The Friday 5×2: Ten Songs With “Two” in the Title for 2/2

The title says it all: deuces are wild!

  1. Phil Collins, “Two Hearts” Another song from the soundtrack for 1988’s Buster which featured Phil in the title role. written by Lamont Dozier and Phil, it topped the Hot 100 for two weeks, tied for the 1989 Golden Globe for Best Original Song, and won the Grammy for Best Song Written Exclusively For A Film.
  2. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, “Tea For Two Cha Cha”
  3. Bill Withers, “Just The Two Of Us” A song also credited to Grover Washington, who plays the saxophone solo here.
  4. Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston, “It Takes Two” A Motown classic from 1966. It peaked at #14 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Soul Singles chart in the US and was Gaye’s first hit in the UK, reaching #5.
  5. Shania Twain with Billy Currington, “Party For Two” Grabbed this for the list when I realized that Billy Currington also sang the song “People Are Crazy,” a particular favorite of mine. Shania also released a pop version of this with Mark McGrath. As a country tune, it was a Top 10 single in 2004.
  6. Paul McCartney, “Two Of Us” Originally recorded by The Beatles for the Let It Be album. I couldn’t find a decent recording of it on YouTube (one of the MG’s no doubt had it pulled), but here’s Paul with a live version from Moscow. He wrote the song and it was assumed he was talking about himself and John Lennon, but he was actually talking about him and wife Linda.
  7. The Doors, “Love Me Two Times” Mary B is currently using this for her Battle of the Bands, so hop on over and vote, if you’ve a mind to. She has everything I’d tell you over there.
  8. Eddie Money, “Two Tickets To Paradise” From Eddie’s 1977 eopnymous album, this reached #22 on the Hot 100. More recently, Eddie was featured as a travel agent singing this in a commercial.
  9. Manfred Mann, “5-4-3-2-1” This was used as the theme song for the ITV show Ready Steady Go! in 1964, helping it reach #5 in the UK in 1964. That’s where I remember the song from; Mary and I rented a video of the RSG! episode that featured The Beatles back when renting videos was the thing to do on the weekends.
  10. Cozy Cole, “Topsy, Part 2” The song that inspired this list, if you must know. I found this on the Rhino album Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 1: The Fifties. Cozy is playing drums here, accompanied by The Alan Hartwell Big Band. Part 1 is here.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for February 2, 2018.

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Author: John Holton

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10 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: Ten Songs With “Two” in the Title for 2/2”

    1. Was that record really The Chipmunks, or a similar-sounding group called The Grasshoppers that recorded on one of the lesser-known labels that was famous for recording knock-offs? I have no doubt the Chipmunks did it, I just don’t remember us having a Chipmunks record…

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    1. It’s still a smooth jazz staple. You can count on it being played about once a day on most smooth jazz stations. Smooth jazz radio is more “whatever an urban audience in their forties will listen to.” Accordingly, you get more Luther Vandross than Lee Ritenour…

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