U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ voted the greatest album of the 1980s

The band's landmark album was named the top of the decade

October 9, 2020

Ah the 1980’s.

Whether you associate the music of the decade with hair metal, infectious pop music from the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, or Whitney Houston, the foundation of hip-hop from Public Enemy, N.W.A., and The Beastie Boys, or new wave groups like Depeche Mode, Blondie, and INXS, the decade had something for everyone.

What album stands out as the greatest album of the decade? A new poll finds it’s an album from a band that broke out in the 80’s, but haven’t been confined by association to that decade. That band is U2 and the album is The Joshua Tree.

The album was named the greatest album of the 1980s in a poll conducted by BBC Radio 2. The Joshua Tree is consistently cited as a life-changing album and the success of the record helped propel U2 to international stardom.

The album produced the hits “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and “Where the Streets Have No Name” that continue to be U2 concert staples to this day.

“We’re just thrilled that people are still connecting with these songs, night after night, year after year,” The Edge said in response to finding out the album topped BBC Radio 2’s poll.

Rounding out the top five are Dire Straits record Brothers In Arms at number two. The Stone Roses self-titled debut album at number three. Michael Jackson’s Thriller took the fourth spot and Guns N’ Roses Appetite For Destruction took the fifth spot.

The poll was conducted ahead of National Album Day, which takes place on October 10 in the U.K.

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