Christmas Number 1 2022 contenders revealed: LadBaby, Sidemen, Stormzy, Mariah Carey and more

See the huge names set to enter the battle for this year's coveted Christmas chart-topper

As Andy Williams once so famously proclaimed, it's the most wonderful time of the year. 

It might not feel like five minutes since we were frantically scouring the shops for an industrial grade portable fan, but the race for the Official Christmas Number 1 will soon be upon us, the big climax to the 70th anniversary year of the Official Singles Chart. 

Kicking off on Friday 16 December 2022, the 2022 Christmas Number 1 single will be announced Friday, December 23 live on BBC Radio 1's The Official Chart Show with Jack Saunders. So, it's about time we told you who's in the running to claim this year's Christmas Number 1. 

The most coveted chart-topper in the calendar, the Official Christmas Number 1 single has previously been secured by everyone from the Spice Girls (three times on the trot) to Shakin’ Stevens, The Beatles to Band Aid, and Girls Aloud, Bob The Builder and Mr Blobby. See all the previous Christmas Number 1 winners. 

Last year, LadBaby (aka YouTube star Mark Hoyle and his wife Roxanne) became the first act in UK chart history to clinch a fourth consecutive Christmas Number 1 in 2021 with the help of  Ed Sheeran and  Elton John. Sausage Rolls For Everyone beat a host of Christmas classics from the likes of Mariah Carey and Wham! to the top spot, raising funds for food bank charity The Trussell Trust. 

This year, LadBaby will be hoping for a fifth, which would see them surpass The Beatles' current joint record of four non-consecutive festive chart-toppers and set another chart record as the act with the most Christmas Number 1 singles in Official Chart history.

They've recruited Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis - and an all-star cast of musical 'special guests' soon to be announced - for a cover of Band Aid's 1984 Christmas chart-topper Do They Know It's Christmas?

The track - titled Food Aid - will be released Friday December 16, with 100% of all profits from every download of the recording being shared equally between The Trussell Trust and the Band Aid foundation. LadBaby also confirmed Band Aid Trust founders Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have given their consent for the classic song to be reworked.

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Now, let's take a look at the 2022 contenders so far.

Official Christmas Number 1 2022 contenders

New releases and possible climbers

Sidemen featuring JME - Christmas Drillings
Sidemen - This Or That

YouTube group Sidemen - comprising KSI, Simon, Harry, Tobi, Ethan, Vik, and Josh - split into two teams for their Christmas Number 1 bids.

One team (KSI, Vik and Tobi) were given a budget of £100,000 budget for festive track Christmas Drillings featuring JME, while group two (Simon, Harry, Ethan, Josh and Randolph) had just £100 to create their song This or That.

The former's been described by fans as the 'heaviest Christmas song ever', while This or That has been branded 'legendary.'

Lewis Capaldi - Pointless

Lewis Capaldi released the latest track from his upcoming Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent album - Pointless - on December 2. The second single lifted from the release, could this Ed Sheeran co-write claim the Christmas Number 1? Don't forget, Ed's managed it twice before himself; with 2017 Beyoncé collab Perfect and 2021's Sausage Rolls For Everyone, alongside LadBaby and Elton John.

RAYE featuring 070 Shake - Escapism.

A viral hit, could RAYE and 070 Shake's Escapism. make it all the way to the top on Friday December 23?

Stormzy - Firebabe

Stormzy's confident that his This Is What I Mean album cut Firebabe - featuring vocalist Debbie Ehirim - has the makings of a future festive classic.

Speaking to Magic FM recently, he said: "Well, lo and behold I’ve got something really special for you guys and do you know why I’m so proud? Because I made this song with love.

"I just made this song, and it came from the most pure place, I wrote it with an amazing artist. A really extremely gifted artist called Debbie and we made this beautiful, beautiful song, and I genuinely think that."

Sam Smith - Night Before Christmas

As smooth as that last Baileys coffee on Christmas Eve, Sam Smith hopes their new original yuletide tune Night Before Christmas can become a modern Christmas classic. Having recently spent four weeks at Number 1 with Unholy, the odds are certainly in their favour.

Tyson Fury - Sweet Caroline

Continuing the football theme, boxer Tyson Fury has odds of 3/1 on becoming 2022's festive Number 1 with some bookies. Could Sweet Caroline, his cover of the 1969 Top 10 Neil Diamond classic, scale the chart to reach the summit come December 23?

Becky Hill - Only You

Nothing says Christmas quite like a twinkly acoustic cover. Enter: Becky Hill, with her take on Yazoo's 1982 track Only You for the McDonald's 2022 Christmas ad. The Flying Pickets' acapella version of the track was actually Christmas Number 1 in 1983 - but can Becky achieve similar success 19 years later?

Lauren Spencer Smith - Single On The 25th

Opting against a buoyant festive bop, Lauren Spencer Smith gets in her feels with Single On The 25th; a reflective track detailing a loneliness many feel at this time of year. Catch us crying into the cranberry jam over this one.

The Vamps - Seat At The Table

A Driving Home For Christmas of sorts, Seat At The Table sees The Vamps return to their hometown for the holidays; wanting to 'raise a glass for future and past.' This sparkly little tune couldn't be cuter.

Cliff Richard - Heart Of Christmas

Cliff is back with his brand-new yuletide album, Christmas With Cliff. Could the lead track - Heart Of Christmas - become his fourth festive chart-topper? Previously, Cliff managed the feat with I Love You (1960), Mistletoe and Wine (1988) and Saviour's Day (1990).

George Ezra - Come On Home For Christmas

Released as an Amazon Original exclusive last year, and peaking at Number 10, George Ezra's take on Charles Brown's all-too-forgotten 1960 single is now available on all streaming platforms for the first time. Could its inclusion on the Christmas edition of his Gold Rush Kid album secure it a brand-new peak this year?

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JVKE featuring Cat Burns - golden hour

Viral TikTok star JVKE is making huge gains on the Official Singles Chart with his breakout single golden hour; and it's showing no sign of stopping. A tender piano-led ballad, this ethereal track could easily be adopted as a festive classic by association, akin to Michael Andrews and Gary Jules' 2003 Christmas Number 1 Mad World. Oh, and the lovely Cat Burns is on the latest mix of the song. DELIGHTFUL.

Meghan Trainor - Made You Look

As Meghan Trainor's viral doo-wop hit continues to climb the chart, we're wondering if it could go all the way just in time for Christmas. There is something sort of festive about it, no?

Taylor Swift - Anti-Hero

It's her! Hi! Currently tracking for a fifth consecutive week atop the Official Singles Chart, could Taylor Swift's endearingly self-critical Anti-Hero retain its reign and prove a Christmas Number 1 contender? Stranger things have happened...

Tia Kofi & Priyanka - My Only Wish

Released on November 30, queens Tia and Priyanka make their bid for the top spot with their cover of Britney Spears' festive classic My Only Wish. Shantay, you sleigh!

Frock Destroyers

RuPaul's Drag Race favourites Baga Chipz, Divina De Campo and Blu Hydrangea - aka Frock Destroyers - release their Christmas tune Naughty List on November 25 via World of Wonder Records.

Charity singles

LadBaby - Food Aid

LadBaby's Mark and Roxanne Hoyle will this year join forces with finance expert Martin Lewis and a whole host of 'special guests' for a cover of 1984 Band Aid Number 1 Do They Know It's Christmas?

Announcing the track, titled Food Aid, they said: "We never intended to release a fifth Christmas single but as ambassadors of the Trussell Trust we were not prepared to sit back and do nothing in a year when people are struggling more than ever," Mark and Roxanne said in a statement.

"So, a few months ago we approached Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and the Band Aid Trust to ask permission to rework the most iconic Christmas track of all time, Do They Know it's Christmas. And we were truly honoured when they said yes!"

David McGovern & Batten Community Children's Choir

David McGovern teams up with Batten Community Children's Choir release their cover of New Kids On The Block's This One's On The Children, in aid of the Batten Disease Family Association.

Choir members Finley, Arthur & Harrison Dodkin, Stevie Taylor, George & Effie Hadman, Abia Kisbee-Brown, Ava Hartigan, Darcy Gilbert, Jessica, Nicole & Louis Rich, Sophie & Elliot Hay & Harry Houghton will be raising funds to fight Batten Disease; a terminal illness that affects young children for which there currently is no cure.

Ravi Adelekan & Friends (Paloma Faith, Bastille, Metronomy, The Big Moon and more) - A Million Dreams

A Million Dreams sees huge names including Paloma Faith and Bastille team-up in support of Ravi Adelekan; a young boy diagnosed with a benign brain tumour in 2021.

Proceeds from the single will be donated to brainstrust and The Brain Tumour Charity.

The Half Timers - Coming Home For Christmas

Yet another World Cup-themed Christmas track, 100 percent of profits from The Half Timers' release will be donated to FareShareUK; a UK-wide network fighting hunger and tackling food waste. This one's already building up some traction on the telly, so definitely one to keep an eye on.

Basil Brush featuring Mr Blobby, Rainbow and more - Boom! Boom! It's Christmas Again

The country's been crying out for a second Blobby-related Christmas Number 1, and our prayers may well have been answered.

Basil Brush's Boom! Boom! It's Christmas Again! will raise funds for the Save The Children charity and Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice; with the music video proving a, um, star-studded affair.

Expect to see loads of kid's TV favourites, including the Rainbow cast, Mr Blobby and Muffin the Mule (!), as well as Santa himself.

Peter Crouch & Paul Potts - Crouchy Conducts The Classics

Adopting a more political standpoint on the World Cup, legendary England footballer Peter Crouch teams up with Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts on an album of orchestral festive chants (somehow, it works!)

100 percent of all profits from its release will be donated to Stonewall in support of their campaign to tackle LGBTQIA+ oppression in Qatar and across the world. Could any of its tracks prove a breakout shot at the Christmas Number 1? Time will tell.

Ruby Whittle - Getting Ready For Christmas

Seven-year-old Ruby from Chorley makes her Christmas Number 1 bid with Getting Ready For Christmas. An original track written with the help of her grandma Gill, proceeds from all sales will be donated to Derian House Children's Hospice.

Christmas classics

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

In 2020, self-appointed Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey finally saw All I Want For Christmas Is You reach Number 1 - breaking Official Chart records 26 years after its release. However, the classic has never actually achieved Christmas Number 1 status; having just missed out to East 17's Stay Another Day in 1994.

With the song already making its way back into the Top 20, could 2022 be Mariah's year?

Wham! - Last Christmas

Again, while George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley's festive favourite finally reached the top spot in January 2021, it's never actually been Number 1 on Christmas Day.

With the track settling at Number 3 on 2021's Christmas chart, could Last Christmas go all the way in time for Christmas Day?

Social media campaigns

The Prodigy - Their Law

Taking a political standpoint, one Facebook group aims to 'do a Rage Against The Machine moment.' Backing The Prodigy's 1994 track Their Law for the Christmas top spot, the anti-parliamentary push hopes to build similar traction to the 2009 social campaign that saw Rage Against The Machine's Killing In The Name score the Christmas Number 1.

The K***s - F*ck The Tories

Don't underestimate The K*nts who have gate-crashed the Official Chart Christmas Top 5 for the past two years with the ever-so-sweary Boris Johnson Is A F**king C**t in 2020, and its imaginatively titled sequel Boris Johnson Is Still A F**king C**t in 2021. Could it be third time lucky this festive season?

Trickster & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Thank F**k It's Christmas

Written by Robbie Williams collaborator Guy Chambers, Thank F**k It's Christmas is pitched as 'the rudest but most rousing Christmas song of all time.' Taking a poke at the government and multi-billionaires, the track's the work of unknown vocalist 'Trickster', songwriter Chambers, comedian Steve Furst and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Football soundtracks

Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds - Three Lions (It's Coming Home For Christmas) 

With England hoping to bring it home in the 2022 World Cup, David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and Lightning Seeds have slapped a load of sleigh bells atop their record-breaking four-time Number 1 anthem Three Lions (Football's Coming Home). Can its festive reworking see it return to the top spot and claim the Christmas Number 1 crown? Some bookies are giving it odds of 7/ pressure, lads! 

Joel Corry featuring Tom Grennan - Lionheart (Come On England)

Chart stars Joel Corry and Tom Grennan have been on the ascent up the Official Singles Chart for the past four weeks with their Top 40 collab Lionheart. Can it be booted further still with this footy rework? 

The Farm – All Together Now

Last week Liverpool band The Farm exclusively revealed to that they’ve blocked their ‘90s football anthem All Together Now from being associated with the 2022 Qatar World Cup by turning down its usage in a McDonald’s ad campaign for the tournament.

“It wouldn’t be right,” said the band’s Peter Hooton and Keith Mullin in conversation at the launch of the 70th anniversary of the Official Singles Chart exhibition at the British Music Experience. 
While The Farm may not be willing to throw their alignment behind the Qatar World Cup, they have reissued a 12” remix colour vinyl single of All Together Now in transparent curacao for Record Store Day’s Black Friday promotion today. Could the track be chart-bound once again this season? 

Peter Crouch & Paul Potts - Crouchy Conducts The Classics 

Adopting a more political standpoint on the World Cup, legendary England footballer Peter Crouch teams up with Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts on an album of orchestral festive chants (somehow, it works!) 

100 percent of all profits from its release will be donated to Stonewall in support of their campaign to tackle LGBTQIA+ oppression in Qatar and across the world. Could any of its tracks prove a breakout shot at the Christmas Number 1? Time will tell. 

Liam Hodge - World Cup For Christmas

Elsewhere, Isle of Wight singer Liam Hodge has also written a new World Cup song, saying: "It's all a bit of fun and I am not overly ambitious or seeking fame and glory but I wouldn't say no to a Christmas Number 1 or a World Cup for Christmas!" 

Amazon Originals

“Alexa, play Christmas music” - expect to hear some of these exclusive Amazon Music releases piped through your bluetooth speakers over the coming weeks, but will any of them catch the nation’s ears enough to challenge for the festive crown?

Stormzy – Firebabe (Orchestration)

Maisie Peters – Together This Christmas

Lizzo – Someday At Christmas

Sam Ryder – Jingle Bells

Ella Henderson - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Birdy x Skinny Living - I’ll Be Home For Christmas 

The Staves – Christmas Wish 

Laura Mvula – Purple Snowflakes

Spotify Singles: Holiday

Meghan Trainor - White Christmas

Tom Grennan - Driving Home For Christmas

jxdn - Happy Holidays, You Bastard

When will the Christmas Number 1 2022 be announced?

The 2022 Official Christmas Number 1 race kicks off at 00:01 on Friday December 16, until 23:59 on December 22.

The winner will be revealed live on BBC Radio 1's The Official Chart Show with Jack Saunders from 4pm on Friday December 23, and the Top 100 Official Christmas Singles Chart and Albums Chart will be published on from 5.45pm.

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