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Billboard #1 Hits: #627: ‘With Or Without You’- U2 – May 26, 1987. #1 for 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ‘With Or Without You’- U2
  • Record Company-Atlantic
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by U2
  • Time: 4:56
  • B-side:’Luminous Times [Hold On To Love] / Walk To The Water’
  • Album- The Joshua Tree
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #4 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada, Ireland and Poland.

Musically the first thing I think of when I think of 1987-88 is U2- and ‘The Joshua Tree.’ One of my favorite albums of all time- a great album which was also immensely popular. I am often wrong on predictions- but in the mid 80’s in following the career of U2- I just sensed that after The Unforgettable Fire in 1984- that U2 was going to explode with their next album. This was an album that I loved at first listen. ‘With Or Without You’ was the first single from the album -the second single “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’- also went to #1- their only 2 #1’s. Of course when you sell 25 million albums and your tour is one of the biggest of the era- and you are everywhere- there is going to be a backlash. My friend Helmet was even a bigger fan than I was- in fact he is the one who turned me on to U2- he loved U2 and Bruce Springsteen. He’s had nothing to do with either artist since U2- and The Joshua Tree and Springsteen with Born In The USA- its like when they became big he was turned off.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #627: ‘WITH OR WITHOUT YOU’- U2 -MAY 16, 1987

  1. I’m with you Hans – this album was part of the soundtrack of my life at the time. The first time I heard this song on radio I fell in love with it and went out a d got the CD and that was it !

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