[lastfm]U2[/lastfm] comes in at number one on Spin magazine’s new list of the 125 best albums of the past 25 years. The editors compiled the list to rank the most influential albums since the publication’s inception in 1985.
The magazine decided that U2’s seventh studio album, 1991’s Achtung Baby, was the top album of the past 25 years. The offering was recorded in Dublin, Ireland, and Berlin, Germany, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Prince came in at number two with Sign O’ The Times. Nirvana‘s Nevermind and Radiohead‘s OK Computer also find themselves near the top.
On the publication’s website, Spin editor Charles Aaron claims Achtung Baby contains “confessions of frailty and blindness” and shows how U2 were “struggling to simultaneously embrace and blow up the world.”
Nirvana’s 1991 offering Nevermind rolled in at number four. “No album in the history of modern rock has had such a decisive influence,” Spin says.
Radiohead came in at number five for their 1997 release OK Computer. “From ‘Paranoid Android’ to ‘Karma Police,’ Yorke was trying to make each sound like reportage from inside 12 different brains,” Spin wrote back in 1998.