Saturday, April 4, 2009

Albums Stalled At #2

The music blog Chart Watch recently posted an interesting article titled "You Won't Believe These Albums Stalled At #2". And I have to admit that I was very surprised by some of them.

Raising Sand
Raising Sand by Plant and Krauss
Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. I was really surprised to learn that this album debuted at #2 in October 2007 behind Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride and returned to #2 in February 2009 even though its Grammy victory as Album of the Year. And get this, it again was kept from the top spot by a female country singer's sophomore album: Taylor Swift's Fearless. Raising Sand is the only album to peak at #2 in non-consecutive years.

Konvicted by Akon
Akon, Konvicted. Akon's second album was number 2 for four weeks. It had hits Smack That (featuring Eminem) and I Wanna Love You (featuring Snoop Dogg).

Kind of hard to believe that this one did not make it to number one. It was being played on the radio constantly.

Dookie by Greenday
Green Day, Dookie. This debut album spent 30 weeks in the top 10 and had five airplay hits, including Basket Case and When I Come Around. But it was stuck at number two for two weeks in January 1995 behind Garth Brooks' The Hits.

Pyromania by Def Leppard
Def Leppard, Pyromania. This hard rock blockbuster spent 38 weeks in the top 10, including two weeks at number two in May 1983.

There were two top 20 hits, Photograph and Rock Of Ages. Well what was holding it at number two??? It went up against Michael Jackson's Thriller. Not much to say after saying that. We are talking the best selling studio album of all time.

I Never Loved a Man
the Way I Love You
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You by Aretha Franklin
Many of the albums on the list are shocking because they did not make it to number one, but some are simply amazing because of what did make it to number one.

In the case of Aretha Franklin's I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You it was stuck at number two behind the Monkee's More Of The Monkees

This album had two top 10 hits, the title song and her landmark recording of Otis Redding's Respect.

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