Day 15 10 SLEEPS – CHRIST MAS No.1 Contenders

Day 15 10 SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY BLOG 15th December 2018



Who’s in line to claim the coveted Christmas Number 1 in 2018?


There’s three weeks to go until the Official Christmas Number 1 single is revealed: the winner of the biggest chart race of the year will be announced on Friday, December 21.


The Christmas Number 1 is a British tradition that stretches back 65 years and has been claimed by the likes of The Beatles, Spice Girls, Queen and Band Aid. Among the 65 chart-toppers, 12 are genuine Christmas songs, eight are by TV talent show winners, three are by choirs and two are novelty singles



Last year saw Ed Sheeran claim the festive chart crown with his wintry ballad Perfect, which he’d re-worked with Beyonce and Andrea Bocelli to add a sprinkle of extra festiveness.



Radio 1’s Official Chart host Scott Mills, who will be counting down the Christmas Top 40 on December 21, said: “I cannot believe I get to announce the Christmas Number 1! I’m so excited for this show. I’ve announced it once before, but now I’m the chart show’s official host it means so much more!”



But who’s in line to bag the 2018 Christmas Number 1? Let’s take a look at the contenders…



Ariana Grande – thank u, next



Ariana’s latest single and tribute to her exes has been a runaway hit after its surprise release in November, debuting at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart. It’s still ahead of the competition, but can it hold on to the top spot unchallenged all the way until Christmas?



Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho



Could a rising star score this year’s Christmas Number 1? US singer Ava Max has landed her breakthrough hit with Sweet But Psycho, which is set to enter the Top 10 this week and has some serious momentum behind it – the song has already gone to Number 1 in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Find out more about her here.



Los Unidades (aka Coldplay) – E-Lo


Coldplay are back! Well, sort of. The band have released a brand new track under a new name, a collaboration with Pharrell Williams called E-Lo. Coldplay Los Unidades will perform the song at the Global Citizen: Mandela 100 concert on December 2, preceded by a three-track EP on November 30.



Elton John – Your Song



It’s not the first time this Elton classic has been in the running for Christmas Number 1 – Ellie Goulding nearly managed it in 2010 with her rendition of the song from the John Lewis Christmas ad, peaking at Number 2. Eight years later, the retailer has bagged the man himself for their annual festive trailer, and its fresh exposure could see it re-appear in the chart this year.



Other songs already out that are climbing the Official Singles Chart:



George  Ezra – Hold My Girl


Anne-Marie & James Arthur – Rewrite The Stars


Mark Ronson ft. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart


Dalton Harris ft. James Arthur – Power Of Love



An X Factor winner hasn’t claimed the festive chart crown since Ben Haenow’s Something I Need in 2014.  This year’s series finishes earlier than ever before, on December 2, which could mean it either misses out on the Christmas Number 1 race altogether or could have some time to gain momentum in time for the December 21 reveal. Watch this space.



The Fire Tones – Do They Know It’s Christmas?



A promising charity single with its eye on the top spot. A group of singing fire service personnel have covered Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas in support of The Fire Fighters Charity and the Band Aid Charity Trust. The CD single was released on November 30.



Lad Baby – We Built This City




‘Dad blogger’ Mark Hoyle, better known as Lad Baby, has come up with a late challenge for the Christmas top spot. We Built This City, which comes with this strangely familiar artwork above, will be released on December 14 (available to pre-order now), with proceeds going to foodbank charity The Trussell Trust. Before you write this one off, back in the summer Hoyle was crowned celebrity dad of the year, beating Prince Williams and Liam Payne.



Nick Knowles – Make You Feel My Love



While Nick is away being a good Samaritan in this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Chris Moyles has launched a campaign to get Nick’s rendition of Make You Feel My Love – from his 2017 debut album Every Kind Of People – to Number 1 this Christmas. Its odds are looking slim at the moment, but we wouldn’t count it out entirely just yet.



The Celebs – Rock With Rudolph



Fellow I’m A Celeb contestant and The Chase Governess Anne Hegerty has teamed up with a cast of TV stars including Gail Porter, Tracy Beaker’s Dani Harmer and Lionel Blair in a bid for the Christmas top spot with new song Rock With Rudolph. The idea for the song came from Strictly/Eastenders star Kara Tointon, and all proceeds go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital.



Basil Brush – White Christmas



The foxy kid’s TV star is releasing his own version of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, with proceeds going towards Children’s hospice charity Shooting Star Chase. Former Radio One DJ Mike Read came up with the idea for the single after meeting Basil Brush through panto, suggesting the charity as it’s one he works with regularly.



Flakefleet Primary School



A real community effort, Flakefleet Primary School in Lancashire are releasing an original single, Light Up, in aid of Alzheimers Society. Written and performed by staff and students of the school, Light Up is gaining traction following the release of the accompanying music video. The song is available for pre-order now ahead of its release on December 14. Watch the video and follow the campaign on their Facebook page.



Other Christmas songs new for 2018:



Claire Richards – My Heart Is Heading Home (This Christmas)


Rak-Su – Holidays Are Coming Cola


Jessie J – This Christmas Day


Eric Clapton – White Christmas


Sia – My Old Santa Claus


Mason Ramsey – White Christmas


Sophie Simmons – Courage For Xmas


Tyler, The Creator ft. Fletcher Jones – I Am The Grinch


Gabrielle – This Christmas


Queens of the Stone Age – Silent Night ft. C.W Stoneking / Twas The Night Before Christmas


Item By Rob Copsey


There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. Erma Bombeck


  1. A Christmas Eve Ghost – Shirley Hughes
  2. Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr


Odd and the Frost Giants – Neil Gaiman


A Ration Book Christmas (The East End Ration Book series) by Jean Fullerton




Peppa Pig: The Official Annual 2019


On Christmas Night (Sussex carol)


The Nativity (2009)


Happiness at Christmas is…paying a visit to the pantomime. Oh Yes it is, especially when it is behind you


Why did no-one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on eBay? Because they were two deer


At Christmas Love is…spending Christmas together


16           Mary’s Boy Child  by  Harry Belafonte or By Boney M                                        

Highest Chart Position Both : No.1

Harry Belafonte 23rd November 1957 7 weeks & Dec 1958 & Dec 1959

Boney M – 9th December 1978 4 weeks


A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra” by Frank Sinatra


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