To me, U2 has always been like, "WTF?" I just don't get it. It's like Bruce Springsteen. Never got that either. I'd also put them way south of Townsend. Tommy
? Guitar anthems like "We Don't Get Fooled Again?" "My Generation?" "Bargain?" That's some world changing rock. The Who go up in the first tier, IMHO.
I do agree that Bono is a very admirable person.