- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Billboard Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823076954
- ISBN-13: 978-0823076956
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Billboard Book of Number Two Singles Paperback – January 1, 2000
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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.
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. The set occasioanlly documents the artists' prespective and perspective on being second-best, which is also gives the trivia a fresher perspective.
Even though-albeit very subjectively- "Frozen" may not be considered in the same league as more classic Madonna hits such as "Express Yourself" or "Cherish", guess what? These hits were prevented from #1 status as well. The set confirms that so many classics you may assume went to the top did not.