Boy (studio album) by U2

Boy
Boy by U2
Year: 1980
Overall rank: 726th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 643 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1980 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (112th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (726th)

U2 bestography

Boy is ranked 5th best out of 31 albums by U2 on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by U2 is The Joshua Tree which is ranked number 49 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 25,983.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 79 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 643 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 13% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 75.3/100, a mean average of 74.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.8.

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80/100
From 05/11/2020 18:56
I find this debut a sheer delight. The bouncy excitement mixed with teenage fear of Bono's voice and that first taste of Edge's treble heavy guitar lines. It's beautiful. Naive of course, but what do you expect from 20 year olds? The Ocean sounds far too sophisticated for a group their age, and Shadows and Tall Trees is an echoing nightmare. Electric Co is terrifying and thrilling in equal measure. There's simply not a song I don't love.
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100/100
From 08/16/2019 11:33
A brilliant debut album. The production for this was spot on
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85/100
From 01/27/2019 18:24
Graciosidade e força, canta os males da Irlanda enquanto buscam o seu som.
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85/100
From 01/05/2019 18:32
This album reminds me of "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" by Pink Floyd because, just like Pink Floyd's first album, U2's first album is very different from the style that's going to make them famous later. Both those bands' first album are awesome, unique and full of energy. Plus, they both make a great use of the guitar with a surf rock sound at some point.

I really like this album from beginning to end, especially "Twilight", "An Cat Dubh" and "The Electric Co.". Right now, it's my second favorite U2 album, second to "War" only. Don't overlook it!
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95/100
From 08/11/2018 14:39
It's my favorite U2 album. It's just one of those that gets better with every listen. Pretty powerful stuff.
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From 01/10/2018 21:55
Songs like I Will Follow and Out Of Control show that U2 was good from the start
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80/100
From 05/03/2016 16:20
One of the great rock debuts, boy, is full of energy, grit and ambition. It's an album from a band hungry for success, and they give it their all on this excellent record. The opener, I Wii follow, is fantastic, it's the first song of many that manages to blend the power of rock with an atmospheric undertow. The duo of, an cat dubh/into the heart, is brilliant, and, out of control, is another strong cut. U2 would make better albums than, boy, but did they ever make a more urgent and energetic one? I think it gets forgotten that although U2 made many successful records, that they also made one of rock's great debuts.
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From 09/09/2015 15:48
Amazing debut by U2, the music and lyrics they made at the time was appropriate for their age as they were around 18-20 years old. Just out of their teen years and express their thoughts and feelings they had as a teens. I could make a lot of these connections as a 19 year old with the feelings had during the last 4-5 years of my life. They sound very tight for a band who just made their first album and filled with songs like I Will Follow, Out of Control, Twilight, and Stories for Boys. Lovely album to listen to!
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90/100
From 06/02/2015 17:50
Deserves to be ranked higher for its year, definitely in the top 5 for 1980. No, it doesn't fade away after a strong first half, especially with a one-two of "The Electric Co." and "Shadows and Tall Trees" to round out the album. Other highlights are "I Will Follow", the ominous "An Cat Dubh", and the straight-forward punk of "Out of Control". This is a remarkable debut effort that served notice of the next big thing.
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Best Albums of 1980
1. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
2. Closer by Joy Division
3. Back In Black by AC/DC
4. Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables by Dead Kennedys
5. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) by David Bowie
6. The River by Bruce Springsteen
7. Peter Gabriel III by Peter Gabriel
8. Making Movies by Dire Straits
9. Seventeen Seconds by The Cure
10. Permanent Waves by Rush
11. Crazy Rhythms by The Feelies
12. Pretenders by Pretenders
13. Sandinista! by The Clash
14. Boy by U2
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16. Heaven And Hell by Black Sabbath
17. Ace Of Spades by Motörhead
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20. Dirty Mind by Prince
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