We’re #2!

Inspired by Tom Ewing’s “Popular” (which traces the history of UK #1 singles) and Tom Breihan’s “The Number Ones” (which does the same for US #1s), “We’re #2!” looks at the history of those songs which almost but not-quite managed to reach the summit of the UK Singles Chart, beginning a quarter century back from this column’s inception (March 2019) up until whenever the Present Day comes about.  Here you can find a complete chronological archive of the series so far.


001] Bryan Adams, Sting & Rod Stewart All for Love 23rd January
002] Toni Braxton Breathe Again 30th January
003] Ace of Base The Sign 27th February
004] Bruce Springsteen Streets of Philadelphia 27th March
005] Crash Test Dummies Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm 24th April
006] Big Mountain Baby, I Love Your Way 5th June
007] All-4-One I Swear 26th June
008] Let Loose Crazy for You 14th August
009] Red Dragon Compliments on Your Kiss (Feat. Brian & Tony Gold) 28th August
010] Kylie Minogue Confide in Me 4th September
011] Corona The Rhythm of the Night 18th September
012] Bon Jovi Always 2nd October
013] Real McCoy Another Night 13th November
014] The Stone Roses Love Spreads 27th November
XXX] Whitney Houston All I Want for Christmas is You 11th December


015] Boyzone Love Me for a Reason 1st January
016] N-Trance Set You Free 5th February