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Sleep Through the Static
Studio album by Jack Johnson
Released February 1, 2008
Genre Acoustic Rock
Label Brushfire Records, Universal Records
Professional reviews
Jack Johnson chronology
Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George
Sleep Through the Static
To the Sea (2010)
Singles from Sleep Through the Static
  1. "If I Had Eyes"
    Released: December 17, 2007
  2. "Sleep Through the Static"
    Released: December, 2007 Only digital
  3. "Same Girl"
    Released: February, 2008 Only in Brazil
  4. "Hope"
    Released: May, 2008
  5. "Go On"
    Released: November, 2008 Only radio

Sleep Through the Static is the fourth studio album by singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, released in the U.S. on February 5, 2008. The effort was announced on Johnson's personal website as renovation began for the release of the album. It was recorded at L.A.'s Solar Powered Plastic Plant, which makes it Johnson's first album not made in Hawaii. It was produced by JP Plunier.

The album was played live for the first time at the BBC in December for a select number of fans. Despite having been reviewed mostly unenthusiastically by professional music critics, worldwide sales of the album indicate that most Jack Johnson fans have not been disappointed, with positive word-of-mouth countering the unenthusiastic reviews of some critics.

The first single, "If I Had Eyes", was released via Johnson's MySpace page on December 17, 2007. The second single from the album was "Hope" and was released on September, peaking at number #30 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.

The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 375,000 copies in its first week, including 139,000 digital downloads. This was a record high for weekly digital album sales.[1] It also debuted at number one on the Worldwide chart with sales of 577,000. It held the record at iTunes for most digital downloads in a single day, until Coldplay's Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends set a new record.

Sleep Through the Static remained at number one on the Billboard 200 in its second week of release, by which time it had sold over 180,000 copies,[2] as well as its third week, in which it sold 105,000 copies.[3] It fell from the number one spot in its fourth week, in which it placed third with about 92,000 copies sold.[4] The album was made #45 in Q's 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008.[5]


Track listing

All tracks composed by Jack Johnson, except where noted.

  1. "All at Once" – 3:38
  2. "Sleep Through the Static" – 3:43
  3. "Hope" (Jack Johnson, Zach Rogue) – 3:42
  4. "Angel" – 2:02
  5. "Enemy" – 3:48
  6. "If I Had Eyes" – 3:59
  7. "Same Girl" – 2:10
  8. "What You Thought You Need" – 5:27
  9. "Adrift" – 3:56
  10. "Go On " – 4:35
  11. "They Do, They Don't" – 4:10
  12. "While We Wait" – 1:26
  13. "Monsoon" (Jack Johnson, Merlo Podlewski) – 4:17
  14. "Losing Keys" – 4:28

Chart performance

(2008) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[6] 1
Austria Albums Chart[6] 3
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders)[7] 8
Belgium Albums Chart (Wallonia)[7] 34
Canadian Albums Chart[8] 1
Danish Albums Chart[7] 5
Dutch Albums Chart[6] 4
French Albums Chart[7] 6
Greek Albums Chart[9] 9
Irish Albums Chart[6] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[6] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[6] 17
Portugal Albums Chart[7] 3
Spanish Albums Chart[7] 14
Swedish Albums Chart[6] 13
Swiss Albums Chart[7] 2
UK Albums Chart[6] 1
U.S. Billboard 200[6] 1


Country Provider(s) Certification Sales/shipments
Australia ARIA Platinum [10] 70,000+
U.K. BPI Gold [11] 167,000
U.S. RIAA Platinum [12] 1,500,000+
Japan Oricon Gold 54,469


Preceded by
Skybound by Tom Baxter
Irish Album Chart number-one album
February 7, 2008 – February 14, 2008
Succeeded by
Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
Preceded by
Spirit by Leona Lewis
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
February 11, 2008 – March 17, 2008
March 24, 2008 – March 31, 2008
Succeeded by
Breed Obsession by Gyroscope
New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart number-one album
February 11, 2008 – March 3, 2008
Succeeded by
Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
Preceded by
19 by Adele
UK Albums Chart number-one album
February 11, 2008 – February 24, 2008
Succeeded by
Join with Us by The Feeling
Preceded by
As I Am by Alicia Keys
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 17, 2008 – March 8, 2008
Succeeded by
Discipline by Janet


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