Relive Eight Decades of Iconic Songs that Never Quite Topped the Charts

Hear hundreds of beloved songs over eight decades that only ever made it to the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, from Taylor Swift to Elvis Presley.

Jackie Kolgraf
September 7, 2023

Standing in the shadow of No. 1 are hundreds of songs that stopped just short of the top of the Billboard charts. Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits.” Madonna’s “Material Girl.” The Village People’s “YMCA.” They were all massive hits, but none of them ever made it to the top spot!

Listen to the Billboard #2 Countdown Channel on the SiriusXM App

This month, in partnership with Billboard, SiriusXM is counting down the biggest hits that only got the silver medal. An exclusive limited-run channel, the Billboard #2 Countdown Channel plays songs that peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 — from the chart’s start in August 1958 through today! Hear eight decades of No. 2 hits, including songs by Taylor Swift, Elton John, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Carpenters, Drake, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and hundreds more!

The Billboard #2 Countdown Channel will be available on the SiriusXM App and satellite channel 14 from September 7–20.