CSPC: U2 Popularity Analysis


Digital Singles Sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Boy (1980) – 105,000   equivalent albums

Total tracks – 700,000

October (1981) – 60,000   equivalent albums

Total tracks – 400,000

War (1983) – 375,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 2,500,000

The Unforgettable Fire (1984) – 345,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 2,300,000

The Joshua Tree (1987) – 1,845,000   equivalent albums

Total tracks – 12,300,000

Rattle And Hum (1988) – 255,000   equivalent albums

Total tracks – 1,700,000

Achtung Baby (1991) – 750,000   equivalent albums

Total tracks – 5,000,000

Zooropa (1993) – 120,000   equivalent albums

Total tracks – 800,000

Pop (1997) – 90,000 equivalent albums

Total tracks – 600,000

All That You Can’t Leave Behind – 1,005,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 6,700,000

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004) – 390,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 2,900,000

No Line On The Horizon (2009) – 390,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 2,600,000

Songs Of Innocence (2014) – 75,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 500,000

Orphan Album – 225,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 1,500,000

With over 40 million digital downloads sold across the world, U2 have  had another strong avenue to sell massively well during the past decade, now on decline.

The Joshua Tree accounts for the biggest share of that total, with 12 million singles sold. The runner up is All That You Can’t Leave Behind, mostly driven by Beautiful Day, which has sold some 4,500,000 downloads worldwide.

Achtung Baby with 5 million digital sales added by its songs may seem lower than expected, but it still is a strong total.

Very good digital sales for all their other albums, except, to some extent and not surprisingly either, Zooropa and Pop.

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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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