Achtung Baby (studio album) by U2

Achtung Baby by U2
Year: 1991
Overall rank: 120th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 1,719 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1991 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (23rd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (120th)

U2 bestography

Achtung Baby is ranked 2nd best out of 33 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 23,282.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 1,719 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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70/100
From 04/07/2022 20:13
some great songs mixed with some crap
the crap is zoo station, acrobat, the fly, so cruel
the best song is ONE.
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90/100
From 04/01/2022 02:02
Arguably the most important record U2 would make in their career, they were able to successfully reinvent themselves with this and the Zoo TV tour that accompanied the record. The album itself is probably my favourite from them too because I prefer the more experimental sounds compared to that on the Joshua Tree. Also think this album contains some of Bono's best vocal performances and Edge's finest moments too
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From 03/03/2022 11:32
Better than Joshua tree, I'm not sure, but the last tracks seem to have the last song problem, they are not so good.
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60/100
From 01/22/2022 14:10
It's not The Joshua Tree, but it's still a classic. My highlights are One (one of their best songs), Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses and Until The End of The World. It tails off a bit in the last 3 tracks.
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90/100
From 10/30/2021 02:47
Side 1 is flawless. Side 2 is almost flawless. A great, great album!
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From 10/23/2021 14:10
Obra maestra.
El mejor disco de U2. Sonaba bien entonces y sigue sonando bien a día de hoy.
Colección de temazos que no flojea prácticamente ninguno.
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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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90/100
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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Best Albums of 1991
1. Nevermind by Nirvana (US)
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. Laughing Stock by Talk Talk
8. Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers
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. Woodface by Crowded House
20. Gish by The Smashing Pumpkins
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