Biggest No. 2 Hits Ever: The Top 40 Hot 100 Tunes To Not Hit No. 1
Biggest No. 2 Hits Ever: The Top 40 Hot 100 Tunes To Not Hit No. 1

PSY's "Gangnam Style" joins the ranks of the hottest No. 2 hits ever. See the full list.

This fall, PSY's "Gangnam Style" quickly became one of the most watched No. 2 Hot 100 hits ever as fans wondered if it make it to the top. As the Korean sensation's horse-dancey smash drops to No. 5 after a seven week residency in the second slot, we're paying tribute to it with this chart of the top 40 tunes that peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100. From Lady Gaga and Destiny's Child to Shania Twain and Green Day -- and even Elvis Presley -- sometimes it doesn't take a charttopper to make a huge hit.

10 Weeks At No. 2
"Work It"

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott

Peak Date: Nov. 16, 2002

Missy's early millennium hip-hop jam, complete with bawdy rhymes, a Run-D.M.C. break, and a hook literally sung backwards, took over airwaves in 2002 and sat in the runner-up spot on the chart for an entire season.

"Waiting For A Girl Like You"

Foreigner

Peak Date: Nov. 28, 1981

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