Achtung Baby (album) by U2

Achtung Baby
Achtung Baby by U2
Year: 1991
Overall rank: 111th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 1,588 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1991 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (21st)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (111th)

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 25,793.

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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 1,588 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 79.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 80.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.8.

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85/100
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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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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70/100
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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100/100
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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90/100
From 03/13/2019 22:28
Outstanding album, if lacking in cohesion. I tend to listen to these songs individually. As with most U2 material, live is better. Try, for example: Mysterious Ways & One (Rose Bowl), The Fly (U22), and Zoo Station (Chicago). The The Fly guitar solo is one of my all time favorites.

Song average: ~90
Highlights: Zoo Station (95), One (95), The Fly (100) and Mysterious Ways (95). Zoo Station is especially underrated on this site—as is The Fly.
Lowlights: Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (80) and So Cruel (80)
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From 02/11/2019 14:41
Their last great work. The songwriting is outstanding, and the band is at its creative and innovative best. A classic.
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From 01/18/2019 04:11
This is a much more European sounding album than The Joshua Tree, and it's all the better for it. Their best album IMO. 90s U2 was pretty good, right?
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95/100
From 12/27/2018 15:23
O álbum que elevou a banda para a maior banda de rock de sua geração, talvez a grande ultima banda de rock!
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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. Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers
7. The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
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. Yerself Is Steam by Mercury Rev
18. Innuendo by Queen
19. Temple Of The Dog by Temple Of The Dog
20. Gish by The Smashing Pumpkins
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