U2 made music history in the U.S. last week becoming the first group to top the Billboard album charts in four consecutive decades, when their 14th studio album, Songs of Experience, soared straight to No 1.
They are the only band to have topped the chars in each of the last four decades, a feat only matched by solo acts such as Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, and Janet Jackson.
The Dublin rock group’s first No. 1 album in the Unites States was The Joshua Tree in 1987, followed by Rattle and Hum in 1988.
In the 1990s, they hit the charts with Achtung Baby, Zooropa, and Pop, while the albums How to Dismantle an Atomic bomb and No Line on the Horizon both reached the top spot during the first decade of the new millennium.
Songs of Experience was knocked of the No 1 spot in Ireland over the weekend by Christy Moore’s On the Road compilation. In the UK, it only ever reached No. 5 on the charts.
Songs of Experience was recorded over a period of three years while the band was on the road, with 11 different studios across the world used during the making of the album.