U2 made their “statement” album with 1987’s majestic release, The Joshua Tree. A collection of 11 masterfully crafted songs with ace production by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, this was the one that made U2 a truly global phenomenon. Featuring the massive hits With Or Without You, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, and Where The Streets Have No Name, this album was unavoidable for well over a year after it was released. As great as those songs were, they were evenly matched by nearly every other track on the album, in particular Bullet The Blue Sky, Trip Through Your Wires, and Red Hill Mining Town. Bono wrote some of his best lyrics and sang his heart out, while the Edge played minimalist guitar parts filtered through massive delay and chorus effects to build cathedrals of sound, and all held together by the bedrock glue of Adam Clayton’s bass and Larry Mullen Jr.’s solid drumming. The Joshua Tree remains their most successful album, selling over 25 million units worldwide.
Written By Braddon S. Williams