“No One Remembers Who Came in Second.” Really?! Here Are Our Top Songs for Most Weeks at Number Two (Without Never Hitting #1)

The music industry has many gems that became popular and top the hit list. At the same time, many songs never made it to the top but touched many hearts over the years.

Here are some of the most amazing songs that spent the most number of weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, without never hitting number one.

10 Weeks – “Waiting For A Girl Like You” – Foreigner

The British-American rock band known by the name Foreigner made the best story of their lives with their first ever soft love song “Waiting For a Girl Like You,” in 1981. The song elevated to the second position in the US Top 100 Hot Billboard right next to Olivia Newton’s song “Physical” for nine weeks, and then to Hall and Oates’s song “I Can’t Go For That” for another week.

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It secured 19th position in the top 100 singles of 1982 and was the biggest hit of this band until 1985 when their song “I Want To Know What Love Is” surpassed it.

10 Weeks – The Old School Hip Hop Hit – “Work It” By Elliott

The American rapper Missy Elliott and along with the producer Timothy Zachary Mosley added another feather to the hat for old school hip hop and dirty rap with their song “Work It” It was the first single from 2002 album “Under Construction” that made to the second position in US billboard of top 100, for ten weeks.

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The video of this song featured Alyson stone as the lead child dancer, and it was dedicated to Aaliyah and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes who were both recently dead. The song was such a hit that the only song that could surpass it was rap god Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”

9 Weeks – Donna Lewis’ “I Love You Forever”

The song “I Love You Always Forever” from singer Donna Lewis’s debut album “Now in a Minute,” became a huge success with its release in 1996. The song inspired by H.E Bates’ novel “Love for Lydia” was so popular that it peaked to number two position in US Billboard of top 100, and remained in the position for nine weeks behind Los Del Rio’s remix of the song, “Macarena” by Bayside boys.

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The pop song, in which a singer declared her endless love for her significant other, surely left a considerable mark on fan hearts for a long time.

9 Weeks – the Multi-Grammy Winner “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain

27 January 1998 marked another day of musical importance for the Canadian singer Shania Twain. It was the day when her famous song “You’re Still the One” was released all over the US. The third country single from her album “Come on Over,” made its ways to the number two position in US billboard hot 100 and sustained the position for nine weeks, right behind Next band’s “Too Close” and the famous duet “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica.

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The song also got nominated for 4 Grammy awards in 1999 and won 2 of them, losing the others, to the song “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.

8 Weeks – “If I Ever Fall In Love” – Shai Band

Love got a new description with the enchanting melody of the song “if I ever fall In Love” by the famous band of the 90s, Shai. The song was the biggest hit of the band that secure second position in US billboard of hot 100 for eight weeks. The song had every chance of making to the top if it wasn’t for Whitney Houston and her famous “I Will Always Love You.”

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The song was covered with a duet by the British Boy band, East 17 and singer Gabrielle in 1996. This version, renamed as “If You Ever,” made it to number two on the UK singles chart.

8 Weeks – Deborah Cox’s Eternal Love Melody- “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here”

The most successful song of Canadian recording artist Deborah Cox was the song “” from her 1998 album “One Wish.” The song received 1998 soul train award and soul train lady award in 1999, for Best soul single.

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The song was so much popularity that it made its way to the second position on US billboard of hot 100 and managed to preserve the position for eight weeks. The songs that held the first position at that time were Brandy Norwood’s “Have You Ever,” along with R.Kelly and Celine Dion’s “I’m Your Angel.”

8 Weeks – “Back At One” – Brain Mcknight

The fifth studio album of American recording artist Brian McKnight, “Same Name,” gave another gem to the world of contemporary and soul music. The original song was released in August 1999, followed by its English-Brazilian Portuguese version by Brazilian artist Ivete Sangalo, in 2000. The cover of this song was also released in 2000 by the keyboardist Bob Baldwin.

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The song could have made to the top in US billboard but was surpassed by “Smooth” sung by Santana featuring Rob Thomas, but it still managed the second position and secured it for eight weeks.

8 Weeks – Mario Winans’ “I Don’t Wanna Know”

The collaboration of American artist Mario Winans and rapper P.Diddy along with background Vocals of Enya and contributed to another great song of the era. The song “I Don’t Wanna Know” marked a hit for the singer and remains Winans major success till date.

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It was his only song that made to the second position in US billboard of top 100 hits and remained at the position for eight weeks. The songs that stood at the top position in these eight weeks were Usher’s “Burn” and Usher’s “Yeah” that featured Lil Jon and Ludacris.

8 Weeks – The Young Grammy Winner “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

The young and talent English Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran released his very famous song “Thinking Out Loud” in 2014, as the third song of his album ‘X”. The marvelous lyrics of the song by Amy Wadge, Jake Gosling and Sheeran, made a way to every listener’s heart, making it the most streamed song in the UK, with 500 million Spotify and 2.6 million YouTube views by January 2019.

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The song also secured the second position in US billboard of hot 100, next to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk” for eight weeks. The song secured two Grammy awards, and it is the first song to spend a whole year or UK top 40 Billboard.