Achtung Baby (studio album) by U2

Achtung Baby
Achtung Baby by U2
Year: 1991
Overall rank: 112th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 1,656 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1991 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (22nd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (112th)

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 49 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 25,277.

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Achtung Baby track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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80/100 (from 1,656 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.5/100, a mean average of 78.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.7.

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80/100
From 12/15/2020 17:39
Classic U2. Rating (82.08)
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70/100
From 12/02/2020 19:37
The experimentation takes them to a different direction, but there is nothing to worry about. If you like guitar, you will like this album. For me this ranks slightly ahead of "Joshua Tree". Overall, 70/100.
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From 11/26/2020 06:45
I liked this album a lot when it was released, and maybe even more now.
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85/100
From 06/24/2020 06:10
Still a good album. One of the best U2 records.
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From 05/09/2020 21:30
You forget now how amazing a change this was at the time. It is full of great tracks and still stands up today.
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80/100
From 09/30/2019 14:18
Some good songs on the album, but sure as hell not in the top 100 albums of all time...
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From 09/12/2019 11:35
One of better U2 album
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From 06/28/2019 19:01
Really good, one of the better U2 albums.

Favorites: One, Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, So Cruel, The Fly, Mysterious Ways.
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From 05/30/2019 19:11
My favorite U2 album the day it came out sounded so fresh and it still does today, stand out tracks one, mysterious ways trying to through ur arms around world wild horses so cruel and Zoo Station right off the bat asks the question are u ready for this? YES
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From 03/15/2019 17:07
Overall: 10

Top Tracks: "So Cruel", "The Fly", "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)"

Amazing album, U2's best. A beautiful combination of heart-wrenching personal drama and flippant embraces of ironic 90s culture. Ultra Violet is U2's best song, in my opinion. Manages to balance between something deeply beautiful and incredibly facetious. Masterpiece.
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Best Albums of 1991
1. Nevermind by Nirvana
2. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
3. Ten by Pearl Jam
4. Spiderland by Slint
5. Achtung Baby by U2
6. The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
7. Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. Laughing Stock by Talk Talk
9. Metallica by Metallica
10. Screamadelica by Primal Scream
11. Blue Lines by Massive Attack
12. Out Of Time by R.E.M.
13. Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden
14. Trompe Le Monde by Pixies
15. Use Your Illusion II by Guns N' Roses
16. Dangerous by Michael Jackson
17. Temple Of The Dog by Temple Of The Dog
18. Yerself Is Steam by Mercury Rev
19. Gish by The Smashing Pumpkins
20. Innuendo by Queen
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