Our top six Christmas No1s

Callum Kerr

The festive season is now upon us, so crack open the mulled wine and pop on your favourite Christmas music.

From Westlife to Bob the Builder, a whole host of weird and wonderful celebs have dominated the top spot on the music charts for christmas – the contrast is incredible.

So in the spirt of Christmas, UWS news shares our six most memorable December 25 No1s.

With many people’s favourite Christmas song, Fairytale of New York by The Pogues, being ineligible as it didn’t make the top spot any Christmas, this is our list:


6. Mud- Lonely this Christmas

The 1974 number 1 touched the nation and continues to be an emotional three-and-a-half minute experience,  42 years later.

5. East 17 – Stay Another Day

It could make it onto the list alone for its music video. Those Ski jackets and white gloves, standing in a diagonal tandem and singing in unison- it was everything the world imagined a boy band christmas number 1 to look like.

4. Leon Jackson- When You Believe

Just what is it about Leon Jackson that us Scots love so much? Was it that the only thing quicker than his meteoric rise to stardom was his somewhat inevitable fall from grace. The 2007 X Factor winner shot straight to the top of the charts with his debut single and held it over the festive period.

He epitomised the ‘one hit wonder’ label, and in his short lived career the Scot touched the hearts of us all.

3. Band Aid – Do they know it’s Christmas

And yes were talking about the 1984 version, obviously. The brain child of Bob Geldof became the best-selling single ever at the time and raised awareness for those spending christmas in poverty. It’s a classic, and will forever be belted out across the world every December.

2. Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name of

Not your average Christmas song, but a memorable one indefinitely.

The 2009 Christmas number 1 came after four years of the X Factor finalists stealing the top spot.

People across the nation campaigned for Killing in the Name of to ‘beat the system’ and knock the the TV show of their perch; and it worked.

It became a movement, and on December 25, 2009 Britain rocked out to the memorable tune.

1. Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody

It’s nothing short of amazing. On its opening day of release it sold 300,000 copies and became the fastest selling record ever at the time.

Slade have inherited millions in royalties from the 1973 Christmas number 1, making it one of the most successful songs in history.

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