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post Jul 4 2016, 06:51 AM
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I always think about songs that smashed, but never reached the top.

What do you think the biggest song never to reach #1 has been?

Moves Like Jagger spring's to mind - that was huge and still is remembered by everyone but never got to #1.

Any more?
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post Jul 4 2016, 06:59 AM
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Let It Go smile.gif even if it peaked so low

think Wham's Last Xmas is the best selling #2 ever... Fairytale of New York and All I Want For Xmas is You are other #2s that have done very well


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post Jul 4 2016, 07:37 AM
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John Legend 'All of Me' and Hozier 'Take Me To Church', both peaked at #2 and spent forever in the charts
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post Jul 4 2016, 07:42 AM
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Last Christmas and AIWFCIY were the ones to immediately jump out at me, I suspect in part because we keep getting reminded of them annually and they are both huge sellers.
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post Jul 4 2016, 08:04 AM
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post Jul 4 2016, 08:12 AM
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Your Song by Ellie Goulding came to mind straight away, but that's probably because I'm a fan of her.

Eventually got to number 2 in the chart.
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post Jul 4 2016, 08:22 AM
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Natalie Imbruglia - Torn must be one of them!
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post Jul 4 2016, 08:31 AM
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Jul 4 2016, 07:59 AM) *
Let It Go smile.gif even if it peaked so low

think Wham's Last Xmas is the best selling #2 ever... Fairytale of New York and All I Want For Xmas is You are other #2s that have done very well


I think 'Moves Like Jagger' is rapidly catching LX now.
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post Jul 4 2016, 08:32 AM
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Rihanna's Work smile.gif
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post Jul 4 2016, 08:38 AM
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Rolling in the Deep is known by almost everyone, young and old, and only reached #2

(Mind you, the average Joe in the street that doesn't follow charts would probably guess that "Set Fire to the Rain" was a #1, yet it didn't even break the top 10!)
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post Jul 4 2016, 09:40 AM
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The best selling song never to reach number 1 is Last Christmas by Wham! Although it would likely be All of Me by John Legend if streams are included. Also up there are The A Team, Use Somebody, Torn, Take Me to Church (only because of streams), I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, Don't Stop Believin', Love the Way You Lie, Jar of Hearts, Angels and Chasing Cars.
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post Jul 4 2016, 09:52 AM
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All4One I Swear 7 straight weeks at No.2
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post Jul 4 2016, 09:52 AM
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50 Cent - In Da Club
Outkast - Hey Ya
Kanye West - Gold Digger
Major Lazer - Lean On
Eminem & Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie

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post Jul 4 2016, 09:53 AM
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QUOTE(ML Hammer95 @ Jul 4 2016, 10:52 AM) *
50 Cent - In Da Club
Outkast - Hey Ya
Kanye West - Gold Digger
Major Lazer - Lean On
Eminem & Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie

Outkast barely sold it was about no.25 in the year end chart in a very low selling year of 2003.
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post Jul 4 2016, 09:57 AM
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Very surprised no one has mentioned Right Said Fred
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post Jul 4 2016, 10:00 AM
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QUOTE(steveh31 @ Jul 4 2016, 10:53 AM) *
Outkast barely sold it was about no.25 in the year end chart in a very low selling year of 2003.


Such a limited and simpilistic outlook... If Hey Ya was released this decade, it would have approached 'Happy' levels of sales. Was ubiqutious, had amazing longevity for the mid 00's, popular with just about everybody and remains widely loved and well known. I'd say it was one of the most iconic songs of the 00's easily.
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post Jul 4 2016, 10:12 AM
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QUOTE(ML Hammer95 @ Jul 4 2016, 11:00 AM) *
Such a limited and simpilistic outlook... If Hey Ya was released this decade, it would have approached 'Happy' levels of sales. Was ubiqutious, had amazing longevity for the mid 00's, popular with just about everybody and remains widely loved and well known. I'd say it was one of the most iconic songs of the 00's easily.

It maybe simplistic and limited in your view but in a year when sales were so low a record you state is so big barely made the top 3 iit hasn't streamed or sold much more in the last 13 years, if it was so big it would be in the top 100 of spotify consistently.

It isn't and it would not have sold anywhere near "Happy's" sales.
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post Jul 4 2016, 10:12 AM
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Oh yeah I forgot Lean On too
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post Jul 4 2016, 10:26 AM
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QUOTE(steveh31 @ Jul 4 2016, 11:12 AM) *
It maybe simplistic and limited in your view but in a year when sales were so low a record you state is so big barely made the top 3 iit hasn't streamed or sold much more in the last 13 years, if it was so big it would be in the top 100 of spotify consistently.

It isn't and it would not have sold anywhere near "Happy's" sales.


Sales only explain so much, which is why it can sometimes miss the point in these types of discussions. Also, barely any older songs are consistently in the Spotify top 100 so don't see the relevance of that comment.

In 2003/4, songs tended to debut high then slide quickly down. Hey Ya reached the top 3 THREE months after release - a remarkable feat in those days, was almost unheard of.
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post Jul 4 2016, 10:27 AM
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