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The essential U2 album collection, or a guide for new U2 fans

Posted by Chance on April 25, 2007

This guide is written for someone who may want to get some U2 albums and may not know where to start. With iTunes and other music stores, I suppose people can just buy the songs they like, but I am personally still a fan of the album. I have all the studio albums of U2, minus October and Pop. U2 does have 11 studio albums, so it can be quite expensive to buy them all. Here, I will list the essential albums, or at least the albums to buy at first.

The albums you should buy depends on the U2 era you like. 80s, 90s, and 2000s U2 are completely different.

The 80s U2

I think someone can buy The Joshua Tree and The Best of 1980-1990 and have the essential U2 stuff of the 80s. The Joshua Tree is almost a “Best of” within itself, but with The Best of 1980-1990, the listener gets the essential songs from other albums as well, such as “Sunday, Bloody Sunday”, “Pride”, and “Desire”.

1990s – Present
While no lesser in quality, the last 2 decades have produced 5 studio albums, compared to 6 in the 80s. I would recommend:
Achtung Baby – includes “One” and “Mysterious Ways”
All That You Can’t Leave Behind – “Beautiful Day” and “Elevation”
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb – “Vertigo” and “City of Blinding Lights”

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6 Responses to “The essential U2 album collection, or a guide for new U2 fans”

  1. Josh said

    What about 18 Singles?

  2. Chance said

    Ahh, how could I forget about that!

  3. Josh said

    Okay, cool. I was looking at your post today, and thought I sounded like an idiot if I had just overlooked it yesterday.

  4. Neil said

    Thanks for the tips! I needed to pick up a few new songs from iTunes.

  5. Michael Westmoreland-White said

    I agree with you, completely. I first discovered U-2 in 1979 and have been a big fan ever since. But, Chance, you have to be the first U-2 fan I have ever met with your politics! I mean, come on, how can you listen to something like “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” and not feel yourself converting to nonviolence? (Only U-2 could have a single that was simultaneously about the Bloody Sunday in April 1965 when civil rights marchers were beaten in Selma, AL at the Edmund Pettus bridge and also about that Bloody Sunday in Belfast where British police killed 22 nonviolent protesters.)

  6. Chance said

    Well, I don’t really consider myself pro-violent.

    That is cool that you were a fan since the beginning, not many people can say that. Not to make you feel old, but I was born that year, so I didn’t have the chance to listen to them till later.

    Not so with my daughter, my friends gave me the U2 lullaby CD.

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