The Unforgettable Fire (studio album) by U2

The Unforgettable Fire
The Unforgettable Fire by U2
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 468th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 848 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1984 (13th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (65th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (468th)

U2 bestography

The Unforgettable Fire is ranked 4th best out of 31 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 25,619.

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The Unforgettable Fire track list

Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 80 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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The Unforgettable Fire ratings

Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 848 votes)
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10/16/2020 17:45 fabm0  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 2,29861/100
 
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10/11/2020 20:44 DommeDamian  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 87867/100
 
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10/08/2020 09:28 wordnat  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 72876/100
 
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10/01/2020 19:56 Schmidt02  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 12684/100

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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 77.5/100, a mean average of 76.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.8.

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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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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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Rating:  
85/100
From 03/02/2019 01:42
Very good songwriting at times, Bono and the Edge really come into the roles we know them for today. They definitely needed Eno's touch to bring their work to the next level, on The Joshua Tree. But this is excellent nonetheless
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100/100
From 07/09/2018 15:27
First real different album I ever heard as a teenager. I’m wide awake I’m not sleeping . It’s BAD
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85/100
From 05/02/2018 19:22
I think this is an excellent album, it sits happily in my vinyl collection next to 'Simple Minds 'New Gold Dream' and 'Silent Running 'Shades of Liberty'. There is a darkness about this album which I really like. The Unforgettable Fire has long been one of my all time favourite tracks, add 'Bad' and 'A Sort of Homecoming' and this vinyl re release which I have just purchased is worth every penny. If you like U2 and Simple Minds check out Silent Running 'Shades of Liberty', you won't be disappointed!
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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. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
14. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
15. Reckoning by R.E.M.
16. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
17. 1984 by Van Halen
18. Diamond Life by Sade
19. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
20. Tabula Rasa by Arvo Pärt
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