The 1950s

Stuck at 2: the 1950s

The table below lists every song that was “Stuck at 2” in the UK charts during the 1950s, from the first official chart in November 1952 up to December 1959. These are the songs that made it to #2 but no further.

When a single was kept off #1 by more than one song, each one is listed, along with how many weeks it kept its rival at #2.

When a song was kept off the top by the same #1 for non-consecutive weeks each separate run at #2 is listed.

For example, Frank Chacksfield, Terry’s Theme From ‘Limelight’ was kept off #1 by Frankie Laine, I Believe for 2 weeks in July 1953. Nat ‘King’ Cole, Pretend replaced it at #2 for a week and then Frank Chacksfield, Terry’s Theme From ‘Limelight’ returned to #2 for 6 weeks.

Month Act, Title Weeks at #2 Act and song that kept it at #2
Nov-52 Guy Mitchell, Feet Up (Pat Him On The Po-Po) 1 Al Martino, Here In My Heart
May-53 Guy Mitchell, Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie 1 Frankie Laine, I Believe
May-53 Nat ‘King’ Cole, Pretend 4 Frankie Laine, I Believe
Jun-53 Frank Chacksfield, Terry’s Theme From Limelight 2 Frankie Laine, I Believe
Jun-53 Nat ‘King’ Cole, Pretend 1 Frankie Laine, I Believe
Jul-53 Frank Chacksfield, Terry’s Theme From Limelight 6 Frankie Laine, I Believe
Oct-53 Frankie Laine, Where The Wind Blows 1 Guy Mitchell, Look At That Girl
Dec-53 Mantovani & His Orchestra, Swedish Rhapsody 1 Frankie Laine, Answer Me
Dec-53 Diana Decker, Poppa Piccolino 1 Frankie Laine / David Whitfield, Answer Me (tied for one week)
Jan-54 Mantovani & His Orchestra, Swedish Rhapsody 1 Eddie Calvert, Oh Mein Papa
Jan-54 Winifred Atwell, Let’s Have A Party 1 Eddie Calvert, Oh Mein Papa
Jan-54 Frankie Laine, Blowing Wild 3 Eddie Calvert, Oh Mein Papa
Feb-54 Guy Mitchell, Cloud Lucky Seven 1 Eddie Calvert, Oh Mein Papa
Feb-54 Dean Martin with Dick Stabile and his orchestra, That’s Amore 1 Eddie Calvert, Oh Mein Papa
Feb-54 Frankie Laine, Blowing Wild 1 Eddie Calvert, Oh Mein Papa
Mar-54 Obernkirchen Children’s Choir, Happy Wanderer (Der Frohliche Wanderer) 5 The Stargazers, I See The Moon
Oct-54 Nat ‘King’ Cole, Smile 3 Frank Sinatra, Three Coins In The Fountain
Dec-54 David Whitfield, Santo Natale 5 Winifred Atwell, Let’s Have Another Party
Jun-55 Al Hibbler, Unchained Melody 2 Eddie Calvert, Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
Jul-55 Al Hibbler, Unchained Melody 2 Jimmy Young, Unchained Melody
Aug-55 Frankie Laine, Cool Water 3 Slim Whitman, Rose Marie
Aug-55 Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle & his Orchestra, Learnin’ The Blues 5 Slim Whitman, Rose Marie
Oct-55 Frankie Laine, Cool Water 2 Slim Whitman, Rose Marie
Oct-55 Cyril Stapleton Orchestra, Blue Star (The Medic Theme) 2 Jimmy Young, The Man From Laramie
Nov-55 Four Aces featuring Al Alberts, Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing 2 Bill Haley & His Comets, Rock Around The Clock
Jan-56 Max Bygraves, Meet Me On The Corner 1 Bill Haley & His Comets, Rock Around The Clock
Jan-56 Bill Hayes, Ballad Of Davy Crockett 3 Tennessee Ernie Ford, Sixteen Tons
Feb-56 Frank Sinatra, (Love Is) The Tender Trap 1 Tennessee Ernie Ford, Sixteen Tons
Feb-56 Lou Busch, Zambesi 3 Dean Martin, Memories Are Made Of This
Mar-56 Lou Busch, Zambesi 1 Dreamweavers, It’s Almost Tomorrow
May-56 Teresa Brewer, A Tear Fell 1 Ronnie Hilton, No Other Love
Jun-56 Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group, Lost John / Stewball 2 Ronnie Hilton, No Other Love
Jun-56 Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel 2 Pat Boone, I’ll Be Home
Jul-56 Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group, Lost John / Stewball 1 Pat Boone, I’ll Be Home
Jul-56 Various Artists, All Star Hit Parade 1 Pat Boone, I’ll Be Home
Aug-56 Tony Martin, Walk Hand In Hand 1 Doris Day, Whatever Will Be Will Be
Oct-56 Elvis Presley, Hound Dog 3 Frankie Laine, A Woman In Love
Dec-56 Frankie Vaughan, Green Door 3 Johnnie Ray, Just Walkin’ In The Rain
Feb-57 Frankie Vaughan, The Garden Of Eden 2 Tab Hunter, Young Love
Mar-57 Pat Boone, Don’t Forbid Me 5 Tab Hunter, Young Love
Apr-57 Harry Belafonte with Tony Scott’s Orchestra & Chorus & Millard Thomas, guitar, Banana Boat Song 2 Lonnie Donegan, Cumberland Gap
Jun-57 Nat ‘King’ Cole, When I Fall In Love 1 Johnnie Ray, Yes Tonight Josephine
Aug-57 Russ Hamilton, We Will Make Love 1 Elvis Presley, All Shook Up
Aug-57 Pat Boone, Love Letters In The Sand 2 Elvis Presley, All Shook Up
Aug-57 Pat Boone, Love Letters In The Sand 2 Paul Anka, Diana
Sep-57 Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys, Last Train To San Fernando 1 Paul Anka, Diana
Sep-57 Pat Boone, Love Letters In The Sand 2 Paul Anka, Diana
Oct-57 Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys, Last Train To San Fernando 1 Paul Anka, Diana
Oct-57 Pat Boone, Love Letters In The Sand 1 Paul Anka, Diana
Oct-57 Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires, Party 1 Paul Anka, Diana
Nov-57 Debbie Reynolds, Tammy 1 The Crickets, That’ll Be The Day
Nov-57 Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires, Party 3 The Crickets, That’ll Be The Day
Nov-57 Jim Dale, Be My Girl 2 Harry Belafonte, Mary’s Boy Child
Dec-57 Everly Brothers, Wake Up Little Susie 1 Harry Belafonte, Mary’s Boy Child
Dec-57 Johnny Otis Show, Ma (He’s Making Eyes At Me) 2 Harry Belafonte, Mary’s Boy Child
Jan-58 Everly Brothers, Wake Up Little Susie 1 Harry Belafonte, Mary’s Boy Child
Jan-58 Johnny Otis Show, Ma (He’s Making Eyes At Me) 2 Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls Of Fire
Jan-58 Johnny Otis Show, Ma (He’s Making Eyes At Me) 1 Elvis Presley, Jailhouse Rock
Mar-58 Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires, Don’t 1 Perry Como, Magic Moments
May-58 Pat Boone, A Wonderful Time Up There 1 Connie Francis, Who’s Sorry Now
May-58 Elias & His Zigzag Jive Flutes, Tom Hark 4 Connie Francis, Who’s Sorry Now
Jul-58 Four Preps, Big Man 2 The Everly Brothers, All I Have To Do Is Dream / Claudette
Aug-58 Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires, Hard Headed Woman 2 The Everly Brothers, All I Have To Do Is Dream / Claudette
Sep-58 Dean Martin, Return To Me 1 The Kalin Twins, When
Sep-58 Dean Martin, Volare 3 Connie Francis, Carolina Moon / Stupid Cupid
Oct-58 Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires, King Creole 1 Connie Francis, Carolina Moon / Stupid Cupid
Oct-58 Cliff Richard & The Drifters, Move It 1 Connie Francis, Carolina Moon / Stupid Cupid
Nov-58 Marino Marini & His Quartet, Come Prima 1 Connie Francis, Carolina Moon / Stupid Cupid
Nov-58 Marino Marini & His Quartet, Come Prima 1 Tommy Edwards, It’s All In The Game
Nov-58 Everly Brothers, Bird Dog 1 Tommy Edwards, It’s All In The Game
Jan-59 Little Richard, Baby Face 1 Jane Morgan, The Day The Rains Came
Jan-59 Teddy Bears, To Know Him Is To Love Him 2 Elvis Presley, One Night / I Got Stung
Jul-59 Marty Wilde, A Teenager In Love 2 Bobby Darin, Dream Lover
Jul-59 Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group, Battle Of New Orleans 1 Bobby Darin, Dream Lover
Aug-59 Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group, Battle Of New Orleans 1 Cliff Richard & The Drifters, Living Doll
Oct-59 Everly Brothers, (Til) I Kissed You 1 Bobby Darin, Mack The Knife

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