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Ranked: U2

U2's Albums from Most to Least Essential

Nov 04, 2014 U2 Bookmark and Share

Welcome to Ranked, our recurring series in which one of our writers takes an artist’s catalogue and ranks all of their official studio albums from most essential to least essential. The order is decided by the individual writer, rather than our editors. If you disagree with our ranking then please let us know in the comments section. This time Dan Lucas ranks U2.

There can be few bands who suffer as much opprobrium in these Internet days as U2. Sure, the likes of Beady Eye and Nickelback perhaps attract more vehement attacks, but the sheer scale of everything about U2-their album sales, sound, and frontman’s persona-means that they surely stand alone. Much of this is deserved, be it for increasingly diminishing returns on the quality of their music or for their questionable marketing. The average online hater though is a person of short memory: over the course of 13 “proper” albums they produced records that either defined an era or went all out and changed it. There are duds, sure, mostly towards the latter part of their career, but the task of ranking said 13 albums reveals-as if such a fact needed revealing-that U2 are a band with a rich, varied and brilliant history that’s worth celebrating… no matter how many “Elevations” they release.

Click here to see U2’s major releases, ranked from most essential to least.


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