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Old 02-09-2007, 07:32 PM   #1
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Which albums do you listen to the most?

Can you rank the U2 albums you have listened to the most and the least? The ranking doesn't have to be a list of your favorite U2 albums. If you can, estimate the times you've listened to the album. I'm also including UABRS, the Best Ofs and U218 Singles.


1. Achtung Baby (500x)
2. The Joshua Tree (450x)
3. HTDAAB (250x)
4. The Unforgettable Fire (200x)
5. Zooropa (130x)
6. Rattle and Hum (120x)
7. Pop (110x)
8. The Best Of 1980-1990 (100x)
9. ATYCLB (80x)
10. War (60x)
11. Boy (50x)
12. October (40x)
13. The Best Of 1990-2000 (30x)
14. Under A Blood Red Sky (20x)
15. U218 Singles (5x)
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1. Zooropa(500x)
2. Achtung Baby(200x)
3. ATYCLB (100x)
4. POP (50x)
5. The Unforgettable fire (30x)
6. The Joshua tree (20x)
7. Rattle and Hum (15)
8. October (15x)
9. War (10x)
10. Boy (10x)
11. HTDAAB (0x)
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1. The Unforgettable Fire (by an absolute mile; what an album!)
2. The Joshua Tree
3. An unofficial collection of pre-Boy demos and eighties b-sides I have
4. Passengers
5. Boy
6. Under A Blood Red Sky
7. Best Of 1980-1990
8. October
9. War
10. Zooropa
11. Wide Awake In America
12. Pop
13. Best Of 1990-2000
14. Rattle And Hum
15. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
16. Achtung Baby
17. All That You Can't Leave Behind
1,000,000. U218 (precisely zero times)
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11. HTDAAB (0x)
That explains a lot.

I have no idea how many times I've heard each one, but here's how I'd rank them, with serious approximations of how many times I've heard them:

1. Achtung Baby (75 times)
2. Zooropa (70 times)
3. HTDAAB (55 times)
4. Joshua Tree (45 times)
5. Pop (40 times)
6. Unforgettable Fire (30 times)
7. Boy (25-30 times)
8. War (25 times)
9. ATYCLB (20-25 times)
10. Rattle & Hum (15 times)
11. October (10 times)
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:17 PM   #5
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I almost never listen to albums straight through. Everything's on the iPod or iTunes, so it's pretty much playlists and random mixes.

Since I've been a fan since 1983, I'm sure the hits of Boy, War, Unforgettable Fire and Joshua Tree are way up there for overall listens. I couldn't quantify it, but I've listened to those songs so many times over the years.

In the past couple of years, the majority of songs have been from HTDAAB or whichever of the dozens of concerts from different eras I have on iTunes and the iPod. So HTDAAB, the most common concert songs, and, oh, I play my U2 rarities playlist an awful lot.

My most listened to U2 songs in iTunes are Window In The Skies, City of Blinding Lights, Stay, Stuck In A Moment (acoustic), When Will I See You Again from Notre Dame, Miss Sarajevo, Yahweh, All I Want Is You and Elevation (Influx Mix), if that gives you any idea.
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:23 PM   #6
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11. HTDAAB (0x)
That's why your statements about this album are always so... inconstant...
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let me clarify....I rapidly replied to this thread without actually reading it

anyway I thought it was about how much we "presently" listen to those albums.. I haven't listened to HTDAAB in about a year..
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I haven't listened to HTDAAB in about a year..
Once again, that explains a lot.

I've listened to HTDAAB twice today.
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Once again, that explains a lot.

I've listened to HTDAAB twice today.
not really.. I've listened to HTDAAB enough times[most of 2005]
to be able to say that it sucks
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1. Achtung Baby (500x)
2. Pop (450x)
3. Zooropa (400x)
4. The Joshua Tree (399x)
5. ATYCLB (200x)
6. The Unforgettable Fire (180x)
7. HTDAAB (150x)
8. Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1 (100X)
9. Rattle and Hum (80x)
10. War (60x)
11. The Best Of 1980-1990 (for the B-sides)(50x)
12. War (50x)
13. Boy (50x)
14. October (40x)
15. The Best Of 1990-2000 (10x)
16. Under A Blood Red Sky (5x)
17. U218 Singles (0x)
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1. Boy (300x)
2. War (250x)
3. The Unforgettable Fire (210x)
4. The Joshua Tree (200x)
5. Pop (100x)
6. Wide Awake In America (90x)
7. October (80x)
8. HTDAAB (60x)
9. ATYCLB (55x)
10. Achtung Baby (45x)
11. Zooropa (35x)
12. Under A Blood Red Sky (30x)
13. Rattle And Hum (25x)
14. Passengers (20x)
15. Best of 80-90 (15x)
16. Best of 90-10 (4x)
17. U218 (0x)

Who the hell knows how many x but atleast the order is somewhat correct
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I have absolutely no idea how to rank these in a "to-truth" way. My U2 listening is usually pretty random.

If I had to venture a guess though, I'd say ATYCLB is my most listened-to. Achtung Baby is probably second, and The Joshua Tree third.

After that I really don't know.

But October and War are probalby my two least listened-to albums.
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Old 02-10-2007, 02:14 PM   #13
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mine would be something like:

1. achtung/atyclb
2. zooropa
3. htdaab
4. pop
5. jt
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x. war
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1.War(100x)
2.Joshua Tree(85x)
3.Achtung Baby(75x)
4.HTDAAB(50x)
5.The Best Of 1990-2000(45x)
6.Under a Blood Red Sky(30x)
7.Wide Awake in America(25x)
8.POP(20x)
9.Boy(15x)
10.October(8x)
11.Rattle and Hum(5x)
12.ATYCLB(Only one time and it was enough )
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:16 PM   #15
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Pop - eleventy billion times
All the other albums - less than eleventy billion times



I've probably listened to HTDAAB least, just because it's the most recent and I've had the other albums longer... though I didn't get War and Boy for a long time, and I don't listen to War straight through often.

I haven't even listened to U218 Singles once. don't see a point. I just bought it because I'm a bit of a completist when it comes to U2.
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My most listened-to albums:

1. Pop
2. ATYCLB
3. Achtung Baby
4. Rattle n Hum
5. Zooropa
6. The Joshua Tree

7. The rest!

something like that.
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1. Achtung Baby (500+ times)
2. Zooropa (500+ times)
3. The Joshua Tree ( 500+ times)
4. Pop (200+ times)
5. Rattle and Hum(100)
6. The Unforgettable Fire (80)
7. ATYCLB (30)
8. Atomic Bomb (10)
9. War ( 5 times)
10. Boy ( 3 times)
11. October ( 3 times)
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Old 02-10-2007, 10:06 PM   #18
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My most listened-to albums:

1. Pop
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This is a tough question, because now having aged more than 20 years after having bought my first U2-album (THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE), time in my life is more restricted than ever. So unfortunately there is a growing loss of ability listening to albums again and again - which was kind of normal in the days of good ol' records, before you could easily "skip" certain tracks of your digital data like today. I do miss these days kind of "fighting" with an album, by the way...

1. THE JOSHUA TREE
still is an album sounding perfect. On tape or MD I do listen to it in its entirety. "You can't kill poetry" Bono told us a few weeks ago in Auckland, while performing the album's center song "One Tree Hill". And he is right...

2. ACHTUNG BABY
turned it all around, as you all know. But it also turned it around for myself in having to get used to new sounds, a new decade. First I was shocked (and honesty still I am, when the band crashed in with "Zoo Station" or "The Fly" 2005/06), then I loved it after having learned the album, and what the band needed to stay hungry.

3. POP
is an album, that is so underrated these days - by the band and many fans. This is kind of a shame, because it is neither a mistake nor it needs to be re-recorded. As any U2-album it is a state of its time - and '97 U2 recorded this timeless piece of art: brilliant songs, challenging sounds. It's a whole unit, a statement, a sketch; it touches the heart and is not on the surface at all.

4. HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB
finally got away from the super-radio-friendly production of its predecessor; it even has the better tunes, sounds - and is the 4th masterpiece you can listen to as a unit. No failures (except perhaps having erased "Mercy" from the final track list), just differences, just emotions - wow!

5. THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE
was my first step in U2's world, which has somehow become mine too over the 23 years now. Strange, but true. Songs like "The Unforgettable Fire", "A Sort Of Homecoming" and the more obvious classics ("Bad", Bride) still belong to the best, U2 have ever recorded - please play more from this brilliant album on your next tour!

6. BOY
is an album, that still sounds fresh, perfect. A great collection of songs on the debut - and it was a more than welcome decision to play a kind of mini-BOY set on the 2005 legs of the tour.

7. UNDER A BLOOD RED SKY
belongs to the U2 albums, I also did/do listen to in its entirety. On the other hand it is not a complete concert, only a quick view inside the live atmosphere, the band once had - and might have lost in way, looking at the innocence & spirit of these early days.

8. RATTLE AND HUM
is an affair with dark & bright sides. Now, nearly 20 years after being released, I really have lost interest in the live versions, that do sound dated and surely are by far not the best versions, U2 performed in the JOSHUA times. And the choice of the live tunes is also to discuss. Apart from this compromise, the then new tracks are perfect, fresh sounding - and still belong to the best on the oeuvre. Here too there is a kind of hope, U2 might rediscover tunes like "God Part II" for their live shows.

9. ZOOROPA
Now we enter the field of albums, I do skip certain tunes regularly. Here there are "Daddy" & "Wanderer", where I donÄt like the production and the sound (not the songs/lyrics, I do appreciate). On the other hand you get gems and the sketch of a fast recorded, kind of spontaneous album. Nice, more than that. Yes, my Irish mates, you didn't need always 3-4 years for a new album...

10. ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND
is way of overrated in my ears & eyes. The production of radio friendly hit singles does overshadow the whole album - and so the otherwise genius duett Eno & Lanois didn't achieve another masterpiece. I guess. sadly, because live some of these tunes ("Kite", "Stuck", "Walk On") lift off and show their grandness. Oh, and I fear "Beautiful Day" will become a new staple like "Pride" - don't play it to death, folks.

The other albums have their magical moments & songs, but don't belong to the Top Ten above. I just point out the highlights:

OCTOBER should be appreciated more. There is not only "Gloria". Take "Tomorrow", "I Fall Down" or the breathtaking "October" itself - and you know, what I mean. The record should be represented more often in the next concerts, I do hope. Yes, Bono & Co.: Also younger fans would have the chance to redicover this album, too.

WAR has become represented by the trilogy - but there is much more. Take the rocking "Two Hearts" or the brilliant piece "Drowning Man" - man, how I would live to see it performed on the B-stage...

WIDE AWAKE IN AMERICA is nice, but short. But "Love Comes Tumbling" still belongs to the best ones, as does the re-worked live version of "A Sort Of Homecoming".

PASSENGERS OST 1 is an experiment, even a laugh. But "Miss Sarajewo" and "Your Blue Room" are masterpieces, no doubt.

MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL doesn't do more for me; some nice tunes, mostly very laid back and a joke at the end. "Ground Beneath Her Feet" is beautiful, in its studio & live versions.

BEST OF 1980-90
BEST OF 1990-00
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are not, what I needed - but I do appreciate the "new" songs on these albums. The last example with "Saints" & the magical "Window In The Skies" dong the most for me. Keep "Window" in the set lists, folks - it will become a live favourite...
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Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa
Joshua Tree
War
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Passengers
Rattle and Hum
Unforgettable Fire
Boy
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