The band’s performance of “Get Out of Your Own Way” from the High Line in New York was viewed nearly 10 million times.
On Dec. 1, the day U2’s 17th album, Songs of Experience, was released worldwide, the band broadcast a performance on Facebook Live that rules Billboard’s Top Facebook Live Videos chart for December 2017.
The chart, whose latest edition recaps December activity, is a monthly look at the widest-reaching and most-reacted-to videos posted by musicians on Facebook Live, as tracked by media analytics company Shareablee. Rankings are determined by a formula that blends reactions, comments, shares and first-seven-days views.
U2’s clip found the quartet performing “Get Out of Your Own Way” from the new album from beneath the High Line in New York to promote the record’s release (it eventually reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, earning 186,000 equivalent album units in its first week, according to Nielsen Music).
The video was viewed 9.7 million times in its first seven days, the only video in December by a musical act to score over 500,000 views, according to Shareablee. It also led all videos in all other chart metrics: 376,000 reactions, 21,000 comments and 50,000 shares.
Had U2’s video, somewhat of an outlier compared to the rest of the December chart, not been released, Bob Marley would have led the ranking. The reggae star — who died in 1981 — comes in at No. 2 with a stream of Marley’s Dec. 5, 1976, concert from Kingston, Jamaica, posted on Dec. 5. The video was viewed 469,000 times in its first seven days and earned 15,000 reactions.
Meanwhile, DJ/producer Armin van Buuren takes three of the top 10 slots with live episodes of his long-running “A State of Trance” series, led by episode 845 on Dec. 21. That video garnered 15,000 comments, second only to U2 in December.
See the full list, which also includes videos from Reba McEntire, Fantasia, Gwen Stefani and David Guetta, below.
10. Armin van Buuren
9. David Guetta
8. Gwen Stefani
5. Reba McEntire
4. Armin van Buuren
3. Armin van Buuren
2. Bob Marley