Irish rockers U2 are still top of the pops.Irish Voice

Congratulations to the lads of U2, who beat out Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, and Taylor Swift to nab the top spot on Rolling Stone’s just-released “Best Albums of 2014” list for Songs of Innocence.

“There was no bigger album of 2014 – in terms of surprise, generosity and controversy,” the magazine editors write.

“Songs of Innocence is also the rebirth of the year. Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. put their lives on the line: giving away 11 songs of guitar rapture and frank, emotional tales of how they became a band out of the rough streets and spiritual ferment of seventies Dublin.” Coming in at number two is their Irish American brother in arms, Bruce Springsteen, who, according to the magazine, hit a new peak with his disc High Hopes.