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Achtung Baby (album) by U2 

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Achtung Baby
Achtung Baby by U2 (1991)
Overall rank: 79th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 1,441 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1991 (4th)
Top 20 albums of the 1990s (15th)
Top 100 albums of all time (79th)

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U2 bestography

Achtung Baby is ranked 2nd best out of 31 albums by U2 on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by U2 is The Joshua Tree which is ranked number 34 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 48,672.

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Members who like this album also like: The Joshua Tree by U2, The Bends by Radiohead and Nevermind by Nirvana.

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80/100 (from 1,441 votes)
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From Junomoogmello 09/06/2018 19:53
Now that I have eventually got around to buying this album, I must admit that track for track I put this above The Joshua Tree which was my favourite U2 album. This album has more edge (I don't mean guitarist), it has a rawness which rocks!
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From antaiospiano 09/03/2018 22:11
There are some interesting things here and there, but they are small things. Like the “aaaaahhhh” in the background of “Even Better Than the Real Thing”. “One” gets me a bit emotional if I try really hard. I dunno, it’s just... you can hear that Bono takes himself so serious that it’s hard to hear some genuine vulnerability in his music.
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From PeterSmith 08/10/2018 21:54
Love the album and really rate all the tracks. Wild Horses is my favourite.
Liked emptysquares comment about Bono - that got me laughing. I didn't set out to like U2 as there are many things that annoy me about them, but I'm afraid I just can't hate them as nearly everything I've heard of them I really like. Guess it's a bit like Coldplay. They seem to draw a certain level of dislike from many fronts - is that because they are so big and successful or they come across smug? Not sure. But if I like the music I'll keep listening to it.
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75/100
From Meowtopia 06/17/2018 18:28
There are some fantastic tracks crowded around tracks that I find painfully bland.

For some reason, after many many listens I still cannot stand One, Wild Horses, or Trying to throw your arms around the world: to me these songs bring down a fantastic album quite a lot.
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From emptysquares 06/09/2018 22:49
For the 1992 tour for this album, Bono adopted as his persona "The Fly", a leather-clad egomaniac meant to parody rock stardom. Following the completion of the tour he reverted to his normal persona of egotistical rock star who likes leather.
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From kingofstorm 05/06/2018 11:52
Not really a big U2 fan, but gotta give props, this is a good album.
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40/100
From samora 03/06/2018 21:25
I'm not a U2 fan, but I can happily listen to War or The Joshua Tree. Achtung Baby, however, to me, is even worse than a terrible thing. Whiny is the word, and this applies equally to One. In Wild Horses, when it goes "hey hey, sha la la", I can only give up and put on another album.
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From Sandrof1969 02/18/2018 19:17
Nel ricercare una via diversa alla loro musica per uscire dal cul-de-sac dove si erano cacciati con "Rattle and hum", gli U2 non solo diedero una convincente riverniciata al suono ( complice Brian Eno… ) ma lasciarono un po' da parte il messaggio a tutti i costi, concentrandosi maggiormente sulle sonorità. Disco, questo, che mi piace per questi motivi e, naturalmente, perché contiene "One"…
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From guilhermesoi 01/10/2018 21:43
The most important album by U2. 'the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree'
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From Diomed 01/07/2018 21:38
Personal favorite from these guys. The songwriting has never been better, and the band brings it all to life with passion. And Bono's vocals soar as usual. Perhaps U2's magnum opus.
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Best Albums of 1991
1. Nevermind by Nirvana
2. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
3. Ten by Pearl Jam
4. Achtung Baby by U2
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6. Spiderland by Slint
7. Metallica by Metallica
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9. Laughing Stock by Talk Talk
10. Screamadelica by Primal Scream
11. Blue Lines by Massive Attack
12. Out Of Time by R.E.M.
13. Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden
14. Use Your Illusion II by Guns N' Roses
15. Trompe Le Monde by Pixies
16. Dangerous by Michael Jackson
17. Gish by The Smashing Pumpkins
18. Temple Of The Dog by Temple Of The Dog
19. Use Your Illusion I by Guns N' Roses
20. Innuendo by Queen



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