The Unforgettable Fire (studio album) by U2

The Unforgettable Fire by U2
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 481st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 889 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1984 (14th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (65th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (481st)

U2 bestography

The Unforgettable Fire is ranked 4th best out of 33 albums by U2 on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by U2 is The Joshua Tree which is ranked number 50 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 23,827.

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The Unforgettable Fire track list

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 889 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.4/100, a mean average of 76.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.9.

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Rating:  
55/100
From 04/02/2021 04:34
‘The Unforgettable Fire’ notable only because (A) Its U2’s “transitional album” which served as the gate which unlocks the subsequent ‘Joshua Tree’ masterpiece (fair enough) and (B) was produced by Brian Eno. However as a piece of art its largely forgettable. Something feels off about the whole project from the Hiroshima themed title track to not one but 2 tributes to Martin Luther King and a whole bunch of Brian Eno-fication in between

It’s far from terrible by a long stretch but way over rated on every level
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Rating:  
75/100
From 03/02/2021 21:08
I adore the first three albums o U2 because of that wide open sound and their enthusiasm and fantastic songs. This is their fourth and a bit of an inbetween album in the sense that they still have this sound (on the level of Bono's voice and The Edge's guitar) but that they're trying to do their best to write more diverse songs. But they still shine more in what they do best like on Pride (although I've heard it maybe a bit too much) and the fantastic Bad. But it also means that while on their former albums I liked all the tracks, this isn't the case any more here: Promenade, 4th of July and Elvis Presley and America are not really their best.
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Rating:  
80/100
From 12/01/2020 18:25
So lads, you got a decent album but 9 ain't enough, we need 10 tracks.
"But we have no more, not even any lyrics left". Well, it has to be 10 so just plug in and play and sing whatever comes into your head. I know we've put the vox mics away but just sing into the headphones and we'll stick an effect on and bingo. We'll use it as track 9.
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Rating:  
75/100
From 09/25/2020 15:55
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90/100
From 08/17/2020 17:19
I Love U2 and I love this album - just squeezed out of my top 100 but close call
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Rating:  
75/100
From 07/06/2020 19:30
This is where the spark was lit. Joshua Tree is up next. Rating (75.00)
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90/100
From 02/19/2020 22:54
A really good album, and first four tracks are superb. Next two tracks are not as good, but the seventh and eight track raise the standard again. Not a big fan of Elvis Presley and America, but the final track is good.
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100/100
From 08/20/2019 22:47
the ethereal nature of this record is incredible, and while the joshua tree is similar in some regards, this is the album that really resonates with me. the atmospheres the edge creates on guitar take you into deserts and canyons. atmospheres so encapsulating they nearly drown out bono at times, who takes on a more impressionistic approach with this record. all that etherealism aligned with adam's slap bass, which also takes center stage at times, and larry's groovy drumming make for a unique take on post-punk that is truly inspiring, and overall, my favorite effort from this band.
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Rating:  
75/100
From 08/20/2019 21:38
75/100

Just like the joshua tree this album is rated high because of 3 good songs, the rest of the songs are normal/mediocre
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Rating:  
90/100
From 03/21/2019 20:02
Overall: 8.6

Top Tracks: "Pride (In the Name of Love)", "The Unforgettable Fire", "Bad"

Half memorable, half forgettable.
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Best Albums of 1984
1. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
2. The Smiths by The Smiths
3. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
4. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
5. Let It Be by The Replacements
6. Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths
7. Double Nickels On The Dime by Minutemen
8. Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers
9. Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
10. Treasure by Cocteau Twins
11. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
12. Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen
13. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
14. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
15. Reckoning by R.E.M.
16. 1984 by Van Halen
17. Diamond Life by Sade
18. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
19. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
20. Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa by Keith Jarrett / Gidon Kremer; Dennis Russell Davies / Staatsorchester Stuttgart; The 12 Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Saulius Sondeckis / Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra / Alfred Schnittke
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