The Best U2 Albums of All Time  

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List 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U2 Albums of All Time
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1 760 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

Release Date: 1987

Artist: U2

Tracks: In God's Country, Where the Streets Have No Name, Trip Through Your Wires, Bullet the Blue Sky, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, With or Without You, One Tree Hill, Red Hill Mining Town, Exit, Running to Stand Still, Mothers of the Disappeared

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, Blues-rock, Folk rock, Roots rock, + more

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Achtung Baby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U2 Albums of All Time
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2 737 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

Release Date: 1991

Artist: U2

Tracks: Even Better Than the Real Thing, Acrobat, The Fly, Love Is Blindness, Ultra Violet (Light My Way), Until the End of the World, Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World, So Cruel, Zoo Station, Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, One, Mysterious Ways

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music

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War is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U2 Albums of All Time
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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

Release Date: 1983

Artist: U2

Tracks: Two Hearts Beat as One, Surrender, Seconds, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Like a Song…, “40”, New Year’s Day, Drowning Man, Red Light, The Refugee

Genres (Music): Rock music, Punk rock, Post-punk

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The Unforgettable Fire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U2 Albums of All Time
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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

Release Date: 1984

Artist: U2

Producer: Steve Lillywhite, Kevin Killen, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno

Tracks: Pride (In the Name of Love), Elvis Presley and America, Indian Summer Sky, Promenade, A Sort of Homecoming, MLK, The Unforgettable Fire, Bad, Wire, 4th of July

Length (mins): 00:42:46

Label: Island Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, Post-punk

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