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Released: March 4, 1997

Rating: 3.281 (average of 16 ratings)

Genre: alternative rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Discothèque [5:19]
  2. Do You Feel Loved [5:07]
  3. Mofo [5:49]
  4. If God Will Send His Angels [5:22]
  5. Staring at the Sun [4:36]
  6. Last Night on Earth [4:45]
  7. Gone [4:26]
  8. Miami [4:52]
  9. The Playboy Mansion [4:40]
  10. If You Wear That Velvet Dress [5:15]
  11. Please [5:02]
  12. Wake Up Dead Man [4:52]
Songs written by U2.


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 2 million
sales worldwide - estimated 7 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 1
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Discothèque (1/25/97) #10 US, #1 UK, #6 AR, #1 MR
  • Staring at the Sun (3/15/97) #16a US, #3 UK, #2 AR, #1 MR
  • Last Night on Earth (6/28/97) #57 US, #10 UK, #18 AR, #11 MR
  • Please (10/4/97) #7 UK, #31 MR
  • If God Will Send His Angels (12/20/97) #12 UK
  • Mofo (12/97) --

“No matter which way you look at it, Pop doesn't have the same shock of the new that Achtung Baby delivered on first listen. Less experimental and more song-oriented than Zooropa, Pop attempts to sell the glitzy rush of techno to an audience weaned on arena rock. And that audience includes U2 themselves. While they never sound like they don't believe in what they're doing, they still remove most of the radical elements of electronic dance, which is evident to anyone with just a passing knowledge of the Chemical Brothers and Underworld. To a new listener, Pop has flashes of surprise — particularly on the rampaging Mofo — but underneath the surface, U2 rely on anthemic rockers and ballads. Discotheque might be a little clumsy, but Staring at the Sun shimmers with synthesizers borrowed from Massive Attack and a Noel Gallagher chorus. Similarly, Do You Feel Loved and If You Wear That Velvet Dress fuse old-fashioned U2 dynamism with a keen sense of the cool eroticism that makes trip-hop so alluring. Problems arise when the group tries to go for conventional rock songs, some of which are symptomatic of the return of U2's crusade for salvation. Pop is inflected with the desire for a higher power to save the world from its jaded spiral of decay and immorality, which is why the group's embrace of dance music never seems joyous — instead of providing an intoxicating rush of gloss and glamour, it functions as a backdrop for a plea of salvation. Achtung Baby also was a comment on the numbing isolation of modern culture, but it made sweeping statements through personal observations; Pop makes sweeping statements through sweeping observations. The difference is what makes Pop an easy record to admire, but a hard one to love” (Erlewine).

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previous album: Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1 (1995) U2’s DMDB page next album: All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)

Last updated January 27, 2009.