War (studio album) by U2

War
War by U2
Year: 1983
Overall rank: 331st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 1,030 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1983 (4th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (41st)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (331st)

U2 bestography

War is ranked 3rd 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.

U2 album bestography « Higher ranked (109th) This album (331st) Lower ranked (457th) »
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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 1,030 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.8/100, a mean average of 77.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.1.

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80/100
From 06/30/2020 12:34
A very good record which features a pretty interesting sound for U2. A little rougher and heavier than what they would go into on subsequent releases. This is them really finding their footing.
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80/100
From 07/13/2019 15:16
It's hard to ignore the success of "The Joshua Tree," but this masterpiece from several years earlier planted seeds that eventually helped bring an end to a bloody civil war. If you want to make a chart about the influential power of popular music on the culture of its time, , U2 belongs right there with Mozart and the Beatles.
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95/100
From 06/19/2019 06:12
An amazing concept album by U2 and is still as fresh and relevant today. New Years Day is my fav but all the songs are strong.
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90/100
From 03/21/2019 19:18
Overall: 8.6

Top Tracks: "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "Two Hearts Beat As One", "40"

Passionate but incredibly uneven. Their best work up to that point, but it feels like they still hadn't mastered the album format like they would with Achtung Baby.
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90/100
From 01/24/2019 20:34
Álbum em que a banda encontrou sua identidade, tanto de som quanto de lírica. Começo de sua era de ouro.
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From 01/03/2019 23:42
War is my favorite U2 album. It's also my favorite 80's album. It is so raw, so intense, so powerful, it really moves me. Every song is good, with a few being close to perfection (Like A Song, Drowning Man, The Refugee, Surrender).

The cover art is iconic and as powerful as the music and the lyrics. Bono is better and has more energy than ever before or after, Larry Mullen kills it on drums, The Edge is very creative and Adam's bass tone is tasty and cuts perfectly in the mix.

U2 is the only band I know that was at their peak in the 80's. I don't really like the 80's sound in general because I don't think it aged very well, but this album transcends its era. It's a timeless album, a true classic.
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70/100
From 09/03/2018 22:20
The guitar riffs are kinda nice, Bono’s vocals are great at times. But it doesn’t really move me.
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80/100
From 05/06/2018 07:29
There is a rawness and originality to this album which still shines through today over thirty years after it was released. Although I have never liked the sound of the bass drum and snare drum at the beginning of Sunday Bloody Sunday, it isn't the concept I don't like, it is the cheap tinny sound they create, possibly because of the kit or mic technique used at the time. I am sure if I saw U2 live now it wouldn't sound like that anymore. With that minor winge out of the way, overall a great album, 'New Years Day' and 'Two Hearts Beat as One' are personal favourites. I slightly prefer Unforgettable Fire and my overall U2 favourite is The Joshua Tree.
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85/100
From 04/07/2018 20:49
Their absolute best along with The Unforgettable Fire. Nothing against Joshua Tree, but in all reality these two are just better
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85/100
From 02/14/2018 03:09
Not as polished as later U2 albums but the raw energy makes this their best by far.
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Best Albums of 1983
1. Murmur by R.E.M.
2. Violent Femmes by Violent Femmes
3. Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order
4. War by U2
5. Synchronicity by The Police
6. Swordfishtrombones by Tom Waits
7. Speaking In Tongues by Talking Heads
8. Kill 'Em All by Metallica
9. The Final Cut by Pink Floyd
10. Let's Dance by David Bowie
11. Script Of The Bridge by The Chameleons
12. Pyromania by Def Leppard
13. Soul Mining by The The
14. Script For A Jester's Tear by Marillion
15. Piece Of Mind by Iron Maiden
16. The Hurting by Tears For Fears
17. Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
18. Eliminator by ZZ Top
19. Clics Modernos by Charly García
20. Holy Diver by Dio
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