Ask Billboard: Uncovering Potentially Uncoverable Songs

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LEFTOVER NO. 11s FROM 11-11-11

Hi Gary!

Numbers are such a big part of a chart watcher's day-to-day life that I can't help but wonder how many other Chart Beat fans enjoyed 11-11-11.

Last Friday, I decided to load my iPod with songs that, to quote Spinal Tap, did "go to eleven." I listened to such songs as Bryan Adams' "Somebody"; Kenny Loggins' "Meet Me Half Way"; and the Go-Go's' "Head Over Heels."

It made me wonder: In the Hot 100's history, what songs spent the most weeks peaking at No. 11?

In looking at titles that stopped one position from the Hot 100's top 10, I'm at least pleasantly surprised that some of those songs are now considered staples on radio.


Chris Sammond
Cincinnati, Ohio

Hi Chris,

Two songs frustratingly held at No. 11 on the Hot 100 for a whopping five weeks without ever graduating to the top 10.

The Chambers Brothers' "Time Has Come Today" blasted 27-11 on the Sept. 21, 1968, chart. It stalled there, however, for the next four weeks before plummeting to No. 21.

In 1997, Sister Hazel's "All for You" also spent five (non-consecutive) weeks peaking at No. 11.

And, three songs peaked at No. 11 for four weeks: 'N Sync's "Gone" (2001); Supertramp's "It's Raining Again," featuring Roger Hodgson (1982); and, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas' "Honey Chile" (1967).

You're one of many readers who had fun with No. 11-peaking Hot 100 hits for 11-11-11. Based on comments below last week's feature spotlighting 11 such songs, Dev's "In the Dark" is clearly a bittersweet recent addition to the list.

Also drawing reader shoutouts: Gloria Estefan's "Get on Your Feet" (1989); Debbie Gibson's "Electric Youth" (1989); Avril Lavigne's "What the Hell" (2011); Leona Lewis' "Better in Time" (2008); Madonna's "The Power of Goodbye" (1998); Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)" (1982); Carly Simon's "Jesse" (1980); Britney Spears' "Stronger" (2001); Stand Up to Cancer's "Just Stand Up!" (2008); Taylor Swift's "Mean" (2010); Timbaland's "Carry Out," featuring Justin Timberlake (2010); Timberlake's "Like I Love You" (2002); Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova" (2009); and, When in Rome's "The Promise" (1988).

But, as you note, several songs have overcome missing the Hot 100's top 10 by just one rank to become beloved and lasting hits.

My favorite? This great Belinda Carlisle song, which peaked at No. 11 the week of Dec. 2, 1989.

Have a great weekend!

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