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The Nation's Favourite No 2 Single: The Top 40

Welcome to the Official Top 40 of the nation's favourite singles which never quite made it to the top of the Official Singles Chart.

For this show, we asked a panel of music experts, including some of Radio 2's DJs to compile a list of around 100 classic number two hits. Radio 2 listeners were invited to vote for their favourites.

We used the results of that vote to compile this definitive chart of the nation's favourite number 2 records.

The Chart



1 Ultravox - Vienna (1981)

2 The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York (1987)

3 Don McLean - American Pie (1972)

4 James - Sit Down (1991)

5 The Stranglers - Golden Brown (1982)

6 The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset (1967)

7 The Beatles - Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever (1967)

8 Queen - We Are The Champions (1977)

9 The Beach Boys - God Only Knows (1966)

10 A-ha - Take On Me (1985)

11 Free - All Right Now (1970)

12 The Who - My Generation (1965)

13 Oasis - Wonderwall (1995)

14 The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony (1997)

15 Squeeze - Up The Junction (1979)

16 Pulp - Common People (1995)

17 The Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen (1977)

18 Wham! - Last Christmas / Everything She Wants (1984)

19 Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag (2001)

20 Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Oliver's Army (1979)

21 Take That - Rule The World (2007)

22 Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us (1974)

23 David Bowie - The Jean Genie (1972)

24 The Beatles - Let It Be (1970)

25 The Osmonds - Crazy Horses (1972)

26 T.Rex - Ride A White Swan (1970)

27 Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds (1969)

28 Pet Shop Boys/Dusty Springfield - What Have I Done To Deserve This (1987)

29 Rod Stewart - The Killing Of Georgie (1976)

30 The B-52's - Love Shack (1990)

31 The Kinks - Lola (1970)

32 Petula Clark - Downtown (1964)

33 Cliff Richard & The Drifters - Move It (1958)

34 Adele - Rolling In The Deep (2011)

35 Nat 'King' Cole - When I Fall In Love (1957)

36 Carpenters - Yesterday Once More (1973)

= Madonna - Ray Of Light (1998)

37 Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life (1996)

= Elton John - Rocket Man (1972)

38 The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar / Bitch / Let It Rock (1971)

39 Spandau Ballet - Gold (1983)

40 Heaven 17 - Temptation (1983)