Skip to main content


U2 Boy.png

As iconic as U2 have come to be, they had to start somewhere.

Boy is U2's debut album, recorded in Dublin, and released in October 1980.  As with subsequent albums, Boy had meaning as well - "adolescence, innocence, and passage into adulthood." (Wikipedia)

"I Will Follow" - first single to reach U.S. radio waves

Boy Honors -
No. 417 on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" (2003)
No. 59 on "100 Greatest Debut Albums" (Uncut 2006)
No. 63 on Billboard 200

Boy Certifications -
Gold in the UK
Platinum in Canada and the U.S.

(A full background can be found on Wikipedia.)

The most notable single from Boy is "I Will Follow."

"I Will Follow" Background -
- Tribute to Bono's mother who passed away when he was 14 years old
- "unconditional love a mother has for her child"
- First track on Boy
- Released in October 1980
- Only U2 song to be performed on every tour

U2 had to start somewhere..."I Will Follow."