The Joshua Tree (studio album) by U2

The Joshua Tree by U2
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 49th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 2,294 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 1987 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1980s (6th)
Award Top 50 albums of all time (49th)

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The Joshua Tree is ranked as the best album by U2.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.7/100, a mean average of 81.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.8.

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85/100
From 04/13/2022 17:33
There is a reason this album and the songs on it blew up. It is much much more than the first few tracks, this track shows a band at the absolute peak of their powers.
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From 04/01/2022 01:57
It was the record that turned U2 into the global behemoth that they still are to this day, and it's without question one of the most iconic and original sounding records of the 1980s
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From 02/16/2022 16:46
U2 masterpiece, this must the most frontloaded album ever, 3 supersongs in a row
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From 12/28/2021 18:52
I love this album and reading the comments there are quite a few U2 deniers who also have to acknowledge that these are great tracks. When something is good forget the surrounding fanfare and what annoys you and just listen to the music - that after all is what we are hear (lol here) to do is it not?
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90/100
From 12/28/2021 13:43
Wow - those first 5 tracks are insane. The best first half of an album ever in my opinion. It's a shame there is a drop-off in the second half but to be fair it is impossible to follow the first 5. Track 6 onwards is pleasant but nothing special - if these tracks were stronger I would be ranking this album right at the top. Running To Stand Still is one of the saddest most beautiful songs I've ever heard. With Or Without You is in my top 5 songs of all time - that guitar is incredible (thankfully as I was born in '94 I didn't have to deal with the song being overplayed as I'm sure it inevitably was). Bullet The Blue Sky is completely unlike everything else U2 have done, but I love it. Where The Streets Have No Name and I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For are classics too.

"You gotta cry without weeping, talk without speaking, scream without raising your voice"
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100/100
From 11/09/2021 17:04
One of the best of all time. Soulful, powerful, meaningful.

It’s fun to listen to this record while pretending U2 immediately retired after recording it.
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75/100
From 11/03/2021 00:53
This was the U2 Singles machine. The beginning of the album is great and then kind of dramatically falls off in the 2nd half.
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From 09/06/2021 15:33
Muy buen disco lleno de clásicos. Las cuatro - cinco primeras canciones pueden considerarse obras maestras y el resto mantienen un grandísimo nivel.
La intro de WTSHNN es impresionante.
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From 08/15/2021 21:20
AWESOME ALBUM where all the tracks hold up
great lyrics from bono
best tracks: with or without you
I still haven't found what I'm looking for
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Best Albums of 1987
1. The Joshua Tree by U2
2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
3. Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
4. Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths
5. You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr.
6. Bad by Michael Jackson
7. Document by R.E.M.
8. Sister by Sonic Youth
9. Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode
10. Hysteria by Def Leppard
11. Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths
12. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by The Cure
13. Substance by New Order
14. Kick by INXS
15. Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim
16. Come On Pilgrim by Pixies
17. Darklands by The Jesus And Mary Chain
18. Diesel And Dust by Midnight Oil
19. Tunnel Of Love by Bruce Springsteen
20. Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac
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