Music · Trivia

Stuck at 3, the 1970s

As I noted in this piece in April, regular readers will know that I post from time to time about music trivia, including songs that were “Stuck at 2”. These are the songs that almost made it to #1 in the UK chart but were kept off by another release.

Some months ago there was a question on BBC1 quiz show “Pointless” about artists that made it to #3 in the UK chart, and no higher. I don’t know when it was broadcast, and don’t have any notes about the answers, but I have been using the listings on (which cover the UK charts up to 2011) to create lists of artists who were “Stuck at 3”.

Here are all the artists that made it to #3 with songs released between January 1970 and December 1979. Unlike my “Stuck at 2” lists (which you can find on the Trivia Menu, here) this does not include artists who had songs that made it to #1 or #2. It only contains songs by artists who were “Stuck at 3”.

Artist Title Chart entry
Three Dog Night Mama Told Me Not To Come Aug-70
Chairmen Of The Board Give Me Just A Little More Time Aug-70
Bobby Bloom Montego Bay Aug-70
Don Fardon Indian Reservation Oct-70
Edwin Starr War Oct-70
Neil Diamond Cracklin’ Rosie Nov-70
Ashton Gardner & Dyke The Resurrection Shuffle Jan-71
Lynn Anderson Rose Garden Feb-71
Elgins Heaven Must Have Sent You May-71
Blue Mink Banner Man May-71
Piglets Johnny Reggae Nov-71
America Horse With No Name (re-entry) Jan-72
Chi-Lites Have You Seen Her Jan-72
Lindisfarne [See note below] Lady Eleanor May-72
Hawkwind Silver Machine Jul-72
Partridge Family starring Shirley Jones featuring David Cassidy Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Jul-72
Faron Young It’s Four In The Morning Jul-72
Mott The Hoople All The Young Dudes Aug-72
Peter Skellern You’re A Lady Sep-72
Python Lee Jackson In A Broken Dream Sep-72
Shangri-Las Leader Of The Pack (re-issue) Oct-72
Carly Simon You’re So Vain Dec-72
Medicine Head One And One Is One May-73
Limmie & The Family Cookin You Can Do Magic Jul-73
Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers Monster Mash Sep-73
Cozy Powell Dance With The Devil Dec-73
Johnny Bristol Hang On In There Baby Aug-74
Kenny The Bump Dec-74
Mac & Katie Kissoon Sugar Candy Kisses Jan-75
Fox Only You Can Feb-75
Moments & Whatnauts Girls Mar-75
Peter Shelley Love Me Love My Dog Mar-75
Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony The Hustle May-75
Smokie If You Think You Know How To Love Me Jul-75
Miracles [See note below] Love Machine Jan-76
Manuel & His Music Of The Mountains Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto De Aranjuez Jan-76
Hank Mizell Jungle Rock Mar-76
John Miles Music Mar-76
Robin Sarstedt My Resistance Is Low May-76
David Dundas Jeans On Jul-76
Chi-Lites You Don’t Have To Go Jul-76
Mike Oldfield Portsmouth Nov-76
Barry Biggs Sideshow Dec-76
Berni Flint I Don’t Want To Put A Hold On You Mar-77
Scott Fitzgerald & Yvonne Keely (with The St Thomas More School Choir) If I Had Words Jan-78
Gerry Rafferty Baker Street Feb-78
Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams [See note below] Too Much Too Little Too Late Mar-78
James Galway Annie’s Song May-78
Marshall Hain Dancing In The City Jun-78
A Taste Of Honey Boogie Oogie Oogie Jun-78
Frankie Valli [See note below] Grease Aug-78
Dean Friedman Lucky Stars Sep-78
Cars My Best Friend’s Girl Nov-78
Barron Knights A Taste Of Aggro Dec-78
Earth Wind & Fire September Dec-78
Lene Lovich Lucky Number Feb-79
Dooleys Wanted Jun-79
Bellamy Brothers If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You It Against Me Aug-79
Electric Light Orchestra [See note below] Don’t Bring Me Down Sep-79
Sad Café Every Day Hurts Sep-79
Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand [See note below] No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) Nov-79
Sugarhill Gang Rapper’s Delight Dec-79
Fiddler’s Dram Day Trip To Bangor (Didn’t We Have A Lovely Time) Dec-79
Nolans I’m In The Mood For Dancing Dec-79


  • Lindisfarne reached #2 as Gazza & Lindisfarne with Fog On The Tyne (Revisited), 1990
  • The Miracles reached #1 as Smokey Robinson & the Miracles with Tears of a Clown, 1970
  • Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams both had solo #1s in the 1970s
  • Frankie Valli reached #2 billed as Four Seasons featuring The Sound Of Frankie Valli with Rag Doll, 1964
  • Electric Light Orchestra reached #1 as Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra with Xanadu, 1980
  • Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand both had solo #1s (1977 and 1980 respectively)

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