CSPC: U2 Popularity Analysis


Original Album Sales – Comments

1980 Boy – 3,700,000
1981 October – 3,600,000
1983 War – 10,900,000
1984 The Unforgettable Fire – 8,100,000
1987 The Joshua Tree – 26,800,000
1988 Rattle And Hum – 13,800,000
1991 Achtung Baby – 17,500,000
1993 Zooropa – 8,000,000
1997 Pop – 6,700,000
2000 All That You Can’t Leave Behind – 12,300,000
2004 How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb – 10,200,000
2009 No Line On The Horizon – 4,400,000
2014 Songs Of Innocence – 1,100,000

We don’t need to comment very much given the numbers. They actually speak for themselves. The Joshua Tree, not surprisingly, appears at the very top with 26,8 million, a number it conquered not only because of its initial massive sales but ongoing back catalogue activity as they released new albums, toured everywhere and grew in status during the subsequent years.

Achtung Baby is well behind but shows comfortably at number 2 with 17,5 million, whilst Rattle And HumAll That You Can’t Leave Behind and War complete the the band’s personal top 5 on sales of 13,8 million, 12,3 million and 10,9 million respectively.

Their first two albums, Boy and October, sold mostly via catalogue. And, as it is widely known, their two nineties experiments didn’t reach a similar level of success as previous and post records. We are talking about Zooropa and Pop, which still garnered 8,0 and 6,7 million respectively, both remarkable totals considering the change in profile shown by the group on them.

Overall, U2 have sold 127,1 million studio albums, counting in Rattle & Hum.

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hey mjd,please give us Total Album (all types) Sales per Country


Songs Of Experience is 330,631 EAS, I think it must be correct


between The Joshua Tree (super deluxe) and The Joshua Tree remastered from 2007 there is an extra song that is Where The Streets Have No Name- single edit / remastered 2007 which has 3,259,433 streams: then I think that after just 5 years the article on U2 should be updated since in 2016 they released Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris (DVD) and in 2017 they released their latest album Songs of Experience, so maybe thanks to their last released material reached 200 million equivalent albums sold.
I hope you answer me !!

Last edited 11 months ago by Antonio

I am still waiting for someone from your staff to answer me, I think I have made an excellent reflection or question


What are the chances that U2 will break through the 500 ASR barrier in the near future?

This is obviously dependent on how well they are doing compared to Michael Jackson as the bench mark?


Hi Smiley!

It depends on many factors so it’s difficult to tell. They grow about 2.7 million streams a day compared to Jackson’s 4.5 million. With features, the gap is a bit higher. Since Jackson does so on the back of a shorter discography, it means both his CSPC and equivalent discography sales are climbing fairly faster, so I wouldn’t expect U2 to get closer to him on ASR, at least not without new albums.


Hi was wondering if I could please get a breakdown of the best of 1980-1990 album country by country, like it is done for the studio albums . Thanks


this needs an update with a biggest tracks page


Update U2’s CSPC with “Songs of Experience” album released 2017!


Give us CSPC for another famous irish rock star…………..VAN MORRISON!


And here i would love to see biggest tracks list. It would be great if you can do it like it is for RHCP or Metallica with Stones, Zeppelin, U2.

Anthony Blanchard

Hi Joe! Here is their top 20: 1. 1987 – U2 – With Or Without You [The Joshua Tree] – 23,430,000 2. 1983 – U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday [War] – 16,800,000 3. 2000 – U2 – Beautiful Day [All That You Can’t Leave Behind] – 14,770,000 4. 1991 – U2 – One [Achtung Baby] – 14,750,000 5. 1987 – U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For [The Joshua Tree] – 13,420,000 6. 1984 – U2 – Pride (in The Name Of Love) [The Unforgettable Fire] – 7,740,000 7. 1983 – U2 – New Year’s Day [War]… Read more »


Great! Huge thx! 🙂 All I need now is Santana, Clapton, Van Halen, ZZ Top and Jimi Hendrix 😀 but I know it is a lot of work to do to get this happen. But anyway- do you think those acts are going to be included this year? Or i need to wait a little more? 🙂

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