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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Billboard Books (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823076954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823076956
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Palaganas on January 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is for the most part a good reference guide for chart freaks like me. My only beef with the book is that the statistics/trivia listed in the back coud have been expanded considerably. For example, what about a listing of the songs which spent 7+ weeks at #2 ("Waiting For A Girl Like You", "Little Darlin'", "If I Ever Fall In Love", etc.)? Or, the #2 songs which reigned under the most #1 songs (I believe "I'm Not In Love" reigned under three different #1 songs)? Or, the #1 song(s) which prevented the most different #2 songs from hitting the top (I think "Everything I Do" kept five different #2's from hitting the top)? Or, #2 songs which wound up being ranked #1 for the year by Billboard ("Wooly Bully", "Breathe", "Hanging By a Moment")? All of these questions and more could have been answered on probably one extra page.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eso on July 30, 2000
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Even though there may be some repetition,The "Billboard Book One-hit Wonders" set is the companion to the "Billboard Book of #2 Hits": avid followers of the Billboard charts and the trivia over the years are not the only ones for whom these set are appropriate; fans of a given artist whose only hits were also number-two singles find added biographical and circumstancial material about the artists and the novelty singles that prompted them to attempt to follow an artist, who because of their ephemeral presence on the charts, had all but disappeared.
For instance, Jane Child falls under both categories: "Don't Wanna Fall in Love", her only U.S. Top 40 hit, reached number 2. Had the song reached #1, maybe the course of the gifted singer's career would have run more smoothly. The astounding level of airplay the song received may stun the casual observer who would have probably continued to think the song was a number one Billboard Top 40 Single; it did, however, peak at #1 on the US Radio and Records Chart.
It is also interesting to note that the "Billboard Book of #2s" tracks the songs by the most familiar artists such as Madonna, whose "Frozen" was kept out of the #1 spot by lesser-known KC and Jo-Jo's "All My Life". Both the casual chart observer-or someone who had a distaste for Madonna- and more confessed-guru would probably thrive on such esoteric trivia that also, in case you are wondering, details the number of weeks Madonna tried to achieve summit-status holding on at #2. Foreigner's "Waiting for A Girl Like You" was second-bested for 10 weeks by two different singles, a phenomenon that must frustrate the artist.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Banfield on May 4, 2000
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I am one of those people who friends call late at night because they can't remember who sang a certain song, so the publication of a new Billboard book is always a joy. There is a lot of interesting information in this book, and Feldman tells us what songs kept the included records from hitting #1 (example: KC and the Sunshine Band's "Keep It Comin' Love" was shut out by "You Light Up My Life" and the Disco Star Wars theme - ouch!). There are, however, several glaring mistakes, the most obvious of which was naming Elton John's drummer Nigel Olsson as Nigel Austin. Wesley Hyatt's recent volume on adult contemporary hits suffered from this same editing weakness, but Hyatt is a more engaging and witty writer than Feldman so his book reads much better. Who is proofreading these books? I tell you what, Billboard, I'll proof the next one for free.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott N. Burton on May 11, 2001
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Christopher Feldman has done a great job chronicling those songs that for some reason couldn't grab the brass ring on the Billboard singles chart-This book will settle many an argument-It's a darn shame,for example,that "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen had to play second fiddle to the Singing Nun & that immortal toe tapper "Dominique" or Foreigner got shut out of #1 with "Waiting For A Girl Like You",while most pop fans preferred to get "Physical" with Olivia Newton-John-Anyway,this book is a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie on January 2, 2004
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I think that the careful consideration of the facts and the excellent presentation of the information is a wonderful combination. Chris has done a fabulous job of showing how 2nd best isn't anything to be ashamed about. People get blind-sided by the #1's, but the #2's manage to stay in our hearts forever. Sometimes we're just not ready for them to be #1's. Sometimes timing and other circumstances prevent them from being #1, but it doesn't mean they're not good enough to be #1. Because we all know they are. So is Chris Feldman. Thank you for being #1 Chris.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Punisher79 on February 28, 2008
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As a music lover, I bought this book to read about those songs that never quite made it to number 1. While the book is good and informative, the author at times got annoying in the way he wrote. One example is that he sometimes played off the song title or artist in his summary. At first, I thought it was humorous, but over time, it was overkill. Examples:
Fly Like An Eagle (Steve Miller): Steve Miller had hoped to see his hit "Fly Like An Eagle" soar to the top of the charts like his previous single, but instead it ended up with its wings clipped, having to settle for the runner up position.
Air Supply: But in 1990, the duo reconnected to put out additional albums. Their poor sales suggested that Air Supply had the wind taken out of its sales.
The author also consistantly uses the term "bubbling under" for any song that couldn't quite make the Top 100, instead stopping at 101 or 102. Using different terms or ideas other than "bubbling under" every single time would have made it more enjoyable to read.
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