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?

Despite selling millions of albums, Creedence Clearwater Revival never hit the top of the chart.

Which reggae artist sang of "one love, one heart" but never had a No. 1 hit?

Despite how many of us know his songs by heart, Bob Marley never topped the charts.

Which American disco group hit No. 1 in the U.K. but not in the U.S.?

Village People did with their hit "Y.M.C.A."

Don't stop believin' that this group will one day top the chart.

Believe it or not, Journey has never had a No. 1 hit.

Which influential band only charted three singles and never went to the top of the charts?

The Ramones somehow never managed to chart higher than No. 66 with "Rockaway Beach."

This Queen of Soul charted two albums at No. 2 in the '60s but never had an album get to No. 1.

Aretha Franklin has had numerous No. 1 rhythm and blues singles but never a No. 1 album.

They drank champagne and danced all night, but they never got to celebrate a No. 1 single.

The Kinks, famous for "Lola," never got to No. 1.

Which song eventually gave The Clash their only No. 1 single a decade after it was released?

"Should I Stay or Should I Go?," written in '81, charted on the U.K. Singles Chart after being reissued in '91.

Surprisingly, Bruce Springsteen has never had a No. 1 single. Which hit came close?

The Boss has never had a No. 1 hit single, but he came close when "Dancing in the Dark" hit No. 2 in 1984.

Which band helped define its generation in the '60s but only hit No. 9 on the charts?

The Who's "I Can See for Miles" charted at No. 9, the highest of the group's songs.

What was the only single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience to chart?

"All Along the Watchtower," written by Bob Dylan but performed by Hendrix, charted in 1968.

True or false: Without "Stairway to Heaven" Led Zeppelin wouldn't have had a No. 1 single.

Led Zeppelin actually never had a No. 1 single.

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" was bumped to No. 2, making Deee-Lite an almost-one hit wonder.

Folk artist Joni Mitchell only charted in the Top 10 once with which song?

"Help Me" from her 1974 album "Court and Spark" reached No. 7.

Which single got closest to No. 1 for the band Arcade Fire?

"Rebellion (Lies)" hit No. 19 on the U.K. charts, but that's the only single the group has charted.

When did Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" chart, in 1984 when it was first released or in 2007's rerelease?

"Hallelujah" charted in 2007 at No. 36; Cohen has never had a No. 1 single.

True or false: Although Vampire Weekend reached No. 1 with albums, they have never charted a single.

In the U.S. the band has never charted a single, and in the U.K. "Oxford Comma" peaked at No. 36.

How long did Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You" stay at No. 2 without ever topping the chart?

"Waiting for a Girl Like You" peaked at No. 2, where it remained for 10 weeks.

Which song kept "Vienna" by Ultravox from the No. 1 spot in 1981?

"Shaddap You Face" by Joe Dolce kept "Vienna" from hitting No. 1.

True or false: Bob Dylan may have been the "Voice of a Generation," but he never had a No. 1 single.

"Like a Rolling Stone" and "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" both peaked at No. 2.

Which N.W.A. song hit No. 2 on 1989's rap chart?

"Express Yourself" hit No. 2, the closest the group would get to topping the charts.

This jam band doesn't have any hits — the song "Free" only peaked at No. 11 in 1996.

While their concert revenue is around $175 million, Phish has no No.1 hits.

Which group is known as the "gods of metal," although you wouldn't know it from their chartings?

Judas Priest has never had a No. 1 single.

This band and its singer share the same name, and neither has cracked the top of the charts.

Marilyn Manson has had more success in the U.K. than in the U.S., where he never charted.

Which hip-hop group has never hit No. 1, peaking with the single "C.R.E.A.M." in 1994?

Wu Tang Clan's peak chart position was No. 60 with 'C.R.E.A.M.'.

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

Miles Davis only hit No. 13 with "The Doo-Bop Song" in 1992.

Which MTV-favorite was the closest to a No. 1 single the Beastie Boys would ever have?

"Fight for Your Right" peaked at No. 7, the highest of any Beastie Boys single.

Who peaked at No. 2 until he released two songs with Rihanna, both of which hit No. 1?

Drake topped at No. 2 with "Hotline Bling" but hit No. 1 with Rihanna.

What was the second biggest song of 2015?

Omi's "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)" was the second biggest song of 2015.

True or false: Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" was a No. 1 hit in 1990, the same year he dated Madonna.

As much as that may seem untrue, both actually happened.

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