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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Whatever the merits of Songs of Innocence, a lot of people were creeped out by the way Apple automatically downloaded it to their libraries. Apple had to release a tool to remove the album.
  • Awesome Music: "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "Beautiful Day", "Vertigo", "City of Blinding Lights", "Magnificent", "Where the Streets Have No Name", "Pride (in the Name of Love)", "Even Better Than the Real Thing", "The Fly", "Mysterious Ways", "Zooropa", "Lemon", "Discothèque", "One"... and that's barely scratching the surface.
    • So far, U2 have debuted four new songs live on the U2 360 Tour, and they're all awesome in one way or another: Glastonbury rocks, Return of the Stingray Guitar is a standout example of Epic Instrumental Opener, North Star is a gorgeous acoustic ballad, and Every Breaking Wave... well, just listen.
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    • "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me", anyone?! Even people who hate U2 admit to absolutely loving its guts. That guitar riff in the chorus may be recycled from "Dirty Day" but it's still a quality riff nonetheless, and those strings and the dark and brooding atmosphere. Possibly the best Batman song ever.
    • From the controversial "Songs of Innocence" album, "Volcano", "This is Where You Can Reach Me Now" and "The Miracle" are regarded as strong titles. As well as "Raised by Wolves".
  • Broken Base: Songs of Innocence and its automatic download- several people pointed out that some people probably wouldn't want the album, and for people with automatic downloads enabled, it clogged up space on hard drives. Others called people who complained "Entitled brats" who were complaining about free music.
    • This was further fueled after Bono made a public apology for the automatic download system... but then retracted it soon after. Needless to say, even fans were not happy with him.
    • Musically, the album has also been a bit of a base breaker, with opinions ranging from "another great U2 album!" to "(yawn) just another U2 album."
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  • Critical Backlash: Critics and many long time U2 fans felt the band went too far with their electronic sound on Pop and it got mixed to negative reviews back then. However, most fans listening to the album today for the first time think it is very underrated and will wonder why it got so much hate back then.
  • Critical Dissonance: The general public reaction to Songs of Innocence has been either that it is a decent album or it is creepy that U2 even uploaded an album to people's phones without their consent. Critics however were more forgiving and Rolling Stone magazine actually voted it as the best album of 2015.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Every other thing Mr. MacPhisto said.
    People of Sarajevo! Count your blessings. There are many others around the world who have food, heat and security, but they're not on television like you are!
  • Ear Worm: Hello, hello...(Hola! Hola!)...We're at a place called Vertigo...
    • It's all right, it's all right, it's - all - right, she moves In Mysterious Ways...
    • It's a Beautiful Day...don't let it get away...
    • "EL! E! VA! TION!"
    • But I know I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight!
    • "How long? How long shall we sing this song?"
    • "I...will be with you again..."
    • "In the naaaaaaaaame of looooooooove!!!..."
  • Face of the Band: Bono and, to a lesser extent, The Edge.
  • Fandom Rivalry: AC/DC versus U2. Most of the band's detractors are avid AC/DC fans, and vice versa.
    • Brian Johnson has also notably slammed Bono's public charity works, thought it seems that the latter has yet to respond.
    • Malcolm Young has said that AC/DC's induction on the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame was preceded with The Clash's induction, hosted by The Edge. "He spoke about Joe Strummer for 15 minutes. Dullest guy I've ever heard"
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For some fans, everything after Pop does not exist. Others think they stopped when Bono put on those sunglasses. The band themselves feel this way about Bono's mullet. To quote, I think it was Adam: "A lot of people dislike the band because of that hairstyle". To quote Bono: "It looked like I was wearing a skunk on my head!"
    • Overlaps with Old Guard Versus New Blood: You can find a bit of a disconnect between older fans who loved their Joshua Tree sound (nicknamed "Joshua Types" by Slant Magazine) and newer recruits who loved their experimental sound in The '90s (nicknamed "Achtungoids"). Still, there's probably many more who enjoy both periods just fine.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks! / Guilty Pleasures: Try to find someone on the Internet who will admit to liking U2. No, you can't look on U2 fansites. Good luck!
  • Memetic Mutation: UNOS! DOS! TRES! CATORCE!note 
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is NOT an endorsement of The Revolution, and Bono made that real clear in Rattle and Hum when he went into a mid-song rant denouncing the notorious Remembrance Day bombing by the IRA and all the violence in general.
    • "One" is a song about divorce, and yet many of U2's fans have used this song in weddings. U2 are, understandably, annoyed by this. Though alternatively, you can interpret it as a song about the relationship between East and West Germany, which ended with a union.
  • Moment of Awesome: All the band members agree that the moment they're proud of was when they played a concert in Sarajevo in 1997, mere years after the Bosnian War ended.
  • Narm Charm: Engineer Mark "Flood" Ellis recounted that the band couldn't stop laughing or debating among themselves while he was mixing "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" because they weren't sure if Bono could get away with the previously-avoided cliché of repeating the word "baby" in the chorus. He commented, "I think he got away with it alright."
  • Nightmare Fuel: You wouldn't expect it from a band like this, but "Exit" and "Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car" are both highly unnerving.
    • Don't forget "Bullet the Blue Sky", one of the most torturous musical simulations of an active battlefield since Hendrix's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner".
    • The video for "Lemon" can have plenty of this, depending on whether or not you find the dark atmosphere foreboding. An extreme close-up of Bono as MacPhisto singing directly into the camera can also be just a bit much.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Arguably, "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight". On record, it's a fairly catchy, if passable, pop song. The live version, however...
    • Achtung Baby in many ways arguably saved the band from the heap after Rattle and Hum had thrown them into it.
  • The Scrappy: Bono to many Irish people.
  • Signature Song: A lot of candidates, but "With or Without You" , "One", and "Beautiful Day" are probably the three leads.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: They proved it with Achtung Baby.
    • And again with All That You Can't Leave Behind, following the general dislike of most of the band's post-Achtung projects.
    • And the viral release of Songs of Innocence seems to be another. A flash release after a five-year hiatus is a cry for help.