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U2 ended the decade as arguably its most important band. Certainly they carried themselves with a self-importance that pointed up their serious intentions towards world issues and their own evolution in sound. This non-chronological collection of hits and integral album tracks represents a powerful look into their stylistic versatility and emotional gravitas. “Pride (In the Name of Love)” stands as a towering anthemic opener, bursting with layers of shimmering, chiming guitars and Bono’s trademark yawp that leaps from centerstage to the back of the arena without losing nuance or impact. Even on the group’s most reflective moments, Bono serves grand dynamics. “Bad” is heartwrenching. “All I Want is You” longs with a somber hangover. While the obvious hits — “New Year’s Day,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” — are wrapped in gorgeous production details that capture a band that understood the beauty of recordmaking as well as the need to speak the truth as they viewed it. Pompous? Grandiose? Perhaps. But also, great fun and only the first step in their musical journey.

Customer Reviews


One of the most influential bands of all time putting it in one album. This album never gets old, i can listen to it anywhere anytime and it will be incredible. I love it! It's perfect!


this is unbeileivable. the genre thingy shouldn't even say should say incredible or perfect or amazing[ly good]

U2: The Best of 1980 - 1990 - B Sides

guys, can we get the B-sides please? There are a lot of great songs there.


Formed: 1976 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Through a combination of zealous righteousness and post-punk experimentalism, U2 became one of the most popular rock & roll bands in the world -- equally known for their sweeping sound as for their grandiose statements about politics and religion. The Edge provided the group with a signature sound by creating sweeping sonic landscapes with his heavily processed, echoed guitars. Though the Edge's style wasn't conventional, the rhythm section of Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton played the songs...
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