Every Official Christmas Number 1 ever!

Look back at every Christmas chart-topper of the last 60 years...

All Number 1s are special, but the festive chart-topper is the ultimate prize. Let's look back at every Official Christmas Number 1 single in the UK.

There's not many chart records the Beatles haven't bropken and, yes, they have the most Christmas Number 1s of everyone – four in total. The first three, I Want To Hold Your Hand, I Feel Fine and Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out topped the Official Singles Chart consecutively from 1963–1965. Hello, Goodbye was the fourth in 1967. 

Spice Girls also notched up three consecutive Christmas Number 1s: 2 Become 1, Too Much and Goodbye all reigned the festive rundown from 1996–1998.

Seven Christmas Number 1s feature the word ‘Christmas’ in the title, if you include Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody from 1973. And as Christmas is the season of goodwill, why not, eh?

Versions of charity smash Do They Know It’s Christmas? have topped the charts on 25 December three times: for Band Aid in 1984, Band Aid II in 1989, and finally for Band Aid 20 in 2004. The first version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? is the biggest selling Christmas Number 1 of all time, with over 3.8 million copies sold.

Mary’s Boy Child has been a Christmas Number 1 twice for totally different artists. Harry Belafonte topped the  charts with it in 1957 and Boney M took a one-horse open sleigh all the way to Number 1 with it (mashed up with Oh my Lord) in 1978.

The only song to get the Christmas Number 1 twice by the same artist is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. It first topped the Christmas charts in 1975 and pulled it off again 16 years later, following the death of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. As a result, it is one of the longest-reigning Number 1 hits of all-time.

The Official Christmas Number 1s:

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YEAR TITLE ARTIST
1952 HERE IN MY HEART AL MARTINO
1953 ANSWER ME FRANKIE LAINE
1954 LET'S HAVE ANOTHER PARTY WINIFRED ATWELL
1955 CHRISTMAS ALPHABET DICKIE VALENTINE
1956 JUST WALKIN' IN THE RAIN JOHNNIE RAY
1957 MARY'S BOY CHILD HARRY BELAFONTE
1958 IT'S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE CONWAY TWITTY
1959 WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? EMILE FORD & THE CHECKMATES
1960 I LOVE YOU CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS
1961 MOON RIVER DANNY WILLIAMS
1962 RETURN TO SENDER ELVIS PRESLEY
1963 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND THE BEATLES
1964 I FEEL FINE THE BEATLES
1965 DAY TRIPPER/WE CAN WORK IT OUT THE BEATLES
1966 GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES
1967 HELLO, GOODBYE THE BEATLES
1968 LILY THE PINK THE SCAFFOLD
1969 TWO LITTLE BOYS ROLF HARRIS
1970 I HEAR YOU KNOCKING DAVE EDMUNDS
1971 ERNIE (THE FASTEST MILKMAN IN THE WEST) BENNY HILL
1972 LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL JIMMY OSMOND
1973 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE
1974 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS MUD
1975 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN
1976 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN (SOLEADO) JOHNNY MATHIS
1977 MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS' SCHOOL WINGS
1978 MARY'S BOY CHILD – OH MY LORD BONEY M
1979 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) PINK FLOYD
1980 THERE'S NO ONE QUITE LIKE GRANDMA ST WINIFRED'S SCHOOL CHOIR
1981 DON'T YOU WANT ME THE HUMAN LEAGUE
1982 SAVE YOUR LOVE RENÉE AND RENATO
1983 ONLY YOU THE FLYING PICKETS
1984 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID
1985 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE SHAKIN' STEVENS
1986 REET PETITE JACKIE WILSON
1987 ALWAYS ON MY MIND PET SHOP BOYS
1988 MISTLETOE AND WINE CLIFF RICHARD
1989 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID II
1990 SAVIOUR'S DAY CLIFF RICHARD
1991 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY/THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES QUEEN
1992 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON
1993 MR BLOBBY MR BLOBBY
1994 STAY ANOTHER DAY EAST 17
1995 EARTH SONG MICHAEL JACKSON
1996 2 BECOME 1 SPICE GIRLS
1997 TOO MUCH SPICE GIRLS
1998 GOODBYE SPICE GIRLS
1999 I HAVE A DREAM/SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE
2000 CAN WE FIX IT? BOB THE BUILDER
2001 SOMETHIN' STUPID ROBBIE WILLIAMS & NICOLE KIDMAN
2002 SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS ALOUD
2003 MAD WORLD MICHAEL ANDREWS & GARY JULES
2004 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 20
2005 THAT'S MY GOAL SHAYNE WARD
2006 A MOMENT LIKE THIS LEONA LEWIS
2007 WHEN YOU BELIEVE LEON JACKSON
2008 HALLELUJAH ALEXANDRA BURKE
2009 KILLING IN THE NAME RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
2010 WHEN WE COLLIDE MATT CARDLE
2011 WHEREVER YOU ARE MILITARY WIVES WITH GARETH MALONE
2012 HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER THE JUSTICE COLLECTIVE
2013 SKYSCRAPER SAM BAILEY
2014 SOMETHING I NEED BEN HAENOW
2015 A BRIDGE OVER YOU THE LEWISHAM & GREENWICH NHS CHOIR
2016 ROCKABYE CLEAN BANDIT
2017 PERFECT ED SHEERAN

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