Every Christmas Number 1 on the Official Irish Singles Chart

From The Pogues and ABBA to Bruno Mars and Kate Winslet(!), look back at the Xmas chart toppers in Ireland.

While originating in the UK, the Christmas Number 1 is also a festive talking point in Ireland.

Since the Official Irish Singles Chart began in 1962, 56 songs have hit the Xmas top spot, and much like in the UK, the full chart history is rather eclectic.

There's a four-way tie for the acts with the most Xmas chart toppers, as The Beatles, Queen, Spice Girls and Eminem have all lead the Official Christmas Chart on two occasions each. Queen were Christmas Number 1 in 1975 and 1991, both times with Bohemian Rhapsody. The latter was a double A-side with These Are The Days Of Our Lives, which hit the top of the chart following Freddie Mercury's death.

Paul McCartney features on five Christmas Number 1s in total, counting his role in the original Band Aid and the 20th anniversary reworking from 2004, and as a member of The Beatles and Wings.

Boyzone have also appeared on two Irish Christmas chart-toppers: 1995's Father and Son, and 1997's Perfect Day credited under Various Artists. Shane McGowan also collected his second with Perfect Day after The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's Fairytale of New York shot to the top in 1987.

Others to score Christmas Number 1s in Ireland include Slade, ABBA, Father Ted actor Dermot Morgan, and movie star Kate Winslet with What If, her song taken from the soundtrack to Christmas Carol: The Movie.

View the complete list below, and see how it compares to every Christmas Number 1 in the UK here.

Every Christmas Number 1 on the Official Irish Singles Chart

YEAR TITLE ARTIST
1962 RETURN TO SENDER ELVIS PRESLEY
1963 NO MORE BRENDAN BOWYER
1964 I FEEL FINE THE BEATLES
1965 DAY TRIPPER THE BEATLES
1966 GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES
1967 TREAT MY DAUGHTER KINDLY PAT LYNCH
1968 LILY THE PINK SCAFFOLD
1969 SUGAR SUGAR THE ARCHIES
1970 I HEAR YOU KNOCKING DAVE EDMONDS
1971 O HOLY NIGHT TOMMY DRENNAN
1972 WHISKEY IN THE JAR THIN LIZZY
1973 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY SLADE
1974 OH YES YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL GARY GLITTER
1975 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN
1976 IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW CHICAGO
1977 MULL OF KINTYRE WINGS
1978 MARY'S BOY CHILD BONEY M
1979 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PINK FLOYD
1980 THERE'S NO ONE LIKE GRANDMA ST. WINIFRED'S SCHOOL CHOIR
1981 ONE OF US ABBA
1982 SAVE YOUR LOVE RENEE & RENATO
1983 ONLY YOU THE FLYING PICKETS
1984 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID
1985 THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. EASTWOOD DERMOT MORGAN
1986 CARAVAN OF LOVE THE HOUSEMARTINS
1987 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK THE POGUES & KIRSTY MACCOLL
1988 MISTLETOE & WINE CLIFF RICHARD
1989 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 2
1990 THE CHRISTMAS NO. 1 ZIG & ZAG
1991 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY/THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES QUEEN
1992 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON
1993 BABE TAKE THAT
1994 STAY ANOTHER DAY EAST 17
1995 FATHER AND SON BOYZONE
1996 2 BECOME 1 SPICE GIRLS
1997 PERFECT DAY VARIOUS ARTISTS
1998 GOODBYE SPICE GIRLS
1999 I HAVE A DREAM/SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE
2000 STAN EMINEM
2001 WHAT IF KATE WINSLET
2002 LOSE YOURSELF EMINEM
2003 LEAVE RIGHT NOW WILL YOUNG
2004 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 20
2005 GIFT GRUB - LEAVE RIGHT NOW MARIO ROSENSTOCK
2006 A MOMENT LIKE THIS LEONA LEWIS
2007 WHEN YOU BELIEVE LEON JACKSON
2008 HALLELUJAH ALEXANDRA BURKE
2009 THE CLIMB JOE MCELDERRY
2010 WHEN WE COLLIDE MATT CARDLE
2011 CANNONBALL LITTLE MIX
2012 IMPOSSIBLE JAMES ARTHUR
2013 SKYSCRAPER SAM BAILEY
2014 UPTOWN FUNK MARK RONSON FT. BRUNO MARS
2015 LOVE YOURSELF JUSTIN BIEBER
2016 ROCKABYE CLEAN BANDIT
2017 PERFECT ED SHEERAN

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