Mar-21-87: U2 Finds What Its Looking For

U2 releases “With or Without You” the first single from their biggest album ever – Joshua Tree.  The album debuted at #1 on the UK charts on this day.

The album would elevate the band to a Super Band status only obtained by a few like the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Police, the Eagles etc. The album has been heralded as one the greatest rock albums of all time.

 JOSHUA TREE BY THE NUMBERS

27  30

Years Ago

2

Days to Sell 300,000 copies.
Fastest in British history at that time.

Singles to Reach Number 1 on US Charts
With or Without You and Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

Grammy Awards

5

Fifth Studio Album
After “Unforgettable Fire” and Before “Rattle and Hum”

9

Weeks at the top of the US Charts

10

Times Platinum (making it a Diamond Record)

19

Countries it reached Number 1

25

Millions of copies sold.
Equivalent to Bob Marley’s Legend or Carol King’s Tapesty

35

Weeks on the Top 10 US Album Charts

103

Weeks on the US Charts

From Wikipedia

The Joshua Tree received critical acclaim, topped the charts in over 20 countries, and sold in record-breaking numbers. According to Rolling Stone, the album increased the band’s stature “from heroes to superstars”. It produced the hit singles “With or Without You“, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For“, and “Where the Streets Have No Name“. The album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1988.

The Joshua Tree is acclaimed as one of the greatest albums in rock history, and many publications have placed it among their rankings of the best records, including Hot Press,TimeQ, andEntertainment Weekly. In 1997, The Guardian collated worldwide data in 1997 from a range of renowned critics, artists, and radio DJs, who placed the record at number 57 in the list of the “100 Best Albums Ever”. In 2010, the album appeared at number 62 on Spin‘s list of the 125 most influential albums in the 25 years since the magazine launched. The publication said, “The band’s fifth album spit out hits like crazy, and they were unusually searching hits, each with a pointed political edge.”[132] Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album at number 27 on their 2012 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time“, calling it “an album that turns spiritual quests and political struggles into uplifting stadium singalongs”. It was U2’s best position on the list. That year, in Slant Magazine‘s list of the “Best Albums of the 1980s”, the publication said that The Joshua Tree‘s opening trio of songs helped “the band became lords and emperors of anthemic ’80s rock” and that “U2 no longer belonged to Dublin, but the world.”

Side one
No. Title Length
1. Where the Streets Have No Name 5:38
2. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 4:38
3. With or Without You 4:56
4. Bullet the Blue Sky 4:32
5. Running to Stand Still 4:18
Side two
No. Title Length
6. Red Hill Mining Town 4:54
7. In God’s Country 2:57
8. Trip Through Your Wires 3:33
9. One Tree Hill 5:23
10. Exit 4:13
11. Mothers of the Disappeared 5:12
Total length:
50:11
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