The 1970s

Stuck at 2: the 1970s

The table below lists every song that reached #2 in the UK charts during the 1970s, 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.

Month Act, Title Weeks at #2 Act and song that kept it at #2
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
Jan-70 Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town 1 Rolf Harris, Two Little Boys
Feb-70 Peter Paul & Mary, Leavin’ On A Jet Plane 1 Edison Lighthouse, Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
Feb-70 Canned Heat, Let’s Work Together 1 Edison Lighthouse, Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
Mar-70 Jackson 5, I Want You Back 1 Lee Marvin, Wand’rin’ Star
Mar-70 Beatles, Let It Be 1 Lee Marvin, Wand’rin’ Star
Apr-70 Mary Hopkin, Knock Knock Who’s There 1 Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water
May-70 Moody Blues, Question 1 England World Cup Squad, Back Home
Jun-70 Mr Bloe, Groovin’ With Mr Bloe 1 Mungo Jerry, In The Summertime
Jul-70 Free, All Right Now 4 Mungo Jerry, In The Summertime
Aug-70 Free, All Right Now 1 Elvis Presley, The Wonder Of You
Aug-70 Kinks, Lola 1 Elvis Presley, The Wonder Of You
Aug-70 Hotlegs, Neanderthal Man 2 Elvis Presley, The Wonder Of You
Oct-70 Desmond Dekker, You Can Get It If You Really Want 2 Freda Payne, Band Of Gold
Oct-70 Deep Purple, Black Night 2 Freda Payne, Band Of Gold
Oct-70 Clarence Carter, Patches 3 Matthews’ Southern Comfort, Woodstock
Dec-70 McGuinness Flint, When I’m Dead And Gone 2 Dave Edmunds, I Hear You Knockin’
Jan-71 T Rex, Ride A White Swan 1 Clive Dunn, Grandad
Feb-71 Mixtures, The Pushbike Song 4 George Harrison, My Sweet Lord
Mar-71 Paul McCartney, Another Day 1 Mungo Jerry, Baby Jump
Mar-71 Paul McCartney, Another Day 1 T.Rex, Hot Love
Apr-71 Ray Stevens, Bridget The Midget (The Queen Of The Blues) 3 T.Rex, Hot Love
May-71 Rolling Stones, Brown Sugar / Bitch / Let It Rock 3 Dawn, Knock Three Times
Jun-71 R Dean Taylor, Indiana Wants Me 1 Dawn, Knock Three Times
Jun-71 Tony Christie, I Did What I Did For Maria 1 Dawn, Knock Three Times
Jun-71 Tony Christie, I Did What I Did For Maria 1 Middle Of The Road, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
Jul-71 Hurricane Smith, Don’t Let It Die 1 Middle Of The Road, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
Jul-71 Sweet, Co-Co 2 Middle Of The Road, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
Aug-71 New Seekers, Never Ending Song Of Love 2 T.Rex, Get It On
Aug-71 New Seekers, Never Ending Song Of Love 3 Diana Ross, I’m Still Waiting
Sep-71 Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, Did You Ever 1 The Tams, Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me
Oct-71 Middle Of The Road, Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum 1 Rod Stewart, Maggie May
Oct-71 Redbone, The Witch Queen Of New Orleans 3 Rod Stewart, Maggie May
Nov-71 Tom Jones, Till 1 Slade, Cos I Luv You
Nov-71 T Rex, Jeepster 1 Slade, Cos I Luv You
Dec-71 T Rex, Jeepster 4 Benny Hill, Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)
Jan-72 Neil Reid, Mother Of Mine 3 The New Seekers, I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing
Mar-72 Don McLean, American Pie 1 Chicory Tip, Son Of My Father
Mar-72 Don McLean, American Pie 2 Nilsson, Without You
Mar-72 New Seekers, Beg Steal Or Borrow 3 Nilsson, Without You
Apr-72 Ringo Starr, Back Off Boogaloo 2 The Pipes & Drums & Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Amazing Grace
May-72 Vicky Leandros, Come What May 1 The Pipes & Drums & Military Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Amazing Grace
May-72 David Cassidy, Could It Be Forever / Cherish 1 T.Rex, Metal Guru
Jun-72 Elton John, Rocket Man 1 T.Rex, Metal Guru
Jul-72 Gary Glitter, Rock And Roll (Parts 1 And 2) 3 Donny Osmond, Puppy Love
Jul-72 Dr Hook, Sylvias Mother 1 Donny Osmond, Puppy Love
Aug-72 Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs, Seaside Shuffle 2 Alice Cooper, School’s Out
Sep-72 T Rex, Children Of The Revolution 1 Slade, Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Sep-72 T Rex, Children Of The Revolution 2 David Cassidy, How Can I Be Sure
Oct-72 10CC, Donna 2 Lieutenant Pigeon, Mouldy Old Dough
Nov-72 Osmonds, Crazy Horses 3 Chuck Berry, My Ding-A-Ling
Dec-72 Slade, Gudbuy T’Jane 1 Chuck Berry, My Ding-A-Ling
Jan-73 T Rex, Solid Gold Easy Action 1 Little Jimmy Osmond, Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
Jan-73 David Bowie, The Jean Genie 1 Little Jimmy Osmond, Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
Feb-73 Gary Glitter, Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah) 2 The Sweet, Blockbuster
Feb-73 Strawbs, Part Of The Union 2 The Sweet, Blockbuster
Mar-73 Strawbs, Part Of The Union 1 Slade, Cum On Feel The Noize
Mar-73 Faces, Cindy Incidentally 1 Slade, Cum On Feel The Noize
Apr-73 Gary Glitter, Hello Hello I’m Back Again 3 Dawn, Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree
May-73 Sweet, Hell Raiser 1 Dawn, Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree
May-73 Sweet, Hell Raiser 2 Wizzard, See My Baby Jive
Jun-73 Fleetwood Mac, Albatross (re-issue)
NOTE: This recording did reach #1 in 1969 on its original release, and made it to #2 when it was re-issued
1 10CC, Rubber Bullets
Aug-73 Carpenters, Yesterday Once More 1 Gary Glitter, I’m The Leader Of The Gang (I Am)
Aug-73 Carpenters, Yesterday Once More 1 Donny Osmond, Young Love
Sep-73 Barry Blue, (Dancing) On A Saturday Night 2 Donny Osmond, Young Love
Sep-73 Sweet, The Ballroom Blitz 1 Wizzard, Angel Fingers
Sep-73 Sweet, The Ballroom Blitz 2 The Simon Park Orchestra, Eye Level
Oct-73 Slade, My Friend Stan 1 The Simon Park Orchestra, Eye Level
Nov-73 Osmonds, Let Me In 1 David Cassidy, Daydreamer / The Puppy Song
Nov-73 Osmonds, Let Me In 2 Gary Glitter, I Love You Love Me Love
Dec-73 Alvin Stardust, My Coo-Ca-Choo 1 Gary Glitter, I Love You Love Me Love
Dec-73 Marie Osmond, Paper Roses 1 Gary Glitter, I Love You Love Me Love
Jan-74 Leo Sayer, The Show Must Go On 1 The New Seekers, You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me
Jan-74 Sweet, Teenage Rampage 3 Mud, Tiger Feet
Mar-74 Hollies, The Air That I Breathe 1 Paper Lace, Billy Don’t Be A Hero
Mar-74 Charlie Rich, The Most Beautiful Girl 1 Paper Lace, Billy Don’t Be A Hero
Apr-74 Mud, The Cat Crept In 1 Terry Jacks, Seasons In The Sun
May-74 Mud, The Cat Crept In 1 Abba, Waterloo
May-74 Bay City Rollers, Shang-A-Lang 1 The Rubettes, Sugar Baby Love
Jun-74 Sparks, This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us 2 The Rubettes, Sugar Baby Love
Jun-74 Showaddywaddy, Hey Rock And Roll 1 Ray Stevens, The Streak
Jul-74 Drifters, Kissin In The Back Row Of The Movies 3 Charles Aznavour, She
Aug-74 Stephanie De Sykes, Born With A Smile On My Face 1 George McCrae, Rock Your Baby
Aug-74 Stylistics, You Make Me Feel Brand New 1 The Three Degrees, When Will I See You Again
Sep-74 Donny & Marie Osmond, I’m Leaving It (All) Up To You 1 The Osmonds, Love Me For A Reason
Oct-74 Andy Kim, Rock Me Gently 1 John Denver, Annie’s Song
Oct-74 Slade, Far Far Away 2 Ken Boothe, Everything I Own
Nov-74 Queen, Killer Queen 2 David Essex, Gonna Make You A Star
Dec-74 Gary Glitter, Oh Yes! You’re Beautiful 1 Barry White, You’re The First The Last My Everything
Dec-74 Bachman-Turner Overdrive, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet 2 Mud, Lonely This Christmas
Jan-75 Wombles, Wombling Merry Christmas 1 Mud, Lonely This Christmas
Jan-75 Ralph McTell, Streets Of London 1 Mud, Lonely This Christmas
Jan-75 Ralph McTell, Streets Of London 1 Status Quo, Down Down
Jan-75 Gloria Gaynor, Never Can Say Goodbye 1 The Tymes, Ms Grace
Feb-75 Glitter Band, Goodbye My Love 1 Pilot, January
Feb-75 Carpenters, Please Mr Postman 1 Pilot, January
Mar-75 Guys & Dolls, There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving 2 The Bay City Rollers, Bye Bye Baby
Apr-75 Sweet, Fox On The Run 2 The Bay City Rollers, Bye Bye Baby
Apr-75 Bobby Goldsboro, Honey (re-issue) 1 The Bay City Rollers, Bye Bye Baby
May-75 Minnie Riperton, Loving You 2 Mud, Oh Boy
Jun-75 Showaddywaddy, Three Steps To Heaven 1 Windsor Davies & Don Estelle, Whispering Grass
Jul-75 Ray Stevens, Misty 1 Johnny Nash, Tears On My Pillow
Sep-75 Roger Whittaker, The Last Farewell 1 Rod Stewart, Sailing
Sep-75 Leo Sayer, Moonlighting 1 Rod Stewart, Sailing
Nov-75 Roxy Music, Love Is The Drug 1 David Bowie, Space Oddity
Nov-75 Hot Chocolate, You Sexy Thing 3 Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
Dec-75 Laurel & Hardy with The Avalon Boys, The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine 1 Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
Jan-76 Greg Lake, I Believe In Father Christmas 2 Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
Jan-76 Laurel & Hardy with The Avalon Boys, The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine 1 Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
Jan-76 Sailor, A Glass Of Champagne 2 Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
Mar-76 C W McCall, Convoy 1 Tina Charles, I Love To Love
Mar-76 Billy Ocean, Love Really Hurts Without You 1 Brotherhood Of Man, Save Your Kisses For Me
Apr-76 Barry White, You See The Trouble With Me 2 Brotherhood Of Man, Save Your Kisses For Me
Jun-76 Wings, Silly Love Songs 1 The Wurzels, Combine Harvester (Brand New Key)
Jul-76 Our Kid, You Just Might See Me Cry 1 The Real Thing, You To Me Are Everything
Jul-76 Candi Staton, Young Hearts Run Free 1 The Real Thing, You To Me Are Everything
Jul-76 Dr Hook, A Little Bit More 5 Elton John & Kiki Dee, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Aug-76 Wings, Let ‘Em In 1 Elton John & Kiki Dee, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Sep-76 Wings, Let ‘Em In 1 Abba, Dancing Queen
Sep-76 Rod Stewart, The Killing Of Georgie (Parts 1 And 2) 2 Abba, Dancing Queen
Sep-76 Real Thing, Can’t Get By Without You 2 Abba, Dancing Queen
Oct-76 Demis Roussos, When Forever Has Gone 2 Pussycat, Mississippi
Nov-76 Leo Sayer, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing 1 Chicago, If You Leave Me Now
Dec-76 Queen, Somebody To Love 1 Showaddywaddy, Under The Moon Of Love
Mar-77 Heatwave, Boogie Nights 1 Leo Sayer, When I Need You
Apr-77 David Soul, Going In With My Eyes Opens 3 Abba, Knowing Me Knowing You
Apr-77 Billy Ocean, Red Light Spells Danger 2 Abba, Knowing Me Knowing You
May-77 Stevie Wonder, Sir Duke 1 Deniece Williams, Free
May-77 Joe Tex, Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman) 1 Rod Stewart, I Don’t Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest
Jun-77 Sex Pistols, God Save The Queen 1 Rod Stewart, I Don’t Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest
Jul-77 Emerson Lake & Palmer, Fanfare For The Common Man 1 Hot Chocolate, So You Win Again
Jul-77 Boney M, Ma Baker 1 Donna Summer, I Feel Love
Aug-77 Showaddywaddy, You Got What It Takes 1 Brotherhood Of Man, Angelo
Sep-77 Space, Magic Fly 3 Elvis Presley, Way Down
Oct-77 La Belle Epoque, Black Is Black 2 David Soul, Silver Lady
Oct-77 La Belle Epoque, Black Is Black 1 Baccara, Yes Sir I Can Boogie
Nov-77 Queen, We Are The Champions 2 Abba, Name Of The Game
Dec-77 Queen, We Are The Champions 1 Wings, Mull Of Kintyre/Girls’ School
Dec-77 Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, The Floral Dance 6 Wings, Mull Of Kintyre/Girls’ School
Mar-78 Darts, Come Back My Love 1 Abba, Take A Chance On Me
Mar-78 Blondie, Denis 3 Kate Bush, Wuthering Heights
Apr-78 Blondie, Denis 1 Brian & Michael, Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs
Apr-78 Showaddywaddy, I Wonder Why 1 Brian & Michael, Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs
Jun-78 Darts, Boy From New York City 1 Boney M, Rivers Of Babylon
Jun-78 Father Abraham & Smurfs, The Smurf Song 6 John Travolta & Olivia Newton John, You’re The One That I Want
Aug-78 Clout, Substitute 2 John Travolta & Olivia Newton John, You’re The One That I Want
Sep-78 Darts, It’s Raining 1 The Commodores, Three Times A Lady
Sep-78 Boney M, Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring 1 The Commodores, Three Times A Lady
Oct-78 Rose Royce, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore 1 John Travolta & Olivia Newton John, Summer Nights
Oct-78 Boney M, Rasputin 2 John Travolta & Olivia Newton John, Summer Nights
Nov-78 John Travolta, Sandy 1 John Travolta & Olivia Newton John, Summer Nights
Nov-78 Olivia Newton-John, Hopelessly Devoted To You 2 The Boomtown Rats, Rat Trap
Feb-79 Abba, Chiquitita 2 Blondie, Heart Of Glass
Mar-79 Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Oliver’s Army 3 The Bee Gees, Tragedy
Mar-79 Village People, In The Navy 2 Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive
Apr-79 Squeeze, Cool For Cats 1 Art Garfunkel, Bright Eyes
Apr-79 Racey, Some Girls 3 Art Garfunkel, Bright Eyes
May-79 M, Pop Muzik 2 Art Garfunkel, Bright Eyes
May-79 Roxy Music, Dance Away 3 Blondie, Sunday Girl
Jul-79 Squeeze, Up The Junction 1 Tubeway Army, Are Friends Electric?
Jul-79 Janet Kay, Silly Games 2 Tubeway Army, Are Friends Electric?
Aug-79 Police, Can’t Stand Losing You (re-release) 1 The Boomtown Rats, I Don’t Like Mondays
Sep-79 B A Robertson, Bang Bang 1 Cliff Richard, We Don’t Talk Anymore
Oct-79 Blondie, Dreaming 1 The Police, Message In A Bottle
Nov-79 Queen, Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2 Dr Hook, When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman
Dec-79 Abba, I Have A Dream 4 Pink Floyd, Another Brick In The Wall