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Classic #2’s

merle-haggardAs was noted in some of the recent discussions here, chart position is not necessarily indicative of a song’s quality. A lot of #1 hits are forgotten as soon as they drop off the charts, while other songs that didn’t reach the top have more staying power. In fact, we’re often surprised, years down the road, to learn that songs like Martina McBride’s “Independence Day” only reached #12 or that Reba McEntire’s “Fancy” peaked at #8 — or that George Jones’ “A Picture Of Me (Without You)” stalled at #5. In fact, it’s quite surprising to learn that George Jones, despite having had his first chart hit in 1955 and his last in 2002, only reached the #1 spot 14 times.

Even though we know we shouldn’t get too hung up on chart positions, I imagine that it must be frustrating for artists to have a record peak at #2. I know it would drive me crazy if I were a recording artist. It happened to our current spotlight artist Tanya Tucker a number of times, with songs such as:

  • I’ll Come Back As Another Woman (1986)
  • Love Me Like You Used To (1987)
  • Highway Robbery (1988)
  • My Arms Stay Open All Night (1989)
  • Down To My Last Teardrop (1991)
  • (Without You) What Do I Do With Me(1991)
  • Two Sparrows In A Hurricane (1992)
  • It’s A Little Too Late (1992)
  • Soon (1993)

I decided to look up some other artists’ discographies and see how many of their singles reached #2. Here’s what I came up with:

Conway Twitty

  • Darling, You Know I Wouldn’t Lie (1968)
  • Baby’s Gone (1973)
  • Boogie Grass Band (1978)
  • We Did But Now You Don’t (1982)
  • Lost In The Feeling (1983)
  • Fallin’ For You For Years (1986)
  • Julia (1987)
  • I Want To Know You Before We Make Love (1987)
  • She’s Got A Single Thing In Mind (1989)
  • Crazy In Love (1990)

George Jones

  • The Window Up Above (1960)
  • When The Grass Grows Over Me (1968)
  • I’ll Share My World With You (1968)
  • A Good Year For The Roses (1970)
  • Loving You Could Never Be Better (1972)
  • I’m Not Ready Yet (1980)
  • Tennessee Whiskey (1983)
  • She’s My Rock (1984)

Merle Haggard

  • I Threw Away The Rose (1967)
  • Someday We’ll Look Back (1971)
  • If We’re Not Back In Love By Monday (1977)
  • Ramblin’ Fever (1977)
  • I’m Always On A Mountain When I Fall (1978)
  • It’s Been A Great Afternoon (1978)
  • The Way I Am (1980)
  • Are The Good Times Really Over (1982)

George Strait

  • True (1998)
  • Go On (2000)
  • Run (2001)
  • Cowboys Like Us (2003)
  • Wrapped (2007)

Reba McEntire

  • Walk On (1990)
  • Fallin’ Out of Love (1991)
  • Till You Love Me (1994)
  • And Still (1995)
  • The Fear of Being Alone (1996)
  • I’d Rather Ride Around With You (1997)
  • I’ll Be (2000)
  • Because of You (2007)
  • Cowgirls Don’t Cry (Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba) (2008)

What other songs can you think of that just missed the #1 spot?

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