The Best U2 Albums of All Time

Voting Rules
This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Since their inception, U2 have been one of the best bands of the '80s, best bands of the '90s and overall one of the best bands ever. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best U2 albums, with the help of your votes. Formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1976, U2 had very little practical musical skills, but were able to sign to Island Records by 1980 and subsequently released Boy (1980), October (1981), and War (1983). 

This U2 discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top U2 albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included U2 singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest U2 album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite U2 album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

This list includes every U2 studio album they've recorded, including The Joshua Tree (1987), Achtung Baby (1991) and more. This list of popular U2 CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

  • The Joshua Tree
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Fair use
    1,049 VOTES

    1. Where the Streets Have No Name
    2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
    3. With or Without You
    4. Bullet the Blue Sky
    5. Running to Stand Still
    6. Red Hill Mining Town
    7. In God's Country
    8. Trip Through Your Wires
    9. One Tree Hill
    10. Exit
    11. Mothers of the Disappeared

    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, Blues-rock, Folk rock, Roots rock
    1,049 votes
  • Achtung Baby
    Photo: Island
    1,055 VOTES

    1. Zoo Station
    2. Even Better Than the Real Thing
    3. One
    4. Until the End of the World
    5. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
    6. So Cruel
    7. The Fly
    8. Mysterious Ways
    9. Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World
    10. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
    11. Acrobat
    12. Love Is Blindness

    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music
    1,055 votes
  • 1. A Sort of Homecoming
    2. Pride (In the Name of Love)
    3. Wire
    4. The Unforgettable Fire
    5. Promenade
    6. 4th of July
    7. Bad
    8. Indian Summer Sky
    9. Elvis Presley and America
    10. MLK

    • Producer: Steve Lillywhite, Kevin Killen, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno
    • Length (mins): 00:42:46
    • Label: Island Records
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Post-punk
    838 votes
  • War
    Photo: user uploaded image
    816 VOTES

    1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
    2. Seconds
    3. New Year's Day
    4. Like a Song…
    5. Drowning Man
    6. The Refugee
    7. Two Hearts Beat as One
    8. Red Light
    9. Surrender
    10. 40

    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Punk rock, Post-punk
    816 votes
  • 5
    662 VOTES

    1. I Will Follow
    2. Twilight"    4:22
    3. An Cat Dubh
    4. Into the Heart
    5. Out of Control
    6. Stories for Boys
    7. The Ocean
    8. A Day Without Me
    9. Another Time, Another Place
    10. The Electric Co.
    11. Shadows and Tall Trees

    • Producer: Steve Lillywhite
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, Post-punk
    662 votes
  • Rattle and Hum
    Photo: user uploaded image
    739 VOTES

    1. Helter Skelter
    2. Van Diemen's Land
    3. Desire
    4. Hawkmoon 269
    5. All Along the Watchtower 
    6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
    7. Freedom for My People
    8. Silver and Gold
    9. Pride (In the Name of Love)
    10. Angel of Harlem
    11. Love Rescue Me
    12. When Love Comes to Town
    13. Heartland
    14. God Part II
    15. The Star Spangled Banner
    16. Bullet the Blue Sky
    17. All I Want Is You

    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Blues-rock, Folk rock, Roots rock, Southern rock
    739 votes