bad.” A bold change of direction that set the stage for what was to come…
No Line On the Horizon – This is the one that hurts. NLOTH is a very good U2 album that could have been an all time great U2 album.  And I say this as someone who actually enjoys the middle three—I think they would all have made fine B-sides—I just don’t think they serve the heart of this album well.  In truth, I don’t think GOYB would get half the flak it does if it wasn’t made the lead single. It fits the album thematically and has great parts, but “get on your boots” just sounds odd. I think it’s another lyrical pass away from greatness. The other two are enjoyable and show that Bono doesn’t take himself too seriously, but whereas GOYB at least fits the mood of this album, these two just don’t, in my opinion. Also, I usually don’t fuss too much over names, but “Stand Up Comedy” should have been named “Stand Up” or “Stand Up (For Your Love).” Instant improvement—especially for an album going for an esoteric/future hymns vibe. Other than those three, my only wish is that the chorus of “Unknown Caller” had been given another pass lyrically as well, as some of the techno speak sounds a bit forced. Outside of that, everything else is top notch U2. I realize this entry focuses on the flaws, but it’s because this album feels like such a missed opportunity. It’s an “oh, that’s nice” middle sandwiched between brilliance.
How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - Unlike it's predecessor, HTDAAB does not exceed the sum of it's parts. On the plus side, however, it's got some pretty damn good parts. "Vertigo," SYCMIOYO, and COBL are all classics. I love the stomp and crunch of LAPOE and ABOY. And for all the hate they engender on this forum, AMAAW and OSC are underrated gems, for me. For what it's worth, I wish they would have used the live arrangements of OOTS and Yahweh, but everything here is really solid. And solid is not a bad thing to be at all.

The Good (***1/2)
Rattle & Hum - Ranked here due to the hodgepodge nature of it. Not a fan of the live/studio mix. The studio cuts are excellent, though. Every last one of them. 'Merica.

The Aight (***)
October - I wasn't expecting much the first time I listened to this, but was pleasantly surprised in the end. Side 1 is quite good and Tomorrow and October are beautiful. It's an enjoyable listen overall, but it is the low point in the catalog for me. 
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: davis on October 20, 2017, 04:34:49 PM
One last post...

Achtung Baby (Perfection, Life changing)
The Joshua Tree  (see above)
Zooropa  (exciting, captures a slice of life for me)
The Unforgettable Fire  (atmospheric, spiritual, soaring)
Pop  (messy and wonderful--the last time they became something unexpected)
All That You Can't Leave Behind  (a heartfelt full circle)
Rattle and Hum  (way better than I remember it being)
Under a Blood Red Sky  (had to include this as it was the record that started it all for me)
No Line on the Horizon  (flashes of brilliance)
October  (love the unsettled energy)
Boy  (the true songs of innocence)
Songs of Innocence  (a yeoman's effort)
War  (three timeless songs...)
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb  (the only one that if I never heard again, I wouldn't care)
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: McSwilly on December 02, 2017, 07:41:56 PM
1. Unforgettable Fire
2. Joshua Tree
3. War
4. Achtung
5. Boy
6. The rest are pretty crap, including both "experiences"
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: guidowater on December 03, 2017, 10:10:25 AM
Since there is a 14th studio album out now i think we can start this over...

1 achtung baby
2 joshua tree
3 pop
4 songs of experience
5 zooropa
6 war
7 unforgettable fire
8 all That you cant leave behind
9 songs of innocence
10 boy
11 rattle and hum
12 no line on the horrizon
13 how to dismantle an atomic bomb
14 october

But i have to be honnest experience is Growing on me dont know if it Will rise or drop in the future. But for know it feels like this.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: SwimmingSorrows on December 03, 2017, 11:24:45 AM
1. The Joshua Tree (complete f****** masterpiece)
2. Achtung Baby (see above)
3. War (Great energy, great songs, great record)
4. The Unforgettable Fire (If Love Comes Tumbling and Three Sunrises were on it instead of Elvis and Indian Summer, it would beat War, but alas)
5. Rattle and Hum (A total mess, but I love it, Desire, Angel of Harlem, All I Want is You, so good)
6. Zooropa (A mess of a different kind, also thoroughly enjoyable)
7. Pop (Another kind of mess really, but such great songs)
8. Songs of Experience (First half has a few poor songs, but once Summer of Love hits, its smooth sailing)
9. All that You Cant Leave Behind (Falls off a cliff half-way through)
10. Boy (Has spirit, but also some forgettable songs and some less than stellar studio versions, Out of Control for example)
11. Songs of Innocence (Very consistent, but if I picked my favorite song from each album and ranked those, this would come last)
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Sets itself on fire and runs around naked half-way through)
13. No Line on the Horizon (Falls off a cliff a third of the way through, although Cedars is pretty good, and Stand Up Comedy is catchy in parts)
14. October (Love Tomorrow, Gloria, and October, couldn't pick the rest out of a police lineup)

8 and 9 were the hardest to get in order.  They've both got some songs I really like and some lyrics I don't, and I think the production could be better on both.

I've tried to take off my rose-tinted new album glasses for this list, but time will tell how successful I was.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: redrunningred on December 04, 2017, 07:46:26 AM
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Passengers = side proyect (U2 + Brian Eno)

Additional personnel: Pavarotti, Howie B., Craig Armstrong, Holi, Paul Barret, David Herbert, Des Broadbery and Holger Zschenderlein.
I think you're too new on here to know this is a long on-going debate and I've always been vocal about passengers not being a u2 album. The other debate is that NLOTH is Passengers' second album. I agree, Passengers isnt u2

Some tracks are very nice and experimental. But then I'll Go Crazy and GOYB kick in.  Definitely not Passengers lol.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Sonofabono on December 04, 2017, 08:38:39 PM
Here's where I'm at right now.

1-6 in some order. Achtung Baby!, Joshua Tree, R+H, War, HTDAAB, Songs of Experience

These are records I can listen to at any time and in any mood. SOE's inclusion is completely merited in my book. First album without clunkers (IMO) since Zooropa. Every song fits. HTDAAB and R+H were the first two records I really got into as a new U2 fan, so that's why they're included, so that's my explanation for that.

7-11 in some order. Zooropa, TUF, Boy, ATYCLB, Pop

These records, though good, are ones that I really have to be in a mood for. Every day is a WOWY day. There are only a few days that are Mofo days. But these records are ones that I've come back to in different seasons, not necessarily ones I've pulled out for fun all the time. If I can get into TUF, I'm there for several weeks. Pop and the others are the same.

12-14 in some order. NLOTH and October and SOI

Disclaimer: The worst U2 records are still really really good. They're still at the top of my rotation. Disclaimer over. SOE (IMO) has made the last two records sound really sub-par. Their inclusion at the bottom of my list might change once SOE's new sheen has worn off. SOI did the same thing to NLOTH. SOI was more cohesive than NLOTH. SOE is more cohesive than the both of them. October is so obviously unfinished. Gloria and Rejoice are balling. The rest? Really takes a lot of grace.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: TongueInMyEar on December 06, 2017, 03:55:59 AM
Of course this is after less than a week of having SOE and really loving it, so maybe it will slip. Could interchange that/TUF/Pop at the moment. But I know that after hearing SOI for the first few times it wasn't anywhere near the top.

1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. Boy
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind
5. Songs of Experience
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. Pop
8. Zooropa
9. October
10. War
11. Songs of Innocence
12. No Line on the Horizon
13. Rattle and Hum
14. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: TongueInMyEar on October 23, 2018, 06:18:21 AM
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Of course this is after less than a week of having SOE and really loving it, so maybe it will slip. Could interchange that/TUF/Pop at the moment. But I know that after hearing SOI for the first few times it wasn't anywhere near the top.

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

I was interested to see this as I thought HTDAAB was bottom for me. I've been listening to it the last few days and actually I really enjoy it, but it would probably still be at the bottom as to me it's a collection of singles rather than a great album.

Still, says it all when my least favourite album by a band is still very good.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: rockatansky on October 23, 2018, 07:01:19 AM
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Of course this is after less than a week of having SOE and really loving it, so maybe it will slip. Could interchange that/TUF/Pop at the moment. But I know that after hearing SOI for the first few times it wasn't anywhere near the top.

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

I like your list, it's very similar to mine.  I was wondering though about Songs Of Experience at #5.  The album hasn't done much for me, though I'm still open to it.  Can you share some of your feelings about SOE?  I'd be interested in hearing them, especially coming from someone who seems to have similar rankings as me to U2's work.  Thanks! 
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: TongueInMyEar on October 23, 2018, 09:55:42 AM
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Of course this is after less than a week of having SOE and really loving it, so maybe it will slip. Could interchange that/TUF/Pop at the moment. But I know that after hearing SOI for the first few times it wasn't anywhere near the top.

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

I like your list, it's very similar to mine.  I was wondering though about Songs Of Experience at #5.  The album hasn't done much for me, though I'm still open to it.  Can you share some of your feelings about SOE?  I'd be interested in hearing them, especially coming from someone who seems to have similar rankings as me to U2's work.  Thanks!

No problem, as I say once I get to around 5th spot I could interchange SOE, TUF, Pop and maybe Zooropa depending on my mood, but I definitely feel SOE is in my top half of U2 albums.

For me the song writing on SOE is very strong, probably best since ATYCLB, and it also has a proper album feel to it, more so than say HTDAAB or SOI. How to pinpoint why I'm not sure, maybe something to do with production, maybe to do with the themes of the lyrics.

The order of the songs works really well, the album seems to have a momentum building through it until Little Things That Give You Away, which is this big emotional release. Landlady is a necessary breather after that but a brilliant song also, the coda (every wave that broke me, every song that wrote me.....) really got me first time I heard it. And then it all picks up again for Blackout and Love Is Bigger, before the hauntingly beautiful 13.

I'm still finding it a really interesting album to listen to, which I can't say for SOI. There are more songs that seem to stick in my head, only 2 songs I don't really like (American Soul and The Blackout) and even those are listenable and fit the feel of the album.

It's the sign of a great album for me if I hear the first few bars of the first track and get excited to hear it all again, Love Is All We Have Left definitely fits that bill here.

Overall it's an emotional listen for me, songs about mortality, about your partner, about your kids, about the state of the world. I know most U2 albums touch on a lot of these things, but it feels like some of the most honest songs they've written.


Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: rockatansky on October 23, 2018, 10:21:14 AM
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Of course this is after less than a week of having SOE and really loving it, so maybe it will slip. Could interchange that/TUF/Pop at the moment. But I know that after hearing SOI for the first few times it wasn't anywhere near the top.

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

I like your list, it's very similar to mine.  I was wondering though about Songs Of Experience at #5.  The album hasn't done much for me, though I'm still open to it.  Can you share some of your feelings about SOE?  I'd be interested in hearing them, especially coming from someone who seems to have similar rankings as me to U2's work.  Thanks!

No problem, as I say once I get to around 5th spot I could interchange SOE, TUF, Pop and maybe Zooropa depending on my mood, but I definitely feel SOE is in my top half of U2 albums.

For me the song writing on SOE is very strong, probably best since ATYCLB, and it also has a proper album feel to it, more so than say HTDAAB or SOI. How to pinpoint why I'm not sure, maybe something to do with production, maybe to do with the themes of the lyrics.

The order of the songs works really well, the album seems to have a momentum building through it until Little Things That Give You Away, which is this big emotional release. Landlady is a necessary breather after that but a brilliant song also, the coda (every wave that broke me, every song that wrote me.....) really got me first time I heard it. And then it all picks up again for Blackout and Love Is Bigger, before the hauntingly beautiful 13.

I'm still finding it a really interesting album to listen to, which I can't say for SOI. There are more songs that seem to stick in my head, only 2 songs I don't really like (American Soul and The Blackout) and even those are listenable and fit the feel of the album.

It's the sign of a great album for me if I hear the first few bars of the first track and get excited to hear it all again, Love Is All We Have Left definitely fits that bill here.

Overall it's an emotional listen for me, songs about mortality, about your partner, about your kids, about the state of the world. I know most U2 albums touch on a lot of these things, but it feels like some of the most honest songs they've written.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and in an excellent way!  You've convinced me to give the album another ride.  To be honest, I've only focused on certain tracks not the album as a whole.  It's good to hear about SOE from someone who shares similar likes about U2 albums.  I'll give it a solid listen now.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: TongueInMyEar on October 24, 2018, 02:27:31 AM
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Of course this is after less than a week of having SOE and really loving it, so maybe it will slip. Could interchange that/TUF/Pop at the moment. But I know that after hearing SOI for the first few times it wasn't anywhere near the top.

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

I like your list, it's very similar to mine.  I was wondering though about Songs Of Experience at #5.  The album hasn't done much for me, though I'm still open to it.  Can you share some of your feelings about SOE?  I'd be interested in hearing them, especially coming from someone who seems to have similar rankings as me to U2's work.  Thanks!

No problem, as I say once I get to around 5th spot I could interchange SOE, TUF, Pop and maybe Zooropa depending on my mood, but I definitely feel SOE is in my top half of U2 albums.

For me the song writing on SOE is very strong, probably best since ATYCLB, and it also has a proper album feel to it, more so than say HTDAAB or SOI. How to pinpoint why I'm not sure, maybe something to do with production, maybe to do with the themes of the lyrics.

The order of the songs works really well, the album seems to have a momentum building through it until Little Things That Give You Away, which is this big emotional release. Landlady is a necessary breather after that but a brilliant song also, the coda (every wave that broke me, every song that wrote me.....) really got me first time I heard it. And then it all picks up again for Blackout and Love Is Bigger, before the hauntingly beautiful 13.

I'm still finding it a really interesting album to listen to, which I can't say for SOI. There are more songs that seem to stick in my head, only 2 songs I don't really like (American Soul and The Blackout) and even those are listenable and fit the feel of the album.

It's the sign of a great album for me if I hear the first few bars of the first track and get excited to hear it all again, Love Is All We Have Left definitely fits that bill here.

Overall it's an emotional listen for me, songs about mortality, about your partner, about your kids, about the state of the world. I know most U2 albums touch on a lot of these things, but it feels like some of the most honest songs they've written.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and in an excellent way!  You've convinced me to give the album another ride.  To be honest, I've only focused on certain tracks not the album as a whole.  It's good to hear about SOE from someone who shares similar likes about U2 albums.  I'll give it a solid listen now.

Enjoy!! (hopefully)  ;D
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Vox on November 16, 2018, 08:49:46 AM
May as well do another of these, since I’ve listened to all of them again these past few months, front-to-back, for my U2: Retrospective thingie, and the (seems like) end of the current album cycle and tour…  So, as of today, my U2antheon:

The Immortal Tier
1.   Achtung Baby – My favorite album by any band ever.  I can’t see it ever being surpassed.  I absolutely love every single song on this album.  My favorite U2 sound, coupled with my favorite Bono lyrics.
The Masterpiece Tier
2.   The Joshua Tree --  I mean, it’s The Joshua Tree
The Upper Tier (these albums can jostle around a bit, but still near the crème de la crème)
3.   The Unforgettable Fire – I love the mood, the sound, the lyrics. 
4.   Zooropa – I love the mood, the sound, the lyrics, but in much different way than #3.
5.   No Line on the Horizon – I have an irrational love for this album that’s hard to explain.
The Upper Middle Tier (I love these albums and go through periods where they’re the only U2 I listen to)
6.   Boy – As I always say, this is default U2.
7.   Songs of Experience – This album is still revealing itself to me, and I quite like it one year in.
The Lower Middle Tier (all incredible albums, brought down by a song or two)
8.   All That You Can’t Leave Behind – Lots of good songs.  Would be higher had they had a more drastic departure after.
9.   Pop – I love when U2 do this stuff.  To my eye, it hasn’t aged quite as well as other U2 albums.
10.   War – Groundbreaking album, but contains two of my least favorite U2 songs.
The Lowest Tier (but there isn’t a U2 album I truly dislike)
11.   Rattle and Hum – It's been climbing up my list.  I’ve maybe only started to appreciate this album for what it is these past couple of years.
12.    Songs of Innocence – I’m hoping that someday I get drawn into this album.  It hasn’t happened yet.
13.   How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb – Some good songs, and some songs I perpetually skip.
14.   October – My least favorite, but still good. 
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: TongueInMyEar on November 16, 2018, 08:58:34 AM
Since I've just finished my chronological listen, a few have jumped places (War and Zooropa gone up in my estimation):

The classics:
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree

The almost classics:
3. Boy
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind
5. Songs of Experience
6. Zooropa
7. Pop
8. The Unforgettable Fire
9. War

The flawed but still enjoyable
10. October
11. No Line on the Horizon
12. Songs of Innocence
13. Rattle and Hum
14. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Rasmus on November 16, 2018, 10:56:36 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. Zooropa
4. Pop
5. Boy
6. Songs of Innocence
7. All That You Can't Leave Behind
8. War
9. Rattle & Hum
10. October
11. Songs of Experience
12. No Line on the Horizon
13. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: bonolarryedgeadam on November 19, 2018, 08:13:36 AM
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. War
4. ATYCLB
5. Pop
6. HTDAAB
7. SOE
8. UF
9. Boy
10. Zooropa
11. SOI
12. Rattle and Hum
13. NLOTH
14. October
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: laoghaire on November 19, 2018, 09:00:56 AM
Not to worry, October has its fans too!
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: shineinthesummernight on November 19, 2018, 07:42:17 PM
I love "October".  Call me weird if you want.  Don't care. :o
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: aviastar on November 20, 2018, 05:24:04 AM
 Not sure if I posted in this thread before, but where it currently stands for me (though rankings are a bit in flux and there is something I like about all U2 albums).

The Exceptional:
TUF
TJT
AB

The Great:
War
R&H
Zooropa
Boy

The Good:
October
SOE
SOI

Everything Else:
NLOTH
HTDAAB
Pop
ATYCLB





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Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: jonnalinne on December 09, 2018, 01:17:57 PM
Interesting to read your lists and to produce my own list.
I have focused on the amount of really good songs rather than the bad songs and overall qualities such as a red thred.

1. Joshua Tree. All songs rate from excellent to good. The famous songs deserve their love, although Red hill mining town may be my favorite due to sparser play.
2. Achtung Baby. Several great songs but the low points are inferior to Joshua Tree's base level. Hard to pick a favorite but Ultraviolet might be the One.
3. Experience. Unusually many songs that are really good. Standout songs include Little things and Red flag day; the deluxe song Ordinary love is a great bonus.
4. Atomic Bomb. Their most underrated work, which just makes me more positive. Best songs: Blinding city and Original Species.
5. War. A set of rather high quality songs and one of my all time U2 favorites, Drowning man.
6. All You Can't Leave. The first half is great, the second half not so much. Kite makes a Beautiful day in particular.
7. Innocence. Many decent songs while Every breaking wave stands out as excellent.
8. Unforgettable. Good album as a whole but based on my track-to-track ratings it is not as great as I would've expected. The title track gets my top vote.
9. Zooropa. It has grown on me, but I mostly like the songs Zooropa, Lemon, Crashed car and Stay.
10. Horizon. I've never managed to love this product, but at least one song is Magnificent.
11. Rattle. A strange mix of live stuff and new songs. All I want is you, the last track, being a bit more than a Desire.
12. Pop. Interesting sound but I have some problem with it. "Do you feel loved" is the most relevant question the album asks itself.
13. Boy. Perhaps I have not given the first two albums a chance despite their emotional qualities. Out of control is the feeling that describes my appreciation of Boy best.
14. October. I have discovered slightly less quality here than in Boy. Gloria is a great song, though.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Amrice78 on December 16, 2018, 06:55:02 AM
1. Achtung Baby - all around perfect album
2. Unforgettable Fire - My favorite, I love the atmospheric vibe of it
3. Joshua Tree - probably should be number two, but I love Unforgettable Fire more

Those three are set in stone the rest switch positions depending on my mood, right now:
4. Songs of Experience
5. Zooropa
6. Rattle and Hum
7. Pop
8. War
9. All That You Can’t Leave Behind
10. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
11. No Line on the Horizon
12. Boy
13. Songs of Innocence
14. October

Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: popromancer on December 28, 2018, 06:34:15 AM
1. Pop
2. Achtung baby
3. The joshua tree
4. Zooropa
5. How to dismantle an atomic bomb
6. No line on the horizon
7. Rattle and hum
8. Songs of innocence
9. War
10. Songs of experience
11. All that you can't leave behind
12. The unforgettable fire
13. Boy
14. October

This is tough. I still don't know exactly how to rate SOE. On the one hand I think it is a great collection of pop rock songs, great melodies and more fresh than SOI. On the other hand I think it's a bit of a dull, safe, middle of the road album..
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: dnrodriguez on March 01, 2019, 01:06:43 PM
Reading some of these lists had me scratching my head. There seems to be a lot of discrepancy - I can only assume it is due to a sort of generational divide.

AB - A masterpiece. The proverbial 'cutting down of the Joshua Tree'. Difficult to fathom how a band can produce this caliber of work 6 albums deep.
JT - It truly is a classic and the album that launched the band into the stratosphere. The best 4 track intro in their discography - just a bit too much Americana love and I prefer the tone on AB in sort of the same way I prefer Chopin over Mozart.
ATYCLB - Found this album in a convenience store in the middle of nowhere Ireland, it just resonates so deeply with me. Unprecedentedly front loaded, but still so powerful overall.
HTDAAB - The album that started it all. Seeing U2 on the Apple commercials when I was kid was iconic. The tracks are so meaningful to me. Songs that still come and go when I am walking down the street 15 years later. My biggest complaint is it doesn't quite elevate like some of their other albums, but as a whole it may be their most polished and consistent rock album.
War - Raw and visceral. I remember picking this record up as a kid with my father. This is the first album where things started to click.
SOI - A very special album for a time in my life where what it meant to be an adult was much more clear. Incredibly clear narrative, very well written, extremely impressive for a band to have this level of longevity.
TUF - This is where things start to really get interesting. Some incredibly powerful tracks here with Bono singing at his best, but the rest just sort of turns into an unfocused sonic echo that I think even the band themselves would admit could have been more fined tuned (lyrically at least). 
Zooropa - Foreign territory for me and not quite up to par, but some stand out tracks here. It just went a little too far into the experimental deep end. Hearing "Stay" live from Boston still reminds me of the U2 that I know and love.
R&H - A bit self righteous (I think pompous bears too much of a negative connotation), the studio cuts are really special, but at the height of Americana fanfare it is just a bit unbearable for me. All I Want Is You is an all time great and a hidden gem on this record.
Boy - Incredible first record considering the time it was released, it just doesn't have the highest replay value.
SOE - At 29, I am probably in the best place to really digest this album. The tour was an absolute treat, the highlights come with the lowlights, but overall a well crafted album, but perhaps a touch overproduced. I know the band has gas left in the tank, but where's the bite?
October - As Bono would say, you have your whole life to record your first album and about 3-6 months to record your second one. The sophomore slump is felt tremendously on this record. I'll give the band a pass since Bono's lyric book was stolen shortly before recording the record.
Pop - I cannot for the life of me understand how this a top 3 record for any fan. A definitive low-point for the band. There are some redemption tracks on here, but not enough substance for me to rank it any higher.
NLOTH - It might be unpopular, but Crazy hits me just right, everything else kinda pales in comparison and it makes it really difficult to get around to. Easily their worst record for me.


Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Clarky on March 02, 2019, 07:05:27 PM
Achtung
Joshua
War
Unforgettable
Horizon
Boy
Rattle
Zooropa
Experience
Pop
Behind
Bomb
Innocence
October
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: Rasmus on March 04, 2019, 03:09:32 PM
1. Achtung Baby: A masterpiece like everyone else is saying. Not a single weak song.
2. The Joshua Tree: U2's second masterpiece that is constantly fighting with AB for the top spot.
3. All That You Cant Leave Behind: Has a special place in my heart, the songs were incredible live and the tour is my favorite of theirs.
4. Zooropa: I'm a big fan of U2 in the 90's. Lemon and Stay are both in my top 5 U2 songs.
5. Pop: I'm a big fan of U2 in the 90's. Arguably best lyrics of any U2 album. The first U2 album I bought.
6. Songs of Innocence: Great album that has only moved up for me with time - could quite easily reach my top 5.
7. War: I love this album but dont listen to it that much anymore. Probably in my top 3 when I was in my teens.
8. Boy: Half of this album is incredible.
9. TUF: Not my favorite - too many songs feel like sketches to me and Pride is one of my least favorite U2 songs. Bad and especially the title track are amazing though.
10. HTDAAB: Overhyped album imo. Some decent songs but very mediocre in U2's discography.
11. Rattle & Hum: I like the singles a lot - especially Angel of Harlem - but as a full album I dont think it works unfortunately.
12. October: A few very good songs but also quite a few that are unlistenable to me.
13. Songs of Experience: Boring and weak songs for the most part. I like Summer of Love, RFD and 13 but not much else. Little Things is the most overrated of modern U2 songs imo.
14. NLOTH: I like Fez and thats about it. Album with 4-5 of my least favorite U2 songs. Had potential but it was wasted. U2 seemed to lack judgement when making this album.
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: The Fly on July 22, 2019, 01:59:16 PM
https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/music/g28448100/best-u2-albums-ranked/

@U2 tweeted this today, so I thought I'd give it a go for the first time in a while...

1 - Achtung Baby: their best
2 - Joshua Tree: my favorite
3 - All That You Can't Leave Behind: the 1 that started it for me
4 - The Unforgettable Fire: this has more recently moved up for me
5 - War: raw and powerful
6 - Pop: especially if you use the remixed versions (I think they've remixed half the album...)
7 - Songs of Experience: especially the second half
8 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb: the first time I got to experience buying the "new" U2 album
9 - October: Gloria is one of my favorites ever, and I love the energy
10 - Zooropa: took a while to grow on me. Some songs are better than others (pun intended)
11 - Rattle & Hum: without the live tracks, it could have been an awesome LP
12 - Boy: controversially low, I know, but it just doesn't do it for me
13 - Songs of Innocence: in theory I like the songs; I just never seem to listen to it...
14 - No Line on the Horizon: I love Breathe and Magnificent, but everything else just sounds like an unfocused B-side
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: MinnetonkaMN55345 on July 23, 2019, 05:43:45 PM
Joshua Tree                                            Perfect
Achtung baby                                          Virtually perfect
Zooropa                                                   So close to perfect
The unforgettable fire                              Amazing
How to dismantle an atomic bomb          Awesome
Rattle and hum                                        Pretty great
War                                                          Very good
All that you can't leave behind                 Good
Boy                                                           Good
October                                                    One song good
Pop
Songs of experience
Songs of innocence
No line on the horizon
Title: Re: All U2 Albums Ranked
Post by: MinnetonkaMN55345 on July 23, 2019, 05:55:31 PM
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5. Pop: I'm a big fan of U2 in the 90's. Arguably best lyrics of any U2 album. The first U2 album I bought.

Better than JT?
We all love what we love, so I am not criticizing your thoughts, but too me the lyrics of Dirty Day alone throw Zooropa above Pop lyric wise.