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We're No. 2!: The Second-best Musicians Quiz
by Staff
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
  • James Brown
  • Sly & the Family Stone

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

  • Bob Marley
  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Tanya Stephens

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

  • Bee Gees
  • Chic
  • Village People

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

  • Foreigner
  • Journey
  • REO Speedwagon

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

  • Buzzcocks
  • New York Dolls
  • the Ramones

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

  • Aretha Franklin
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Nina Simone

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

  • The Byrds
  • The Kinks
  • The Zombies

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?"

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"

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

  • The Doors
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Who

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

  • "All Along the Watchtower"
  • "May This Be Love"
  • "The Wind Cries Mary"

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

  • true
  • false

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"
  • "The Joker"

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

  • "Big Yellow Taxi"
  • "Both Sides Now"
  • "Help Me"

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

  • "Awful Sound"
  • "Rebellion"
  • "Reflektor"

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

  • 1984
  • 2007
  • never

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

  • true
  • false

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

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

  • "Jessie's Girl"
  • "Shaddap You Face"
  • "Under Pressure"

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

  • true
  • false

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

  • "Express Yourself"
  • "Dopeman"
  • "Straight Outta Compton"

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

  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Grateful Dead
  • Phish

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

  • Iron Maiden
  • Judas Priest
  • Metallica

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

  • Alice Cooper
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Van Halen

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

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

  • true
  • false

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)"
  • "Hey Ladies"
  • "So What'cha Want"

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

  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Meek Mill

What was the second biggest song of 2015?

  • "Cheerleader"
  • "Love Me Like You Do"
  • "See You Again"

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

  • true
  • false