Reaching No.1 in the UK charts seems to be the pinnacle of most musicians’ career, but is it better to win one week or be well-known for generations? It turns out that for a number of decades, a range of future-classics have peaked at No. 2 - and a lot of them are rather surprising!
We’ve picked out a few runner-ups that we think were unlucky with timing when releasing their famous tunes. Did you know that these didn’t quite reach No.1 at the time they came out?
My Generation – The Who (November 1965)
Beaten to No.1 by: The Seekers - The Carnival Is Over
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones (April 1971)
The Rolling Stones magazine ranked it as 5/100 of their Greatest Guitar Songs of all time.
Beaten to No.1 by: Dawn – Knock Three Times
Queen – We are the Champions (October 1977)
Now you can expect to hear Queen’s classic at sporting events by the supporters of the winning team, and in 1994 it was the official song for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
Beaten to No.1 by: Abba – The Name of the Game
Last Christmas – Wham (December 1984)
Barry Mannilow won a court case saying that Last Christmas was too similar to his song Can’t Smile Without You. As a result, George Michael gave his first year’s royalties to Band Aid.
Beaten to No.1 by: Do They Know It’s Christmas? - Band Aid
Wonderwall – Oasis (October 1995)
The anthem was supposedly written for Noel Gallagher’s wife, Meg Matthews, but after they divorced he opted to describe it as a song about friendship.
Beaten to No.1 by: Robson and Jerome – I Believe/Up on the Roof
Fun Fact – Robson and Jerome also kept Pulp’s Common People from No.1 with another of their massive-selling covers.
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 (August 2011)
Despite never making it to No. 1, Adam Levine and co. were behind the second biggest selling single of 2011. Moves Like Jagger was second only to Adele’s Someone Like You.
Beaten to No.1 By: Example, Calvin Harris, Pixie Lott and One Direction were a few of the acts that sold more singles each week
Did you know that these tunes only made it to No.2 in the charts? Do you prefer the music that won each week?
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