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11 Rock No. 11s For '11
The number eleven has long been associated with positive facts, feats and emotions.
Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to land on the Moon.
"Ben-Hur," "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King" each won a record eleven Academy Awards.
It's the time of night that "Conan" starts.
And, according to greatdreams.com, the number eleven "possesses the qualities of intuition, patience, honesty, sensitivity and spirituality and is idealistic."
On Billboard charts, however, peaking at No. 11 evokes mostly frustration.
"No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11. But, of those, No. 11 is probably the worst," says Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice president/adult music.
"If you peak at No. 2, at least you can brag about reaching the top five. If you hit No. 6, a label can still market a track and/or artist as 'top 10.'
"But, if you peak at the dreaded No. 11, then the best you can boast is 'top 15,' which obviously doesn't sound as prestigious."
Still, a song's highest position on a Billboard chart isn't always an indicator of its legacy.
As we ring in '11, Chart Beat is celebrating songs that, despite stopping short one spot shy of the top 10 on Billboard charts, have become evergreen.
Each week in January, we're spotlighting 11 such smashes, continuing this week with tracks that reached No. 11 on Billboard rock charts.
Jan. 4: R&B/hip-hop
Jan. 11: country
Jan. 18: rock
Jan. 25: Hot 100
"My City Was Gone," the Pretenders, 1982, Mainstream Rock
A week after the single's A-side, "Back on the Chain Gang," debuted, on its way to a No. 4 peak, the flipside, available only the on 7-inch single, charted. The B-side received new life when Rush Limbaugh began using its riff - unauthorized - in the opening of his radio show. In a case of liberal and conservative views finding common ground through music, the group's Chrissie Hynde demanded that Limbaugh stop using the song, though reversed course when he offered to donate $100,000 to PETA.
"Never Say Goodbye," Bon Jovi, 1987, Mainstream Rock
Having topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the uptempo "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' on a Prayer," Bon Jovi proved equally adept at big hair ballads. The popular cut from "Slippery When Wet" - and the first non-commercially-available single to reach the top 40 (No. 28) on the Radio Songs chart - paved the way for such later hit love songs as "I'll There for You," "Bed of Roses" and "Always."
"Everlasting Love," U2, 1989, Alternative Songs
Just as Carl Carlton's 1974 version of the song peaked at No. 11 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, so did U2's cover on Alternative Songs. Still, the quartet leads all acts with 23 top 10s dating to the chart's 1988 premiere.
"Falling," Julee Cruise, 1990, Alternative Songs
The first single from Cruise's debut album "Floating Into the Night" doubled, in instrumental form, as the theme to TV's "Twin Peaks." When "Psych" last year aired a tribute episode to "Twin Peaks" (cleverly entitled "Dual Spires"), Cruise re-recorded the pop/alternative theme, the Friendly Indians' "I Know You Know," in the style of the haunting "Falling."
"Hippychick," Soho, 1990, Alternative Songs
The British trio likewise came up short of reaching the top 10 on the Hot 100, where the song peaked at No. 14. The track, which samples the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now," did spend two weeks atop the Dance Singles Sales chart.
"Nothing Else Matters," Metallica, 1992, Mainstream Rock
The hard rock luminaries had previously peaked at No. 10 with each of their first two chart entries, "Enter Sandman" (1991) and "The Unforgiven" (1992). Emphasizing the song's boundless appeal, Shakira has taken to covering the intimate ballad in concert.
"Closer," Nine Inch Nails, 1994, Alternative Songs
With lyrics that might make Cee Lo Green blush ("I wanna f*** you like an animal"), the track ranked as the group's highest-charting entry on Alternative Songs until "Hurt" became its only top 10 (No. 8, 1995) of the '90s. The Trent Reznor-led act stopped at No. 11 three more times ("The Perfect Drug," "We're in This Together," "Into the Void") before starting an active streak of six consecutive top 10s, including four No. 1s, between 2005 and 2008.
"What Would You Say," Dave Matthews Band, 1995, Alternative Songs
Four years after forming in Charlottesville, Va., the jam band made its first visit to Alternative Songs. Follow-up classics "Ants Marching" and "Satellite" each peaked at No. 18 before "Too Much" (No. 5, 1996) broke through as the group's first of six top 10s.
"Bawitdaba," Kid Rock, 1999, Mainstream Rock
"Bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogy said up jump the boogy," the singer recounts on the anthem that helped define the format's attraction to rap in the late '90s/early 2000s. On Alternative Songs, a peak one notch higher granted Rock a top 10 with his first format chart entry.
"Woke Up This Morning," A3, 2000, Triple A
The "Chosen One Mix" of the song by the London-based band became iconic as the theme to HBO's "The Sopranos," from its first episode in 1999 to its finale in 2007, when the series ended abruptly in mid- ...
"1234," Feist, 2007, Triple A
Canadian singer/songwriter Leslie Feist blanketed TV airwaves with this quirky track, which soared to the top 10 on Digital Songs (No. 4) and the Hot 100 (No. 8) following its Apple iPod nano ad placement. Feist later performed a version of the song on "Sesame Street" with Elmo (in controversy-free attire), fittingly helping children learn to count.