Number 2 Songs: Biggest Chart Hits That Missed Out On Number 1

14 August 2018, 16:56 | Updated: 12 April 2021, 10:56

Number 2 Songs

It's a pretty special moment when your song gets to Number 1 on The Official Big Top 40...

You're sitting pretty at the peak of the UK's biggest chart all 'cause the whole nation is loving your tune.

There are some huge songs from over the years that you'd presume spent weeks and weeks at the top. However, not every hit can reach Number 1... unfortunately, some just have to make do with being Number 2.

Even the likes of Ed Sheeran, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, acts responsible for some of the defining songs of the last decade, have missed out on the accolade from time-to-time.

We've had a look through the archives and picked out the biggest Number 2 songs that couldn't quite go all the way...

Dua Lipa - New Rules

Adele - Rolling In The Deep

Eminem & Rihanna - Love The Way You Lie

Major Lazer - Lean On ft. MO & DJ Snake

John Newman - Love Me Again

Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill

Sia - Cheap Thrils ft. Sean Paul 

Ariana Grande - One Last Time

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

DJ Khaled - Wild Thoughts ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller

Justin Bieber - Baby ft. Ludacris