BBC Radio 2 listeners have voted the Ultravox synthpop classic, Vienna, to be the best ‘Number Two’ single of all time.
Radio 2 compiled a list of great songs that never quite made it to the top of the singles charts. Then they asked listeners to vote for their favorite, putting Vienna at the top.
Vienna was denied number 1 status, when it was originally released, by the novelty hit, Shaddup Your Face, by Joe Dolce, below:
Though Vienna never made it to number 1 because of a novelty song, it beat some stellar competition to become the top ‘also ran’, including: Don McLean’s American Pie; A-ha’s Take On Me; The Who’s My Generation; Oasis Wonderwall; The B-52’s Love Shack; The Kink’s Lola and The Beatles Let It Be.