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lord bunberry
02-08-2018, 05:18 AM
Currently listening to Vienna and it got me thinking. What other classic songs didn’t make it to the top of the charts.

02-08-2018, 07:12 AM
American Pie

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02-08-2018, 07:40 AM
Sunshine on Leith.

stoneyburn hibs
02-08-2018, 08:13 AM

02-08-2018, 08:52 AM
"Vienna" - Ultravox (held off by "Shuddap You Face" by Joe Dolce, much to Midge Ure's understandable chagrin).

02-08-2018, 09:43 AM
Golden Brown

02-08-2018, 09:51 AM
Strawberry fields/Penny Lane got stuck at 2 due to Engelbert..

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02-08-2018, 12:20 PM
Strawberry fields/Penny Lane got stuck at 2 due to Engelbert..

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Good call. A double classic held off the no. 1 spot by a third rate pub song.
(A bigger act of injustice than the Shuddup You Face one.)

Bangkok Hibby
02-08-2018, 04:52 PM
Stevie Wonder, Yester-me Yester-you Yesterday. A classic stuck at number two, and if my memory is right the number one was "Two little boys" by some paedo

02-08-2018, 09:57 PM
Last Christmas surely worth a shout here. Albeit the Wham juggernaut was halted at no2 because of Band Aid and they featured on that as well.

03-08-2018, 12:34 PM
Now I've had time to think - the one the band that most deserved a top spot but never achieved it - The Who and their no 2 - I can see for miles.

ancient hibee
03-08-2018, 01:03 PM
Heartbreak Hotel ........................Elvis Presley (Kept off by Ronnie Hilton-No Other Love)

07-08-2018, 02:39 PM
Blur Song 2

07-08-2018, 03:25 PM
God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols only made number 2 in the official charts. Fix.

10-08-2018, 08:12 PM
Wind of Change - The Scorpions. Great song, got to number 2 in the UK charts, one of the most significantly political songs of the early nineties, celebrating Glasnost, end of the Cold War, fall of the Berlin Wall and the hope for future peace in Europe. :aok:


Mibbes Aye
10-08-2018, 09:35 PM
Gold (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntG50eXbBtc)

Thread closed.

10-08-2018, 11:10 PM
Quite a few Bowie songs never made it to no. 1. Life on Mars, Suffragette City, Changes,...

10-08-2018, 11:13 PM
And then there's Queen. Don't stop me now, for example.

15-08-2018, 06:59 AM
Ultravox Vienna... kept at number two by Joe Dolce “shuddupa your face” incredible

15-08-2018, 09:32 AM
The Hibs song !

Glory glory to the Hi-bees



25-08-2018, 01:36 PM
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks.