The 1960s

Stuck at 2: the 1960s

The table below lists every song that reached #2 in the UK charts during the 1960s, but did not make it to the top. 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. In the case of Engelbert Humperdinck, A Man Without Love, non-consecutive weeks when the song was held at #2 by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Young Girl, have been listed separately.

Month Act, Title Weeks at #2 Act and song that kept it at #2
Feb-60 Cliff Richard & The Shadows, A Voice In The Wilderness 3 Anthony Newley, Why
Mar-60 Percy Faith & his Orchestra, Theme From A Summer Place 1 Johnny Preston, Running Bear
Apr-60 Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Fall In Love With You 1 Lonnie Donegan, My Old Man’s A Dustman
May-60 Adam Faith, Someone Else’s Baby 1 The Everly Brothers, Cathy’s Clown
May-60 Johnny Preston, Cradle Of Love 3 The Everly Brothers, Cathy’s Clown
Jun-60 Connie Francis, Mama / Robot Man 1 Eddie Cochran, Three Steps To Heaven
Sep-60 Duane Eddy, Because They’re Young 1 The Shadows, Apache
Sep-60 Elvis Presley, A Mess Of Blues 2 The Shadows, Apache
Oct-60 Shirley Bassey, As Long As He Needs Me 1 Roy Orbison, Only The Lonely
Nov-60 Shirley Bassey, As Long As He Needs Me 4 Elvis Presley, It’s Now Or Never
Dec-60 Drifters, Save The Last Dance For Me 3 Elvis Presley, It’s Now Or Never
Jan-61 Drifters, Save The Last Dance For Me 1 Cliff Richard & The Shadows, I Love You
Feb-61 Duane Eddy, Pepe 1 Elvis Presley, Are You Lonesome Tonight
Mar-61 Allisons, Are You Sure 2 The Everly Brothers, Walk Right Back / Ebony Eyes
Apr-61 Allisons, Are You Sure 4 Elvis Presley, Wooden Heart
Apr-61 Bobby Darin, Lazy River 1 Elvis Presley, Wooden Heart
Jul-61 Ricky Nelson, Hello Mary Lou / Travellin’ Man 2 Del Shannon, Runaway
Oct-61 Billy Fury, Jealousy 1 The Shadows, Kon-Tiki
Oct-61 John Leyton, Wild Wind 2 Helen Shapiro, Walkin’ Back To Happiness
Nov-61 Jimmy Dean, Big Bad John 1 Elvis Presley, Little Sister / His Latest Flame
Jan-62 Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, Midnight In Moscow 1 Danny Williams, Moon River
Jan-62 Mr Acker Bilk with The Leon Young String Chorale, Stranger On The Shore 3 Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Young Ones
Feb-62 Chubby Checker, Let’s Twist Again 2 Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Young Ones
Mar-62 Helen Shapiro, Tell Me What He Said 3 The Shadows, Wonderful Land
Apr-62 Roy Orbison, Dream Baby 2 The Shadows, Wonderful Land
Apr-62 Bruce Channel, Hey! Baby 1 The Shadows, Wonderful Land
May-62 Del Shannon, Hey Little Girl 1 The Shadows, Wonderful Land
Jun-62 Cliff Richard with The Norrie Paramor Orchestra / Cliff Richard & The Shadows, I’m Looking Out The Window / Do You Want To Dance 3 Elvis Presley, Good Luck Charm
Jun-62 Joe Brown & The Bruvvers, A Picture Of You 2 Mike Sarne with Wendy Richard, Come Outside
Aug-62 Pat Boone, Speedy Gonzales 4 Frank Ifield, I Remember You
Sep-62 Bobby Darin, Things 1 Frank Ifield, I Remember You
Sep-62 Cliff Richard & The Shadows, It’ll Be Me 1 Elvis Presley, She’s Not You
Oct-62 Little Eva, The Loco-Motion 3 The Tornados, Telstar
Nov-62 Chris Montez, Let’s Dance 1 The Tornados, Telstar
Nov-62 Chris Montez, Let’s Dance 3 Frank Ifield, Lovesick Blues
Dec-62 Del Shannon, Swiss Maid 1 Frank Ifield, Lovesick Blues
Feb-63 Beatles, Please Please Me 2 Frank Ifield, Wayward Wind
Mar-63 Beatles, Please Please Me 1 Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Summer Holiday
Apr-63 Ned Miller, From A Jack To A King 3 Gerry & The Pacemakers, How Do You Do It
May-63 Andy Williams, Can’t Get Used To Losing You 1 The Beatles, From Me To You
May-63 Jet Harris & Tony Meehan, Scarlett O’Hara 1 The Beatles, From Me To You
Jun-63 Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, Do You Want To Know A Secret 2 The Beatles, From Me To You
Jun-63 Shadows, Atlantis 2 Gerry & The Pacemakers, I Like It
Aug-63 Freddie & The Dreamers, I’m Telling You Now 2 Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Bad To Me
Sep-63 Cliff Richard & The Shadows, It’s All In The Game 3 The Beatles, She Loves You
Oct-63 Crystals, Then He Kissed Me 2 Brian Poole & The Tremeloes, Do You Love Me
Nov-63 Searchers, Sugar And Spice 1 Gerry & The Pacemakers, You’ll Never Walk Alone
Dec-63 Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Don’t Talk To Him 1 The Beatles, She Loves You
Jan-64 Swinging Blue Jeans, Hippy Hippy Shake 1 The Dave Clark 5, Glad All Over
Feb-64 Gerry & Pacemakers, I’m The One 2 The Searchers, Needles & Pins
Mar-64 Dave Clark Five, Bits And Pieces 2 Cilla Black, Anyone Who Had A Heart
Mar-64 Dave Clark Five, Bits And Pieces 1 Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Little Children
Mar-64 Hollies, Just One Look 1 Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, Little Children
May-64 Bachelors, I Believe 1 The Searchers, Don’t Throw Your Love Away
May-64 Millie, My Boy Lollipop 1 The Four Pennies, Juliet
Jun-64 Brian Poole & The Tremeloes, Someone Someone 2 Roy Orbison, It’s Over
Sep-64 Four Seasons featuring The Sound Of Frankie Valli, Rag Doll 2 Herman’s Hermits, I’m Into Something Good
Nov-64 Kinks, All Day And All Of The Night 2 The Supremes, Baby Love
Dec-64 Gene Pitney, I’m Gonna Be Strong 1 The Rolling Stones, Little Red Rooster
Dec-64 Gene Pitney, I’m Gonna Be Strong 1 The Beatles, I Feel Fine
Dec-64 Petula Clark, Downtown 3 The Beatles, I Feel Fine
Jan-65 Cilla Black, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 1 The Moody Blues, Go Now
Feb-65 Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Game Of Love 1 The Seekers, I’ll Never Find Another You
Apr-65 Them, Here Comes The Night 1 The Beatles, Ticket To Ride
May-65 Peter & Gordon, True Love Ways 1 Jackie Trent, Where Are You Now (My Love)
Jun-65 Everly Brothers, The Price Of Love 1 Elvis Presley, Crying In The Chapel
Jul-65 Yardbirds, Heart Full Of Soul 1 The Hollies, I’m Alive
Jul-65 Yardbirds, Heart Full Of Soul 2 The Byrds, Mr Tambourine Man
Aug-65 Animals, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place 1 The Beatles, Help!
Aug-65 Fortunes, You’ve Got Your Troubles 1 The Beatles, Help!
Oct-65 Manfred Mann, If You Gotta Go Go Now 1 Ken Dodd, Tears
Oct-65 Andy Williams, Almost There 3 Ken Dodd, Tears
Nov-65 The Who, My Generation 2 The Seekers, The Carnival Is Over
Dec-65 Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) 3 The Beatles, Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out
Feb-66 Crispian St Peters, You Were On My Mind 1 The Overlanders, Michelle
Feb-66 Rolling Stones, Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown 3 Nancy Sinatra, These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
Mar-66 Mindbenders, A Groovy Kind Of Love 1 Nancy Sinatra, These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
Mar-66 Hollies, I Can’t Let Go 3 The Walker Brothers, The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
May-66 Lovin’ Spoonful, Daydream 2 Manfred Mann, Pretty Flamingo
May-66 Beach Boys, Sloop John B 1 Manfred Mann, Pretty Flamingo
May-66 Troggs, Wild Thing 1 The Rolling Stones, Paint It Black
Jul-66 Gene Pitney, Nobody Needs Your Love 1 The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon
Jul-66 Los Bravos, Black Is Black 1 Chris Farlowe, Out Of Time
Aug-66 Beach Boys, God Only Knows 2 The Beatles, Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby
Oct-66 The Who, I’m A Boy 1 Jim Reeves, Distant Drums
Oct-66 Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, Bend It 2 Jim Reeves, Distant Drums
Oct-66 Troggs, I Can’t Control Myself 1 The Four Tops, Reach Out I’ll Be There
Nov-66 Hollies, Stop Stop Stop 2 The Four Tops, Reach Out I’ll Be There
Nov-66 Manfred Mann, Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James 1 The Beach Boys, Good Vibrations
Nov-66 Spencer Davis Group, Gimme Some Loving 1 The Beach Boys, Good Vibrations
Dec-66 Val Doonican, What Would I Be 1 Tom Jones, Green Grass Of Home
Dec-66 Seekers, Morningtown Ride 1 Tom Jones, Green Grass Of Home
Dec-66 Donovan, Sunshine Superman 1 Tom Jones, Green Grass Of Home
Jan-67 Seekers, Morningtown Ride 2 Tom Jones, Green Grass Of Home
Jan-67 Move, Night of Fear 1 The Monkees, I’m A Believer
Feb-67 Cat Stevens, Matthew And Son 2 The Monkees, I’m A Believer
Mar-67 Beatles, Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever 3 Engelbert Humperdinck, Release Me
Mar-67 Vince Hill, Edelweiss 1 Engelbert Humperdinck, Release Me
Apr-67 Harry Secombe, This Is My Song 1 Engelbert Humperdinck, Release Me
May-67 Mamas & The Papas, Dedicated To The One I Love 1 The Tremeloes, Silence Is Golden
May-67 Kinks, Waterloo Sunset 2 The Tremeloes, Silence Is Golden
Jun-67 Engelbert Humperdinck, There Goes My Everything 4 Procol Harum, A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Jul-67 Monkees, Alternate Title 1 The Beatles, All You Need Is Love
Jul-67 Vikki Carr, It Must Be Him 1 The Beatles, All You Need Is Love
Aug-67 Tom Jones, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again 2 Scott McKenzie, San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
Sep-67 Tom Jones, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again 2 Engelbert Humperdinck, The Last Waltz
Sep-67 Keith West, Excerpt From A Teenage Opera 2 Engelbert Humperdinck, The Last Waltz
Oct-67 Move, Flowers In The Rain 1 Engelbert Humperdinck, The Last Waltz
Oct-67 Move, Flowers In The Rain 1 The Bee Gees, Massachusetts
Oct-67 Traffic, Hole In My Shoe 1 The Bee Gees, Massachusetts
Dec-67 Dave Clark Five, Everybody Knows 1 Long John Baldry, Let The Heartaches Begin
Dec-67 Dave Clark Five, Everybody Knows 1 The Beatles, Hello Goodbye
Dec-67 Tom Jones, I’m Coming Home 1 The Beatles, Hello Goodbye
Dec-67 Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour EP 3 The Beatles, Hello Goodbye
Mar-68 Tom Jones, Delilah 2 The Beatles, Lady Madonna
Apr-68 Tom Jones, Delilah 1 Cliff Richard, Congratulations
May-68 1910 Fruitgum Co, Simon Says 1 Louis Armstrong, What A Wonderful World / Cabaret
May-68 Small Faces, Lazy Sunday 1 Louis Armstrong, What A Wonderful World / Cabaret
May-68 Engelbert Humperdinck, A Man Without Love 1 Louis Armstrong, What A Wonderful World / Cabaret
May-68 Engelbert Humperdinck, A Man Without Love 1 Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Young Girl
Jun-68 Bobby Goldsboro, Honey 1 Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Young Girl
Jun-68 Engelbert Humperdinck, A Man Without Love 1 Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Young Girl
Jul-68 O C Smith, Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp 3 The Equals, Baby Come Back
Oct-68 Leapy Lee, Little Arrows 1 Mary Hopkin, Those Were The Days
Oct-68 Casuals, Jesamine 1 Mary Hopkin, Those Were The Days
Nov-68 Barry Ryan, Eloise 2 Hugo Montenegro, The Good The Bad And The Ugly
Dec-68 Nina Simone, Ain’t Got No – I Got Life / Do What You Gotta Do 1 Scaffold, Lily The Pink
Dec-68 Foundations, Build Me Up Buttercup 2 Scaffold, Lily The Pink
Apr-69 Dean Martin, Gentle On My Mind 1 Marvin Gaye, I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Apr-69 Lulu, Boom Bang-A-Bang 1 Marvin Gaye, I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Apr-69 Mary Hopkin, Goodbye 1 Desmond Dekker & The Aces, The Israelites
May-69 Mary Hopkin, Goodbye 2 The Beatles with Billy Preston, Get Back
May-69 Herman’s Hermits, My Sentimental Friend 2 The Beatles with Billy Preston, Get Back
May-69 Fleetwood Mac, Man Of The World 1 The Beatles with Billy Preston, Get Back
Jun-69 Edwin Hawkins Singers, Oh Happy Day 2 The Beatles, The Ballad Of John & Yoko
Jul-69 Elvis Presley, In The Ghetto 3 Thunderclap Newman, Something In The Air
Jul-69 John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, Give Peace A Chance 3 The Rolling Stones, Honky Tonk Women
Aug-69 Robin Gibb, Saved By The Bell 2 The Rolling Stones, Honky Tonk Women
Sep-69 Bee Gees featuring Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb & Colin Peterson, Don’t Forget To Remember 1 Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bad Moon Rising
Nov-69 Lou Christie, I’m Gonna Make You Mine 1 The Archies, Sugar Sugar
Nov-69 Fleetwood Mac, Oh Well 2 The Archies, Sugar Sugar
Nov-69 Tremeloes, (Call Me) Number One 2 The Archies, Sugar Sugar
Dec-69 Stevie Wonder, Yester-Me Yester-You Yesterday 1 The Archies, Sugar Sugar
Dec-69 Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town 1 The Archies, Sugar Sugar
Dec-69 Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town 4 Rolf Harris, Two Little Boys
Jan-70 Elvis Presley, Suspicious Minds 1 Rolf Harris, Two Little Boys

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