U2's 'The Joshua Tree' Voted Greatest '80s Album


U2’s The Joshua Tree, co-produced by Canada’s Daniel Lanois, has been voted the greatest album of the 1980s.

The poll was conducted by BBC Radio 2 ahead of the UK’s National Album Day on Saturday.

“The Joshua Tree changed everything for us as a band,” said guitarist The Edge, in a statement. “It was written in the mid-80s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and US 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. We’re just thrilled that people are still connecting with these songs, night after night, year after year.”

The Joshua Tree was released in March 1987 and spawned hits like “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “With or Without You.” It was named Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.

Lanois, who was born in Quebec and started his music career in Hamilton, Ont., produced the album with Brian Eno.

No albums by Canadian artists made the list of the Top 20 albums of the ‘80s and, notably, only one is from a female artist – Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love.

Check out the list below:

U2 – The Joshua Tree

Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms

The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction

The Human League – Dare

The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

Paul Simon – Graceland

ABC – The Lexicon Of Love

Prince – Purple Rain

Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love

Duran Duran – Rio

Tears for Fears – Songs From The Big Chair

Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA

AC/DC – Back In Black

Deacon Blue – Raintown

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasuredome

INXS – Kick

George Michael – Faith

Pet Shop Boys – Actually

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