We're celebrating the greatest #2 songs of all time


ABBA's 'Mamma Mia', Rod Stewart's 'I Don't Wanna Talk About It' and Ray Parker Jr's 'Ghostbusters' were all massive songs in their day, but despite them being so popular, did you know they never made it to #1 on the music charts?

Between 10am - 3pm each workday on The Breeze we are celebrating the greatest songs that never got to #1. Throughout our celebration on air, we will highlight why so many great songs never got to the top spot on the charts and what songs were so much better than them and caused them to peak at runner-up.

Check back below to see what #2 songs we have played so far, and see what song stopped them from reaching #1.

Greatest #2 Songs of All Time

Blue Monday - New Order (Beaten by Michael Jackson's Beat It)
I Don't Want To Talk About It - Rod Stewart (Beaten by ELO's Telephone Line)
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake (Beaten by Drake's One Dance)
Counting Stars - One Republic (Beaten by Aaradhna's Wake Me Up)
Love Is In The Air - John Paul Young (Beaten by Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You)
Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran (Beaten by Ed Sheeran's Shape of You)

I'm Like A Bird - Nelly Furtado (Beaten by Atomic Kitten's Whole Again)
If You're Not The One - Daniel Bedingfield (Beaten by 50 Cent's In Da Club)
Grease - Frank Valli (Beaten by Boney M's Rivers of Babylon)
Rise - Gabriele (Beaten by *NSYNC's Bye, Bye, Bye)
Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen (Beaten by FGTH's Two Tribes)
Don't Forget Your Roots - Six60 (Beaten by Maroon 5's Move Like Jagger)

Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson 5 (Beaten by Bee Gees Night Fever)
All Of Me - John Legend (Beaten by Pharrell's Happy)
You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate (Beaten by Convoy's C W McCall)
Impossible - James Arthur (Beaten by P!nk's Just Give Me A Reason)
What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction (Beaten by Rihanna's We Found Love)
Tainted Love - Soft Cell (Beaten by Ottowan's Head's Up)

Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper (Beaten by Mel C's Never The Same Again)
Life Is A Highway - Tom Cochrane (Beaten by Mariah Carey's I'll Be There)
All I Want Is You - U2 (Beaten by Martika's Toy Soliders)
Life Is A Rollercoaster - Ronan Keating (Beaten by Robbie Williams Rock DJ)
You Took The Words... - Meatloaf (Beaten by Boney M's Rivers of Babylon)