Top 200 Number 2 Songs

 

Missy Elliott Song Work It Ranks #1 On ChartTop 200 Number 2 Songs

Researching charts is a hobby of mine and one day I got curious and wondered about all the songs that peaked at the number 2 position. Most surveys only include the #1 songs. So, I decided to do a chart listing the top 200 number 2 songs of all-time. Do you remember songs like “Last Date“, Ramblin’ RoseBreathe, “Work It“? What these songs all have in common is they did not reach number 1. They finished second. It seems like we only care about who finishes first.

This survey is going to change all that.  The top 200 number 2 songs will be able to help and provide the answers to the most popular number 2 songs of all-time for the period from 1955-2010.

I was intrigued and wanted to know which of these songs was the most popular from 1955-2010. After I found this out, I wanted to provide this information to the visitors of my site.

All the songs on this list peaked at the number 2 position on Billboard’s Top 100 Chart.

Note: We also have available the Top 250 #3 Hits from 1955-2011. Check them out by clicking on the link.

The Diamonds Group Ranks #10 On The ChartRanking of the Top 200 Songs

The ranking of the top 200 songs was determined by the following formula:

  • Peak position

a. All songs had to peak at the #2 position.
b. Ties among these songs are broken in the following order:

  1. Total weeks record held its peak position
  2. Total weeks charted in the Top 10
  3. Total weeks charted in the Top 40
  4. Total weeks charted

If there are still ties, a computerized inverse point system was used to calculate a point total for each record based on its weekly chart positions. For each week, a record appears on the charts it is given points based on its chart position for that week (#2=99 points, #3 =98 points, etc.). These points are added together to create a raw point total for each record, which is used to break any remaining ties.

The year of 2011 was not included because the resource did not cover the entire year, but  only the first 4 months.

The resource used for compiling this survey was “Pop Annual 1955-2011” by Joel Whitburn.

Top 200 Trivia

Here is some very interesting trivia regarding the top 200 number 2 songs.

  • There were a total of 490 records that peaked at the #2 position during this period.
  • To make the top 200 chart, each song had to peak at the #2 position for 2 weeks.
  • The year with the least number of number 2 songs for the whole year was 2006, with 2.
  • The year with the most number of number 2 songs for the whole year is 1969 with 16.
  • The year of 1981, had the most songs on the chart with 10. (Note: All ten songs made the top 200 chart.)
  • Thirteen artists tied with the most charted singles with two.
  • The song “One Headlight” holds the title of longevity by being on the charts for 70 weeks.
  • The highest instrumental song on this chart is “The Crazy Otto” by Johnny Maddox, released in 1955, at #15.
  • There are a total of five instrumental songs on the chart.
  • In order for a song to appear in the top 10, it must have peaked at #2 and stay at #2 for 8 weeks or more.
  • Every year from 1955-2010 had at least one song that made the chart.

 Top 200 Number 2 Songs

Below is the listing of the top 200 #2 songs from 1955-2010.

Rank     Title/Artist Peak Weeks (), Year of Release

  1. Work It / Missy Elliott (10) 2002
  2. Waiting For A Girl Like You / Foreigner (10) 1981
  3. You’re Still The One / Shania Twain (9) 1998
  4. I Love You Always Forever / Donna Lewis (9) 1996
  5. Lovefool / The Cardigans (8) 1997
  6. Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here / Deborah Cox (8) 1998
  7. Back At One / Brian Mcknight (8) 1999
  8. If I Ever Fall In Love / Shai (8) 1992
  9. I Don’t Wanna Know / Mario Winana w/P. Daddy & Enya (8) 2004
  10. Little Darlin’ / The Diamonds (8) 1957
  11. Whoomp! / Tag Team (7) 1993
  12. You Make Me Wanna / Usher (7) 1997
  13. 1,2 Step / Clara w/ Missy Elliott (7) 2005
  14. Bad Romance / Lady GaGa (7) 2009
  15. The Crazy Otto [I] / Johnny Maddox (7) 1955
  16. Crazy / Gloria Barkley (7) 2006
  17. What’s Luv? / Fat Joe w/ Ashanti (7) 2002
  18. Survivor / Destiny’s Child (7) 2001
  19. Moments To Remember / The Four Lads (6) 1955
  20. With You / Chris Brown (6) 2008
  21. All I Wanna Do / Sheryl Crow (6) 1994
  22. Baby-Baby-Baby / TLC (6) 1992
  23. Shake It Off / Mariah Carey (6) 2005
  24. Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough / Patty Smyth w/ Don Herley (6) 1992
  25. Party Like A Rock Star / Shop Boyz (6) 2007
  26. Open Arms / Journey (6) 1982
  27. Baker Street / Gerry Rafferty (6) 1978
  28. Louie Louie / The Kingsmen (6) 1963
  29. One Headlight / The Wallflowers (5) 1997
  30. Breathe / Faith Hill (5) 2000
  31. It’s All Coming Back To Me Now / Celine Dion (5) 1996
  32. Right Thurr / Chingy (5) 2003
  33. Smack That / Akon w/ Eminem (5) 2006
  34. Ignition / R. Kelly (5) 2003
  35. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams / Green Day (5) 2005
  36. Dead And Gone / T. J. w/Justin Timberlake (5) 2009
  37. Hate It Or Love It / The Game w/ 50 Cent (5) 2005
  38. Without Me / Eminem (5) 2002
  39. Rosanna / Toto (5) 1982
  40. Return To Sender / Elvis Presley (5) 1962
  41. One Call Away / Chingy w/ J. Weav (5) 2004
  42. More Than I Can Say / Leo Sayer (5) 1980
  43. Electric Avenue / Eddy Grant (5) 1983
  44. How Do I Live / LeAnn Rimes (4) 1997
  45. Apologize / Timbaland w/ OneRepublic (4) 2007
  46.  Hanging By A Moment / Lifehouse (4) 2001
  47. So Rare / Jimmy Dorsey (4) 1957
  48. Don’t Let Go / En Vogue (4) 1997
  49. I Believe I Can Fly / R. Kelly (4) 1996
  50. Hurts So Good / John Cougar (4) 1982
  51. Bye Bye Love / The Everly Brothers (4) 1957
  52. Tears In Heaven / Eric Clapton (4) 1992
  53. Candy Rain / Soul For Real (4) 1995
  54. Best I Ever Had / Drake (4) 2009
  55. No, Not Much / The Four Lads (4) 1956
  56. Gangsta Lovin’ / Eve w/ Alicia Keys (4) 2002
  57. Bitch / Meredith Brooks (4) 1997
  58. I Need A Girl / Puff Daddy w/ Usher & Loon (4) 2002
  59. It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday / Boyz II Men (4) 1991
  60. Blue Suede Shoes / Carl Perkins (4) 1956
  61. Don’t Talk To Strangers / Rick Springfield (4) 1982
  62. I’ll Remember / Madonna (4) 1994
  63. All Out Of Love / Air Supply (4) 1980
  64. I Wanna Sex You Up / Color Me Badd (4) 1991
  65. Last Date [I] / Floyd Cramer (4) 1960
  66. Say It Isn’t So / Daryl Hall & John Oates (4) 1983
  67. Ride Like The Wind / Christopher Cross (4) 1980
  68. Dancing In The Dark / Bruce Springsteen (4) 1984
  69. Greenfields / The Brothers Four (4) 1960
  70. We’ve Only Just Begun / Carpenters (4) 1970
  71. Great Balls Of Fire / Jerry Lee Lewis (4) 1958
  72. Shame On The Moon / Bob Seger (4) 1983
  73.  The Wild Boys / Duran Duran (4) 1984
  74. Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron / The Royal Guardsmen (4) 1966
  75. Twist And Shout / The Beatles (4) 1964
  76. Can’t Get Used To Losing You / Andy Williams (4) 1963
  77. (Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls / Dionne Warwick (4) 1968
  78. Looking For A New Love / Jody Watley (4) 1987
  79. Dueling Banjos [I] / Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell (4) 1973
  80. Dynamite / Talo Cruz (3) 2010
  81. All That She Wants / Ace Of Base (3) 1993
  82. Killing Me Softly / Fugees (3) 1996
  83. Party In The U.S.A. / Miley Cyrus (3) 2009
  84. My Way / Usher (3) 1998
  85. Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & II) [I] / Bill Doggett (3) 1956
  86. Blueberry Hill / Fats Domino (3) 1957
  87. Rump Shaker / Wreckx-N-Effect (3) 1992
  88. What Ever Will Be, Will Be / Doris Day (3) 1956
  89. Heartbreak Hotel / Whitney Houston (3) 1999
  90. Don’t Cha / The Pussycat Dolls w/ Busta Rhymes (3) 2005
  91. Don’t Take It Personal / Monica (3) 1995
  92. I Hear You Knocking / Gale Storm (3) 1955
  93. Case Of The Ex / Mya (3) 2000
  94. My Lovin’ / En Vogue (3) 1992
  95. Magic Stick / lil’ Kim w/ 50 Cent (3) 2003
  96. Y.M.C.A. / Village People (3) 1979
  97. He’ll Have To Go / Jim Reeves (3) 1960
  98. Red Light Special / TLC (3) 1995
  99. Woman / John Lenon (3) 1981
  100. Pon De Replay / Rihanna (3) 2005
  101. I Love Your Smile / Shanice (3) 1992
  102. Start Me Up / The Rolling Stones (3) 1981
  103. Regulate / Warren G. & Nate Dogg (3) 1994
  104. Just The Two Of Us / Grover Washington, Jr. & Bill Withers  (3) 1981
  105. Slow Hand / Pointer Sisters (3) 1981
  106. Put Your Head On My Shoulder / Paul Anka (3) 1959
  107. Gloria / Laura Branigan (3) 1982
  108. Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue / Crystal Gayle (3) 1977
  109. Love On The Rocks / Neil Diamond (3) 1981
  110. One More Chance-Stay With Me / The Nortorious B.I.G. w/Faith Evens (3) 1995
  111. Being With You / Smokey Robinson (3) 1981
  112. Personality / Lloyd Price (3) 1959
  113. The Girl Is Mine / Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney (3) 1983
  114. Right Here/Human Nature / SWV Sisters with Voices (3) 1993
  115. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me / Culture Club (3) 1983
  116. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All / Air Supply (3) 1983
  117. The Rubberband Man / Spinners (3) 1976
  118. Get Up And Boggie / Silver Convention (3) 1976
  119. We Got The Beat / Go-Go’s (3) 1982
  120. Party All The Time / Eddie Murphy (3) 1985
  121. I Heard It Through The Grapevine / Glady’s Knight & The Pips (3) 1967
  122. Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So) / Perry Como (3) 1955
  123. Crystal Blue Persuasion / Tommy James & The Shondells (3) 1969
  124. Nobody Does It Better / Carly Simon (3) 1977
  125. Dream Weaver / Gary Wright (3) 1976
  126. 26 Miles (Santa Catalina) / The Four Preps (3) 1958
  127. Somebody’s Watching Me / Rockwell (3) 1984
  128. Stood Up / Ricky Nelson (3) 1958
  129. Young Girl / Gary Puckett & The Union Gap (3) 1968
  130. What’s Going On / Marvin Gaye (3) 1971
  131. The Boll Weevil Song / Brook Benton (3) 1961
  132. Charlie Brown / The Coasters (3) 1959
  133. Soul Man / Sam & Dave (3) 1967
  134. Cherish / Kool & The Gang (3) 1985
  135. Keep It Comin’ Love / KC & The Sunshine Band (3) 1977
  136. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road / Elton John (3) 1973
  137. Those Were The Days / Mary Hopkin (3) 1968
  138. Proud Mary / Creedence Clearwater Revival (3) 1969
  139. Live And Let Die / Wings (3) 1973
  140. Spinning Wheel / Blood, Sweat & Tears (3) 1969
  141. A Boy Named Sue / Johnny Cash (3) 1969
  142. Never Can Say Goodbye / The Jackson 5 (3) 1971
  143. Sweet Little Sixteen / Chuck Berry (3) 1958
  144. I Like It Like That / Chris Kenner (3) 1961
  145. Mellow Yellow / Donovan (3) 1968
  146. Don’t Wanna Fall In Love / Jane Chile (3) 1990
  147. All By Myself / Eric Clapton (3) 1976
  148. One Our Own / Bobby Brown (3) 1989
  149. I’m In You / Peter Frampton (3) 1977
  150. Shattered Dreams / Johnny Hates Jazz (3) 1988
  151. Typical Male / Tina Turner (3) 1986
  152. The Horse [I] / Cliff Nobles & Co. (3) 1968
  153. Born To Be Wild / Steppenwolf (3) 1968
  154. Ruby Baby / Dion (3) 1963
  155. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy / Blood, Sweat & Tears (3) 1969
  156. Be My Baby / The Ronettes (3) 1963
  157. All Those Years Ago / George Harrison (3) 1981
  158. A Lover’s Concerto / The Boys (3) 1965
  159. Satisfy You / Puff Daddy (3) 1999
  160. 19th Nervous Breakdown / The Rolling Stones (3) 1966
  161. Dedicated To The One I Love / The Mamas & The Paps (3) 1967
  162. Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! / Allan Sherman (3) 1963
  163. Short People / Randy Newman (3) 1978
  164. I’m Not In Love / 10cc (3) 1975
  165. You Don’t Own Me / Lesley Gore (3) 1964
  166. Nobody Knows / The Tony Rich Project (2) 1996
  167. You Were Meant For Me / Jewel (2) 1997
  168. Quit Playing Games / Backstreet Boys (2) 1997
  169. Need You Now / Lady Antebellum (2) 2010
  170. Complicated / Avril Lavigne (2) 2002
  171. Hit ‘Em Up Style / Blu Cantrell (2) 2001
  172. Forever / Chris Brown (2) 2008
  173. Canadian Sunset [I] / Hugo Winterhalter (2) 1956
  174. Freak Like Me / Adina Howard (2) 1995
  175. Allegheny Moon / Patti Page (2) 1956
  176. Limbo Rock / Chubby Checker (2) 1962
  177. Sittin’ Up In My Room / Brandy (2) 1996
  178. He Love U Not / Dream (2) 2000
  179. Sunshine / Lil’ Flip w/Lea (2) 2004
  180. Queen Of Hearts / Juice Newton (2) 1981
  181. Rock-in Robin / Bobby Day (2) 1958
  182. Greatest American Hero / Joey Scarbury (2) 1981
  183. Donna / Richie Valens (2) 1959
  184. I’d Really Love To See You Tonight / England Dan & John Ford Coley (2) 1976
  185. Not Gon’ Cry / Mary J. Blige (2) 1996
  186. I Gotcha / Joe Tex (2) 1972
  187. One Less Bell To Answer / The 5th Dimension (2) 1970
  188. Love Me / Elvis Presley (2) 1957
  189. Boggie Nights / Heatwave (2) 1977
  190. Dancing Machine / The Jackson 5 (2) 1974
  191. Pump Up The Jam / Technotronic w/Felly (2) 1990
  192. Mashed Potato Time / Dee Dee Sharp (2) 1962
  193. Dim All The Lights / Donna Summer (2) 1979
  194. Wooly Bully / Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs (2) 1965
  195. Bristol Stomp / The Dovells (2) 1961
  196. This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race / Fall Out Boy (2) 2007
  197. Time / Culture Club (2) 1983
  198. After The Love Has Gone / Earth, Wind & Fire (2) 1979
  199. Little Bit O’ Soul / The Music Explosion (2) 1967
  200. Do Anything / Natural Selection w/ Nicki Harris (2) 1991

Note: A song title with an [I] after it denotes an instrumental song.

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