U2's 'You're the Best Thing About Me' Debuts on Rock Charts

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Larry Mullen Jr, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform during The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sept. 14, 2017 in New Orleans.

The lead single from the band's upcoming 14th studio album starts at No. 11 on Hot Rock Songs.

U2's new single "You're the Best Thing About Me" debuts on multiple Billboard rock charts following its Sept. 6 release, including at No. 11, the band's highest rank yet, on Hot Rock Songs (which began in 2009).

The track launches at No. 6 on both Rock Digital Song Sales and Alternative Digital Song Sales with 8,000 downloads sold in the week ending Sept. 7, according to Nielsen Music. On the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, the song bows at No. 22, racking up 3.1 million audience impressions over its first five days (through Sept. 10).

The song also debuts at Nos. 18 and 36 on the Adult Alternative Songs and Alternative Songs airplay charts, respectively. The band logs its record-extending 42nd entry on the latter list (which began in 1988), pushing its lead over second-place Pearl Jam to a four-song difference.

Most Alternative Songs Chart Entries

42, U2
38, Pearl Jam
33, Foo Fighters
33, Green Day
33, Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Best" is additionally U2's 27th entry on Adult Alternative Songs (which began in 1996), where the group trails only Dave Matthews (30 entries between solo and Dave Matthews Band songs).

Most Adult Alternative Songs Chart Entries:

30 Dave Matthews/Dave Matthews Band
27, U2
26, Coldplay
23, Sheryl Crow
22, Jack Johnson

"Best" is the lead single from Songs of Experience, U2's 14th studio album and first since 2014's Songs of Innocence (the album famously uploaded onto Apple Music users' phones as a surprise release on Sept. 9, 2014). The new LP is due Dec. 1.


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