Happy Anniversary to U2’s ‘Rattle and Hum’

On this in 1988 the album went to No. 1

Released in October 1988, U2′s Rattle and Hum was a solid follow up to their massive hit album The Joshua Tree, which was released the previous year. You might recall, the album also coincided with the release of U2′s rockumentary of the same name.

U2′s 6th studio album was really a tribute to American blues rock-n-roll and the influence the music had on them. They even took the opportunity to record at the famous Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, where American music icons like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison first recorded music. The band recorded three songs in the legendary, including “Angel of Harlem," “When Loves Comes to Town,” and “Love Rescue Me.”

It was on this date (November 12, 1988) that Rattle and Hum assumed the number one position on the Billboard Album Chart. It remained there for 6 weeks and went on to sell more than 14 millions copies. The single “Desire” also went number 1. on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The track listing from the album is full of memorable hits and live performances.

“Helter Skelter”

“Van Diemen’s Land”


"Hawkmoon 269

“All Along the Watchtower”

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (live at Madison Square Garden)

“Freedom for My People”

“Silver and Gold”

“Pride (In the Name of Love)” (live from Denver, Colorado)

“Angel of Harlem”

“Love Rescue Me” U2 with Bob Dyla

“When Love Comes to Town” U2 with B.B. King


“God Part II”

“The Star Spangled Banner” (live)

“Bullet the Blue Sky” (live at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona)

“All I Want Is You”

Todd Hollst

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