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We're Number Two! - VOL III
No. 2 Hits
"For Volume III of this series, we'll focus on those lamented Billboard Number Twos from the 1970s. Have fun!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
In 1970, a song sat in the "bridesmaid's spot" for four weeks, more weeks at Number Two than any other song that year. During an interview years later, one member of the act that recorded it said this: "Taking everything into consideration, song, lyric, arrangement, orchestration and vocal performance, this is probably our best single. If I had to pick a favourite out of all our songs, this is it." Can you nail this hit with help from this lyric sample?
"Sharing horizons that are new to us
Watching the signs along the way
Talking it over just the two of us
Working together day to day...together"
We've Only Just Begun
Make It With You
Which Way You Goin' Billy?
Someday We'll Be Together
"Even though the pain and heartache seems to follow me wherever I go
Though I try and try to hide my feelings they always seem to show
Then you try to say you're leaving me and I always have to say no"
These lines are from a 1971 song that was perched at Number Two for three weeks, unable to overtake Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World" which dominated the Hot 100 for six weeks. One further clue... this was one of two Number Two songs this recording act would have in 1971 after dominating the Number One position for a total of ten weeks in 1969-1970 themselves. They would never have another Number One hit as a recording entity! I'm too kind. What song was it?
Rainy Days and Mondays
Never Can Say Goodbye
Hurting Each Other
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
1972 would mark the end of an era, in a way, for an artist whose hit peaked at Number Two on the Hot 100 for a week. What song included these lines?
"Lord almighty, I feel my temperature rising
Higher, higher it's burning through to my soul
Girl, girl, girl, girl, you gonna set me on fire
My brain is flaming, I don't know which way to go"
Higher and Higher
There were only two Platinum selling singles in 1973, both performed by the same artist. One was a Number One hit but, despite its sales, the other could do no better than reach Number Two on the Hot 100 for three weeks. What was that hit featuring these lines?
"When are you gonna come down
When are you going to land
I should have stayed on the farm
I should have listened to my old man"
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Thank God I'm a Country Boy
Take Me Home, Country Roads
One of only five songs to peak at Number Two in 1974, it was performed by a group that was at the forefront of a style of music that has been dubbed "The Quiet Storm" - lush, romantic ballads that exemplified Philadelphia soul music well into the 1980s. Perhaps the lyrics may not resonate with you and that's understandable. You were probably completely mesmerized by the hunk/doll you were slow dancing with. However, it spent 25 weeks on the Hot 100, more than any other hit that year, two of them at Number Two. It also charted in that position on the British chart. What song contained these lovely sentiments?
"My love, whenever I was insecure
You built me up and made me sure
You gave my pride back to me
Precious friend, with you I'll always have a friend
You're someone who I can depend
To walk a path that sometimes bends"
Neither One Of Us
Love So Right
Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
You Make Me Feel Brand New
In 1975, just as in 1974, only five songs could claim Number Two as their ultimate peak chart position on the Hot 100. One of them won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. Can you identify it with the assistance of this lyric sample?
"My, oh my, you sure know how to arrange things
You set it up so well, so carefully
Ain't it funny how your new life didn't change things
You're still the same old girl you used to be"
One of these Nights
Show and Tell
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
One of the most overworked words in mid-to-late 1970s music was "Boogie". It was ubiquitous. Some songs with the word in the title topped the Hot 100 such as "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by Taste of Honey in 1978 and "Boogie Fever" by Sylvers in 1976. Three notable "Boogie" hits from that era peaked at Number Two. Now a toughie! Which of the following "Boogie" songs from the 1970s was NOT among those Number Two hits?
Get Up and Boogie
"And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters"
And all that remains for you is to identify the song from which these lines appear. An epic song from 1976, it stalled at Number Two on the Hot 100 for a couple of weeks.
Too Late to Turn Back Now
The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald
The Night Chicago Died
Chirp along with these lyrics from a Number Two Billboard hit in 1972. It almost reached the same position in the U.K. but came up a little short at Number Three.
"Every little swallow, every chickadee
Every little bird in the tall oak tree,
The wise old owl, the big black crow
Flappin' their wings singin' go bird, go"
What hit was that?
Listen to the Mockingbird
A Number Two Hot 100 hit for two weeks in 1972 featured these colorful lyrics:
"Saturday night I was downtown working for the F.B.I.
Sitting in a nest of bad men, whiskey bottles piling high
Bootlegging boozer on the west side full of people who are doing wrong
Just about to call up the DA man when I heard this woman sing a song"
What hit was it?
Stuck in the Middle With You
Green Eyed Lady
Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)
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