One month to go until 2020’s Official Christmas Number 1 winner is crowned - contenders revealed
Official Christmas Number 1 Race: 18 to 24 December 2020, winner revealed Friday 25 December on BBC Radio 1
This year’s contenders for the festive top spot unveiled
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - meaning the race for the Official Christmas Number 1 is coming. The winner of the biggest chart race of the year will be announced on Christmas Day itself, Friday December 25.
The Christmas Number 1 is a British institution and has been claimed by some of the world’s most iconic music stars. Queen, The Beatles, Spice Girls, Cliff Richard and, ahem, Bob The Builder have all landed Christmas chart-toppers in the past.
Compiled by the Official Charts Company and broadcast on BBC Radio 1, last year saw YouTuber and dad-blogger LadBaby claim the Christmas Number 1 crown for a second year in a row with his second sausage roll-themed charity single, I Love Sausage Rolls - a spin on I Love Rock N' Roll - in aid of foodbank charity The Trussell Trust. He topped the chart the previous year with We Built This City, making him only the third act in chart history, after The Beatles and Spice Girls, to land consecutive Christmas Number 1s.
"It’s the best feeling in the world - a Christmas miracle yet again!" LadBaby, real name Mark Hoyle, told Official Charts at the time. "It’s going to the Trussell Trust – to the 14 million people living in poverty in the UK. Who doesn’t love a sausage roll at Christmas?"
Could LadBaby have his eye on a hat-trick in 2020? The latest contenders and race updates will be available on OfficialCharts.com throughout December. Follow @OfficialCharts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all the latest race updates, and join the Official Charts mailing list for Breaking News on this year’s race.
Christmas 2020 has arrived early on the Official Chart, but will any festive classics go all the way?
Sales and streams of festive classics are up 51% compared to this time last year as Britain wishes away the troubles of 2020 in favour of ushering in some festive cheer. Could this be the year that one of these much-loved classics jingles all the way to the top?
They face some competition from several big new releases. Let’s take a look at the challengers for this year's Official Christmas Number 1.
Liam Gallagher - All You’re Dreaming Of
Billed as ‘Imagine meets Wonderful Life’, Liam is confident of his chances for a good chart performance; responding to a fan on Twitter who asked if it is going to Christmas Number 1, the rock legend said: “it’s gonna be rite up there you gotta be in it to win it.”
All You’re Dreaming Of is available digitally from November 27, with 12" and limited edition white 7" vinyl versions being available on the day the Christmas Number 1 race kicks off on December 18. Proceeds of the song are going to UK charity Action For Children, who work to protect and support vulnerable children and young people across the country.
Jess Glynne - This Christmas
Similarly, Justin Bieber's new Amazon Original, a cover of Brenda Lee's Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, is also shaping up to be a hit this Christmas. Last year saw Ellie Goulding's Amazon Originals track, a cover of Joni Mitchell's River, reach Number 1 the week after Christmas, so don't underestimate these singles.
Becky Hill - Forever Young
Matt Lucas – Merry Christmas, Baked Potato
Nathan Dawe & Little Mix - No Time For Tears
Rigaid - It’s Christmas Time, It’s Time To Lash.
Sam Fender - Winter Song
The Dancing Binmen - Boogie Round The Bins At Christmas
Robbie Williams - Can’t Stop Christmas
The Celebs - Merry Christmas Everyone
A Candle for Carson
Collabro – Christmas Is Here
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Englebert Humperdinck & Janet Devlin - Can’t Help Falling In Love
Mr Showbiz - Showbiz Christmas - Mr Showbiz aka Simon Gross is releasing a new festive tune to raise money for Age UK.
Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company comments: “After such an extraordinary year, Christmas is sure to feel more special than ever – and, of course, the Christmas Number 1 race will be one of the highlights again.
This year’s race will also feel extra special because the festive chart-topper will be announced on Christmas Day, so we are delighted to fire the starting pistol and unveil some of the key contenders.
This year, the contenders will be aiming to wrest the Christmas Number 1 title from Ladbaby, who has taken the title for the past two years – and there are plenty of big name contenders. But, as history has always told us, only a fool would make a prediction this far out. The British public will decide.”
The Official Christmas Number 1 race 2020 kicks off Friday December 18 with sales and streams counting up until midnight (11.59pm) on Thursday, December 24.
Tune in to The Official Chart with Katie Thistleton on BBC Radio 1 on 25 December from 2-4pm to hear the Christmas Top 40 countdown and the exclusive reveal of the Official Christmas Number 1 2020. You can also catch Top Of The Pops on BBC One on Christmas Day, more details of the broadcast to come.
The full Top 100 Official Christmas Singles Chart and Albums Chart will be published on OfficialCharts.com from 5.45pm.
Join the conversation now using the hashtag #XmasNo1. Follow @OfficialCharts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all the latest race updates, and join the Official Charts mailing list for Breaking News on this year’s race.
Source Official Charts Company
November 27, 2020 5:58am ET by Official Charts Company