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Vote for the nation’s favourite Number 2 single!

19/11/2012

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Vote for the nation’s favourite Number 2 single!

By Dan Lane

The Official Charts Company have teamed up with BBC Radio 2 to find the nation’s favourite Number 2 single.

To celebrate 60 years of the Official Singles Chart, BBC Radio 2 have launched a nationwide poll to find the UK’s best loved track which never quite made it to the top of the chart!

Legendary DJ Tony Blackburn announced the poll this morning (Monday, November 19) on Ken Bruce’s show on Radio 2. From today, listeners will be able to vote for their all-time favourite Number 2 single via the Radio 2 website.

The results of the poll will form the basis of a special New Year’s Day Radio 2 show, presented by Tony Blackburn, who will count down an Official Top 40 of the nation’s favourite singles which never quite made it to the top of the Official Singles Chart. As a climax to the programme, the nation’s favourite Number 2 single will be bestowed with an honorary Number 1 by the Official Charts Company.

A panel consisting of industry experts including Radio 2 presenters Ken Bruce, Tony Blackburn and Janice Long, Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot and charts director Omar Maskatiya, Radio 1 presenter Annie Nightingale, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq, George Ergatoudis Head of Music, Radio 1 & 1Xtra and a number of other key industry figures whittled a list of 941 number two tracks down to 107 tracks. The list is made up of every number two record since 1952.

“We are delighted to be working with BBC Radio 2 to find the UK’s great ‘lost Number 1’,” said Martin Talbot. “The list of singles which almost-but-never-quite-made the Number 1 spot is almost as impressive as those which did. Certainly, the ‘Official Number 2’ singles include some absolute corkers - including Hound Dog, Strawberry Fields, Lola, Masterblaster, Oliver’s Army, Wonderwall, and many others. I certainly know my favourites, but am looking forward to seeing what the great British public verdict is.

“To mark the 60th anniversary of the Official Singles Chart we will be even be breaking new ground and bestowing the ultimate accolade on the nation’s top choice - and crowning it as an honorary Official Number 1. For the first time in history!”

The full list of nominees is as follows:

1950s

THAT'S AMORE DEAN MARTIN
SMILE NAT 'KING' COLE
UNCHAINED MELODY AL HIBBLER
(LOVE IS) THE TENDER TRAP FRANK SINATRA
HEARTBREAK HOTEL ELVIS PRESLEY
HOUND DOG ELVIS PRESLEY
WHEN I FALL IN LOVE NAT 'KING' COLE
LAST TRAIN TO SAN FERNANDO JOHNNY DUNCAN & THE BLUE GRASS BOYS
WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE EVERLY BROTHERS
DON'T BE CRUEL ELVIS PRESLEY WITH THE JORDANAIRES
VOLARE DEAN MARTIN
BIRD DOG EVERLY BROTHERS
MOVE IT CLIFF RICHARD & THE DRIFTERS
TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM TEDDY BEARS
A TEENAGER IN LOVE MARTY WILDE
THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS LONNIE DONEGAN

1960s

SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME DRIFTERS
THE LOCO-MOTION LITTLE EVA
PLEASE PLEASE ME BEATLES
CAN'T GET USED TO LOSING YOU ANDY WILLIAMS
THEN HE KISSED ME CRYSTALS
ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT KINKS
DOWNTOWN PETULA CLARK
WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE ANIMALS
MY GENERATION WHO
NINETEENTH NERVOUS BREAKDOWN ROLLING STONES
GOD ONLY KNOWS BEACH BOYS
MATTHEW AND SON CAT STEVENS
PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER BEATLES
WATERLOO SUNSET KINKS
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (DOUBLE EP) BEATLES
LAZY SUNDAY SMALL FACES
IN THE GHETTO ELVIS PRESLEY
SUSPICIOUS MINDS ELVIS PRESLEY

1970s

I WANT YOU BACK JACKSON 5
LET IT BE BEATLES
ALL RIGHT NOW FREE
LOLA KINKS
RIDE A WHITE SWAN T REX
BROWN SUGAR/BITCH/LET IT ROCK ROLLING STONES
AMERICAN PIE DON McLEAN
ROCKET MAN ELTON JOHN
CRAZY HORSES OSMONDS
THE JEAN GENIE DAVID BOWIE
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE CARPENTERS
THIS TOWN AIN'T BIG ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF US SPARKS
LOVE IS THE DRUG ROXY MUSIC
THE KILLING OF GEORGIE ROD STEWART
BOOGIE NIGHTS HEATWAVE
SIR DUKE STEVIE WONDER
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN SEX PISTOLS
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS QUEEN
DENIS BLONDIE
OLIVER'S ARMY ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS
UP THE JUNCTION SQUEEZE

1980s

MASTERBLASTER (JAMMIN') STEVIE WONDER
HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) JOHN & YOKO & THE PLASTIC ONO BAND
WITH THE HARLEM COMMUNITY CHOIR
VIENNA ULTRAVOX
KIDS IN AMERICA KIM WILDE
GOLDEN BROWN STRANGLERS
TEMPTATION HEAVEN 17
GOLD SPANDAU BALLET
GHOSTBUSTERS RAY PARKER Jr
LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS WHAM!
1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION
HOLIDAY MADONNA
TAKE ON ME A-HA
WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS PET SHOP BOYS & DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
FAITH GEORGE MICHAEL
FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES FEATURING KIRSTY MacCOLL

1990s

LOVE SHACK B-52's
TOM'S DINER DNA FEATURING SUZANNE VEGA
GROOVE IS IN THE HEART/WHAT IS LOVE DEEE-LITE
SIT DOWN JAMES
LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL KLF FEATURING THE CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION
JUSTIFIED AND ANCIENT KLF, GUEST VOCALS TAMMY WYNETTE
FINALLY CE CE PENISTON
MOVING ON UP M PEOPLE
COMMON PEOPLE PULP
ALRIGHT/TIME SUPERGRASS
ROLL WITH IT OASIS
WONDERWALL OASIS
A DESIGN FOR LIFE MANIC STREET PREACHERS
BORN SLIPPY (REMIX) UNDERWORLD
SONG 2 BLUR
BITTER SWEET SYMPHONY VERVE
RAY OF LIGHT MADONNA
MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU STARDUST
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW FATBOY SLIM

2000s/2010s

ALL THE SMALL THINGS BLINK 182
TEENAGE DIRTBAG WHEATUS
MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR
IN MY PLACE COLDPLAY
MILKSHAKE KELIS
LOVE MACHINE GIRLS ALOUD
FEEL GOOD INC GORILLAZ
GOLD DIGGER KANYE WEST FEATURING JAMIE FOXX
PUT YOUR RECORDS ON CORINNE BAILEY RAE
VALERIE MARK RONSON FEATURING AMY WINEHOUSE
RULE THE WORLD TAKE THAT
CHASING PAVEMENTS ADELE
USE SOMEBODY KINGS OF LEON
IN FOR THE KILL LA ROUX
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND JAY-Z FEATURING ALICIA KEYS
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE EMINEM FEATURING RIHANNA
ROLLING IN THE DEEP ADELE
MOVES LIKE JAGGER MAROON 5 FEATURING CHRISTINA AGUILERA

Vote for your favourite Number 2 at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2.

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