U2 releases third studio album, "War"

War is the third studio album by Irish rock band U2, released on February 28, 1983 (1983-02-28). The album has come to be regarded as U2's first overtly political album, in part because of songs like "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "New Year's Day", as well as the title, which stems from the band's perception of the world at the time; Bono stated that "war seemed to be the motif for 1982."

While the central themes of their earlier albums Boy and October focused on adolescence and spirituality, respectively, War focused on both the physical aspects of warfare, and the emotional aftereffects. The album has been described as the record where the band "turned pacifism itself into a crusade."

War was a commercial success for the band, knocking Michael Jackson's Thriller from the top of the charts to become the band's first #1 album in the UK. In 2003, the album was ranked number 221 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

1. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" 4:40
2. "Seconds" 3:10
3. "New Year's Day" 5:35
4. "Like a Song..." 4:46
5. "Drowning Man" 4:14
6. "The Refugee" (produced by Bill Whelan) 3:40
7. "Two Hearts Beat as One" 4:03
8. "Red Light" 3:46
9. "Surrender" 5:34
10. ""40"" 2:35

A lot of the songs on our last album were quite abstract, but War is intentionally more direct, more specific. But you can still take the title on a lot of different levels. We're not only interested in the physical aspects of war. The emotional effects are just as important, 'the trenches dug within our hearts'. People have become numb to violence. Watching the television, it's hard to tell the difference between fact and fiction. One minute you see something being shot on The Professionals, and the next you see someone falling through a window after being shot on the news. One is fiction and one is real life, but we're becoming so used to the fiction that we become numb to the real thing.”

— Bono on "War"