We're No. 2!: The Second-best Musicians Quiz

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We're No. 2!: The Second-best Musicians Quiz
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Second's not so bad, right? After all, as Buzz Aldrin said on "The Simpsons," second comes right after first. How much do you know about the musicians who didn't quite make it to No. 1 on U.S. charts? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.
Which band/artist, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, never had a No. 1 hit?
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Despite selling millions of albums, Creedence Clearwater Revival never hit the top of the chart.
James Brown
Sly & the Family Stone

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Which reggae artist sang of "one love, one heart" but never had a No. 1 hit?
Bob Marley
Despite how many of us know his songs by heart, Bob Marley never topped the charts.
Jimmy Cliff
Tanya Stephens

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Which American disco group hit No. 1 in the U.K. but not in the U.S.?
Bee Gees
Chic
Village People
Village People did with their hit "Y.M.C.A."

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Don't stop believin' that this group will one day top the chart.
Foreigner
Journey
Believe it or not, Journey has never had a No. 1 hit.
REO Speedwagon

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Which influential band only charted three singles and never went to the top of the charts?
Buzzcocks
New York Dolls
the Ramones
The Ramones somehow never managed to chart higher than No. 66 with "Rockaway Beach."

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This Queen of Soul charted two albums at No. 2 in the '60s but never had an album get to No. 1.
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has had numerous No. 1 rhythm and blues singles but never a No. 1 album.
Ella Fitzgerald
Nina Simone

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They drank champagne and danced all night, but they never got to celebrate a No. 1 single.
The Byrds
The Kinks
The Kinks, famous for "Lola," never got to No. 1.
The Zombies

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Which song eventually gave The Clash their only No. 1 single a decade after it was released?
"Rock the Casbah"
"London Calling"
"Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
"Should I Stay or Should I Go?," written in '81, charted on the U.K. Singles Chart after being reissued in '91.

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Surprisingly, Bruce Springsteen has never had a No. 1 single. Which hit came close?
"Born in the USA"
"Born to Run"
"Dancing in the Dark"
The Boss has never had a No. 1 hit single, but he came close when "Dancing in the Dark" hit No. 2 in 1984.

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Which band helped define its generation in the '60s but only hit No. 9 on the charts?
The Doors
The Rolling Stones
The Who
The Who's "I Can See for Miles" charted at No. 9, the highest of the group's songs.

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What was the only single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience to chart?
"All Along the Watchtower"
"All Along the Watchtower," written by Bob Dylan but performed by Hendrix, charted in 1968.
"May This Be Love"
"The Wind Cries Mary"

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True or false: Without "Stairway to Heaven" Led Zeppelin wouldn't have had a No. 1 single.
true
false
Led Zeppelin actually never had a No. 1 single.

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In 1990 Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart" tied with Steve Miller Band's "The Joker." Which song didn't make the top spot?
"Groove Is in the Heart"
"Groove Is in the Heart" was bumped to No. 2, making Deee-Lite an almost-one hit wonder.
"The Joker"

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Folk artist Joni Mitchell only charted in the Top 10 once with which song?
"Big Yellow Taxi"
"Both Sides Now"
"Help Me"
"Help Me" from her 1974 album "Court and Spark" reached No. 7.

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Which single got closest to No. 1 for the band Arcade Fire?
"Awful Sound"
"Rebellion"
"Rebellion (Lies)" hit No. 19 on the U.K. charts, but that's the only single the group has charted.
"Reflektor"

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When did Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" chart, in 1984 when it was first released or in 2007's rerelease?
1984
2007
"Hallelujah" charted in 2007 at No. 36; Cohen has never had a No. 1 single.
never

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True or false: Although Vampire Weekend reached No. 1 with albums, they have never charted a single.
true
In the U.S. the band has never charted a single, and in the U.K. "Oxford Comma" peaked at No. 36.
false

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How long did Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You" stay at No. 2 without ever topping the chart?
eight weeks
nine weeks
10 weeks
"Waiting for a Girl Like You" peaked at No. 2, where it remained for 10 weeks.

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Which song kept "Vienna" by Ultravox from the No. 1 spot in 1981?
"Jessie's Girl"
"Shaddap You Face"
"Shaddap You Face" by Joe Dolce kept "Vienna" from hitting No. 1.
"Under Pressure"

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True or false: Bob Dylan may have been the "Voice of a Generation," but he never had a No. 1 single.
true
"Like a Rolling Stone" and "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" both peaked at No. 2.
false

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Which N.W.A. song hit No. 2 on 1989's rap chart?
"Express Yourself"
"Express Yourself" hit No. 2, the closest the group would get to topping the charts.
"Dopeman"
"Straight Outta Compton"

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This jam band doesn't have any hits — the song "Free" only peaked at No. 11 in 1996.
Dave Matthews Band
Grateful Dead
Phish
While their concert revenue is around $175 million, Phish has no No.1 hits.

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Which group is known as the "gods of metal," although you wouldn't know it from their chartings?
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
Judas Priest has never had a No. 1 single.
Metallica

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This band and its singer share the same name, and neither has cracked the top of the charts.
Alice Cooper
Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson has had more success in the U.K. than in the U.S., where he never charted.
Van Halen

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Which hip-hop group has never hit No. 1, peaking with the single "C.R.E.A.M." in 1994?
A Tribe Called Quest
The Roots
Wu Tang Clan
Wu Tang Clan's peak chart position was No. 60 with 'C.R.E.A.M.'.

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True or false: American jazz legend Miles Davis hit No. 2 with "The Doo-Bop Song" in 1992.
true
false
Miles Davis only hit No. 13 with "The Doo-Bop Song" in 1992.

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Which MTV-favorite was the closest to a No. 1 single the Beastie Boys would ever have?
"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)"
"Fight for Your Right" peaked at No. 7, the highest of any Beastie Boys single.
"Hey Ladies"
"So What'cha Want"

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Who peaked at No. 2 until he released two songs with Rihanna, both of which hit No. 1?
Drake
Drake topped at No. 2 with "Hotline Bling" but hit No. 1 with Rihanna.
Kendrick Lamar
Meek Mill

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What was the second biggest song of 2015?
"Cheerleader"
Omi's "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)" was the second biggest song of 2015.
"Love Me Like You Do"
"See You Again"

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True or false: Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" was a No. 1 hit in 1990, the same year he dated Madonna.
true
As much as that may seem untrue, both actually happened.
false

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