U2‘s The Joshua Tree has been voted as the greatest album of the 1980s in a new poll.
The 1987 blockbuster album trumped several other great albums from the 1980s to top a BBC Radio 2 poll, which was conducted ahead of National Album Day on Saturday, October 10.
Dire Straits‘ Brothers In Arms came in second in the poll, while The Stone Roses‘ self-titled debut album was third. Michael Jackson‘s Thriller came in fourth, while Guns N’ Roses‘ debut album Appetite For Destruction was voted fifth.
The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by the Irish rock band. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno and was released on March 9, 1987 on Island Records.
The album included several hits, including “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and “With or Without You.”
The Joshua Tree is also one of the world’s best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold.
Responding to the result, U2 guitarist The Edge said, “‘The Joshua Tree’ changed everything for us as a band. It was written in the mid-80s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics, a period when there was a lot of unrest.”
“And it feels like we’re right back there in a way, politics are still so polarized. We’ve had the privilege of playing ‘The Joshua Tree’ live all over the world in the last few years and it’s almost like the album has come full circle,” he added. “We’re just thrilled that people are still connecting with these songs, night after night, year after year.”
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