There Are 48 and a Half Old Two's in Old 97's
Perhaps the best way to celebrate the rare occurrence, as strange as your co-workers may find it, would be to wear your ballet outfit on February 22. After all, there will be no other day in or lifetimes with more twos, so feel free to add to that by wearing a tutu.
While dressed in such unusual garb, you can also delight your ears by playing a bunch of songs with that number in the title. Here are twenty two of the best “Two” songs, some of which become number one.
1. Two Divided By Love by the Grass Roots
Given the mathematical reference in the title, maybe the early Seventies hitmakers should have called themselves the Square Roots.
2. Breaking Us in Two by Joe Jackson
Obviously inspired melodically by Badfinger's “Day After Day,” Jackson used this hit and “Steppin' Out” to launch the Night and Day into the Top Ten.
3. Two Forks by Squeeze
At the end of the Innocence In Paradise album, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook placed this autobiographical delight.
4. Torn Between Two Lovers by Mary McGregor
Her only Top Ten hit was this ballad, leaving no one torn between which of her songs was the more successful.
5. Two Fingers by Jethro Tull
“Bungle In the Jungle” and “Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day were the most well-known singles, but this classic closes side one of War Child with a bang.
6. Two Timer by Kiss
She is what the title implies, which is probably why we find her on Dressed To Kill with “Rock and Roll All Night” and “Anything For My Baby.”
7. Love Me Two Times by the Doors
Another pleading from Mr. Mojo Risin' has him doubling his wants, after already scoring with “Light My Fire”, “Touch Me” and “Love Her Madly.”
8. Two Out of Three Ain't Bad-Meat Loaf
Todd Rundgren produced this breakthrough for Meat on Bat Out of Hell, fifteen years before he would enjoy a revival.
9. Two of Us by The Beatles
Kicking off the band's final release Let It Be, its two principal songwriters sound content to part on this bittersweet look back at their well-documented partnership.
10. My Two Feet by the Old 97s
“I'm going down the mountain on my two feet” states front man Rhett Miller on this track from Blame It On Gravity, which also contains favorites like “Here's To the Halcyon” and “Dance with Me.”
11. Two Little Hitlers by Elvis Costello
Nick Lowe had given us one little Hitler on Jesus of Cool, so his colleague disciple doubled it for the Lowe-produced Armed Forces. One of its many memorable lines is “You call selective dating for some effective mating.”
12. Two Dollars in the Jukebox by Eddie Rabbitt
This one, like “Drivin' My Life Away” and his cover of “The Wanderer,” highlighted his blend of country and pop.
13. Two Faces by Bruce Springsteen
Given that the album is called Tunnel Of Love, the more intimate title might have been “Two Lips.”
14. Two Lane Highway by the Pure Prairie League
This opening title track features two fantastic guitar solos, making it a much more electric hit than the band's best known song “Amie.”
15. Goody Two Shoes by Adam and the Ants
Constant rotation on early MTV helped propel this upbeat satire into Ant's most popular song.
16. Two Halves by My Morning Jacket
Evil Urges followed with much success the Kentucky-based indie band's commercial breakthrough Z, thanks to quality cuts like this one, “I'm Amazed” and “Smoke from Shooting.”
17. In Terms of Two by Chicago
Bassist Peter Cetera on this pleasant cut from Chicago VII has been inspired by the process of bringing a child into the world.
18. Two Different Roads by Michael Nesmith
On the same album that gave Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponys “Different Drum”, sarcastically titled And the Hits Just Keep on Coming, you will find this musical poem as well as “The Upside of Down.”
19. Two Heads by Jefferson Airplane
After Bathing at Baxter's, best known for “You and Me and Pooneil,” is also highlighted by this Grace Slick composition.
20. Two Angels by the Jayhawks
This single opens Blue Earth, which happens to be album number two for Gary Louris's alt country outfit.
21. Two Points for Honesty by Guster
The power pop trio included this gem on the breakthrough album Lost and Gone Forever, which also provided concert favorites like “Fa Fa Fa” and “Barrel of a Gun.”
22. Two Tickets To Paradise by Eddie Money
Money had already cashed in on his debut' with “Baby Hold On,” and this became even more popular as single number two.
22,too. Two Tribes by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Welcome to the Pleasure Dome introduced fans to the huge hit “Relax Don't Do It,” but the new wave group showed us an anti-war stance on this second single.