London: British rock band Ultravox’s 1981 hit ‘Vienna’ has been named as UK’s favourite number two single. The track topped the survey by BBC Radio 2 and the Official Charts Company to find the greatest song, which missed out on the number one spot.
Vienna was held off the top spot in 1981 by novelty track ‘Shaddup You Face’ by Joe Dolce, the BBC reported. Christmas favourite ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl came in at second place.
The 1987 hit was beaten to the top by the Pet Shop Boys’ cover of Elvis Presley hit ‘Always On My Mind.’
Other songs to feature in the top 10 include The Beatles’ ‘Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever,’ which was held off by Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’ in 1967 and A-ha’s 1985 hit ‘Take On Me,’ that was pipped to the top spot by ‘The Power Of Love’ by Jennifer Rush.
The ‘Who’s My Generation’ was 12th in the list, ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis finished at 13th position, Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ came in at 34 and ‘Rocket Man’ by Sir Elton John was at 37.
The survey had been launched to celebrate 60 years of the singles chart.
Top 10 number twos are:
1. Ultravox - Vienna, 1981 (beaten by Shaddup You Face - Joe Dolce)
2. The Pogues ft. 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)