We’re #2! Popular Songs That Never Made It To #1!
Many musicians claim they never look at the pop charts. It's easy to see why. Even if you succeed in getting your music heard and into the hands of fans, there's never any guarantee that alleged payola makes it into the alleged right hands. If things are on the up and up and you have a decent-sized hit, there's still a chance that some other -- less good -- song will block it from being the #1 song in the land. Just ask Creedence Clearwater Revival, who had a string of #2 hits without ever hitting #1.
This is the first part of a two-part series that lists popular songs that never made it to #1 on the Billboard Pop Charts. Some made it to #1 at Adult-Contemporary or Modern Rock or Songs My Mother Likes, but they just missed the top prize. So, essentially, none of these songs is no "We Built This City"!
25) Theme From "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It Or Not) -- Joey Scarbury: Usually a TV theme song has a leg up. You hear it every week as your favorite show begins. George Constanza even made an altered version his outgoing phone message. But the song never made it to the coveted #1 position. Even I mistakenly thought it was by Andrew Gold, who gave us the theme from the Golden Girls with "Thank You For Being A Friend," which did even worse! That came in at #25.
24) Tears In Heaven -- Eric Clapton: Considering how this song was everywhere in the 1990s and how everyone knew the tragic story of his son falling out of a window, you'd think this was a sureshot #. It captivated the hearts and minds of a generation! Or not! Maybe listeners were too busy crying to buy it!
23) Fergalicious -- Fergie: "London Bridge" and "Glamorous" went to #1, but this sucker stalled! Which surprises me, since I was sure it was in her contract that every song must go to #1 or else someone gets fired! Maybe Fergie's to blame for high unemployment.
22) You Belong To The City -- Glenn Frey: Can you believe his bandmate Don Henley only reached #5 with the ubiquitous "The Boys of Summer"? Frey made it further with both "The Heat Is On" and this track. Both stalled at #2. Anyone think Frey kinda looks like Maury Povich?