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U2’s Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits

A look at the legendary rock band's history on the chart.

In honor of frontman Bono’s birthday (May 10), Billboard takes a look at U2‘s biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Irish quartet first entered the chart on April 2, 1983, with “New Year’s Day,” which reached No. 53. The following year, U2 earned its first top 40 Hot 100 hit, the No. 33-peaking Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute “Pride (In the Name of Love).” In 1987, U2 reached the summit with “With or Without You,” which spent three weeks at No. 1 (beginning that May 16). In August that year, the band landed its second Hot 100 No. 1, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” which reigned for two weeks.

U2 boasts 34 total Hot 100 entries, including six top 10s. Just three weeks ago, U2 joined Michael Jackson, Madonna and “Weird Al” Yankovic as the only acts to score top 40 hits on the chart in the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s, thanks to U2’s featured turn on Kendrick Lamar‘s “XXX.,” which debuted at No. 33 (May 6).


Birthday boy Bono, meanwhile, has charted three Hot 100 titles solo, with “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour),” with Jay Z, Rihanna and U2 bandmate The Edge, having hit No. 16 in 2010. (The foursome’s other half did even better: In their lone visit to the Hot 100 under their own names, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen’s “Theme From Mission: Impossible” rose to No. 7 in 1996.)

Beyond the Hot 100, U2 has achieved a record (shared with Coldplay) 12 No. 1s on Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Songs chart, as well as eight No. 1s on Alternative Songs and seven on Mainstream Rock Songs. The band has charted 22 titles on the Billboard 200 albums chart, including seven No. 1s.

U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards, the most among groups, including two each for album (1987, 2005), song (2000, 2005) and record of the year (2000, 2001).

Here is a recap of U2’s top-performing songs on the Hot 100.

U2’s Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits

1, “With or Without You,” peak position No. 1 (3 weeks), peak date May 16, 1987
2, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” No. 1 (2 weeks), Aug. 8, 1987
3, “Desire,” No. 3, Nov. 26, 1988
4, “Where the Streets Have No Name,” No. 13, Nov. 7, 1987
5, “Mysterious Ways,” No. 9, Jan. 25, 1992

6, “One,” No. 10, May 16, 1992
7, “Angel of Harlem,” No. 14, Feb. 11, 1989
8, “Beautiful Day,” No. 21, Jan. 27, 2001
9, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me,” No. 16, July 15, 1995
10, “Vertigo,” No. 31, Nov. 27, 2004

11, “(Pride) In the Name of Love,” No. 33, Dec. 15, 1984
12, “Discotheque,” No. 10, Feb. 22, 1997
13, “Staring at the Sun,” No. 26, May 10, 1997
14, “In God’s Country,” No. 44, Jan. 23, 1988
15, “Even Better Than the Real Thing,” No. 32, Sept. 12, 1992

U2’s Biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, through the May 20, 2017, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.