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The Nation's Favourite No 2 Single

Duration:
2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 01 January 2013

Tony Blackburn counts down an Official Top 40 of the nation's favourite singles which never quite made it to the top of the Official Singles Chart. As a climax to the programme, and to mark the 60th anniversary of the Official Singles Chart, the nation's favourite Number 2 single will be bestowed with an honorary Number 1 by the Official Charts Company.

A panel consisting of industry experts including Radio 2 presenters Ken Bruce, Tony Blackburn and Janice Long; Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot and charts director Omar Maskatiya; Radio 1 presenter Annie Nightingale; BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq; George Ergatoudis Head of Music, Radio 1 & 1Xtra; and a number of other key industry figures whittled a list of 941 number two tracks down to 107 tracks. The list is made up of every number two record since 1952.

This promises to be a great show and will give Radio 2 listeners the chance to hear some of their all-time favourite tracks and a celebration of some of the greatest songs from the past 60 years.

Music Played

44 items
  • Image for Heaven 17

    Heaven 17 Temptation

    Now 1983 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • Image for Spandau Ballet

    Spandau Ballet Gold

    The Gold Album (Various Artists), The Hit Label Ltd

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Brown Sugar

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Rocket Man

    Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers A Design For Life

    Fresh Hits 96 (Various Artists), Sony Music TV, 16

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Ray Of Light

    Madonna - Greatest Hits Volume 2, Maverick, 10

  • Image for Carpenters

    Carpenters Yesterday Once More

    The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More, A&M

  • Image for Nat King Cole

    Nat King Cole When I Fall In Love

    Nat King Cole - 20 Golden Greats, EMI

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Rolling In The Deep

    (CD Single), XL, 1

  • Image for Cliff Richard

    Cliff Richard Move It

    Cliff Richard - 40 Golden Greats, EMI

  • Image for Petula Clark

    Petula Clark Downtown

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks Lola

    The Kinks - The Definitive Collection, Polygram Tv

  • Image for The B-52s

    The B-52s Love Shack

    Now 1990 - The Millennium Series, Now, 3

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart The Killing Of Georgie (Part I and II)

    Rod Stewart Greatest Hits, Warner Bros

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield What Have I Done To Deserve This?

    Goin' Back - Best Of Dusty Springfiel, Philips

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds

    (CD Single), RCA

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex Ride A White Swan

    Million Sellers Vol.18 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for The Osmonds

    The Osmonds Crazy Horses

    The Very Best Of The Osmonds, Polydor

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Let It Be

    Past Masters, Apple, 6

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie The Jean Genie

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Sparks

    Sparks This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Rule The World

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello and The Attractions Oliver's Army

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Wheatus

    Wheatus Teenage Dirtbag

    Now 49 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Wham!

    Wham! Last Christmas

    That's Christmas (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Wham!

    Wham! Everything She Wants

    Wham! - Make It Big, Epic

  • Image for Sex Pistols

    Sex Pistols God Save The Queen

    Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Pulp

    Pulp Common People

    (CD Single), Island, 5

  • Image for Squeeze

    Squeeze Up The Junction

    Big Squeeze: The Very Best Of Squeeze, Universal/A&M

  • Image for The Verve

    The Verve Bittersweet Symphony

    Now 37 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Oasis

    Oasis Wonderwall

    What's The Story Morning Glory -Oasis, Creation Records

  • Image for The Who

    The Who My Generation

    The Who - Who's Better, Who's Next, Polydor

  • Image for Free

    Free All Right Now

    Back To The 70's (CD1) (Various), EMI, 15

  • Image for a-ha

    a-ha Take On Me

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia, 1

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys God Only Knows

    The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1), EMI, 4

  • Image for Queen

    Queen We Are The Champions

    News Of The World, Island, 2

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Penny Lane

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 9

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever

    Magical Mystery Tour, Parlophone, 8

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks Waterloo Sunset

    Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition), Sanctuary, 13

  • Image for The Stranglers

    The Stranglers Golden Brown

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for James

    James Sit Down

    True Brit (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Don McLean

    Don McLean American Pie

    Don McLean-American Pie/Greatest Hits, EMI

  • Image for The Pogues

    The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl A Fairytale Of New York

    The Best Christmas Album In The World, Virgin

  • Image for Ultravox

    Ultravox Vienna

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia, 3

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