Christmas Number One: The Contenders

It’s that time of the year again when musicians battle to claim the top spot for Christmas number one. 

The winner will be crowned during the Official Chart UK count down on Friday 20th December.

Previous Christmas number ones include The Beatles, Spice Girls, Queen and Cliff Richard. There have been some novelty tracks too which were unexpected such as ‘Mr Blobby’ and the Bob the Builder theme song ‘Can We Fix It?’ 

Overtime Online looks at the contenders for this year’s Christmas Number one and we give our top 5 contenders for this year.


Blogger and YouTube star Ladbaby claimed the top spot in 2018 with a reworked version of Starship’s ‘We Built This City’, including the lyrics ‘we built this city on sausage rolls’. This year he is back with another reworked song, with Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll. The song title has a slight twist though; with the song being called (yes, you guessed it!) ‘I Love Sausage Rolls’. The proceeds from downloads and purchases will go to The Trussell Trust, a food bank charity.


Surprisingly, Wham! And George Michael’s Christmas track ‘Last Christmas’ has never claimed a Christmas number one before. This could change though as many have campaigned for the song to achieve the number one this week. It comes after ‘Last Christmas’ is the title for the film of the same name. The film features songs from George Michael and Wham!. This has given a huge focus on getting the song the number one for Christmas number in memory of George who died on Christmas day in 2016.

Lyra Cole

Six-year-old Lyra Cole survived a brain tumour as a baby and to raise awareness about the condition with the help of her family she has released a song. Lyra has released a version of  When a Child is Born. The song by Jonny Mathis achieved the Christmas number one in 1976. Currently, her song is the bookies favourite to win the crown for number one this week. The song is also raising funds for Brain Tumour Research.


Bastille’s frontman Dan Smith has released a cover of REO Speedwagon’s ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’. The cover also features as the song for this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert about excitable dragon Edgar. The songs that feature in John Lewis Christmas adverts seem to always appear in the top 40, but can ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ reach number one this year?


The rapper recently released the long-awaited second album Heavy Is The Head on December 13. The title track on the album, ‘Vossi Bop’ reached number one in the charts back in May, and ‘Crown’ peaked at number four. One of the album’s tracks ‘Own it’ featuring Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy is set to make it big on the UK charts and could be a big contender for the festive number one.

With so many musicians up for the festive crown this year, it could be anyone’s guess as to who could lift the Christmas number one trophy for 2019. We will have to wait and see who that person is until Friday 20 December!

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