I chose to list the albums chronologically. You could pick a different way, e.g. alphabetical or just the order they come to mind!
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. The Joshua Tree
6. Rattle & Hum
7. Achtung Baby
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind
11. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
12. No Line On The Horizon
13. Songs Of Innocence
14. Songs Of Experience
01. Which was the first U2 album you owned?
Achtung Baby (though I had the Best Of 1980-1990 before that). I thought those two CDs would cover all the best stuff and I wouldn't need to buy any more - haha!
02. What were the first songs you heard from #3 and #13?
War - New Year's Day, which was on the Best Of.
Songs Of Innocence - The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), when they performed it live at the Apple event. Little did we know the whole album would be available moments later!
03. What were your initial opinions of #7 and #1, and have they changed since then?
Achtung Baby - absolutely blew my mind, one of the best albums I'd ever heard by anyone. And it's still my all-time favourite album.
Boy - nothing really stood out on my first listen, apart from Larry's awesome drumming. I love this album now, though!
04. Which album(s) are your favourite?
As mentioned already, Achtung Baby is No.1, with HTDAAB, Songs Of Innocence and Zooropa also in my top tier.
05. Which album do you prefer out of #10 and #4?
All That You Can't Leave Behind or The Unforgettable Fire - neither is among my favourites, but I definitely prefer TUF.
06. What are your favourite tracks from #6 and #12?
Rattle & Hum - probably God Part II.
No Line On The Horizon - there's nothing I really love, but I guess Magnificent.
07. What memories do you associate with #14 and #8?
Songs Of Experience - mostly quite depressing things, really, but The Blackout will always remind me of that awesome show opening in Europe, and I'll never forget following that tour online!
Zooropa - buying it as my second proper U2 album after loving the songs performed on the Sydney video (which I watched over and over again). Learning Numb off by heart in my bedroom. Being so thrilled when the title track was brought back on the 360° Tour, and gutted I couldn't see it in person. Getting happy tears when I saw Zooropa segue into Streets on the IE Tour. The joy of seeing full-band Stay on the EI Tour.
08. Which album would you listen to when feeling down?
Pop, maybe - I'd be drawn to the dark stuff, and also find some comforting sounds on there.
09. Where would you rank #5 and #9 in your album preferences?
The Joshua Tree - it's somewhere in the upper middle, about 5th or 6th.
Pop - the same. I'd maybe rank Pop slightly higher than TJT, but they're so different it's hard to compare them!
10. Which album has a better opening track, #2 or #11?
October (Gloria) or How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (Vertigo). Tough choice, they both rock... I guess I'm more emotionally attached to Vertigo but I don't have a clear preference.
11. What are your favourite lyrics from #10 and #13?
All That You Can't Leave Behind - ummm... can't think of anything very profound, but I love the "Slow down my beating heart" outro from In A Little While. And I like the catchy rhymes of Elevation even if it's kinda nonsensical.
Songs Of Innocence - oh, so many great lines to choose from here. I'll go with "There's no end to grief; that's how I know, and why I need to know that there is no end to love". Also, "And a heart that is broken is a heart that is open".
12. Which album would you listen to when feeling happy?
I have definitely celebrated stuff to Achtung Baby songs in the past. HTDAAB is also an album full of joy for me.
13. How many songs from #7 and #2 have you heard live?
Achtung Baby - 9 out of 12 (everything except So Cruel, TTTYAATW and Love Is Blindness).
October - 2 out of 11 (Gloria and October).
14. Which tracks from #8 and #5 should have been released as singles?
Zooropa - I think they released the right ones, I'm not sure any of the others would have made good singles. Maybe the title track if they could somehow condense it into a radio edit. (I would love to see a promo video that matches the one in my head...)
The Joshua Tree - I know Red Hill Mining Town was almost a single and it would have been a good one, apart from the hilariously awful video!
15. Which album do you listen to more, #11 or #3?
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb or War - I've probably listened to HTDAAB more as I had it in my CD player continuously for months when it first came out.
16. Which album has grown on you the most?
Zooropa. I found it totally weird and inaccessible for a long time (nothing at all like the brilliant live performances), then had a sudden breakthrough one day and I've adored it ever since. Can't understand why it took so long to click with me - it's amazing!
17. Which songs from #4 and #1 do you dream of hearing live?
The Unforgettable Fire - I still dream of hearing the title track sung properly (didn't really like the 360° version where he changed the chorus). I was also disappointed not to hear A Sort Of Homecoming in 2017, when they played it in every other city...
Boy - I'd be absolutely delighted to hear A Day Without Me or Twilight.
18. Which album has a better closing track, #9 or #12?
Pop (Wake Up Dead Man) or No Line On The Horizon (Cedars Of Lebanon). Both quite dark and depressing tracks but that's an easy choice for me - Wake Up Dead Man.
19. Which album do you prefer out of #6 and #14?
Rattle & Hum or Songs Of Experience - definitely Rattle & Hum.
20. Which album would you love to see played in full like on the recent Joshua Tree tours?
Achtung Baby played in full would be fantastic. I would also quite like to hear Pop, because it's ridiculous that I've only heard one song from it in my 20+ years of fandom, and Songs Of Innocence because they skipped all my favourite tracks when I saw the IE Tour!