3. 'The Unforgettable Fire'
After three straight albums with Steve Lillywhite, U2 decided to go in a different direction with their fourth album, The Unforgettable Fire, by bringing in the unique duo of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. Bono was inspired to write songs about the bombing of Hiroshima when he saw an exhibit about the attack in Japan called "The Unforgettable Fire."
Around the same time, Rolling Stone writer Jim Henke gave Bono a book about Martin Luther King, Jr. called Let the Trumpet Sound. It inspired him to write "MLK" and "Pride (In the Name of Love.") The latter became an enormous hit single and brought the band into arenas and the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time. The decade wasn't even half over, but Rolling Stone labeled them "Our Choice Band of the 1980s." It was a lot to live up to, but they pulled it off.