The Pride of U2

Steven Hyden:

“Greatest” in this context isn’t necessarily an aesthetic judgment — it’s a measure of prominence, reach, and the ability to assemble disparate factions under the same banner. “Greatest” applies only to music with big ideas and bigger emotions, so that it can fill vast spaces. “Greatest” truly is a kind of job, with a bevy of perks and burdens. Most great bands in 2015 will never have the opportunity to be “greatest” — nor would they want it, given how often “greatest” is viewed simply as “overbearing” now.