U2 Releases "Achtung Baby": 11/19
Posted 11/19/2012 12:00:00 AM

U2 Releases: Achtung Baby – November 19th, 1991


Conversation Starters

  • U2’s Achtung Baby turns 21 years today! What is your favorite song from the album?
  • Today in 1991, U2 released Achtung Baby! Is this U2 at their finest?
  • Achtung Baby was released 21 years ago today! Where does this album rank among your favorite U2 albums?

Album Fast Facts

  • US Release Date: November 19th, 1991
  • Album Producers: Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno
  • Achtung Baby took listeners of the band by surprise; the album was thought to be a step into a new direction, which is what the band was hoping for
  • Achtung Baby marks the first major album to be released in two ecofriendly packages: the jewel box and as a cardboard Digi-Trak
  • Achtung Baby featured a different genre of music the band has never attempted, incorporating everything from postmodern contemporary to electronic avant-garde to psychedelic and industrial music sounds
  • Bono reinvented his voice for the album, giving it a sound that hasn’t been heard on any other U2 record
  • The LA Times called the album “U2’s daring descent into darkness.”
  • Bono himself described Achtung Baby as “the sound of four men chopping down ‘The Joshua Tree’.”
  • The album was recorded at Berlin’s Hansa Studios, Dublin’s STS studio, Dalkey’s Elsinore studio and Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios
  • Steve Averill and Shaughn McGrath created the artwork for Achtung Baby
  • The concept of the cover was a collage of the band’s previous album covers
  • For the Achtung Baby 20th anniversary last year, U2 re-released the album as a deluxe set in several formats including CD, Vinyl, DVD and digital options

Track Listing

  • 1.   Zoo Station
  • 2.   Even Better Than the Real Thing
  • 3.   One
  • 4.   Until the End of the World
  • 5.   Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  • 6.   So Cruel
  • 7.   The Fly
  • 8.   Mysterious Ways
  • 9.   Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World
  • 10. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
  • 11. Acrobat
  • 12. Love is Blindness

Hit Singles

  • “One”
  • “Until The End of the World”
  • “The Fly”
  • “Mysterious Ways”

Chart History

Billboard Hot 100

  • “Mysterious Ways” – #9 – January, 1992
  • “One” – #10 – May, 1992
  • “Even Better Than the Real Thing” – #32 – September, 1992
  • “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” – #35 – December, 1992
  • “The Fly” – #61 – November, 1991

Billboard Top 200

  • Achtung Baby#1 – December, 1991 – 100 weeks total on the charts


  • October 24th, 1997 – Achtung Baby8x Platinum

Awards & Honors

  • Grammy – Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals – Achtung Baby – 1992
  • Grammy – Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno won the Producers of the Year award for the album
  • Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album #63 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
  • Ranked #1 on Spin magazine’s list of the 125 most influential albums from 1985 to 2010




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