U2

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2005

Inducted by: Bruce Springsteen

Nominated in: 2005

First Eligible: 2005 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2005 (ranked #22) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Boy (1980)
War (1983)
Under a Blood Red Sky (1983)
The Joshua Tree (1987)
Achtung Baby (1991)
All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000)
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
I Will Follow (1980)
New Year's Day (1983)
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983)
Pride (In the Name of Love) (1984)
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (1987)
Where The Streets Have No Names (1987)
With Or Without You (1987)
Desire (1988)
One (1991)
Mysterious Ways (1991)
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (1995)
Beautiful Day (2000)
Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of (2000)
Elevation (2000)
Vertigo (2004)

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53 comments so far (post your own)

Eat it U2. You suck.

Posted by Bruno on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 01:07am


hey bruno.

u have 2 bow down to them 22 grammys & they got in first year of elidgblitiy

Posted by martin on Friday, 03.23.07 @ 04:24am


Always been a fan of U2 and they probably deserved induction, but I think a bit overrated. Without Bono (the very charismatic lead singer), they have no chance.

Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 07.6.07 @ 22:04pm


"Always been a fan of U2 and they probably deserved induction, but I think a bit overrated."

Do you mean always in a literal sense? Because every album past Zooroopa is shit.

Posted by liam on Friday, 11.23.07 @ 14:59pm


No, actually not literal sense, as I prefer most of the "older" stuff

Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 11.23.07 @ 19:30pm


U2 is good band. They have written many good songs. But when Bonn MOno BOONO what ever the hell that Hippies name is, trys to sing like a god, he just makes a fool of himself. "I CAN FEEEEEUALLLLL FEEEEEEUAAAAAALLLLL LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLiur7y 08AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA CAUGH CAUGH! ANd that one song BEAUTIFUL DAY, well for crying out loud, when he sang that song in concert there was a Friken hurrican. Then later on he was seen smoking pot in a Joshua Tree. THen he tryed singing with greenday. What a shame. THen in OHioe he played with Eddie Vedder. Bono made a fool of him self. He could not keep up with Eddie. Mike McCreedy was runing cirlcs around bonos guiter player. What a mistake that was. Eddie says "I was just trying to be a nice guy, dident mean to Humiliate the guy, dident think he would shit jis pants" GET U2 OUT OF THE RRHF

Posted by OPOPP on Friday, 12.7.07 @ 21:11pm


U2 kicks ass

Posted by michael on Monday, 02.4.08 @ 07:44am


U2 kinda confuse me. They were a great band, but I don't think they were any better than many of their post-punk contemporaries.

For some reason, I keep comparing them with Echo & the Bunnymen. I think they were both probably on par as far as song-writing went. Echo could play their instruments better, except maybe The Edge could take Will Sergeant. And yet U2 sold like a bazillion records. It's sad, really. "Ocean Rain" is as good as "The Joshua Tree", and yet the latter went MASSIVE and still is.

Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 02.13.08 @ 18:25pm


Oh, and Ian McCulloch was (and is) the better singer by far.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 02.25.08 @ 18:46pm


Everything that sucks about U2 is because of Bono. Everything that rules about U2 is because of
The Edge.

Posted by denyo on Friday, 04.18.08 @ 08:21am


I just think they all let their egos get the better of them. Nothing from U2 after The Joshua Tree ruled :(

Posted by Liam on Friday, 04.18.08 @ 08:47am


Quite possibly the least important of all the big players in post-punk, and yet their among the first to be inducted. Surprised?

I'd want Joy Division, The Smiths, New Order, The Cure, The Replacements, Husker Du, Killing Joke, Gang of Four, Wire, Sioxsie & The Banshees, Public Image Ltd., The Fall, Television, Talking Heads, R.E.M. and Sonic Youth in before them for them having all made much, much bigger contributions to post-punk (and rock in general).

P.S. Bono really ain't much of a singer. Listen hard to The Joshua Tree and you'll hear him fail, fail and fail some more at his beloved Jim Morrisson. Nah, not as bad as Ian Curtis, but at least with Curtis it was actually interesting to listen to.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.19.08 @ 06:43am


U2 were at their greatest in the Joshua Tree/Achtung Baby eras. Their latest albums are kick-ass, but they're missing a little something, you know? Love U2, I think they deserved to be in the RRHF, though a couple of other artists could have deserved it a little more. U2 was going to get in anyway, waiting a year or two wouldn't have been too much to handle.

Posted by Milton on Saturday, 04.19.08 @ 14:37pm


Achtung Baby has filler on; War is by far U2's second best. How To Assemble An Atomic Bomb is "kick-ass"? You serious? It sucks ass, more like.

Like I already said, lots of post-punk groups contibuted more to music (and I can remember even more than those I listed), and not all of them decided to stick their dicks in cheap electronica, or become massive hypocrites.

Fear and Whickey > The Joshua Tree
Ocean Rain > The Joshua Tree
The Queen is Dead > The Joshua Tree
Daydream Nation > The Joshua Tree
Unknown Pleasures > The Joshua Tree
Power, Corruption & Lies > The Joshua Tree
Entertainment! > The Joshua Tree
The Scream > The Joshua Tree
Pink Flag > The Joshua Tree
Remain In Light > The Joshua Tree
Murmur > The Joshua Tree
Second Edition > The Joshua Tree
Killing Joke > The Joshua Tree
This Nation's Saving Grace > The Joshua Tree
Marquee Moon > The Joshua Tree
Let It Be > The Joshua Tree
Zen Arcade > The Joshua Tree

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 04.19.08 @ 15:28pm


Liam, I have most of those albums on my iPod and have probably heard all of them (there's like two that don't instantly ring a bell). Joshua Tree is still the best. album. ever.

U2's leverage comes in part due to their commercial success but perhaps moreso to do with their constant evolving. Out of all these acts, they have the most truly diverse catalog. I don't really know what makes one New Order, Husker Du or Wire album better than the rest.

But truly, when it does come to the hall, it really is the major label success that got R.E.M. and U2 in there. I'm sure 90% of the people that voted for Stipe and his cohorts have never listened to Reckoning.

Posted by Casper on Saturday, 04.19.08 @ 22:41pm


Liam, The correct title of the album is "How To DISMANTLE An Atomic Bomb.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 04.19.08 @ 23:20pm


Gonna have to disagree with your claim of The Joshua Tree being the best, Casper, especially not ever. Fear and Whiskey OWNS The Joshua Tree completely, and so do alot of other Mekons albums, most obviously The Mekons Rock N Roll. The Mekons generally kick U2's ass. So do lots of other albums I listed (I wanted to keep to 1 album per artist).

"Red Hill Mining Town" = Where's the skip button gone?!?!?!

U2 is constantly evolving? What, into more heinous crap? I'd take artisitic competence over artistic 'diversity' anyday of the week. If artistic diversity REALLY has ANYTHING to do with it, then why the hell isn't Beefheart in?



...and you honestly think that U2 are more diverse than The Fall? Explain.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 04.20.08 @ 01:43am


Aaron, that mistake was intentional....

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 04.20.08 @ 05:25am


wow-they are in the hall of fame????who's next the bunny rabbits?the joo joo flies?the sea monkeys?the sick deralicts?anyways peace all db...

Posted by dan barcan on Thursday, 05.8.08 @ 14:05pm


If U2 didn't make it in on the first year, then there should be no Hall of Fame. Of course, until Genesis, Yes, Jethro Tull and Rush get in, the the Hall loses a little bit of credibility bit by bit...

Posted by mike on Wednesday, 09.17.08 @ 18:11pm


No way these guys get in! Have you heard the stuff they've been putting out lately? That Green Day + U2 song was just not. very. good. The other day I saw Bono doing a duet with Mary J Blige. Then I saw him another hip-POP music video. What a joke!

oh waaiiit.

Posted by Oscar on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 18:37pm


U2's already been inducted.

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 10.2.08 @ 18:44pm


My dad used to be crazy about these guys and used to always sing beutiful day in the car (it was disturbing).

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 10.11.08 @ 17:05pm


What a wonderful band of musicians Of course Bono
is a true savor of human rights.If more people in this words would just listen to his words the world would be free!!!
He an Madonna are probably the 2 most important people of this age other than the Dalai Lama.!
We are so lucky to have U2 and their music of world understanding. A billion dollars in revenue is not enough to pay them.
THANK YOU RRHOF!!!!!

Posted by worldpeace on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 22:57pm


What a wonderful band of musicians Of course Bono
is a true savor of human rights.If more people in this words would just listen to his words the world would be free!!!
He an Madonna are probably the 2 most important people of this age other than the Dalai Lama.!
We are so lucky to have U2 and their music of world understanding. A billion dollars in revenue is not enough to pay them.
THANK YOU RRHOF!!!!!

Posted by worldpeace on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 22:57pm

Thank God someone knows and has the God given common sence to know people Like Bono, U2 , Dalia Lama ,Madonna , Sean and Yoko Lennon etc are what the world needs now more than ever..!


Posted by tina on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 09:51am


when i think of "sounds" of the 80's u2 is at the top of the list. U2 has my award for best concert ever; i caught one their shows during their last tour and it was an excellent show.

Posted by baw "the lumberjack" on Tuesday, 12.9.08 @ 14:48pm


Top 5 Songs:

1. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
2. One
3. With or Without You
4. Pride (In the Name of Love)
5. Beautiful Day

Posted by The One on Wednesday, 12.17.08 @ 13:50pm


What? r they in? Hall of fame sucks. No Deep Purple? No Genesis? No Jethro Tull? worthless.

Posted by gg54 on Wednesday, 12.17.08 @ 18:29pm


Get them out. Get them the fck out. Now.

Posted by Jack on Monday, 02.2.09 @ 14:29pm


Get them out. Get them the fck out. Now.

Posted by Jack on Monday, 02.2.09 @ 14:29pm


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I agee LOL

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 02.2.09 @ 15:33pm


I can't believe they snubbed Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister and Weird Al in exchange for these self-righteous pricks!

Posted by Zach Valkyrie on Thursday, 06.25.09 @ 10:27am


Pop was ok. All That You Can't Leave Behind... I thought that was pretty magnificent. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb had a couple good tracks on it... No Line On The Horizon is a disappointment.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 03.18.10 @ 14:29pm


Atomic Bomb is magnificent. I'll need to listen to Horizon again. They certainly deserved to be inducted, but Liam is right when he says Joy Division deserved in first (from what I hear, even Bono would admit that.) The Cure came around first as well, as did Gang of Four. Plus some people outside of post-punk deserved to go in first.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 03.18.10 @ 15:29pm


Well, we know this isn't the real Roy. Roy never stoops to namecalling.

And All That You Can't Leave Behind was better than Pop. I enjoyed Pop as well, but All That You Can't Leave Behind is so much better... it was a return to the honest sound that made U2 the force they were back in the day. A breath of fresh air before they dove back into the ethereal waters for Atomic Bomb and No Line.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 03.20.10 @ 01:40am


First off, Fake Roy, I never said I don't like Pop. I do. Mofo is a great track, as are Gone, Discotheque, and Last Night On Earth. Wake Up Dead Man is pretty good.

But there's also If You Wear That Velvet Dress... which you have to turn the volume WAY up to even hear... Miami, which doesn't really go anywhere; Please, while concrete in its pleading tone, isn't that great; The Playboy Mansion.. eh. If God Will Send His Angels... I like the B-sides better. etc. Ok songs at best.

Compare that with the honesty and daylight that breaks through in songs like Kite, Walk On, Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of, Beautiful Day, Peace On Earth... It was the peal of joy again and the taking off of the musical masks. It let us know that underneath it all, they were still U2.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 03.20.10 @ 11:28am


Summer Rain honestly sounds like the majority of generic college rock I played back around the turn of the millenium. I much prefer "Always" and "Big Girls Are Best."

Besides which, you listed about two-thirds of ATYCLB as great. hehehe. I have a special place for Wild Honey... not a great song, but I enjoy it well enough.

I have listened to Velvet Dress way up... but to me, it's a filler track... kind of reminds me of "The Ocean" from Boy.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 03.20.10 @ 13:06pm


As U2 themselves might point out, it's the distance between A Man And A Woman.

*rimshot*

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 03.20.10 @ 16:20pm


Philip....Who are you talking to might I inquire? My curiosity has gotten the better of me.

Posted by Keebord on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 16:54pm


Some spammers... their comments got deleted though.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 17:27pm


Thanks Philip. I suspected it was something like that

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 03.26.10 @ 17:48pm


i love u2 and im 14 they're my absolute favorite band EVER but im confused did they ever smoke weed throughout there teenage years and up today did they ever smoke weed..

p.s i love all the albums but my absolute album is The Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum!!!!

Posted by Mike on Friday, 07.30.10 @ 21:14pm


ARTISTS INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME BY MEMBERS OF U2

01. 1990 The Who (Bono)
02. 1994 Bob Marley (Bono)
03. 1999 Bruce Springsteen (Bono)
04. 2001 Chris Blackwell (Bono)

01. 1992 The Yardbirds (The Edge)
02. 2003 The Clash (The Edge)

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.8.11 @ 11:50am


"Achtung Baby has filler on; War is by far U2's second best. How To Assemble An Atomic Bomb is "kick-ass"? You serious? It sucks ass, more like."

I agree with most of these points. However, I think you're discrediting Atomic Bomb more than is necessary.


"Joshua Tree is still the best."

Best U2 album, yes.


"I can't believe they snubbed Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister and Weird Al in exchange for these self-righteous pricks!"

I'll give you Iron Maiden but Twisted Sister and Weird Al? Really?


"i love u2 and im 14 they're my absolute favorite band EVER but im confused did they ever smoke weed"

What does that have to do with anything?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 08:43am


Mike, I hope they did/do!

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 13:27pm


I aspire to going into teaching and I'm not embarassed to admit to smoking weed in the past. It's certainly possible that the band have done some... I know Bono takes the cancer sticks. I have a hard time seeing them go any further than weed, however.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 04.1.11 @ 16:48pm


What do the albums "Young Americans" by David Bowie and "Rattle and Hum" by U2 have in common?

They both have 3 degrees of a certain artist. In the case of "Young Americans" it's John Lennon. In the case of "Rattle and Hum" it's Bob Dylan. Read on for an explanation.

The song "Young American" incorporates the line "I read/heard the news today. oh boy" That's the third degree of John Lennon.
David Bowie covered "Across the Universe" That's the second degree of John Lennon.

AND THE FIRST DEGREE OF JOHN LENNON?
John Lennon himself co-wrote and played guitar on the song "Fame"

The opening riff to "Angel of Harlem" sounds similar to the opening riff of "Like A Rolling Stone" That's the third degree of Bob Dylan

U2 included a version of "All Along the Watchtower" on "Rattle and Hum" That's the second degree of Bob Dylan

AND THE FIRST DEGREE OF BOB DYLAN?

Bob Dylan himself co-wrote and sang on "Love Rescue Me"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 07.26.11 @ 21:28pm


wtf why does U2 have more songs than David Bowie?

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 11.18.12 @ 10:14am


They probably just have more well-known ones, GFW, sorry to tell you. I don't agree that every song listed there is essential, but I'd say most of those are. Of course, I might be a *bit* biased.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 11.18.12 @ 10:55am


eh, probably. though I reckon we could do with indcting something from alladin sane, something from scary monsters and Let's Dance.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 11.18.12 @ 11:31am


I prefer INXS over U2.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 11.16.13 @ 08:20am


Here's a great read from Bob Lefsetz, about U2 and Rolling Stone magazine (the mag named U2's album #1 this year):

http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2014/12/02/rolling-stone-crowns-u2-number-one/

Posted by Jason Voigt on Wednesday, 12.3.14 @ 02:15am


I've been a U2 fan since WAR. That was an intense and rocking album. Probably the album that brought U2 to the attention of music fans. Since then, U2 has continued to make quality music. The Joshua Tree masterpiece made U2 superstars. With or Without You was a big hit. Where The Streets Have No Name. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. I like that U2 experiments musically. Some were hits Achtung Baby other time misses Zooropa. U2 one of those no brainer RRHOF inductees. Bono is an impressive front man and the Edge can really play that guitar. Love the Leave Behind and Atomic Bomb albums. I was wondering what albums or songs helped put U2 over the top. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 06.13.15 @ 03:17am


U2 one of the most important bands last 30 years. Bono has achieved and elevated the singer front man to a high level. The WAR & Joshua Tree Albums were masterpieces. It's amazing these guys in mid 50's going strong. Can go 10 more years at high level. Not many groups could survive the Zooropa experiment but U2 did. These guys are legends. All That You Can't Leave Behind & How To Build An Atomic Bomb were classic CD's. U2 has been in my Top 5 groups last 30 years. They should be inducted twice U2 for their greatness. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 02.6.16 @ 17:48pm


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