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Saturday 21 October 2017

The hits that were 'robbed' of the No 1 slot

Ultravox hit Vienna was hailed as an honorary chart-topper after being named as the favourite number two single.

The single triumphed in a poll by Radio 2 in Britain and the Official Charts Company to find the greatest track to miss out on the top slot.

Vienna, with its moody, dry ice-filled black-and-white promo, was held off number one by novelty track Shaddup You Face by US-born Australian Joe Dolce.

It was due to feature in a countdown of the best number twos of all time to be broadcast today, featuring the top 40 songs which were a whisker away from the top.

The Ultravox song's triumph left The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl single Fairytale Of New York as the all-time number two number two. The 1987 Christmas hit was originally held in check by the Pet Shop Boys cover of Elvis Presley's hit Always On My Mind.

The poll was launched to celebrate 60 years of the UK singles chart. DJ Tony Blackburn will list the songs in his show The Nation's Favourite Number Two Single.

Ultravox frontman Midge Ure said: "We are extremely pleased and very humbled to have been given this honorary number one, especially knowing the outstanding records which were also in the running."

The top 10 (with the song that held it off in brackets) are:

1. Ultravox -- Vienna, 1981 (Shaddup You Face -- Joe Dolce)

2. The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl -- Fairytale Of New York, 1987 (Always On My Mind -- Pet Shop Boys)

3. Don McLean -- American Pie, 1972 (Son Of My Father -- Chicory Tip, Without You -- Nilsson)

4. James -- Sit Down, 1991 (The One And Only -- Chesney Hawkes)

5. The Stranglers -- Golden Brown, 1982 (Town Called Malice -- The Jam)

6. The Kinks -- Waterloo Sunset, 1967 (Silence Is Golden, The Tremeloes)

7. The Beatles -- Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever, 1967 (Release Me, Engelbert Humperdinck)

8. Queen -- We Are The Champions, 1977 (The Name Of The Game -- Abba, Mull Of Kintyre/Girls' School -- Wings)

9. The Beach Boys -- God Only Knows, 1966 (Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby -- The Beatles)

10. A-ha -- Take On Me, 1985 (The Power Of Love, Jennifer Rush)

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