Ellie Goulding’s River could become her third UK Number 1 single this week

The cover of Joni Mitchell's Christmas folk song could earn Ellie her third UK Number 1 single.

Ellie Goulding’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s River is on course to climb to Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart, currently up ten places to 1 on this week's Official Chart: First Look. 

Ellie’s version of the track - released in late November - takes the 1971 Christmas folk song into the UK chart for the first time. If it holds on to the top by Friday (Dec. 27), it will earn Ellie her third UK chart-topper, following Burn (2013) and Love Me Like You Do (2015).



Elsewhere in the Top 20, lots of Christmas classics continue to scale the chart: Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You lifts from 8 to 3; Pogues’ Fairytale Of New York jumps from 14 to 6; and Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone is up seven spots to 9.

Further down, Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas (11); John Legend’s Happy Christmas (War Is Over) (13); Elton John’s Step Into Christmas (14); Slade’s Merry Xmas Everyone (16); Leona Lewis’s One More Sleep (19); and Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me (20) are all on the climb this week.

Official Chart First Look Top 20

LW TW TITLE ARTIST
11 1 RIVER ELLIE GOULDING
2 2 OWN IT STORMZY/ED SHEERAN/BURNA BOY
8 3 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY
5 4 LAST CHRISTMAS WHAM
3 5 BEFORE YOU GO LEWIS CAPALDI
14 6 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL
4 7 DON'T START NOW DUA LIPA
1 8 I LOVE SAUSAGE ROLLS LADBABY
16 9 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE SHAKIN' STEVENS
10 10 DANCE MONKEY TONES & I
17 11 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS BAND AID
7 12 ROXANNE ARIZONA ZERVAS
34 13 HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) JOHN LEGEND
19 14 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS ELTON JOHN
29 15 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY WIZZARD
31 16 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE
13 17 EVERYTHING I WANTED BILLIE EILISH
12 18 ADORE YOU HARRY STYLES
25 19 ONE MORE SLEEP LEONA LEWIS
28 20 SANTA TELL ME ARIANA GRANDE