It was 30 years ago today, November 18th, 1991, that U2 released its seventh album, the groundbreaking Achtung Baby. The collection, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200, followed the band's 1988 stop-gap live and studio soundtrack to the Rattle And Hum movie, and served as the creative followup to the band's multi-platinum 1987 chart-topper, The Joshua Tree. Achtung Baby was recorded over six months at Hansa Studio in Berlin, Germany and Windmill Lane in Dublin, Ireland.
The album, which was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, spawned four Top 40 singles — “Mysterious Ways” (#9), “One” (#10), “Even Better Than The Real Thing” (#32), and “Who's Gonna Run Your Wild Horses” (#35).
In 1993 the album scored U2 the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. To date, Achtung Baby has sold 18 million copies globally.