There have been many successful U2 albums in the group’s long history. The Irish band formed in 1976 and have over twenty Grammys to show for their work. Their sound has been called alternative rock or just plain rock and roll. Lead singer Bono and guitarist The Edge headline the group, which was ranked No. 22 by Billboard on a list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. With over 150 million records sold worldwide, U2 is one of the most commercially successful bands in history.
- "War" This album came out in 1983 and was the third album released by U2. Because of the state of the world the band decided to make a statement by using “War” as the title of the album. It climbed as high as No. 12 on the US charts. The most successful songs on the album were “New Year’s Day” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” both of which reached the top 10 on the US charts.
- "The Unforgettable Fire" This U2 album was released in 1984 and nearly cracked the top 10 in the United States. It did, however. hit No. 1 in the UK. The hit “Pride (In the Name of Love)" is the best work on the album and is one of the band’s greatest songs. “Bad” and “Wire” are two other great songs on the album.
- "The Joshua Tree" This Grammy-winning 1987 album was a smash success and helped the band grow in popularity. The album reached the top of the Billboard charts and featured two number one US hits in “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” The Edge’s guitar playing is first rate and Bono’s unique voice helped drive this album up the charts.
- "Rattle and Hum" This U2 album was released in 1988 and hit the top spot on Billboard. The most successful songs on the album were the Grammy-winning “Desire,” as well as “Angel of Harlem,” both of which reached the top of the charts. The band also performed a cover of The Beatles hit “Helter Skelter” on the album.
- "Achtung Baby" Released in 1991, U2’s Grammy-winning seventh album also climbed all the way to the top of the US charts. “Mysterious Ways” and “One” were the best songs on the album, both charting high in the United States. "Rolling Stone" listed “One” as the 36th greatest song of all time. This album is one of the group’s best ever and was a critical success.