8. 'All That You Can't Leave Behind'
With a new millennium looming and a (relatively) failed album in the very recent past, U2 decided it was time to strip things down. The winning production duo of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois were brought back into the fold and they all wrote a series of songs that didn't sound like a band trying to burn down their past.
Crucially, All That You Can't Leave Behind doesn't evoke a single previous era of U2. Instead, these are simpler pop songs infused with the Edge's signature ringing guitar sound. This was the era of 'N Sync and Eminem, but the moment that "Beautiful Day" hit, it became a huge radio smash. "Walk On" and "Elevation" also became very popular and, suddenly, U2 were once again the biggest band on the planet. Tickers for their arena tour disappeared the moment they went on sale and it seemed like they were going to become the one rock group to keep making relevant music decades into their career.