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TIMELINE

  • U2Paul "Bono" Hewson, Dave "The Edge" Evans, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen, Jr. U2 came together in Dublin, Ireland in 1976. The band spent the end of the 70s finding their "alternative" niche, gradually rose to rock super-stardom in the 80s, and continued their mastery of rock, pop, alternative fusion into the 90s and beyond. U2 provided rock music with a message - often on politics and religion. With large-scale world tours and successful LP releases, U2 have made

1976...

  • U2U2 began in 1976 when 14 year-old Larry Mullen wanted to form a band at his high school in Dublin, the Mount Temple School. Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and a guy named Dick Evans responded to Larry's ad and they formed a band named 'Feedback.' A year later they changed their name to 'Hype' and Dick Evans left the band. With Evans gone, the name was changed to U2.

1978...

  • U2 - 'Boy'U2 caught a break when they won a talent contest and were approached by a manager. An EP called U2:3 was released and successful in Ireland but the band was not making much headway elsewhere.

1980...

  • October 20: U2 signed with Island Records and released their debut LP, Boy. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, Boy introduced U2's sound to America's alternative radio with a refreshing dose of alternative-rock in a sea of post-punk synthesizers. The band had a moderate alternative hit with "I Will Follow." At the time, Rolling Stone magazine said of the group: "U2 is talented, charming and potentially (they're all still under 21) exceptional."

U2 - "Another Day" (Single) U2 - "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" (Single) U2 - "A Day Without Me" (Single) U2 - "Fire" (Single) U2 - "Gloria" (Single) U2 - "Two Hearts Beat As One" (Single)

1981...

  • U2 - 'October'October 12: Increasing success in the U.S. and the UK came with release of October. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, October contained the singles "Gloria" and "Fire." Critics of the LP began to praise The Edge's guitar style as the potential driving force of U2's sound.

1983...

  • U2 - 'War'February 28: College radio success turned into rock radio dominance with the release of War. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, War presented the band's harder edge and even harder lyrical preaching. Tracks such as "New Years Day," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," and "Two Hearts Beat As One" became instant rock classics and U2 became known for their live concert performances. War was ranked # 40 in Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Best Albums of the 80s" and said of the LP: "War makes for impressive listening, but more important, it deals with a difficult subject in a sensiable way..."
  • U2 - 'Under A Blood Red Sky'November 21: U2 released the live LP Under A Blood Red Sky produced by Jimmy Iovine. The live performances were taken from the band's "War" tour recorded in Denver, Boston, and West Germany.

1984...

  • U2 - 'The Unforgettable Fire'September 28: U2 released The Unforgettable Fire produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and had their first major pop hit with their tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., "Pride (In The Name Of Love)."

1985...

  • March 14: U2 appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • U2 - 'Wide Awake In America'May 20: U2 released the live EP, Wide Awake In America with the classic live performance of "Bad" from "The Unforgettable Fire" tour.

1986...

  • U2 - "The Unforgettable Fire" (Single)June: U2 performed with the Amnesty International 'A Conspiracy Of Hope' tour.
  • March 9: Bono appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.

1990....

  • U2 - "The Fly" (Single)November 2: U2 topped the UK singles chart for 1 week with with "The Fly."
  • November 9: U2 topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for 2 weeks with "The Fly."
  • November 14: U2 appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • November 16: U2 hit the ARC Weekly Top 40 with "The Fly."
  • November 18: U2 entered the new decade with a more electronic sound with the release of Achtung Baby produced by Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, and Steve Lillywhite.
  • U2 - 'Achtung Baby'The LP was supported with a worldwide tour called Zoo TV. The band had fun with their success - mocking the media that made them famous while using media to incredible heights to create their tour. The LP sold over 10 million copies world-wide.
  • November 30: U2 topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for 9 weeks with "Mysterious Ways."
  • April 4: U2 topped the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart for 2 weeks and the Modern Rock Tracks chart for a week with "One."
  • October 1: Bono appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • March 4: Bono appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • July 6: The electronic sound continued with the release of Zooropa which followed with the Zooropa tour. The LP showed U2 declining with record sales but were still favorites with critics and longtime fans. The moderate hits U2 had with the LP included "Lemon," "Numb," and (Stay (Faraway, So Close)" and showed U2's experimental side of music. Entertainment Weekly called the LP, "U2's most adventurous outing yet."
  • July 17: U2 topped the UK LP chart for 1 week with Zooropa.
  • U2 - "Numb" (Single)July 24: U2 hit the ARC Weekly Top 40 with "Numb."
  • July 24: U2 topped the Billboard 200 LP chart for 2 weeks with Zooropa.
  • December 11: U2 topped the Billboard Dance Music Club Play chart for 1 week with "Lemon."

U2 - "Miss Sarajevo" (Single) U2 - "Please" (Single) U2 - "If God Will Send His Angels" (Single) U2 - "Mofo" (Single)

  • U2 - 'Pop'March 1: U2 hit the Top 10 with "Discotheque."
  • March 4: U2 released Pop which was more experimental with U2's dance and electronic tendencies. The band followed up the LP with a world tour called the 'PopMart Tour', which again was highly successful. The band had some success with the tracks, "Discotheque," "Staring At The Sun," "Last Night On Earth," and "Please." Rolling Stone said of the LP: "Taken on its own, away from the chart numbers and the big shtick of PopMart, Pop is simply an album of great pop. For some reason, for a lot of folks, that's just not enough."
  • March 15: U2 topped the UK LP chart for 1 week with Pop.
  • March 22: U2 hit the ARC Weekly Top 40 with "Staring At The Sun."
  • March 22: U2 topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for 1 week with Pop.
  • U2 - "Staring At The Sun" (Single)March 22: U2 topped the Billboard Dance Music Club Play chart for 2 weeks with "Discotheque."
  • May 7: Pop was certified platinum.
  • May 29: U2 appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • August: U2's 'PopMart Tour' was blocked from coming to Dublin, Ireland. The band was hoping to perform in Dublin at the end of August, but Ireland's High Court voted to block the tour because of planing laws. Almost $3 million worth of tickets for the 2 shows were already sold. Later, the Irish Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the 'PopMart Tour' could make a stop in Dublin and U2 played Landsdowne Road Stadium August 30th and 31st.
  • U2September: A man claiming to have lost his hearing as a result of a U2 concert was awarded $34,000 by French courts. The ruling was against the organizers of a 1993 concert, and not the band itself. The man reportedly snuck past security to get a better view of the band and closer to the speakers.
  • After making a promise on New Years Eve in 1995 to return to Sarajevo and perform, Bono did just that when U2 returned to the city. The concert event was the first major concert in Sarajevo since the war ended. Over 45,000 people attended. "If rock 'n roll music means anything, it's some kind of liberation...It is about freedom in the end," Bono proclaimed in 1995. After stepping off the plane, Bono told reporters: "It's great to be back. Are we really here? We've been working for 4 years to come." After the concert Bono stated, "It was one of the toughest and one of the sweetest nights of my life, that's for sure" and told the concert crowd, "Forget the past, live the future, viva Sarajevo!"

1998....

  • April 26: The 200th episode of The Simpsons featured many guest stars including U2 and Aerosmith.
  • September 5: It was reported that U2 had agreed with Polygram Records to release 3 hits compilations to the tune of $50 million, with the first arriving stores in November.
  • U2 - 'The Best of 1980-1990'November 10: U2 The Best of 1980-1990 was released with a limited released second CD of b-sides (U2 The Best of 1980-1990/ The B-Sides). A remake of the b-side "The Sweetest Thing" was also released as a single and hit the Top 40. Bono said of the single: "It was written during the album sessions for The Joshua Tree and it was (his wife's) birthday and I didn't make it (home) for the birthday... so I wanted to write her a little sweet song, but it ended up a little bit sour as all the best love songs are... I was like, 'I can't write just straight love songs, they make me want to throw-up'." The Edge told CMJ Online that the band won't be touring in support of the greatest hits release, "...we're, at the moment, starting to write some songs and consider going into the studio for our next studio album."
  • November 14: U2 The Best of 1980-1990 topped the UK Albums chart for 1 week.
  • U2 - "The Sweetest Thing" (Single)November 14: U2 hit the ARC Weekly Top 40 with "The Sweetest Thing."

1999....

  • March 13: The next new material to be released by U2 was in the form of 7 new tracks on the soundtrack to The Million Dollar Hotel with the single "The Ground Beneath Her Feet." The soundtrack also features tracks by the 'Million Dollar Hotel Band' which features Bono on vocals, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, and others.
  • U2 - "Beautiful Day" (Single)October 21: U2 topped the UK singles chart with "Beautiful Day."
  • October 28: U2 hit the ARC Weekly Top 40 with "Beautiful Day."
  • October 31: U2 released All That You Can't Leave Behind. The Edge talked with Rolling Stone about the future of the band: "As long as the band is still as hungry as we are and as long as the music is still with us, we will continue. If people lost interest, or lost heart, or just decided that this wasn't really what they wanted to do, that would be it. I don't think we would keep going as a way of getting out of the house or earning a few quid."
  • May 8: Bono could be heard on the soundtrack for the film Moulin Rouge doing a T-Rex cover of "Children Of The Revolution" with Gavin Friday.
  • August: Bono's father died during the month in Dublin, Ireland. A few days later the band performed in front of their largest Ireland audience ever and dedicated "Kite" to his father.
  • December 31: U2 ended the year as the top-grossing tour with over $143 million in ticket sales.
  • U2 - "The Hands That Built America" (Single)December 31: Readers of Rolling Stone voted U2 as Artist of the Year, Best Album, Best Tour, Best Rock Artist, and Best Band, and Bono as Best Male Performer. Critics in Rolling Stone voted U2 as Best Band and Best Tour of the Year and Bono as Best Male Performer.

2002....

2003....

  • April 22: Bono was heard on Daniel Lanois' LP, Shine, on the track "Falling At Your Feet."
  • U2 - "Window In The Skies" (Single)September: Bono met with Bush to attempt and convince him to increase AIDS funding but left disappointed.
  • January 25: Bono was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Original Song: "Time Enough For Tears" from the film In America.
  • U2 - "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" (Single)July 2: U2 performed in London, England, as part of the worldwide Live 8 concerts. The mission of the concerts was to raise awareness of the on-going poverty in Africa and to pressure the G8 leaders to take action by doubling aid, canceling debt, and delivering trade justice for Africa.
  • Mary J. Blige - "One" (Single)September 9: U2 performed on Shelter From The Storm: A Concert For The Gulf Coast - a benefit program shown on all the major networks simultaneously to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • September 10: U2 performed on ReAct Now: Music & Relief - a benefit program shown on music video channels to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • November 3: Bono appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.

2006....

2007....

2008...

2009...

  • February 7: U2 topped the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart for 4 weeks with "Get On Your Boots."
  • September 26: U2 performed "Breathe," "Moment Of Surrender," and "Ultraviolet" on Saturday Night Live.
  • December 31: U2 had the highest grossing tour in North America in 2009.

2010...

2013...

2014...

  • U2 - "Every Breaking Wave" (Single)January 12: U2 won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "Ordinary Love" from the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
  • March 2: U2 were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom).
  • March 22: U2 topped the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart for 2 weeks with "Invisible."
  • November 1: U2 topped the Billboard Alternative Albums chart for 1 week with Songs Of Innocence.
  • November 22: U2 topped the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart for 2 weeks with "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)."

2015...

  • November 14: U2 cancelled their concert in Paris after the terrorist attacks the previous day. The concert was to air live on HBO. U2 returned to play in Paris on December 6th and 7th.

2017...

  • October 21: U2 topped the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart for 7 weeks with "You're The Best Thing About Me."

2018...

  • U2 - "Get Out Of Your Own Way" (Single)July 28: U2 topped the Billboard Dance Club Play chart for 1 week with "Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way."

2020...

2023...

  • April 1: U2 topped the Billboard Albums Sales chart for 1 week, Rock Albums chart for 1 week, and Alternative Albums chart for 1 week with Songs Of Surrender.
  • September 29: U2 became the first performance at the Las Vegas $2.3 billion Sphere - an immersive concert hall. Their 'U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere' extended into 2024. The performances were without Mullen who was recovering from a surgery.
  • U2 - "Atomic City" (Single)November 18: U2 topped the Billboard Adult Alternative Airplay chart for 2 weeks with "Atomic City."






LP DISCOGRAPHY

U2 - 'Boy'

Boy

Released: October 20, 1980
US: Platinum
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeBillboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 63
Rolling Stone: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: B
Rolling Stone: '500 Greatest Albums of All-Time': # 417
Tracks: "I Will Follow" - "Twilight" - "An Cat Dubh" - "Into The Heart" - "Out Of Control" - "Stories For Boys" - "The Ocean" - "A Day Without Me" - "Another Time, Another Place" - "The Electric Co." - "Shadows And Tall Trees"

U2 - 'October'

October

Released: October 12, 1981
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 104
Rolling Stone: 3 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: B
Tracks: "Gloria" - "I Fall Down" - "I Threw A Brick Through A Window" - "Rejoice" - "Fire" - "Tomorrow" - "October" - "With A Shout" - "Stranger In A Strange Land" - "Scarlet" - "Is That All?"

U2 - 'War'

War

Released: February 28, 1983
US: 4x Platinum
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeBillboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 12
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: B+
Rolling Stone: '500 Greatest Albums of All-Time': # 221
Tracks: "Sunday Bloody Sunday" - "Seconds" - "New Year's Day" - "Like A Song..." - "Drowning Man" - "The Refugee" - "Two Hearts Beat As One" - "Red Light" - "Surrender" - "'40'"

U2 - 'Under A Blood Red Sky'

Under A Blood Red Sky

Released: November 21, 1983
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 28
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: A-
Live Tracks: "Gloria" - "11 O'clock Tick Tock" - "I Will Follow" - "Party Girl" - "Sunday Bloody Sunday" - "The Electric Co." - "New Years Day" - "'40'"

U2 - 'The Unforgettable Fire'

The Unforgettable Fire

Released: September 28, 1984
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 12
Rolling Stone: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "A Sort Of Homecoming" - "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" - "Wire" - "The Unforgettable Fire" - "Promenade" - "4th Of July" - "Bad" - "Indian Summer Sky" - "Elvis Presley And America" - "MLK"

U2 - 'Wide Awake In America'

Wide Awake In America (EP)

Released: May 20, 1985
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 37
Tracks: "Bad" (live) - "A Sort Of Homecoming" (live) - "Three Sunrises" - "Love Comes Tumbling"

U2 - 'The Joshua Tree'
U2 - 'The Joshua Tree' (Super Deluxe Edition) (4CD)

The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree (Deluxe Edition) (2CD)
The Joshua Tree (Super Deluxe Edition) (4CD)

Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: March 9, 1987
US: 10x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 9 weeks)
Billboard #1: Top Pop Compact Disks
Grammy Winner: Album of the Year, Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
Rolling Stone: 5 stars from Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone: '500 Greatest Albums of All-Time': # 26
Entertainment Weekly: '100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years': # 63
VH1: '100 Greatest Albums': # 15
Tracks: "Where The Streets Have No Name" - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - "With Or Without You" - "Bullet The Blue Sky" - "Running To Stand Still" - "Red Hill Mining Town" - "In God's Country" - "Trip Through Your Wires" - "One Tree Hill" - "Exit" - "Mothers Of The Disappeared"

U2 - 'Rattle & Hum'

Rattle & Hum

Released: October 3, 1988
US: 5x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 6 weeks)
Billboard #1: Top Pop Compact Disks
Rolling Stone: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Helter Skelter" (live) - "Van Diemen's Land" - "Desire" - "Hawkmoon 269" - "All Along The Watchtower" (live) - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (live) - "Silver And Gold" (live) - "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" (live) - "Angel Of Harlem" - "Love Rescue Me" - "When Love Comes To Town" (with B.B. King) - "Heartland" - "God Part II" - "Bullet The Blue Sky" (live) - "All I Want Is You"

U2 - 'Achtung Baby'

Achtung Baby

Released: November 19, 1991
US: 8x Platinum
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeBillboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 1week)
Grammy Winner: Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
Grammy Nominee: Album of the Year
Rolling Stone: 4 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: A
Rolling Stone: '500 Greatest Albums of All-Time': # 62
Entertainment Weekly: '100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years': # 3
VH1: '100 Greatest Albums': # 65
Tracks: "Zoo Station" - "Even Better Than The Real Thing" - "One" - "Until The End Of The World" - "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" - "So Cruel" - "The Fly" - "Mysterious Ways" - "Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World" - "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)" - "Acrobat" - "Love Is Blindness"

U2 - 'Zooropa'

Zooropa

Released: July 6, 1993
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 2 weeks)
Grammy Nominee: Best Alternative Music Performance
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: A
Tracks: "Zooropa" - "Babyface" - "Numb" - "Lemon" - "Stay (Faraway, So Close)" - "Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car" - "Some Days Are Better Than Others" - "The First Time" - "Dirty Day" - "The Wanderer" (featuring Johnny Cash)

U2 (The Passengers) - 'Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1'

Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1 (The Passengers)

Released: November 6, 1995
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 76
Tracks: "United Colours" - "Slug" - "Your Blue Room" - "Always Forever Now" - "A Different Kind Of Blue" - "Beach Sequence" - "Miss Sarajevo" - "Ito Okashi" - "One Minute Warning" - "Corpse (These Chains Are Way Too Long)" - "Elvis Ate America" - "Plot 180" - "Theme From 'The Swan'" - "Theme From 'Let's Go Native'"

U2 - 'Pop'

Pop

Released: March 4, 1997
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 1 week)
Grammy Nominee: Best Rock Album
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: B
Tracks: "Discotheque" - "Do You Feel Loved" - "Mofo" - "If God Will Send His Angels" - "Staring At The Sun" - "Last Night On Earth" - "Gone" - "Miami" - "The Playboy Mansion" - "If You Wear That Velvet Dress" - "Please" - "Wake Up Dead Man"

U2 - 'The Best of 1980-1990'

U2 The Best of 1980-1990/ The B-Sides
U2 The Best of 1980-1990

Released: November 10,1998
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 2
Entertainment Weekly: B
Tracks: "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" - "New Years Day" - "With Or Without You" - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - "Sunday Bloody Sunday" - "Bad" - "Where The Streets Have No Name" - "I Will Follow" - "The Unforgettable Fire" - "The Sweetest Thing" - "Desire" - "When Love Comes To Town" (with B.B. King) - "Angel Of Harlem" - "All I Want Is You"
B-Sides: "The Three Sunrises" - "Spanish Eyes" - "The Sweetest Thing" (original) - "Love Comes Tumbling" - "Bass Trap" - "Dancing Barefoot" - "Everlasting Love" - "Unchained Melody" - "Walk To The Water" - "Luminous (Hold On To Love)" - "Hallelujah Here She Comes" - "Silver And Gold" - "Endless Deep" - "A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel" - "Trash, Trampoline & The Party Girl"

U2 - 'All That You Can't Leave Behind'

All That You Can't Leave Behind
All That You Can't Leave Behind (20th Anniversary Edition)

Released: October 31, 2000
US: 4x Platinum
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeBillboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 3
Billboard #1: Internet Albums
Grammy Winner: Best Rock Album
Grammy Nominee: Album of the Year
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: A
Rolling Stone: '500 Greatest Albums of All-Time': # 139
Rolling Stone: '100 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)'': # 13
Tracks: "Beautiful Day" - "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" - "Elevation" - "Walk On" - "Kite" - "In A Little While" - "Wild Honey" - "Peace On Earth" - "When I Look At The World" - "New York" - "Grace"

U2 - 'The Best Of 1990 - 2000'

The Best Of 1990 - 2000 / B-Sides
The Best Of 1990 - 2000

Released: November 5, 2002
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 3
Billboard #1: Internet Albums
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: B-
Tracks: "Even Better Than The Real Thing" - "Mysterious Ways" - "Beautiful Day" - "Electrical Storm" (William Orbit Mix) - "One" - "Miss Sarajevo" - "Stay (Faraway, So Close)" - "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" - "Gone" (New Mix) - "Until The End Of The World" - "The Hands That Built America" - "Discotheque" (New Mix) - "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" - "Staring At The Sun" (New Mix) - "Numb" (New Mix) - "The First Time"
B-Sides: "Lady With The Spinning Head" (Extended Dance Mix) - "Dirty Day" (Junk Day Mix) - "Summer Rain" - "Electrical Storm" - "North And South Of The River" - "Your Blue Room" - "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" (The Gun Mix) - "Salome" (Zooromancer Remix) - "Even Better Than The Real Thing" (The Perfecto Mix) - "Numb" (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix) - "Mysterious Ways" (Solar Plexus Club Mix) - "If God Will Send His Angels" (Big Yam Mix) - "Lemon" (Jeep Mix) - "Discotheque" (Hexidecimal Mix)

U2 - 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb'

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Released: November 23, 2004
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 1 week)
Billboard #1: Internet Albums
Grammy Winner: Album of the Year, Best Rock Album
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: B
Rolling Stone: '100 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)'': # 68
Tracks: "Vertigo" - "Miracle Drug" - "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" - "Love And Peace Or Else" - "City Of Blinding Lights" - "All Because Of You" - "A Man And A Woman" - "Crumbs From Your Table" - "One Step Closer" - "Original Of The Species" - "Yaweh"

U2 - 'U218 Singles'

U218 Singles

Released: November 17, 2006
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 12
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: B-
Tracks: "Beautiful Day" - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" - "With Or Without You" - "Vertigo" - "New Years Day" - "Mysterious Ways" - "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" - "Where The Streets Have No Name" - "The Sweetest Thing" - "Sunday Bloody Sunday" - "One" - "Desire" - "Walk On" - "" - "Elevation" - "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" - "The Saints Are Coming" (with Green Day) - "Window In The Skies"

U2 - 'No Line On The Horizon'

No Line On The Horizon

Released: March 3, 2009
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 1 week)
Billboard #1: Rock Albums, Alternative Albums, Internet Albums, Digital Albums
Rolling Stone: 5 stars from Rolling Stone- Entertainment Weekly: A-
Rolling Stone: '100 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)'': # 36
Tracks: "No Line On The Horizon" - "Magnificent" - "Moment Of Surrender" - "Unknown Caller" - "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" - "Get On Your Boots" - "Stand Up Comedy" - "FEZ-Being Born" - "White As Snow" - "Breathe" - "Cedars Of Lebanon"

U2 - 'Songs Of The Innocence'

Songs Of Innocence

Released: September 9, 2014
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 9
Billboard #1: Alternative Albums
Grammy Nominee: Best Rock Album
Tracks: "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" - "Every Breaking Wave" - "California (There Is No End To Love)" - "Song For Someone" - "Iris (Hold Me Close)" - "Volcano" - "Raised By Wolves" - "Cedarwood Road" - "Sleep Like A Baby Tonight" - "This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now" - "The Troubles"

U2 - 'Songs Of Experience'

Songs Of Experience

Released: December 1, 2017
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 1 week)
Billboard #1: Album Sales, Rock Albums, Alternative Albums, Internet Albums
Tracks: "Love Is All We Have Left" - "LIghts Of Home" - "You're The Best Thing About Me" - "Get Out Of Your Own Way" - "American Soul" - "Red Flag Day" - "The Showman (Little More Better)" - "The Little Things That Give You Away" - "Landlady" - "The Blackout" - "Love Is Bigger THan Anything In Its Way" - "13 (There Is A Light)"

U2 - 'Songs Of Surrender'

Songs Of Surrender

Released: March 17, 2023
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 5
Billboard #1: Album Sales, Rock Albums, Alternative Albums
Tracks: "One" - "Where The Streets Have No Name" - "Stories For Boys" - "Walk On (Ukraine)" - "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" - "City Of Blinding Lights" - "Ordinary Love" - "Invisible" - "Vertigo" - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - "The Fly" - "If God Will Send His Angels" - "Stay (Faraway, So Close)" - "Sunday Bloody Sunday" - "I Will Follow" - "40"


POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY
[based on RockOnTheNet's The ARC Weekly Top 40

 
1 With Or Without You

from the LP The Joshua Tree
ARC chart run: 32 - 22 - 12 - 8 - 4 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 8 - 19 - 34 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 1
Billboard # 1: Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay, Album Rock Tracks
MTV VMA Winner: Viewer's Choice
MTV VMA Nominee: Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Overall Performance
Rolling Stone & MTV: '100 Greatest Pop Songs': # 8
VH1: '100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years': # 21
VH1: '100 Greatest Songs of the 80's': # 13
1(3) 13 1987 U2 - "With Or Without You" (Single)
2 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

from the LP The Joshua Tree
ARC chart run: 34 - 24 - 14 - 8 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 5 - 12 - 27 - 32 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 6
Billboard # 1: Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay
Grammy Nominee: Record of the Year, Song of the Year
MTV VMA Nominee Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best Concept Video
1(3) 13 1987 U2 - "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (Single)
3 Beautiful Day

from the LP
All That You Can't Leave Behind
ARC chart run: 36 - 30 - 27 - 24 - 21 - 19 - 18 - 14 - 10 - 7 - 6 - 4 - 4 - 6 - 13 - 27 - 34 - 38 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 36
RIAA Certification: Gold
Billboard # 1: Dance Music Club Play
Grammy Winner: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
MTV VMA Nominee: Video of the Year, Best Group Video
Rolling Stone: '100 Best Songs of the Decade (2000-2009)': # 9
4 18 2001 U2 - "Beautiful Day" (Single)
4 One

from the LP Achtung Baby
ARC chart run: 38 - 27 - 20 - 16 - 15 - 12 - 8 - 6 - 4 - 6 - 12 - 20 - 27 - 32 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 48
Billboard # 1: Modern Rock Tracks, Album Rock Tracks
Rolling Stone: '500 Greatest Songs of All-Time': # 36
Rolling Stone: 'The 100 Top Music Videos': # 99
VH1: '100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years': # 5
VH1: '100 Greatest Songs of the 90's': # 2
4 14 1992 U2 - "One" (Single)
5 Mysterious Ways

from the LP Achtung Baby
ARC chart run: 30 - 20 - 15 - 12 - 11 - 10 - 9 - 7 - 6 - 6 - 11 - 18 - 23 - 33 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 52
Billboard # 1: Modern Rock Tracks, Album Rock Tracks
Rolling Stone: 'The 100 Top Music Videos': # 76
6 14 1992 U2 - "Mysterious Ways" (Single)
6 Desire

from the LP
Rattle & Hum
ARC chart run: 28 - 20 - 15 - 12 - 8 - 6 - 2 - 1 - 4 - 12 - 23 - 37 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 33
RIAA Certification: Gold
Billboard # 1: Album Rock Tracks, Modern Rock Tracks
Grammy Winner: Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
1(1) 12 1988 U2 - "Desire" (Single)
7 Staring At The Sun

from the LP Pop
ARC chart run: 37 - 27 - 20 - 15 - 11 - 8 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 7 - 13 - 22 - 30 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 53
Billboard # 1: Modern Rock Tracks
4 13 1997 U2 - "Staring At The Sun" (Single)
8 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

from the Batman Forever soundtrack
ARC chart run: 39 - 30 - 22 - 17 - 15 - 13 - 12 - 10 - 12 - 20 - 32 - 36 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 77
Billboard # 1: Modern Rock Tracks, Album Rock Tracks
Grammy Nominee: Best Rock Song, Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
MTV VMA Nominee: Best Video from a Film
10 12 1995 U2 - "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" (Single)
9 Vertigo

from the LP
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
ARC chart run: 39 - 35 - 32 - 30 - off - 39 - 35 - 28 - 26 - 23 - 20 - 18 - 18 - 26 - 27 - 30 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 73
RIAA Certification: Gold
Billboard # 1: Digital Tracks, Modern Rock Tracks
Grammy Winner: Best Music Video, Short Form, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
MTV VMA Nominee: Best Group Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography, Breakthrough Video
18 15 2004 U2 - "Vertigo" (Single)
10 Theme From "Mission: Impossible"
[Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen]

from the
Mission: Impossible soundtrack
ARC chart run: 34 - 25 - 10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 11 - 27 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 77
Grammy Nominee: Best Pop Instrumental Performance
MTV VMA Nominee: Best Video from a Film
6 9 1996 Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen - "Theme From "Mission: Impossible" (Single)
11 Where The Streets Have No Name

from the LP The Joshua Tree
ARC chart run: 35 - 27 - 20 - 17 - 10 - 7 - 6 - 16 - 29 - 38 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 100
Grammy Winner: Best Performance Music Video
MTV VMA Nominee Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best Stage Performance Video
VH1: '100 Greatest Music Videos Ever Made': # 62
VH1: '100 Greatest Videos': # 94
6 10 1987 U2 - "Where The Streets Have No Name" (Single)
12 Angel Of Harlem

from the LP Rattle & Hum
ARC chart run: 39 - 29 - 24 - 18 - 16 - 12 - 9 - 21 - 33 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 124
Billboard # 1: Album Rock Tracks
Grammy Nominee: Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
9 9 1989 U2 - "Angel Of Harlem (Single)
13 Discotheque

from the LP Pop
ARC chart run: 40 - 30 - 25 - 19 - 13 - 10 - 8 - 18 - 27 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 98
RIAA Certification: Gold
8 9 1997 U2 - "Discotheque" (Single)
14 Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of

from the LP All That You Can't Leave Behind
ARC chart run: 37 - 34 - 31 - 28 - 25 - 22 - 19 - 18 - 22 - 30 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 109
Billboard # 1: Modern Rock Tracks, Dance Music Club Play, Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales
Grammy Winner: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Grammy Nominee: Song of the Year
18 10 2001 U2 - "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" (Single)
15 Even Better Than The Real Thing

from the LP Achtung Baby
ARC chart run: 38 - 34 - 28 - 23 - 19 - 16 - 13 - 17 - 31 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 112
Billboard # 1: Album Rock Tracks
MTV VMA Winner: Best Group Video, Best Special Effects
MTV VMA Nominee: Best Editing
13 9 1992 U2 - "Even Better Than The Real Thing" (Single)
16 Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own

from the LP How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
ARC chart run: 40 - 37 - 33 - 29 - 27 - 24 - 22 - 20 - 32 - 34 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 113
Grammy Winner: Song of the Year, Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
20 10 2005 U2 - "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" (Single)
17 Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

from the LP from
Achtung Baby
ARC chart run: 37 - 29 - 27 - 23 - 21 - 18 - 36 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 134
18 7 1993 U2 - "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" (Single)
18 The Sweetest Thing

from the LP U2 The Best of 1980-1990
ARC chart run: 39 - 32 - 28 - 27 - 27 - 23 - 33 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 132
23 7 1998 U2 - "The Sweetest Thing" (Single)
19 Pride (In The Name Of Love)

from The Unforgettable Fire
ARC chart run: 39 - 35 - 32 - 29 - 26 - 39 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 165
MTV VMA Nominee: Best Group Video
VH1: '100 Greatest Songs of the 80's': # 38
26 6 1984 U2 - "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" (Single)
20 Walk On

from the LP All That You Can't Leave Behind
ARC chart run: 39 - 38 - 34 - 31 - 29 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 141
Grammy Winner: Record of the Year
Grammy Nominee: Best Rock Song, Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
29 5 2001 U2 - "Walk On" (Single)
21 Numb

from the LP Zooropa
ARC chart run: 37 - 34 - 29 - 25 - 23 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 170
23 5 1993 U2 - "Numb" (Single)
22 All I Want Is You

from the LP
Rattle & Hum and Reality Bites soundtrack
ARC chart run: 37 - 35 - 32 - 29 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 182
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23 Last Night On Earth

from the LP Pop
ARC chart run: 40 - 31 - 28 - 25 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 171
25 4 1997 U2 - "Last Night On Earth" (Single)
24 Stay (Faraway, So Close)

from the LP Zooropa
ARC chart run: 38 - 33 - 31 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 196
31 3 1994 U2 - "Stay (Faraway, So Close)" (Single)
25 In God's Country

from the LP The Joshua Tree
ARC chart run: 39 - 35 - 32 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 202
32 3 1988 U2 - "In God's Country" (Single)
26 Electrical Storm

from the LP The Best Of 1990 - 2000
ARC chart run: 39 - 35 - 30 - 27 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 172
27 4 2002 U2 - "Electrical Storm" (Single)
27 The Fly

from the LP Achtung Baby
ARC chart run: 36 - 31 - 28 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 200
Billboard # 1: Modern Rock Tracks
28 3 1991 U2 - "The Fly" (Single)
28 Elevation

from the LP All That You Can't Leave Behind
ARC chart run: 39 - 37 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 180
Grammy Winner: Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
Grammy Nominee: Best Rock Song
MTV VMA Nominee: Best Video from a Film, Best Special Effects, Best Editing
37 2 2001 U2 - "Elevation" (Single)
29 Lemon

from the LP Zooropa
ARC chart run: 37 - 34 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 199
Billboard # 1: Dance Music Club Play
34 2 1993 U2 - "Lemon" (Single)
30 The Saints Are Coming
[U2 & Green Day]

from the LP
U218 Singles
ARC chart run: 39 - 36 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 156
Grammy Nominee: Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
MTV VMA Nominee: Most Earthshattering Collaboration
36 2 2006 U2 & Green Day - "The Saints Are Coming " (Single)
31 New Year's Day

from the LP
War
ARC chart run: 38 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 227
38 1 1983 U2 - "New Years Day" (Single)
 
  Another Day

** ** 1980 U2 - "Another Day" (Single)
  11 O'Clock Tick Tock

** ** 1980 U2 - "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" (Single)
  A Day Without Me

from the LP Boy
** ** 1980 U2 - "A Day Without Me" (Single)
  Fire

from the LP October
** ** 1981 U2 - "Fire" (Single)
  Gloria

from the LP October
** ** 1981 U2 - "Gloria" (Single)
  Two Hearts Beat As One

from the LP War
** ** 1983 U2 - "Two Hearts Beat As One" (Single)
  Sunday Bloody Sunday

from the LP War
MTV: '100 Greatest Videos Ever Made': #
93
** ** 1983 U2 - "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (Single)
  I Will Follow

from the LP Boy and Under A Blood Red Sky
** ** 1984 U2 - "I Will Follow" (Single)
  The Unforgettable Fire

from The Unforgettable Fire
** ** 1985 U2 - "The Unforgettable Fire" (Single)
  Bad

from the LP Wide Awake In America
** ** 1985 U2 - "Bad" (Single)
  One Tree Hill

from
The Joshua Tree
** ** 1988 U2 - "One Tree Hill" (Single)
  When Love Comes To Town
[U2 with B.B. King]

from the LP
Rattle & Hum
Grammy Nominee: Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
MTV VMA Winner: Best Video from a Film
** ** 1989 U2 - "When Love Comes To Town" (Single)
  Until The End Of The World

from the LP Achtung Baby
** ** 1992 U2 - "Until The End Of The World" (Single)
  Miss Sarajevo

from the LP
Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1
** ** 1995 U2 - "Miss Sarajevo" (Single)
  Please

from the LP Pop
** ** 1997 U2 - "Please" (Single)
  If God Will Send His Angels

from the LP Pop
** ** 1997 U2 - "If God Will Send His Angels" (Single)
  Mofo

from the LP Pop
** ** 1997 U2 - "Mofo" (Single)
  The Hands That Built America

from the Gangs Of New York soundtrack
Grammy Nominee: Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
** ** 2003 U2 - "The Hands That Built America" (Single)
  All Because Of You

from the LP How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
** ** 2005 U2 - "All Because Of You" (Single)
  City Of Blinding Lights

from the LP How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Grammy Winner: Best Rock Song
** ** 2005 U2 - "City Of Blinding Lights" (Single)
  One
[Mary J. Blige & U2]

from the Mary J. Blige LP The Breakthrough
Grammy Nominee: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
** ** 2006 Mary J. Blige - "One" (Single)
  Window In The Skies

from the LP U218 Singles
Billboard # 1: Adult Alternative Songs
Grammy Nominee: Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
** ** 2006 U2 - "Window In The Skies" (Single)
  Get On Your Boots

from the LP
No Line On The Horizon
Billboard # 1: Adult Alternative Songs
** ** 2009 U2 - "Get On Your Boots" (Single)
  Magnificent

from the LP
No Line On The Horizon
** ** 2009 U2 - "Magnificent" (Single)
  I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight

from the LP
No Line On The Horizon
Grammy Nominee: Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Best Rock Song
** ** 2009 U2 - "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" (Single)
  Moment Of Surrender

from the LP
No Line On The Horizon
Rolling Stone: '100 Best Songs of the Decade (2000-2009)': # 36
** ** 2009 U2 - "Moment Of Surrender" (Single)
  Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)
[Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna]

from the
Hope For Haiti compilation
** ** 2010 Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna - "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour" (Single)
  The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)

from the LP
Songs Of Innocence
Billboard # 1: Adult Alternative Songs
** ** 2014 U2 - "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" (Single)
  Every Breaking Wave

from the LP
Songs Of Innocence
** ** 2014 U2 - "Every Breaking Wave" (Single)
  Song For Someone

from the LP
Songs Of Innocence
** ** 2015 U2 - "Song For Someone" (Single)
  You're The Best Thing About Me

from the LP
Songs Of Experience
Billboard # 1: Adult Alternative Songs
** ** 2017 U2 - "You're The Best Thing About Me" (Single)
  Get Out Of Your Own Way

from the LP
Songs Of Experience
** ** 2017 U2 - "Get Out Of Your Own Way" (Single)
  Atomic City

from the
digital download
Billboard # 1: Adult Alternative Songs
** ** 2017 U2 - "Atomic City" (Single)
 
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