Every year, in the UK, there’s a battle – for Christmas number 1 single. In the most recent years it’s been monopolised by The X Factor, but when I was a kid I remember always listening to the Radio One top 40 with anticipation to find out what it was.
From the grid below (starting from the year I was born) you’ll see that it was around 2005 that the X Factor began to dominate that title, but before then there was quite a mix!
I think the first year I really remember the importance of the Christmas number 1 was the year Mr Blobby hit the chart, because I hated it so much! Before then I just remember Christmas songs hitting the spot, and not really understanding what it meant. That year we had a little disco in my classroom at school and Mr Blobby was played – ick! It’s nice to see a lot of the more recent songs are charity based, and in the last few years campaigns have been put in place to boycott the X Factor single winning. In 2008 Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah very nearly toppled the X Factor version due to mp3 downloads counting as sales in the chart, and the following year Rage Against the Machine won their campaign and hit number one with Killing in the Name – very festive!
I’m a fan of a festive number one. Cliff Richard, Band Aid, call me old fashioned but if you’re not singing about Christmas it doesn’t really work! This year’s contenders are The X Factor winner’s single, Highway To Hell by AC/DC (another Facebook campaign to boycott X Factor), Leona Lewis’ Christmas single ‘One More Sleep’ and Somewhere Only We Know sung by Lily Allen (for the John Lewis advert) amongst the standard popular singles.
Who will it be? We’ll know in only a few days! I hope it’s something festive 😀