10. Boy (1980)
U2’s debut album is possibly their most underrated. Sure, it’s low on all-time hits. In fact, “I Will Follow” is really the only one that would stand out to casual fans. Nonetheless, the album is quite good. “Out of Control” is a hidden gem.
9. Zooropa (1993)
This album was a major shift for the band as they headed into experimental territory. Nonetheless, it was U2’s more moderate tracks that standout the most. “The First Time” and “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” are excellent.
8. Rattle and Hum (1988)
Unfortunately, “Rattle and Hum” is often associated with a negatively viewed and somewhat pedantic movie. That aside, the album is awfully good. “Desire” is the hit that stands out to most fans, but “Angel of Harlem” is its superior. “All I Want Is You” closes the album in a brilliant, but heart-wrenching way.
7. The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
“The Unforgettable Fire” is really the first instance were we get to see what is now modern U2. The album is amazing top to bottom, with few poor tracks. Obviously, “Pride (In the Name of Love)” was the breakout hit, but “Bad” and “MLK” are of the same high quality.
6. Pop (1997)
As the band headed into the new millennium, they began to embrace their roots, and that was as a kick-ass rock band. On “Pop,” you’ll find some of U2’s hardest hitting tracks. “Gone” is remarkably underrated and “Wake Up Dead Man” has finally gotten its due.
5. How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004)
This one gets a lot of hate, and I’m still not exactly sure why. Sure, there is really no timeless hit aside from the uber-overrated “Vertigo.” That being said, nearly every track is extremely solid. The sound is perfectly polished, which is a good thing in this case.
4. War (1983)
As the 1980’s continued, U2 began to really refine the early form of their signature sound. “War” was a major step in this direction, showing that they could transition from indie club rock to the mainstream. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day” were the classics from this album, but “40” is excellent as well.
3. All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
In the year 2000 (you’re welcome Conan), U2 turned in not only one of their best albums, but one of the finest of the entire decade. “Beautiful Day” is obviously the headliner, but the entire album is chalked full of hits.
2. Achtung Baby (1991)
What a difference four years made for U2. The band went pop, but it was a strange, funky version of pop music. Top to bottom, the album is amazing, but “One” song stands out amongst the others. Seriously, people stop playing this song at weddings. It’s a break-up song.
1. The Joshua Tree (1987)
While U2 wouldn’t hit their peak in popularity until the 1990’s, “The Joshua Tree” cemented them as a band on the rise. As many others on this countdown, the album expertly fused their indie roots and mainstream rock. The entire runtime is chalked with hits, but “With or Without You” is timeless.