Ed Sheeran & Elton John heading for Number 1 with Merry Christmas

Could the A-List pair dethrone Adele's Easy On Me?

Ed Sheeran & Elton John are heading straight for Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart with their brand new single, Merry Christmas.

With more than double the chart sales of its closest competition – reigning Number 1, Easy On Me by Adele – the pair are sleigh-riding into success on the Official Chart: First Look. If the song can hold on, it will mark Ed Sheeran’s 12th total Number 1 single, and third this year, and Elton John’s 9th and second this year.

14 total Christmas songs are currently sitting in the Top 20 after 48 hours, including George Ezra’s Come On Home For Christmas, soaring 31 places to Number 5. If he holds on, it will mark George’s first Top 5 single since his 2018 Number 1 smash Shotgun.

Other festive hits set to rise into the Top 10 this week include The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl’s Fairytale Of New York (6), Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone (7), Michael Buble’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (8) and Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (9).

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British singer Olivia Dean could land her first Top 20 hit, and indeed her first Top 40, with her Amazon Originals cover of Nat King Cole’s classic The Christmas Song. The track has already rocketed 29 places so far this week to Number 17.

The remaining hits jingling their way into the First Look are: Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (11), Elton John – Step Into Christmas (12), Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree (14), Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me (16) and Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (19).

The Official Singles Chart Top 100 is revealed on OfficialCharts.com every Friday at 5.45pm. Follow the Top 40 countdown live on BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart show with Scott Mills.

Official Chart: First Look Top 20 - December 5, 2021

LW CURRENT TITLE ARTIST
NE 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS ED SHEERAN & ELTON JOHN
1 2 EASY ON ME ADELE
4 3 LAST CHRISTMAS WHAM
3 4 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY
36 5 COME ON HOME FOR CHRISTMAS GEORGE EZRA
16 6 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL
17 7 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE SHAKIN' STEVENS
20 8 IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MICHAEL BUBLE
22 9 ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE BRENDA LEE
2 10 ABCDEFU GAYLE
23 11 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS BAND AID
30 12 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS ELTON JOHN
9 13 OVERPASS GRAFFITI ED SHEERAN
29 14 UNDERNEATH THE TREE KELLY CLARKSON
15 15 COLD HEART ELTON JOHN & DUA LIPA
31 16 SANTA TELL ME ARIANA GRANDE
46 17 THE CHRISTMAS SONG OLIVIA DEAN
7 18 FLOWERS (SAY MY NAME) ARRDEE
38 19 IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR ANDY WILLIAMS
11 20 COMING FOR YOU SWITCHOTR FT A1 & J1

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