CSPC: U2 Popularity Analysis

U2 Career CSPC Results

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So, after checking all figures, what’s the most successful album by U2 and how many overall equivalent albums sales have they achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

#CoverAlbumTotal CSPCSales*StreamsTotal CSPC
Studio AlbumsOther LPsPhysical SinglesDigital SinglesLast verifiedAuto updateDaily Increase
1BoyBoy5,755,0003,700,0001,790,00075,000
(250,000)
105,000
(700,000)
72,000
(09/18/21)
85,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
5,755,000
2OctoberOctober4,479,0003,600,000706,00075,000
(250,000)
60,000
(400,000)
33,000
(09/18/21)
38,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 10
4,479,000
3WarWar25,086,00010,900,00013,037,000330,000
(1,100,000)
375,000
(2,500,000)
364,000
(09/18/21)
444,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 250
LD: 260
25,086,000
4TheThe Unforgettable Fire13,424,0008,100,0004,213,000420,000
(1,400,000)
345,000
(2,300,000)
284,000
(09/18/21)
346,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 190
LD: 180
13,424,000
5TheThe Joshua Tree49,196,00026,800,00017,389,0001,215,000
(4,050,000)
1,845,000
(12,300,000)
1,532,000
(09/18/21)
1,847,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 970
LD: 980
49,196,000
6RattleRattle And Hum16,990,00013,800,0001,839,000870,000
(2,900,000)
255,000
(1,700,000)
186,000
(09/18/21)
226,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 120
LD: 230
16,990,000
7AchtungAchtung Baby25,285,00017,500,0005,025,0001,215,000
(4,050,000)
750,000
(5,000,000)
650,000
(09/18/21)
795,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 450
LD: 400
25,285,000
8ZooropaZooropa8,907,0008,000,000364,000315,000
(1,050,000)
120,000
(800,000)
90,000
(09/18/21)
108,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
8,907,000
9PopPop7,785,0006,700,000248,000675,000
(2,250,000)
90,000
(600,000)
60,000
(09/18/21)
72,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
7,785,000
10AllAll That You Can't Leave Behind21,347,00012,300,0006,784,000555,000
(1,850,000)
1,005,000
(6,700,000)
590,000
(09/18/21)
703,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 350
LD: 350
21,347,000
11HowHow To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb11,802,00010,200,000640,000255,000
(850,000)
435,000
(2,900,000)
229,000
(09/18/21)
272,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 130
LD: 120
11,802,000
12NoNo Line On The Horizon4,986,0004,400,00046,00030,000
(100,000)
390,000
(2,600,000)
110,000
(09/18/21)
120,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 60
4,986,000
13SongsSongs Of Innocence1,509,0001,100,00000
(0)
75,000
(500,000)
307,000
(09/18/21)
334,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 90
1,509,000
14SongsSongs Of Experience (Deluxe Edition)362,000000
(0)
0
(0)
0
(N/A)
362,000
(08/08/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
362,000
15Orphan2,300,0000970,000735,000
(2,450,000)
225,000
(1,500,000)
370,000
(09/18/21)
N/AN/A2,300,000
*Pure sales figures updated on 09/18/21.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/6750 for Video stream)

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What do we see here? The Joshua Tree is the predictable winner. Up to an incredible 47,7 million, the only albums we studied so far topping it are Nirvana‘s Nevermind, the Grease Soundtrack and Led Zeppelin‘s fourth album, all over 52 million.

There is more to highlight. Whilst on pure sales Achtung Baby is their second biggest selling title by far, with the CSPC’s approach that crown goes to War at 24,6 millionsomething that not many would have seen coming a few pages earlier. Achtung Baby, on its own hand, still cumulated a great 24,4 million CSPC’s sales.

Driven by Beautiful Day, All That You Can’t Leave Behind reaches 20,5 million CSPC’s sales, proving, once again, it is far bigger than How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, despite having similar pure album sales and being remembered as about equally successful. As it generates more yearly sales now than both Achtung Baby and War, it may even challenge the band discography runner up spot in the future.

The Unforgettable Fire looks now better with 13 million CSPC’s sales, although still lower than Rattle And Hum at 16,7 million. In the other side, Boy, October, Zooropa and Pop didn’t get much outside their original sales.

You may be wondering about U2‘s final CSPC total. Well, the final result is an astonishing 194,5 million, only 6 million short of Led Zeppelin‘s total.

Do not forget to check our amazing lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge their position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.

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TapestryCK

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

Antonio

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

Antonio

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
Antonio

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

Smiley

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?

MJD

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.

blah

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

ojd

this needs an update with a biggest tracks page

Matrix

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

Matrix

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

Joe

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 »

Joe

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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