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How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

(Released November 2004)

Track list:
Miracle Drug
Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own
Love and Peace or Else
City of Blinding Lights
All Because of You
A Man and a Woman
Crumbs From Your Table
One Step Closer
Original of the Species

In 2004, U2 released their fifteenth album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb." Similar to the manner of their previous album, U2 strips down the stadium-sized approach of past albums.

"How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" garnered eight Grammy Awards in 2005 and 2006 , winning in all of the categories in which it was nominated. The album was also number one in thirty four countries, including the United States. It was awarded Album of the Year in 2006 and Best Rock Album. Songs have received awards as well. "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" won Song of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. "City of Blinding Lights" was awarded Best Rock Song. In 2005 "Vertigo", the signature song of the album, won in all categories in which it was nominated: Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and Best Short Form Music Video.

Bono has described the album as "our first rock and roll record." Most of the music on the record deals with world issues and the themes of love, war, peace and harmony. The song "Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own" is a tribute to Bono's father, Bob Hewson, who died in 2001. Bono also dedicated "Original of the Species" to his two daughters because it is about growing up and being true to one's self.

The album reached number one in 28 countries, but only got up to number three in the United States. Both "Beautiful Day" and "Walk On" won Record of the Year while the album overall achieved #139 on Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time.