Britain’s favourite number two

YOU’D think that second placed singles wouldn’t live long in the memory, but there have been some real gems that have been kept off the top spot of the charts.

Now a poll conducted by the Official Charts Company and Radio 2 has revealed the nation’s favourite number two single and it is… drum roll please… Vienna by Ultravox.

Midge Ure and company were kept off the top spot in 1981 by Joe Dolce with Shaddap You Face.

The Who’s My Generation came in 12th place in the poll as the nation’s favourite number two, just in front of Oasis’s Wonderwall.

In the top ten the ones that stand out for me are The Stranglers Golden Brown (voted 5th favourite number two) which was kept off the top spot in 1982. But you can’t really have any complaints as it was kept off the summit by none other than the Jam with their hit single A Town Called Malice.

The Kinks jaunty Waterloo Sunset was denied a top spot in 1967, but it did register as the nation’s 6th favourite number two.

The top ten

  1. Ultravox – Vienna (1981)
  2. The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York (1987)
  3. Don McLean – American Pie (1972)
  4. James – Sit Down (1991)
  5. The Stranglers – Golden Brown (1982)
  6. The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset (1967)
  7. The Beatles – Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)
  8. Queen – We Are The Champions (1977)
  9. The Beach Boys – God Only Knows (1966)
  10. A-ha – Take On Me (1985)

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