CSPC: U2 Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 3 – Stardom

This third part opens with The Joshua Tree, their all time biggest album and one of the biggest overall by any act. Not only does it contain U2‘s first hit to cross the 100 million mark on Spotify with the cult With Or Without You, but it also has I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, which has almost 66 million plays, plus Where The Streets Have No Name with more than 14 million. Plus, all the original tracks have managed to be streamed at least 1 million times over. Controversial, and debatable, is the inclusion of Sweetest Thing here, a song originally recorded at the time of The Joshua Tree but widely popular in 1998, when listed on the band’s first compilation, The Best Of 1980-1990. Some would say it should have been classed as an Orphan Album track but the song was included on the most recent deluxe edition -2007-, so we decided to respect that criteria. The group itself seem to regard it as belonging to that era.

Achtung Baby reached 166,000 equivalent albums sales, well behind the 416,000 accumulated by The Joshua Tree but still strong regardless of that.

Although Rattle And Hum sold nearly as much as The Joshua Tree during their respective first years, we easily understand why nowadays the 1987 classic is almost twice as high in album sales as Rattle And Hum. In fact, this latter album truly lacks a real hit.

Without much surprise, Zooropa and Pop rank well behind due to them lacking a proper and truly huge hit. Stay, from the former, is the biggest tracks out of both titles with no more than 4 million streams on Spotify.

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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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