More Famous, Possibly Good, Albums That Never Made It To #1!
It's a crazy world. Always has been. As much as we'd like to apply our own sense of order to things, it simply has a mind of its own. Unless you're Nate Silver, of course. Then everything is just dandy! Chartwise, forgotten albums once held the #1 position, beloved by folks who lost interest in them within a few years, while other albums that continue to inspire or to amuse or to be reissued several times over with bonus tracks, remastering and new liner notes and exclusive photos only made it to #2. And worse.
For our purposes here, we're looking at albums that only made it to #2. So close yet so far. Had you been alive at the time of their release, you likely thought they were #1 albums, since you heard their contents everywhere. Enough of my word-count padding, let's just get to it!
25) The Beach Boys -- Surfin' U.S.A.: Though the album spent 78 weeks on the album charts, it never spent one at #1, settling instead for #2, despite having "USA" in its title. C'mon Americans! No wonder we were so susceptible to the British Invasion!
24) Herman's Hermits -- Introducing…: The only band that matters? OK, maybe not so fast. But their first U.S. album did include Goffin and King's "I'm Into Something Good" and Trevor Peacock's "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter" and other songs were written by Leiber and Stoller, Huey "Piano" Smith and Allen Toussaint, and the record's production credit went to Mickie Most, so it isn't like they were uniformly lame. They just weren't made for these times.
23) Peter Frampton -- I'm In You: After the ridiculous, unexpected mega-success of [i]Frampton Comes Alive![/i], Frampton was in the pressure-packed situation to record a studio follow-up that would repeat its success. With cheesecake photo in place, he issued [i]I'm In You[/i], an album that transformed the former rocker into a soft-rock mellowhead! Hey, maybe Billy Squier will let you be in his video?
22) Captain and Tennille -- Love Will Keep Us Together: The title track went to #1, but the album stopped just short. Lots of Beach Boys involvement here, with Bruce Johnston, Dennis Wilson and Brian Wilson showing up in the songwriting credits. Appropriate since Daryl Dragon, the Captain with the Foster Grants, had been a keyboardist for the Boys and Toni, the Tennille, would also serve as an additional keyboardist for the Boys.