Justin Bieber is odds on favourite to win this year’s unique race for Christmas Number 1, which steps up a gear on Friday December 18th.
For only the fourth time in British chart history, this year’s Christmas Number 1 will be announced on December 25th itself following the move of the chart from Sunday to Friday this summer. With sales and streams being counted up to midnight on Christmas Eve, BBC Radio 1 will be counting down the festive chart in a special Christmas show from 10am – 1pm on Christmas Day.
The race is looking especially open this year, although Justin is currently in pole position with not one but two tracks – Love Yourself and Sorry. It seems inconceivable that he could clinch a Christmas one-two, but the bookies are confident enough that he is going to emerge on top of the pile that he is currently a short-priced 8/13 favourite.
Others in the running are X Factor winner Louisa Johnson, The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir and the Star Wars movie theme.
The all-time Christmas Number 1 champions are The Beatles, with four to their name (I Want To Hold Your Hand, I Feel Fine, Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out and Hello, Goodbye) while The Spice Girls had three successive chart toppers in 1996/7/8 (2 Become 1, Too Much and Goodbye). The only recording to be Christmas Number 1 twice is Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (in 1975 and 1991) and the only song to be Number 1 three times is Do They Know It’s Christmas, by Band Aid (1984), Band Aid II (1989) and Band Aid 20 (2004).
A full list of all Official Christmas Number 1s are available HERE.