Tuesday 5/10/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: U2 Top 30 Hits

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). Initially rooted in post-punk, U2’s musical style has evolved throughout their career, yet has maintained an anthemic quality built on Bono’s expressive vocals and the Edge’s chiming, effects-based guitar sounds. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal and sociopolitical themes. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.

The band was formed when the members were teenaged pupils of Mount Temple Comprehensive School and had limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album, Boy (1980). Subsequent work such as their first UK number-one album, War (1983), and the singles “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Pride (In the Name of Love)” helped establish U2’s reputation as a politically and socially conscious group. By the mid-1980s, they had become renowned globally for their live act, highlighted by their performance at Live Aid in 1985. The group’s fifth album, The Joshua Tree (1987), made them international superstars and was their greatest critical and commercial success. Topping music charts around the world, it produced their only number-one singles in the US to date: “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.

U2 have released 14 studio albums and are one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold an estimated 150–170 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and social justice causes, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child, and Music Rising.

1 – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me – 1995
2 – Discothèque – 1997
3 – The Fly – 1991
4 – With or Without You – 1987
5 – Desire – 1988
6 – Beautiful Day – 2000
7 – Vertigo – 2004
8 – Sweetest Thing – 1998
9 – Mysterious Ways – 1991
10 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – 1987
11 – Stay (Faraway, So Close!) – 1993
12 – The Saints Are Coming (with Green Day) – 2006
13 – Even Better Than the Real Thing – 1992
14 – Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses – 1992
15 – Electrical Storm – 2002
16 – Staring at the Sun – 1997
17 – Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of – 2001
18 – Get On Your Boots – 2009
19 – Please – 1997
20 – Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own – 2005
21 – One – 1992
22 – Elevation – 2001
23 – Last Night on Earth – 1997
24 – Walk On – 2001
25 – Angel of Harlem – 1988
26 – Pride (In the Name of Love) – 1984
27 – Window in the Skies – 2007
28 – When Love Comes to Town (with B.B. King) – 1989
29 – City of Blinding Lights – 2005
30 – Where the Streets Have No Name – 1987