So, after months of waiting, it’s nearly the big day. The eve of the eve. Festive lights line every street, trees can be spotted in every window, and Christmas tunes are blasting in all of the high street shops. But what song has actually got to the top this Christmas? What is the Christmas number one?
It’s all very Love Actually, we know, but the Christmas number one thing is still happening, and only one can win. The Christmas number one isn’t the most popular song of the whole year, it’s just the one that tops the charts on the final week (so from December 16 to 22). Here’s everything we know about the race this year.
When is the Christmas No 1 announced?
Drum roll please, the Christmas Number One is announced… today! At 4pm today (Friday, December 23), you’ll have to tune into BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart Show with Jack Saunders to hear the winner announced.
Who is in the running for the Christmas No 1?
Surprisingly, it’s YouTubers. A YouTube group named LadBaby have topped the charts for the Christmas Number One for the last four years, and all of the songs have been sausage roll themed: ‘We Built This City’ (2018), ‘I Love Sausage Rolls’ (2019), ‘Don't Stop Me Eatin’’ (2020), and ‘Sausage Rolls For Everyone’ with Ed Sheeran and Elton John (2021).
If LadBaby win this year with their song ‘Food Aid’, a parody of Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, they will be the first act ever to get five Christmas Number Ones. LadBaby’s song features Money Saving Expert’s Martin Lewis and aims to raise money for the Trussell Trust food bank charity, so we’re all for it.
What will be the Christmas No 1?
Last week, good ol’ ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham! returned to the singles chart, hitting number one, so that’s definitely a contender to win – while Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ has also been creeping back up the leaderboard.
The Kunts’ ‘Fuck The Tories’ shot up the charts today, along with Central Cee’s surprise track, ‘Let Go’. Then, there’s also the YouTube crew, Sidemen, who recently released a viral track called ‘Christmas Drillings,’ featuring grime artist JME. So although LadBaby have been sitting at the top this week, it’s all still to play for.