An interesting follow-up to this list of "Biggest No. 2 Hits Ever" — songs that never made it to the top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart — would be the songs that kept tracks like "Bad Romance" and "Crazy" from hitting #1. Unfathomable!
With the dusty cobwebs over radio saturation and overplay cleared, we can all agree that Crazy is a fucking magnificent pop song, right?
YUP. It's still really surprising (not really?) to think that "Crazy" and "Hey Ya" are easily two of the greatest pop songs of the 21st century and they were written by two dudes that basically grew up together.
@deepomega Fucking magnificent, indeed. And thank you for replacing the earworm I had since this morning. "Crazy" is welcome to repeat in my head anytime.
@deepomega Damn skippy! I think I'll listen to it right now.
I think Hey Ya! is the single definitive song of the 2000's decade.
I really liked Crazy, and I didn't hear it when it was on the radio, but I overplayed it all by myself, and now it seems really insipid to me.
@Reginal T. Squirge For a minute, before actually reading the article, I thought y'all were talking about that Britney Spears song (which I think is actually called "You Drive Me Crazy"?) and I was thinking, "...Really, everyone?" And then I saw your comment and realized, oh, duh.
ETA: This has been your pointless story of the day.
For what it's worth, I originally thought they were talking about the Patsy Cline song.
I thought that for a brief moment myself! And then I thought, nonsense, everyone knows Toxic is the secretly really good Britney song.
@Reginal T. Squirge I thought Patsy Cline at first, too. Then I saw what it really was and I felt weird and old.
@Inconceivable! It is not a secret!
@KatieBarTheDoor I prefer the Britney Spears song (look, it's really good. It has Melissa Joan Hart in the video!
"Hey Ya" is fantastic, though.
Oh, "Survivor", my karaoke staple. "If I surround myself with positive things, I'LL GAIN PROSPERITY!" Classic.
Totally. It's like, why wasn't "The Secret" just three hours of looping "Survivor"?
@Decca The #1 songs over "Survivor" were "Butterfly" by Crazy Town and "All for You" by Janet Jackson. That's just wrong, people.
@Decca She's not going to diss him on the internet!
So many awesome 90's songs! But the one I've never understood was "I Love You Always Forever." I never even considered that someone, like a real person, sang it. Just assumed it was the unholy offspring of auto-tune and a demon on a helium bender.
@FlufferNutter Real talk: I loved that song for some reason. In my defense, I think it was like 4th or 5th grade?
"Electric Avenue" totally deserved to hit #1. What the hell topped it?
@fondue with cheddar Flashdance, and then Every Breath You Take.
@highfivesforall Okay, those are both good songs but I think I still like "Electric Avenue" better. I know I liked it better back then.
@fondue with cheddar Oh, I definitely prefer Electric Avenue! I have a friend that actually lives on an Electric Avenue, so I get this song stuck in my head with some regularity - no complaints.
@highfivesforall Nice! I used to pass a Penny Lane on the way to my mom's house, so I always got that stuck in my head. It's not as cool but still a good song.
@fondue with cheddar - I believe that the problem is, out in the streets there was violence, and a lot of work to be done.
@leon s The real problem is that deep in my heart I abhor ya.
No, that's not really true. You're cool. Rock it in the daytime, rock it in the night.
You can actually look up which songs were number 1 - wikipedia has the historical list and billboard tells you which date the song topped out on. So while Crazy was number 2 in summer 2006, the number 1 song was Nelly Furtado's Promiscuous. When Bad Romance was number 2 in December 2009, Empire State of Mind was topping the charts.
@highfivesforall - I think we can all agree that Nelly Furtado's "Turn Off the Light" was her finest, and that one only made it to number five!
@leon s I'm running, I'm running, catch up with me, Leon.
@leon s Ahhh, I had completely forgotten about this song! Thank you. I remember watching this video when I was a kid and really coveting those lime trousers she wears.
@Decca when I was a kid - I....I....I better go back to the "Electric Avenue" thread.
Any list that starts with "Work It" is a good list. Ain't no shame, ladies, do your thing, just make sure you're ahead of the game.
EDIT: This was #2 because Eminem's "Lose Yourself" was #1. Whaaat.
@yeah-elle That is terrible. Just, how could any song ever, particularly that song, beat out "Work It"? That song is my jam. Maj ym si gnos taht
Well, obviously the biggest travesty on here is Whoomp There It is! I spent my 7th birthday party at the roller rink rocking (well, rolling) the hell out of that song on size 1 roller blades.
"You're Still the One" was playing in the oral surgeon's office when I went in to have my wisdom teeth out, and, because I had just had nitrous oxide, I thought it was hilaaaaarious.
@PoBoyNation Even without nitrous oxide, the songs that play in the dentist's office seem endlessly hilarious to me. Last time I was in for a cleaning, they had "Sussudio" playing. It was really difficult to not cackle around that little spit-sucking tube they always stick in the corner of your mouth.
@yeah-elle OMG! That would give me the dentigiggles as well. My current dentist is always listening to NPR, which is great, although, again, if I got the laughing gas I bet Linda Wertheimer would start to sound pretty funny.
Rosanna! I always hear that song in CVS and will never, ever get tired of it. #2 on the Billboard charts, #1 in the tampon aisle.
@cuminafterall It's so great. Yeah Toto!
Okay, I'm just going to say it.
I can't be the only person to think that "Biggest #2" is possibly the worst album title of all time.
I'm going to come out and say it: I have never liked "Crazy". YES I KNOW I AM ALONE IN THIS.
@Verity You are not alone! I got super sick of that song and it was banned in the car when I was in it.
Now, I can appreciate the song, but I still do not like it.
Bad Romance is a total rip-off of Baltimora's Tarzan Boy. I don't think it deserved to get to No 1 for that reason. I miss the hit parade
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