The 1990s

Stuck at 2: the 1990s

The table below lists every song that reached #2 in the UK charts during the 1990s, 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
Jan-90 Jason Donovan, When You Come Back To Me 1 Band Aid II, Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Jan-90 Jason Donovan, When You Come Back To Me 1 New Kids On The Block, Hangin’ Tough
Feb-90 Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K, Get Up (Before The Night Is Over) 2 Sinead O’Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U
Mar-90 Various Artists, The Brits 1990 2 Beats International featuring Lindy Layton, Dub Be Good To Me
Mar-90 B52s, Love Shack 1 Beats International featuring Lindy Layton, Dub Be Good To Me
Mar-90 B52s, Love Shack 2 Snap, The Power
Apr-90 Alannah Myles, Black Velvet 2 Madonna, Vogue
May-90 Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair, Opposites Attract 1 Madonna, Vogue
May-90 Adventures Of Stevie V, Dirty Cash 1 Adamski, Killer
May-90 Kylie Minogue, Better The Devil You Know 2 Adamski, Killer
Jun-90 New Kids On The Block, Step By Step 1 Englandneworder, World In Motion
Jun-90 Luciano Pavarotti, Nessun Dorma 3 Elton John, Sacrifice / Healing Hands
Jul-90 Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2, Mona 1 Elton John, Sacrifice / Healing Hands
Aug-90 Madonna, Hanky Panky 1 Partners In Kryme, Turtle Power
Aug-90 DNA featuring Suzanne Vega, Tom’s Diner 2 Partners In Kryme, Turtle Power
Aug-90 DNA featuring Suzanne Vega, Tom’s Diner 1 Bombalurina, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
Sep-90 Deacon Blue, Four Bacharach And David Songs EP 2 Bombalurina, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
Sep-90 Deee-Lite, Groove Is In The Heart / What Is Love 2 The Steve Miller Band, The Joker
Oct-90 Londonbeat, I’ve Been Thinking About You 1 Maria McKee, Show Me Heaven
Oct-90 Bobby Vinton, Blue Velvet 1 Maria McKee, Show Me Heaven
Oct-90 Status Quo, The Anniversary Waltz – Part 1 1 Maria McKee, Show Me Heaven
Nov-90 Gazza & Lindisfarne, Fog On The Tyne (Revisited) 1 The Righteous Brothers, Unchained Melody
Nov-90 Kim Appleby, Don’t Worry 1 The Righteous Brothers, Unchained Melody
Dec-90 Madonna, Justify My Love 1 Vanilla Ice, Ice Ice Baby
Jan-91 Seal, Crazy 1 Enigma, Sadness Part 1
Feb-91 Nomad, (I Wanna Give You) Devotion 1 The Simpsons, Do The Bartman
Mar-91 Madonna, Crazy For You (remix) 1 The Simpsons, Do The Bartman
Mar-91 Madonna, Crazy For You (remix) 1 The Clash, Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Apr-91 James, Sit Down 3 Chesney Hawkes, The One And Only
May-91 KLF, Last Train To Trancentral 2 Cher, The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
May-91 Crystal Waters, Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee) 1 Cher, The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)
Jun-91 Amy Grant, Baby Baby 1 Color Me Badd, I Wanna Sex You Up
Jul-91 Heavy D & The Boyz, Now That We Found Love 1 Bryan Adams, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Aug-91 Extreme, More Than Words 2 Bryan Adams, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Aug-91 Right Said Fred, I’m Too Sexy 6 Bryan Adams, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Sep-91 Salt-N-Pepa featuring Psychotropic, Let’s Talk About Sex 2 Bryan Adams, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Oct-91 Scorpions, Wind Of Change 2 Bryan Adams, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Oct-91 2 Unlimited, Get Ready For This 1 Bryan Adams, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Nov-91 2 Unlimited, Get Ready For This 1 Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff, Dizzy
Dec-91 Diana Ross, When You Tell Me That You Love Me 2 George Michael & Elton John, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Jan-92 KLF with Tammy Wynette, Justified And Ancient 2 Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody    [second time at no. 1]    / These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Jan-92 Prodigy, Everybody In The Place (EP) 1 Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody    [second time at no. 1]    / These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Feb-92 Kylie Minogue, Give Me Just A Little More Time 1 Wet Wet Wet, Goodnight Girl
Feb-92 2 Unlimited, Twilight Zone 1 Wet Wet Wet, Goodnight Girl
Feb-92 Temptations, My Girl (re-issue) 2 Shakespear’s Sister, Stay
Mar-92 Shanice, I Love Your Smile 2 Shakespear’s Sister, Stay
Mar-92 Ce Ce Peniston, Finally (re-issue) 1 Shakespear’s Sister, Stay
Apr-92 Def Leppard, Let’s Get Rocked 1 Shakespear’s Sister, Stay
Apr-92 Iron Maiden, Be Quick Or Be Dead 1 Right Said Fred, Deeply Dippy
May-92 SL2, On A Ragga Tip 1 Right Said Fred, Deeply Dippy
May-92 SL2, On A Ragga Tip 2 K.W.S., Please Don’t Go/Game Boy
May-92 Guns ‘N’ Roses, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 1 K.W.S., Please Don’t Go/Game Boy
May-92 Shut Up & Dance, Raving I’m Raving 1 K.W.S., Please Don’t Go/Game Boy
Jun-92 Kris Kross, Jump 1 K.W.S., Please Don’t Go/Game Boy
Jun-92 Nick Berry, Heartbeat 2 Erasure, Abba-Esque (EP)
Jul-92 Mariah Carey, I’ll Be There 2 Erasure, Abba-Esque (EP)
Jul-92 Smart Es, Sesame’s Treet 1 Jimmy Nail, Ain’t No Doubt
Aug-92 Freddy Mercury & Montserrat Caballë, Barcelona (re-issue) 2 Snap, Rhythm Is A Dancer
Aug-92 Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson with special guests BBD & Ralph Tresvant, The Best Things In Life Are Free 2 Snap, Rhythm Is A Dancer
Sep-92 Undercover, Baker Street 1 The Shamen, Ebeneezer Goode
Sep-92 Dr Alban, It’s My Life 3 The Shamen, Ebeneezer Goode
Nov-92 Arrested Development, People Everyday 1 Boyz II Men, End Of The Road
Dec-92 Michael Jackson, Heal The World 5 Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You
Jan-93 Snap, Exterminate 3 Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You
Feb-93 Take That, Why Can’t I Wake Up With You 2 2 Unlimited, No Limit
Mar-93 Michael Jackson, Give In To Me 1 2 Unlimited, No Limit
Mar-93 Snow, Informer 1 Shaggy, Oh Carolina
Apr-93 Snow, Informer 2 The Bluebells, Young At Heart
May-93 Janet Jackson, That’s The Way Love Goes 1 George Michael & Queen with Lisa Stansfield, Five Live EP
Jul-93 Haddaway, What Is Love 2 Gabrielle, Dreams
Jul-93 4 Non Blondes, What’s Up 2 Take That, Pray
Aug-93 Urban Cookie Collective, The Key The Secret 2 Freddie Mercury, Living On My Own
Sep-93 Bitty McLean, It Keep Rainin’ (Tears From Eyes) 2 Culture Beat, Mr Vain
Sep-93 Pet Shop Boys, Go West 1 Culture Beat, Mr Vain
Sep-93 Pet Shop Boys, Go West 1 Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Boom! Shake The Room
Oct-93 M People, Moving On Up 1 Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Boom! Shake The Room
Oct-93 Cappella, U Got 2 Let The Music 1 Meat Loaf, I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)
Nov-93 Bryan Adams, Please Forgive Me 3 Meat Loaf, I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)
Nov-93 Elton John – duet with Kiki Dee, True Love 2 Meat Loaf, I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)
Jan-94 Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting, All For Love 1 D:Ream, Things Can Only Get Better (remix)
Feb-94 Toni Braxton, Breathe Again 2 D:Ream, Things Can Only Get Better (remix)
Mar-94 Ace Of Base, The Sign 2 Mariah Carey, Without You
Mar-94 Ace Of Base, The Sign 1 Doop, Doop
Apr-94 Bruce Springsteen, Streets Of Philadelphia 1 Doop, Doop
Apr-94 Crash Test Dummies, Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm 1 Artist Formerly Known As Prince, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Jun-94 Big Mountain, Baby I Love Your Way 3 Wet Wet Wet, Love Is All Around
Jul-94 All-4-One, I Swear 7 Wet Wet Wet, Love Is All Around
Aug-94 Let Loose, Crazy For You 2 Wet Wet Wet, Love Is All Around
Sep-94 Red Dragon with Brian & Tony Gold, Compliments On Your Kiss 1 Wet Wet Wet, Love Is All Around
Sep-94 Kylie Minogue, Confide In Me 1 Wet Wet Wet, Love Is All Around
Sep-94 Corona, The Rhythm Of The Night 2 Whigfield, Saturday Night
Oct-94 Bon Jovi, Always 1 Whigfield, Saturday Night
Nov-94 Bon Jovi, Always 2 Pato Banton, Baby Come Back
Nov-94 MC Sar & The Real McCoy, Another Night 1 Pato Banton, Baby Come Back
Dec-94 Stone Roses, Love Spreads 1 Baby D, Let Me Be Your Fantasy
Dec-94 Mariah Carey, All I Want For Christmas Is You 3 East 17, Stay Another Day
Jan-95 Boyzone, Love Me For A Reason 1 East 17, Stay Another Day
Feb-95 N-Trance, Set You Free (remix) 1 Celine Dion, Think Twice
Feb-95 Annie Lennox, No More I Love Yous 2 Celine Dion, Think Twice
Mar-95 MN8, I’ve Got A Little Something For You 1 Celine Dion, Think Twice
Mar-95 Alex Party, Don’t Give Me Your Life 2 Celine Dion, Think Twice
May-95 Perez ‘Prez’ Prado & His Orchestra, Guaglione 1 Robson & Jerome, Unchained Melody / (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover
Jun-95 Pulp, Common People 2 Robson & Jerome, Unchained Melody / (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover
Jun-95 U2, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me 2 Robson & Jerome, Unchained Melody / (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover
Jul-95 Supergrass, Alright / Time 2 Outhere Brothers, Boom Boom Boom
Jul-95 Diana King, Shy Guy 1 Outhere Brothers, Boom Boom Boom
Aug-95 Original, I Luv U Baby (remix) 1 Take That, Never Forget
Aug-95 Oasis, Roll With It 2 Blur, Country House
Sep-95 N-Trance featuring Ricardo Da Force, Stayin’ Alive 1 Michael Jackson, You Are Not Alone
Oct-95 Pulp, Mis-Shapes / Sorted For E’s And Wizz 2 Simply Red, Fairground
Oct-95 Def Leppard, When Love And Hate Collide 1 Simply Red, Fairground
Oct-95 Meat Loaf, I’d Lie For You (And That’s The Truth) 1 Coolio featuring LV, Gangsta’s Paradise
Nov-95 Queen, Heaven For Everyone 1 Coolio featuring LV, Gangsta’s Paradise
Nov-95 Oasis, Wonderwall 1 Robson & Jerome, I Believe / Up On The Roof
Dec-95 Beatles, Free As A Bird 1 Michael Jackson, Earth Song
Dec-95 Boyzone, Father And Son 1 Michael Jackson, Earth Song
Dec-95 Mike Flowers Pops, Wonderwall 1 Michael Jackson, Earth Song
Jan-96 Boyzone, Father And Son 2 Michael Jackson, Earth Song
Feb-96 Bluetones, Slight Return 1 Babylon Zoo, Spaceman
Feb-96 3T, Anything 3 Babylon Zoo, Spaceman
Mar-96 Robert Miles, Children 1 Oasis, Don’t Look Back In Anger
Mar-96 Robert Miles, Children 2 Take That, How Deep Is Your Love
Mar-96 Mark Snow, The X-Files 3 Prodigy, Firestarter
Apr-96 Manic Street Preachers, A Design For Life 1 Mark Morrison, Return Of The Mack
Jun-96 Peter Andre featuring Bubbler Ranx, Mysterious Girl 1 Fugees, Killing Me Softly
Jul-96 Underworld, Born Slippy 1 Fugees, Killing Me Softly
Aug-96 Robbie Williams, Freedom 1 Spice Girls, Wannabe
Aug-96 Los Del Rio, Macarena 1 Spice Girls, Wannabe
Aug-96 3T featuring Michael Jackson, Why 1 Spice Girls, Wannabe
Aug-96 George Michael, Spinning The Wheel 1 Spice Girls, Wannabe
Sep-96 Kula Shaker, Hey Dude 1 Spice Girls, Wannabe
Nov-96 East 17 featuring Gabrielle, If You Ever 1 Spice Girls, Say You’ll Be There
Nov-96 Warren G featuring Adina Howard, What’s Love Got To Do With It 1 Prodigy, Breathe
Nov-96 Fugees, No Woman No Cry 1 Prodigy, Breathe
Dec-96 Toni Braxton, Un-Break My Heart 1 Dunblane, Knockin On Heaven’s Door / Throw These Guns Away
Jan-97 Toni Braxton, Un-Break My Heart 1 Spice Girls, 2 Become 1
Jan-97 Backstreet Boys, Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) 1 Tori Amos, Professional Widow (remix)
Feb-97 No Mercy, Where Do You Go 1 LL Cool J, Ain’t Nobody
Feb-97 No Mercy, Where Do You Go 1 U2, Discotheque
Feb-97 Warren G, I Shot The Sheriff 1 No Doubt, Don’t Speak
Mar-97 Sash, Encore Une Fois 1 No Doubt, Don’t Speak
Mar-97 Kula Shaker, Hush 1 No Doubt, Don’t Speak
Mar-97 Boyzone, Isn’t It A Wonder 1 Spice Girls, Mama / Who Do You Think You Are
Apr-97 Supergrass, Richard III 1 R Kelly, I Believe I Can Fly
Apr-97 Blur, Song 2 1 R Kelly, I Believe I Can Fly
Apr-97 Robbie Williams, Old Before I Die 1 R Kelly, I Believe I Can Fly
May-97 George Michael, Star People ’97 1 Gary Barlow, Love Won’t Wait
May-97 Cardigans, Lovefool 1 Olive, You’re Not Alone
May-97 Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli, Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) 1 Olive, You’re Not Alone
May-97 Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli, Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) 1 Eternal featuring BeBe Winans, I Wanna Be The Only One
Jun-97 Verve, Bitter Sweet Symphony 1 Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (featuring 112), I’ll Be Missing You
Jul-97 Sash featuring Rodriguez, Ecuador 2 Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (featuring 112), I’ll Be Missing You
Aug-97 Boyzone, Picture Of You 1 Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (featuring 112), I’ll Be Missing You
Aug-97 Gala, Freed From Desire 1 Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (featuring 112), I’ll Be Missing You
Aug-97 Chumbawamba, Tubthumping 3 Will Smith, Men In Black
Sep-97 George Michael, You Have Been Loved / The Strangest Thing ’97 1 Elton John, Candle In The Wind 97 / Something About The Way You look Tonight
Sep-97 Dario G, Sunchyme 1 Elton John, Candle In The Wind 97 / Something About The Way You look Tonight
Oct-97 Oasis, Stand By Me 1 Elton John, Candle In The Wind 97 / Something About The Way You look Tonight
Oct-97 Dario G, Sunchyme 1 Elton John, Candle In The Wind 97 / Something About The Way You look Tonight
Oct-97 Sash featuring La Trec, Stay 1 Elton John, Candle In The Wind 97 / Something About The Way You look Tonight
Nov-97 Natalie Imbruglia, Torn 3 Aqua, Barbie Girl
Dec-97 Boyzone / Stephen Gately, Baby Can I Hold You / Shooting Star 1 Various Artists, Perfect Day
Jan-98 Bamboo, Bamboogie 1 All Saints, Never Ever
Feb-98 Backstreet Boys, All I Have To Give 1 Aqua, Doctor Jones
Mar-98 Natalie Imbruglia, Big Mistake 1 Celine Dion, My Heart Will Go On
Mar-98 Spice Girls, Stop 1 Run DMC vs Jason Nevins, It’s Like That
Apr-98 Busta Rhymes, Turn It Up / Fire It Up 2 Run DMC vs Jason Nevins, It’s Like That
May-98 Madonna, Ray Of Light 1 All Saints, Under The Bridge / Lady Marmalade
Jun-98 Brandy & Monica, The Boy Is Mine 1 B*Witched, C’est La Vie
Jun-98 Mousse T vs Hot ‘N’ Juicy, Horny 1 B*Witched, C’est La Vie
Jun-98 Fat Les, Vindaloo 3 Baddiel & Skinner and The Lightning Seeds, 3 Lions ’98
Jul-98 Pras Michel featuring Ol’ Dirty B******d introducing Mya, Ghetto Superstar That Is What You Are 1 Billie, Because We Want To
Jul-98 Pras Michel featuring Ol’ Dirty B******d introducing Mya, Ghetto Superstar That Is What You Are 1 Another Level, Freak Me
Aug-98 Will Smith, Just The Two Of Us 1 Spice Girls, Viva Forever
Aug-98 Puff Daddy featuring Jimmy Page, Come With Me 1 Spice Girls, Viva Forever
Aug-98 Sash featuring Tina Cousins, Mysterious Times 1 Boyzone, No Matter What
Aug-98 Stardust, Music Sounds Better With You 2 Boyzone, No Matter What
Sep-98 Steps, One For Sorrow 1 Manic Street Preachers, If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
Sep-98 Five, Everybody Get Up 1 All Saints, Bootie Call
Sep-98 T-Spoon, Sex On The Beach 1 Robbie Williams, Millennium
Oct-98 Beautiful South, Perfect 10 1 B*Witched, Rollercoaster
Oct-98 Brandy featuring Mase, Top Of The World 1 B*Witched, Rollercoaster
Oct-98 911, More Than A Woman 1 Spacedust, Gym And Tonic
Oct-98 George Michael, Outside 2 Cher, Believe
Nov-98 E-17, Each Time 1 Cher, Believe
Nov-98 Five, Until The Time Is Through 1 Cher, Believe
Dec-98 Boyzone, I Love The Way You Love Me 1 Cher, Believe
Dec-98 Jay-Z, Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) 1 Cher, Believe
Jan-99 Another Level / Ghostface Killah, I Want You For Myself 1 911, A Little Bit More
Jan-99 Terrorvision, Tequilla 1 Offspring, Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)
Feb-99 Corrs, Runaway 1 Britney Spears, Baby One More Time
Mar-99 Blur, Tender 1 Britney Spears, Baby One More Time
Mar-99 Steps, Better Best Forgotten 1 Boyzone, When The Going Gets Tough
Apr-99 Cartoons, Witch Doctor 1 Mr Oizo, Flat Beat
Apr-99 Eminem, My Name Is 1 Mr Oizo, Flat Beat
Apr-99 Phats & Small, Turn Around 1 Martine McCutcheon, Perfect Moment
May-99 Fatboy Slim, Right Here Right Now 1 Westlife, Swear It Again
May-99 Offspring, Why Don’t You Get A Job? 1 Westlife, Swear It Again
May-99 Geri Halliwell, Look At Me 1 Boyzone, You Needed Me
Jun-99 Wiseguys, Ooh La La 1 Shanks & Bigfoot, Sweet Like Chocolate
Jun-99 Madonna, Beautiful Stranger 1 S Club 7, Bring It All Back
Jul-99 Whitney Houston, My Love Is Your Love 1 ATB, 9pm (Till I Come)
Jul-99 Will Smith featuring Dru Hill, Wild Wild West 1 ATB, 9pm (Till I Come)
Jul-99 Steps, Love’s Got A Hold On My Heart 1 Ricky Martin, Livin’ La Vida Loca
Jul-99 Five, If Ya Gettin’ Down 1 Ricky Martin, Livin’ La Vida Loca
Aug-99 DJ Jurgen presents Alice DeeJay, Better Off Alone 1 Ronan Keating, When You Say Nothing At All
Aug-99 DJ Jurgen presents Alice DeeJay, Better Off Alone 1 Westlife, If I Let You Go
Aug-99 DJ Jurgen presents Alice DeeJay, Better Off Alone 1 Geri Halliwell, Mi Chico Latino
Sep-99 Shaft, (Mucho Mambo) Sway 1 Lou Bega, Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of …)
Sep-99 DJ Jean, The Launch 1 Lou Bega, Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of …)
Oct-99 S Club 7, S Club Party 2 Eiffel 65, Blue (Da Ba Dee)
Oct-99 Ann Lee, 2 Times 2 Christina Aguilera, Genie In A Bottle
Nov-99 R Kelly, If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time 1 Five, Keep On Movin’
Nov-99 Tin Tin Out featuring Emma Bunton, What I Am 1 Geri Halliwell, Lift Me Up
Nov-99 Will Smith, Will 2K 1 Robbie Williams, She’s The One / It’s Only Us
Dec-99 Artful Dodger featuring Craig David, Re-Rewind The Crowd Say Bo Selecta 2 Cliff Richard, The Millennium Prayer