"Maybe that is the step forward on this record, to be able to have the freedom to have humour sitting alongside songs that are deadly earnest, and the two actually balance out each other."
-- Edge, on All That You Can't Leave Behind
@U2 in 2012: Top News Articles, Song Lyrics & More
January 02, 2013
Another year has come and gone -- a quiet year in terms of U2 news and activities. There was no official U2 music release in 2012 and no live performances by the full band; only a handful or so solo appearances from Bono.
But despite the lack of band activity, we still served up several million of page views across our main site, forum and blog! As we like to do as each new year begins, here's a look at our most popular content from the past year -- the stuff you read the most.
Most Popular "Sections" on @U2
These are the main navigation options that you see in the menu above this article, as well as other primary content areas that we have on @U2.
Nos. 1 through 4 are the same as in 2011, but Achtoon Baby is new on the list.
Most Popular U2 Band Member Bios
If you ever wonder how the four band members rank in overall popularity, the amount of page views that each of our band member biographies gets might be one way to score things.
Pretty close there between Adam and Larry!
Most Popular @U2 News Articles/Essays of 2012
Here are the 10 most popular news articles that we published last year. Some of our older articles would appear in this list if we included, but let's limit it just to news from 2012.
10. Adam Clayton & Dallas Schoo confirm: U2 is in the studio by Matt McGee (6,359 page views)
This is the first year where all of our most popular articles are original content written by our own staff. I love that. (Last year, nine of the top 10 articles were original.)
Most Popular @U2 Blog Posts of 2012
Some of our popular blog posts last year were written prior to 2012, so we'll limit this list just to the material that we published during the past year.
5. VIDEO: Bono's Evolving Look (4,043 page views) by Matt McGee
Most Popular U2 Song Lyrics of 2012
This is always one of the most popular sections on @U2, and full credit goes to our lyrics guru Ian Ryan. Here are the most popular album and song lyrics pages from 2012.
Top 5 U2 Song Lyrics
5. All I Want Is You (7,206 page views)
Top 5 U2 Album Lyrics
5. No Line On The Horizon Lyrics (6,946 page views)
Most Popular @U2 Forum Boards
We had more than 500 new members join the forum in 2012, and everyone collectively made more than 139,000 posts during the year. Here are the five most popular boards in the forum.
The end! That's how it looked last year in terms of what our readers looked at the most. As always, the entire @U2 crew and I thank you for your time, trust and loyalty in 2012. We're looking forward to a great 2013!