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Number 2 Hits On The Australian Chart: The 2000s

Originally posted in 2019. Updated in 2020.


Well, I've finally got here a run-through of all the singles that almost topped the ARIA top 50 during the first decade of the 2000s. (I've previously done the same for the 1980s and 1990s.)


As well as reaching No. 2 with Destiny's Child, Kelly and Beyoncé got there on their own #PoorMichelle

There were 80 number 2 hits between 2000 and 2009 (inclusive), so let's get the party started, shall we?

2000

"S Club Party" by S Club 7

Date reached number 2: March 5, 2000

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Bloke" by Chris Franklin

And there ain't no party like an S Club party, with the seven-piece pop combo improving on the peak of debut single "Bring It All Back" by one place. In the UK, "S Club Party" was the first of five number 2 hits for Tina, Jon, Paul, Hannah, Bradley, Rachel and Jo.



"Candy" by Mandy Moore

Date reached number 2: April 2, 2000

Weeks at number 2: Three

Kept off number 1 by: "Bye Bye Bye" by *NSYNC

One of four blonde teenage pop princesses who burst onto the scene at the end of the '90s, Mandy Moore peaked first time out with this sugary confection, never making the ARIA top 10 again (although coming close a couple of times).



"Never Be The Same Again" by Melanie C featuring Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Date reached number 2: May 14, 2000

Weeks at number 2: Two (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child for one week and "Oops!...I Did It Again" by Britney Spears for one week

Pop reigned supreme in 2000, with the most successful solo Spice Girl being denied a chart-topper in her own right by another girl group and the biggest of those American pop princesses. "Never Be The Same Again" was also the biggest hit for the late Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes away from TLC.



"There You Go" by Pink

Date reached number 2: June 18, 2000

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Who The Hell Are You" by Madison Avenue

Starting as she intended to proceed, Pink's debut is one of only two singles she has released to stall at number 2 we'll see the other shortly. "There You Go" was co-written and produced by hitmaker of the day Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs.



"Thong Song" by Sisqó

Date reached number 2: June 25, 2000

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Who The Hell Are You" by Madison Avenue

His vocal group Dru Hill had registered a couple of hits in 1999, but the singer born Mark Andrews did even better on his own with this ode to G-strings, which was successful in Australia despite a thong being something completely different here.



"Jumpin' Jumpin'" by Destiny's Child

Date reached number 2: August 13, 2000

Weeks at number 2: Three

Kept off number 1 by: "I'm Outta Love" by Anastacia

"Say My Name" had taken them to number 1, but Destiny's Child had to settle for second best with the follow-up, which would be the last song released by the girl group as a four-piece, with fleeting member Farrah Franklin departing as quickly as she'd joined.



"Shackles (Praise You)" by Mary Mary

Date reached number 2: September 17, 2000

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Music" by Madonna

The reason Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams hasn't had a number 2 hit is due in large part to her solo efforts being gospel recordings although that didn't stop sisters Erica and Tina Atkins-Campbell from achieving mainstream success with their "Don't Look Any Further"-sampling debut.



"Holler" by Spice Girls

Date reached number 2: November 5, 2000

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" by Spiller

Blocked from the number 1 spot by the dance track that famously kept Victoria Beckham (with True Steppers and Dane Bowers) at bay in the UK, the four-piece version of Spice Girls did at least rack up a 10th and final hit, none of which had peaked lower than number 13 in Australia.



"Friends Forever (Graduation)" by Vitamin C

Date reached number 2: December 3, 2000

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Baha Men

Released just in time for the end of the school year with its original title and subtitle reversed in Australia this ballad based on Pachelbel's Canon was the first of two hits by the singer born Colleen Fitzpatrick.



2001

"Ms Jackson" by OutKast

Date reached number 2: April 1, 2001

Weeks at number 2: Four

Kept off number 1 by: "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy featuring RikRok

They'd been releasing music since the early '90s but this song inspired by Andre 3000's relationship with Erykah Badu, with whom he shared a son, and her mother put the innovative hip-hop duo on the map.



"I'm Like A Bird" by Nelly Furtado

Date reached number 2: May 20, 2001

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink

Before she went all R&B (and racked up two more number 2s, which we'll see soon), Canadian singer Nelly Furtado's debut was on a more folk- and world-influenced tip, with her first ever single winning her a Grammy.



"Whole Again" by Atomic Kitten

Date reached number 2: June 3, 2001

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink

On the verge of being dropped by their record company and with founding member Kerry Katona leaving to have Bryan Westlife's baby midway through promotion for the track, this ballad turned the trio (with new member Jenny Frost) into one of the UK's biggest pop acts, staying at number 1 there for four weeks.



"Strawberry Kisses" by Nikki Webster

Date reached number 2: June 24, 2001

Weeks at number 2: Seven (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon for five weeks, "Follow Me" by Uncle Kraker for one week and "Hanging By A Moment" by Lifehouse

Australia's sweetheart thanks to her pivotal role in the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening ceremony, 14-year-old Nikki Webster's debut single was produced by Dancing With The Stars musical director Chong Lim and was the second of eight top 40 hits (following her Olympics song, "We'll Be One") for the teenager.



"Let's Get Married / Promise" by Jagged Edge

Date reached number 2: July 8, 2001

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon

In its original form, "Let's Get Married" was a sexy R&B ballad, but it was the "It's Like That"-sampling remix featuring Run-DMC's Reverend Run that took off locally, where it was released as a double A-side with a remix of the four-piece's next single, "Promise".



"Don't Stop Movin'" by S Club 7

Date reached number 2: August 19, 2001

Weeks at number 2: Four

Kept off number 1 by: "Hanging By A Moment" by Lifehouse

Since "S Club Party", it had been a very different story in Australia for S Club 7 than in the UK, where they were yet to miss the top 5 and wouldn't for the rest of their career. "Don't Stop Movin'" put them back in the ARIA top 5 following flops like "Reach" (number 38) and "Natural" (number 45), with UK chart-topper "Never Had A Dream Come True" completely passed over here.



"Mambo No. 5" by Bob The Builder

Date reached number 2: November 18, 2001

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm

If it weren't for Alien Ant Farm's nu metal cover of the Michael Jackson hit, animated kids' character Bob The Builder would've earned himself a second chart-topper, but his Lou Bega cover had to settle for second place.



"How You Remind Me" by Nickelback

Date reached number 2: December 2, 2001

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm

Depending on your musical taste, this is another thing we can thank Alien Ant Farm for denying this breakthrough hit by Canada's top rock export from hitting number 1, somewhere they'd never quite manage to reach in Australia. Not for want of trying.



"What Would You Do?" by City High

Date reached number 2: December 9, 2001

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm

By this point, Alien Ant Farm were in the sixth and seventh weeks of their eight-week run at the top, and this socially conscious debut single from the R&B trio comprised of Claudette Ortiz, Robbie Pardlo and Ryan Toby might have been a welcome relief at number 1. Follow-up "Caramel" featuring Eve gave City High a second top 50 hit... just. 



2002

"Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five For Fighting

Date reached number 2: March 3, 2002

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Whenever Wherever" by Shakira

The musical vehicle for singer-songwriter John Ondrasik, Five For Fighting only started to take off in the US when "Superman (It's Not Easy)" was championed in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Six months later, the song written from the Man Of Steel's point of view (although careful not to infringe DC Comics' copyright) was kept from number 1 by a woman singing about her small and humble breasts.



"Dance With Me" by 112

Date reached number 2: March 31, 2002

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Not Pretty Enough" by Kasey Chambers

Five years earlier, they'd provided backing vocals on two chart hits ("I'll Be Missing You" and "All Cried Out"), and in 2002, vocal harmony group 112 finally cracked the top 50 in their own right with this clap-along R&B jam.



"Girlfriend (remix)" by *NSYNC featuring Nelly

Date reached number 2: April 28, 2002

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Hey Baby" by DJ Otzi

Saving one of their best for last, boy band *NSYNC went out on a high with this Nelly-featuring (although not in the video below), Neptunes-produced track, which completed their transition from bubblegum Scandi-pop to urban cool.



"Objection (Tango)" by Shakira

Date reached number 2: September 15, 2002

Weeks at number 2: Three (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne for one week and "The Logical Song" by Scooter for two weeks

Rounding out a killer year for Colombia's Shakira, her third English-language single narrowly missed out on making it a hat trick of number 1s, with "Objection (Tango)" unable to achieve what "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes" had.



2003

"Stole" by Kelly Rowland

Date reached number 2: January 26, 2003

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Lose Yourself" by Eminem

Remember that short period of time when Kelly Rowland was the most successful member of Destiny's Child? Following her chart-topping appearance on Nelly's "Dilemma", her topical first solo single almost repeated the feat, while Beyoncé Knowles hadn't even made the top 20 with her first solo effort in 2002, "Work It Out".



"'03 Bonnie & Clyde" by Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé Knowles

Date reached number 2: February 2, 2003

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Lose Myself" by Eminem

Making up for lost time, Beyoncé, who still released music with her surname intact at this point, became the chart powerhouse she was always destined to be in 2003. First up, a guest appearance on this Kanye West-produced track by then-boyfriend Jay-Z (with hypen intact), which sampled "Me And My Girlfriend" by Makaveli (aka Tupac Shakur).



"Cry Me A River" by Justin Timberlake

Date reached number 2: March 9, 2003

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera

Also coming into his own in 2003 was former *NSYNC member Justin Timberlake who started a fruitful collaboration with Timbaland on his second single and caused a stir with the song's music video featuring a lookalike of ex-girlfriend Britney Spears.



"All I Have" by Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J

Date reached number 2: May 4, 2003

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "In Da Club" by 50 Cent

Somewhat overlooked these days, this ballad second single from J.Lo's third album, This Is Me... Then, outperformed all but two of her other songs on the ARIA chart, including hits like "Waiting For Tonight" (number 4), "Love Don't Cost A Thing" (number 4) and "Jenny From The Block" (number 5).



"Crazy In Love" by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z

Date reached number 2: July 20, 2003

Weeks at number 2: Three

Kept off number 1 by: "Ignition (Remix)" by R. Kelly

A number 1 hit in the US and the UK, the lead single from a now-mononymous Beyoncé's debut solo album, Dangerously In Love, was the sound of a solo superstar emerging. The brass-laden (courtesy of a Chi-Lites sample) track also saw Jay-Z return the favour with a guest rap.



"Angel" by Amanda Perez

Date reached number 2: August 31, 2003

Weeks at number 2: Four

Kept off number 1 by: "Where Is The Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas

One-hit wonder alert. With pure pop on the way out in 2003, R&B and hip-hop became the dominant genre of music on the Australian singles chart and FM radio, with this US top 20 hit setting up camp in the number 2 spot for a month as a result.



"P.I.M.P." by 50 Cent

Date reached number 2: November 16, 2003

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Slow" by Kylie Minogue

Another artist benefitting from Australia's hearty embrace of hip-hop was Eminem and Dr Dre protégé 50 Cent, who made it three top 5 hits in a row with this single, which featured Snoop Dogg, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck on the single remix.



2004

"Milkshake" by Kelis

Date reached number 2: January 25, 2004

Weeks at number 2: Five (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "Hey Ya!" by OutKast for one week and "What About Me" by Shannon Noll for four weeks

Kelis's "Milkshake" couldn't quite bring enough boys to the yard for it to nudge out the first ever Australian Idol runner-up (or OutKast). The Neptunes concoction had originally been offered to Britney Spears.



"Here Without You" by 3 Doors Down

Date reached number 2: February 1, 2004

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Hey Ya!" by OutKast

They'd reached number 8 in early 2001 with debut single "Kryptonite", and the Mississippi rock band did even better with this track from second album Away From The Sun, even out-performing the song's US peak of number 5.



"Roses" by OutKast

Date reached number 2: June 13, 2004

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Black Betty" by Spiderbait

OutKast could do no wrong with the singles from their Speakerboxxx/The Love Below double album, with this track lifted from Andre 3000's portion (but also featuring Big Boi) becoming their third top 10 hit on the trot.



"I Don't Wanna Know" by Mario Winans featuring Enya & P. Diddy

Date reached number 2: June 20, 2004

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "F.U.R.B. (FU Right Back)" by Frankee

I reeled off all the facts relating to this track when it appeared on my one-hit wonders of the 2000s post. Suffice it to say here that "I Don't Wanna Know" had the most unlikely featuring credit in the form of Irish new age star Enya.



"Burn" by Usher

Date reached number 2: July 25, 2004

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Angel Eyes" by Paulini

Usher's seventh (of 14 to date) top 10 hit in Australia, "Burn" followed his first chart-topper, "Yeah!". The ballad was only kept from the top by yet another alumnus of the first season of Australian Idol



"Let's Get It Started" by The Black Eyed Peas

Date reached number 2: August 1, 2004

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Angel Eyes" by Paulini

Also on a hit streak in 2004 were The Black Eyed Peas, who made it four top 10 hits in a row from album Elephunk  their first with Fergie. "Let's Get It Started" had begun life as album track "Let's Get Retarded" before being given a more PC reworking for its single release.



"Push Up" by Freestylers

Date reached number 2: August 8, 2004

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Angel Eyes" by Paulini

A third song kept off the top by Paulini, "Push Up" was the first hit by British dance duo Freestylers, which was comprised of ex-Strike member Matt Cantor and Aston Harvey. Shortly after reaching number 2, "Push Up" was deleted (remember when record companies did that?), resulting in it plummeting out of the chart, and included as a bonus track on "Get A Life", which duly became their second hit.



"Leave (Get Out)" by JoJo

Date reached number 2: September 5, 2004

Weeks at number 2: Four (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "My Place" by Nelly featuring Jaheim for one week and "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5 for three weeks

Just 13 when it was released, former reality TV contestant Joanna Levesque worked with pop/R&B producers Soulshock & Karlin on this debut single, which also reached number 2 in the UK. Last year, JoJo re-recorded "Leave (Get Out)" and her entire debut album following years of disputes with her former record company.



"Car Wash" by Christina Aguilera featuring Missy Elliott

Date reached number 2: October 17, 2004

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5

The ninth in a run of 12 straight top 10 singles in Australia for X-tina, this cover of the Rose Royce hit from 1976 was recorded for the soundtrack to animated movie Shark Tale. "Car Wash" was on the top 50 at the same time as another Christina Aguilera collaboration: "Tilt Ya Head Back" with Nelly.



"Call On Me" by Eric Prydz

Date reached number 2: October 31, 2004

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Out Of The Blue" by Delta Goodrem

Spawning a flood of 1980s-inspired imitators, this dance track from the Swedish DJ/producer took its hook from "Valerie" by Steve Winwood, who re-recorded his vocal especially for the single.



2005

"C'mon Aussie C'mon" by Shannon Noll

Date reached number 2: January 2, 2005

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "The Prayer" by Anthony Callea

In the years immediately following the inaugural season of Australian Idol, runner-up Shannon Noll could do no wrong, hitting the top 10 with his first 10 singles and almost earning his third number 1 with this charity cover version of the 1979 chart-topper kept at bay by the runner-up of season two.



"Rich Girl" by Gwen Stefani featuring Eve

Date reached number 2: March 6, 2005

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Over And Over" by Nelly featuring Tim McGraw

I knew this second solo hit for the No Doubt frontwoman was a reworking of "If I Were A Rich Man" from musical Fiddler On The Roof, but what I didn't know until now was that somebody else had revamped the song originally UK rappers Louchie Lou and Michie One in 1993.



"Evie" by The Wrights

Date reached number 2: March 13, 2005

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Over And Over" by Nelly featuring Tim McGraw

Speaking of revamps, this cover of The Easybeats' three-part rock classic was performed by Australian supergroup The Wrights at the WaveAid charity concert in January 2005 before being released commercially, with proceeds also going, in part, to victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami (as well as to other causes).



"The Special Two" by Missy Higgins

Date reached number 2: April 17, 2005

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Beautiful Soul" by Jesse McCartney

With a title like this, the third single lifted from Missy Higgins' debut album, The Sound Of White, was destined for number 2. The song was written by way of apology to Missy's older sister when both siblings liked the same guy and he ended up going out with Missy.



"1, 2 Step" by Ciara featuring Missy Elliott

Date reached number 2: April 24, 2005

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Beautiful Soul" by Jesse McCartney

With a title like this, the second hit by crunk star Ciara was destined to spend one week at number 2. The singer repaid the favour to Missy Elliott by featuring on her 2005 top 10 hit, "Lose Control". 



"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Jessica Simpson

Date reached number 2: October 2, 2005

Weeks at number 2: Two (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "Don't Cha" by Pussycat Dolls

Finally achieving what her contemporaries, Britney, Christina and Mandy, had all already managed, Jessice Simpson boot scooted her way into the runner-up slot with this Nancy Sinatra cover produced by Jam & Lewis and taken from the soundtrack to the film adaptation of The Dukes Of Hazzard.



"4ever" by The Veronicas

Date reached number 2: November 6, 2005

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Gold Digger" by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

Written and produced by Max Martin and Dr Luke (who were also behind Pink's sound-alike "U + Ur Hand" the following year), "4ever" was the first of 10 (to date) ARIA top 10 hits twins Jess and Lisa Origliasso have to their names.



"You're Beautiful" by James Blunt

Date reached number 2: November 13, 2005

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Gold Digger" by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

A number 1 in the UK and the US, British singer-songwriter James Blunt's breakthrough single had to settle for second place (and a 14-week run in the top 10) in Australia. A song that was so inescapable at the time, it has since become a regular on "most annoying song" lists, even prompting James to apologise for it.



2006

"Stickwitu" by Pussycat Dolls

Date reached number 2: January 15, 2006

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Wasabi / Eye Of The Tiger" by Lee Harding

One of the most consistent pop acts of the 2000s, Pussycat Dolls never charted lower than number 17 over 11 singles and appear on this list of number 2s three times. A change of pace from debut hit "Don't Cha", ballad "Stickwitu" showed the girl group's versatility early on.



"Far Away" by Nickelback

Date reached number 2: February 12, 2006

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Run It!" by Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana

Five years after their first hit and number 2 single Chad Kroeger and pals were still registering massive hits in Australia, with this track lifted from fifth album All The Right Reasons following predecessor "Photograph" into the top 3. By 2006, I'd got quite good at tuning out Nickelback, so I think this is the first time I've ever listened to "Far Away".



"Together We Are One" by Delta Goodrem

Date reached number 2: April 16, 2006

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Flaunt It" by TV Rock featuring Seany B

A stand-alone track released between Mistaken Identity and Delta, inspirational ballad "Together We Are One" was performed by Delta Goodrem at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. The song was co-written by Delta with then-boyfriend Brian McFadden and Guy Chambers.



"This Time I Know It's For Real" by Young Divas

Date reached number 2: May 28, 2006

Weeks at number 2: Three (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "SOS" by Rihanna for two weeks and "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean for one week

The original Stock Aitken Waterman-produced single by Donna Summer criminally under-performed here in 1989, so it was the perfect track for a bunch of former Australian Idol contestants (including 2005's winner and runner-up) to tackle. It did so well, the one-off turned into an ongoing enterprise.



"Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley

Date reached number 2: June 11, 2006

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "SOS" by Rihanna

Famously the first song to reach number 1 in the UK on downloads alone (that was still some way off in Australia), "Crazy" was the debut single for the duo comprised by singer CeeLo Green and producer Danger Mouse. So massive it has over-shadowed everything else Gnarls Barkley have released, which is a shame since their other material is quite good, too.



"Who Knew" by Pink

Date reached number 2: July 9, 2006

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

We saw her first number 2 earlier, and six years (and three number 1s) later, Pink was back there. With lyrics inspired by a friend of Pink's who'd died from a drug overdose when she was a teenager, "Who Knew" was the second single from her first number 1 album, I'm Not Dead, which marked her shift into the league of music superstars, spawned five top 5 hits and sold more copies than her previous three albums combined.



"Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland

Date reached number 2: July 23, 2006

Weeks at number 2: Two (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean for one week and "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake for one week

Another female singer we previously saw reach number 2 with her debut single, Nelly Furtado shifted gears for third album Loose, working with the world's top pop/R&B producer, Timbaland, who guested on this flirtatious lead single.



"Unfaithful" by Rihanna

Date reached number 2: July 30, 2006

Weeks at number 2: Two (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

The follow-up to Rihanna's first number 1 hit, "SOS", mature ballad "Unfaithful" was co-written by Ne-Yo and production team StarGate. The song about regretting cheating on a partner was the third of four songs denied the top spot by the unstoppable Shakira.



"Buttons" by Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg

Date reached number 2: August 6, 2006

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

Continuing their remarkably consistent strike rate, Pussycat Dolls made it four top 3 singles in a row with their fourth hit, "Buttons". It was also their third hit with a featured rap, with Snoop Dogg's appearance following Busta Rhymes ("Don't Cha") and Will.i.am ("Beep").



"Don't Give Up" by Shannon Noll / Natalie Bassingthwaighte

Date reached number 2: December 24, 2006

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Night Of My Life" by Damien Leith

Another charity record by Shannon Noll, this remake of the Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush hit from 1987 was a duet with Neighbours star-turned-Rogue Traders singer Nat Bass, and out-peaked the original version by three places.



2007

"Smack That" by Akon featuring Eminem

Date reached number 2: January 7, 2007

Weeks at number 2: Three (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé for two weeks and "Light Surrounding You" by Evermore for one week

Remember when you couldn't move without running into a song by or featuring rapper Akon? The lead single from his second album, Konvicted, "Smack That" not only featured Eminem but was co-written and produced by Mr Mathers as well.



"Say It Right" by Nelly Furtado

Date reached number 2: February 4, 2007

Weeks at number 2: Three

Kept off number 1 by: "Lips Of An Angel" by Hinder

Following "Promiscuous", "Maneater" had reached number 3, but Nelly Furtado found herself back at number 2 with the next single from Loose. Although Timbaland didn't receive a featuring credit on "Say It Right", his made his presence felt on the song he co-wrote and co-produced by appearing prominently in the music video.   



"How To Save A Life" by The Fray

Date reached number 2: February 25, 2007

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Lips Of An Angel" by Hinder

A band beloved by late 2000s TV dramas, particularly Grey's Anatomy, which prominently featured this title track from The Fray's debut album. The song was inspired by singer Isaac Slade's work with troubled teens.



"The Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon

Date reached number 2: March 4, 2007

Weeks at number 2: Six

Kept off number 1 by: "Lips Of An Angel" by Hinder for three weeks and "Straight Lines" by Silverchair for three weeks

Another number 2 each for Gwen Stefani and Akon, this time in the featured artist position. The title track of her second album, "The Sweet Escape" was Gwen's seventh solo top 10 hit. She has only managed one more follow-up "4 In The Morning" with her output ever since being less well received.



"Grace Kelly" by Mika

Date reached number 2: April 15, 2007

Weeks at number 2: Three (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "Straight Lines" by Silverchair for one week and "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne for two weeks

Next up, another artist whose run of hits was confined to the 2000s, with this breakthrough single the response Mika (real name: Michael Penniman Jr) came up with when he was asked by record company executives to model himself on Craig David in order to be successful.



"Candyman" by Christina Aguilera

Date reached number 2: May 13, 2007

Weeks at number 2: Four (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne for three weeks and "Umbrella" by Rihanna for one week

The third single from her retro-influenced album, Back To Basics, "Candyman" saw Christina Aguilera in 1940s mode, with the song and accompanying music video taking their lead from "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by The Andrews Sisters. Although she's sung on big hits in a guest artist capacity (notably "Moves Like Jagger" and "Say Something") since this, "Candyman" remains her last top 20 hit as lead performer.



"Dance Floor Anthem" by Good Charlotte

Date reached number 2: July 15, 2007

Weeks at number 2: Three (non-consecutive)

Kept off number 1 by: "Umbrella" by Rihanna for one week and "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie for two weeks

Seven years before twins Joel and Benji Madden reached number 1 (with "We Are Done") away from the band that had launched them to fame, this track from Good Morning Revival marked Good Charlotte's singles chart career high.



"Can't Touch It" by Ricki Lee

Date reached number 2: August 19, 2007

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie

Having extricated herself from Young Divas, Ricki Lee returned to her solo career and achieved a career best with this lead single from second album Brand New Day. Soon back on TV as the host of the new season of Australia's Got Talent, Ricki Lee continues to release music but has not visited the top 50 since 2014.



"Stronger" by Kanye West

Date reached number 2: September 9, 2007

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie

If you look back at Kanye West's chart career in Australia, he hasn't had as many big hits as you might expect, with some well-known songs ("Jesus Walks", "Good Life", "Heartless") missing the top 20. "Stronger", which samples Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger", was one of the ones that made it.  



"Here I Am" by Natalie Gauci

Date reached number 2: December 9, 2007

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Apologize" by Timbaland presents OneRepublic

The winner of Australian Idol's fifth season hold the dubious distinction of being the reality show's first victor not to reach number 1 with her post-show single. Other than the obligatory album of songs performed on Idol, Natalie never did release any music through her deal with Sony Music, leaving the label in 2009.



"Untouched" by The Veronicas

Date reached number 2: December 30, 2007

Weeks at number 2: Three

Kept off number 1 by: "Apologize" by Timbaland presents OneRepublic

The Veronicas were on fire in 2007, with this second single from Hook Me Up following hot on the heels of their first number 1 position with the album's title track. Synthpop classic "Untouched" also gave the duo a taste of overseas success, reaching the UK top 10 and US top 20.



2008

"Piece Of Me" by Britney Spears

Date reached number 2: February 10, 2008

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis

In a career already packed with headlines, 2007 had been a particularly noteworthy year for Britney Spears, often not in a good way. Her response to the ever-present paparazzi and media hounding? This second single from fifth album Blackout  one of the most personal songs she has ever released.



"Viva La Vida" by Coldplay

Date reached number 2: July 6, 2008

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "No Air" by Jordin Sparks / Chris Brown

Arguably the biggest band in the world at this point in time, this almost title track of Coldplay's fourth album came a month after lead single "Violet Hill", which had returned to the top 10 for the first time in three years. Brash and bold, "Viva La Vida" remains their biggest hit in Australia, notching up 41 weeks in the top 50.



"When I Grow Up" by Pussycat Dolls

Date reached number 2: July 27, 2008

Weeks at number 2: Three

Kept off number 1 by: "I Kissed A Girl" by Katy Perry

With her planned solo album shelved for the time being, Nicole Scherzinger returned to the girl group fold with this track, which she had already recorded (but nor released) on her own. Transformed into a Pussycat Dolls track, it became the lead single from their second album, Doll Domination.



"Shake It" by Metro Station

Date reached number 2: August 17, 2008

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "I Kissed A Girl" by Katy Perry

Given a boost by the fact that Miley Cyrus's half-brother, Trace, played guitar for the band, Metro Station struck gold with this catchy electro-rock single. Despite a debut album packed with decent songs, "Shake It" became their only substantial hit.



2009

"Use Somebody" Kings Of Leon

Date reached number 2: January 11, 2009

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga

It could easily have been overshadowed by mega-hit "Sex On Fire", but the second single from the band's breakthrough fourth album, Only By The Night, became a chart force in its own right, spending a quarter of a year in the top 10.



"Get Shaky" by The Ian Carey Project

Date reached number 2: February 1, 2009

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "You Found Me" by The Fray

After years of releasing music to a somewhat underwhelming response, American DJ/producer Ian Carey suddenly found himself with a huge hit on his hands with this track, which also reached the UK top 10.



"Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga

Date reached number 2: July 12, 2009

Weeks at number 2: Three

Kept off number 1 by: "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas

Australia had led the way when it came to embracing Lady Gaga, sending her first two singles to number 1 in late 2008, and almost gave her a third chart-topper with the final single from debut album The Fame, which was the first to be accompanied by one of her soon-to-be trademark production number music videos.



"Sway Sway Baby" by Short Stack

Date reached number 2: August 2, 2009

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyes Peas

Supported by one of the most dedicated fanbases in Australia, pop/punk band Short Stack scored their first of three top 10 hits with this single taken from debut album Stack Is The New Black



"Sweet Dreams" by Beyoncé

Date reached number 2: August 9, 2009

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas

Since her two number 2 hits earlier in the decade, Beyoncé had returned to the ARIA top 10 another seven times, topping it once with "Irreplaceable". Dark electronic single "Sweet Dreams" was the fourth and final top 5 hit from I Am... Sasha Fierce.



"Down" by Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne

Date reached number 2: November 29, 2009

Weeks at number 2: One

Kept off number 1 by: "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha

He already had a number of British hits to his name, but after singing to US label Cash Money Records, British singer Jay Sean took his music to the world, with US chart-topper "Down" just missing the top spot here.



"Black Box" by Stan Walker

Date reached number 2: December 6, 2009

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha

The winner of the seventh and final season of Australian Idol, Stan Walker became the second champion not to reach number 1 with his debut single, despite "Black Box" being easily one of the best songs given to an Idol winner to launch themselves with.



"Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga

Date reached number 2: December 20, 2009

Weeks at number 2: Two

Kept off number 1 by: "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha

Quite shockingly not a number 1 single, the final number 2 hit of the 2000s was the first track lifted from Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster mini-album. The accompanying music video won the MTV VMA for Video Of The Year as well as the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.



Longest Runs At Number 2 In The 2000s (* = non-consecutive weeks)

Seven weeks: "Strawberry Kisses" by Nikki Webster*

Six weeks: "The Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon

Five weeks: "Milkshake" by Kelis

Four weeks: "Ms Jackson" by OutKast, "Don't Stop Movin'" by S Club 7, "Angel" by Amanda Perez, "Leave (Get Out)" by JoJo*, "Candyman" by Christina Aguilera*


Biggest Number 2 Hit By Year

2000: "Shackles (Praise You)" by Mary Mary (number 10 for the year)

2001: "I'm Like A Bird" by Nelly Furtado (number 7)

2002: "Superman (It's Not Easy)" by Five For Fighting (number 24)

2003: "All I Have" by Jennifer Lopez featuring LL Cool J (number 11)

2004: "Milkshake" by Kelis (number 4)

2005: "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt (number 11)

2006: "This Time I Know It's For Real" by Young Divas (number 6)

2007: "Grace Kelly" by Mika (number 7)

2008: "Shake It" by Metro Station (number 11)

2009: "Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga (number 12)

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