Within weeks of the official release of their fifth album, U2's The Joshua Tree made history. It debuted on the U.S. Album Charts at #7, making it the highest debut of any studio act since Stevie Wonder in 1980. It would become a worldwide smash topping the charts in over 20 Countries. Here in the States, The Joshua Tree's first two singles became the group's only U.S. number-one singles ("With of Without You" + "I Still Haven't Found What I'm looking For".)
With the band's videos in heavy rotation on MTV, a Time magazine cover story labeling them "Rock's Hottest Ticket", album sales continued to swell. U2 would be playing (and filling) stadiums for the first time in their career. The record went on to score multiple Grammy Awards the following year, sell over 25 million copies and was selected by the National Recording Registry, as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress.