In the UK we love our Christmas number ones and it can get very competitive between artists.
The previous ten years have seen big variety in music hit the top spot
X-factor winners tend to win a significant amount, having won five times out of the last ten years.
Charities single have also been increasingly popular releases around Christmas with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir going top in 2015 alongside The Justice Collective in 2012 and the Military wives with Gareth Malone in 2011.
Below is a list of the last ten years of Christmas number ones. X-factor winners are in bold. Charity singles are in italics.
YEAR SONG TITLE ARTIST
2007 WHEN YOU BELIEVE LEON JACKSON
2008 HALLELUJAH ALEXANDRA BURKE
2009 KILLING IN THE NAME RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
2010 WHEN WE COLLIDE MATT CARDLE
2011 WHEREVER YOU ARE MILITARY WIVES WITH GARETH MALONE
2012 HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER THE JUSTICE COLLECTIVE
2013 SKYSCRAPER SAM BAILEY
2014 SOMETHING I NEED BEN HAENOW
2015 A BRIDGE OVER YOU THE LEWISHAM & GREENWICH NHS CHOIR
2016 ROCKABYE CLEAN BANDIT
Last year Clean Bandit nabbed the top spot with ‘Rockabye’ after beating competition from Rag’n’bone man and Louis Tomlinson.
Every Christmas number one from 2011-2015 had only stayed top of the charts for a total of one week.
This year Wham are looking likely to claim the top spot after a campaign to signify a year since George Michael’s death has begun.
It would be the first time at the top for Last Christmas having only ever made it to number two before.