Based in Cincinnati, Billboard is one of the highest selling magazines of all times. It delivers music lovers with a list of the most happening songs on a weekly basis. This magazine publishes around 100 charts each week with the highest grossing songs of all genres. The most popular of the published charts are the top 100 and top 200. If you are a music freak, you surely must be keeping a track of the Billboard charts where we come to know about the number one song each week. But below is a list of top 10 best songs which couldn’t manage to get to the top but settled at number two. Scroll down to have a look.
10. “Louie Louie” – The Kingsmen:
Written by Richard Berry, “Louie Louie” hit the Billboard charts on December 14, 1963. Apart from all the controversies, this song made its position at number two gracefully. Sung by one of the most popular rock bands of America, The Kingsmen, this song was very popular amongst the masses of the time. Originally performed in the form of Jamaican Ballad, artists continue to copy this one till date.
9. “Electric Avenue” – Eddy Grant:
Eddy Grant’s song, “Electric Avenue” reached number two at Billboard on July 2, 1983. This song is about the Brixton Riots of 1981. Referring to the Brixton region in London, this was a huge sensation at the time. It was later re-released in 2001. Despite the gap between its original and re-lease, the latter managed to grab the 5th position at the charts.
8. “All I Wanna Do” – Sheryl Crow:
“All I Wanna Do” is a number from Sheryl Crow’s debut album, ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’. Soon after its release the number climbed the ratings chart and still remains Crow’s most famous song till date. Despite its popularity, the number did not make it to the top at Billboard and but did get to the seond position on October 8, 1994.
7. “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” – Celine Dion:
Written by Jim Steinman, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”, is a hit number sung by Celine Dion. This song was awarded the number two position at the Billboard charts on October 26, 1996. Belonging to soft-rock genre, this music piece was presented in the form of power ballad. This is by far Steinman’s most romantic lyrics.
6. “Shake It Off” – Mariah Carey:
Describing the break-up of a girl from an unfaithful lover, “Shake It Off”, is a song written and sung by American singer, Mariah Carey. This music piece hit the number two on the Billboard charts in September 2005. Due to the strong lyrics and great music, it was quite a sensation at that time.
5. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” – Green Day:
Green Day is an American punk-rock band and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, is their signature tune. Written by lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, this song peeked at number two position on the Billboard charts on March 5, 2005. This one is from Green Day’s seventh album, ‘American Idiot’.
4. “Smack That” – Akon feat. Eminem:
“Smack That” has been one of the most famous songs sung by Akon. Featuring Eminem, this song reached the number two position at Billboard charts on November 4, 2006 and stayed there for five consecutive weeks. It was the first solo from Akon’s second album, ‘Konvicted’. This one was a huge rage amongst rap lovers and was even nominated for the ‘Best Rap’ at the 49th Grammy Awards.
3. “Dead And Gone” – T.I. feat. Justin Timberlake:
Sung by American hip-hop artist, T.I, “Dead And Gone”, is a song featuring Justin Timberlake. It went on to acquire the second position at the Billboard charts on February 28, 2009. This number was even nominated in two different categories at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
2. “With You” – Chris Brown:
“With You” is Chris Brown’s solo number from his second album, ‘Exclusive’. It was a huge hit amongst the music freaks and peeked at the number two position at the Billboard charts on February 16, 2008. This number was awarded the ‘Best Male Video’ at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards.
1. “Gangnam Style” – Psy:
Sung by South Korean musician Psy, “Gangnam Style” hit the Billboard charts at number two position in December 2012. By 2013, Gangnam Style became one of the most watched video on YouTube with 1.63 billion hits and its popularity has only grown ever since.