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How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
- Miracle Drug
- Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
- Love And Peace Or Else
- City Of Blinding Lights
- All Because Of You
- A Man And A Woman
- Crumbs From Your Table
- One Step Closer
- Original Of The Species
Bonus Track: Fast Cars
// About 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was released November 22, 2004. This album was awarded eight Grammy Awards in 2005 and 2006, winning in all of the categories in which it was nominated. It was awarded the Album of the Year award in 2006. "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" from the album was awarded Song of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. "City of Blinding Lights" was awarded the award for Best Rock Song, and the album was also awarded Best Rock Album. In 2005, the single "Vertigo" from the album won in all three categories in which it was nominated: Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and Best Short Form Music Video.
Bono has described the album as "our first rock and roll record." Although not a concept album in the traditional sense, most of the music on the record deals with the world at the crossroads of its existence. Love, war, peace and harmony are running themes throughout the album.
The album is produced by Steve Lillywhite. Others involved in the production include Flood, Jacknife Lee, Nellee Hooper, Chris Thomas, Daniel Lanois, and Brian Eno.
The album was preceded by the lead single "Vertigo", which topped the charts in several countries, including the UK. The single was also successful in the US, where it reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Modern Rock Tracks chart. "Vertigo" was also extremely successful as a digital single; it topped the digital downloads chart in both the US and the UK, becoming U2's best-selling single ever in the US with 2x Platinum status.
Following the November 22, 2004 release, the album debuted at #1 for 34 countries, including the US Billboard 200, the UK album chart, and the Aria charts. Worldwide sales as of 2006 number about 9.1 million copies sold. As of January 22nd, 2006 the album had sold 3,001,406 copies in the United States.
The second single in the UK was "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" which became U2's first-ever follow-up single to top the charts. The single was also fairly successful in the US on adult contemporary radio, reaching #15 on the Adult Top 40 and also placing on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, the Pop 100, and the Hot 100.
"City of Blinding Lights" was the third UK release. It peaked at #2 and spent nine weeks on the chart. It also placed on the US Adult Top 40.
The second single in the US was "All Because of You". The song was not a chart success. Although it received some airplay on rock radio, reaching #6 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and #20 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, the song had little mainstream exposure. When released in the UK, it peaked at #4 but only spent four weeks on the chart.
"Original of the Species" has been released to airplay in the US. So far, it has been added to the playlists of 12 US alternative rock radio stations. It has peaked at #6 on the Triple A Chart according to mediaguide.com and the video has reached #12 on VH1's top 20 video countdown. The track has also made brief appearences on the Hot AC charts according to Radio and Records and MediaGuide.
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