LadBaby takes early lead ahead of Stormzy, Wham! and Ellie Goulding for Christmas Number 1

After 48 hours, YouTuber and reigning Christmas Number 1 champion LadBaby, takes early lead in the biggest chart battle of the year.

LadBaby takes early lead ahead of Stormzy, Wham! and Ellie Goulding for Christmas Number 1

After 48 hours, YouTuber and reigning Christmas Number 1 champion LadBaby, takes an early lead again in the biggest chart battle of the year – the race to be crowned Official Christmas Number 1 2019.

Fresh from last year’s victory as 2018's Christmas Number 1 and throwing his hat into the festive ring for a second time, LadBaby’s I Love Sausage Rolls, a playful twist on Joan Jett classic I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, raising money for foodbank charity The Trussell Trust, goes head to head with Stormzy ft. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy’s Own It (2), plus Christmas classic Wham!’s Last Christmas (3) and Ellie Goulding’s River (4).

Two days in to the chart week and LadBaby takes a strong lead on downloads, the sheer streaming power of his closest rivals however means the gap could close significantly throughout the week.

With less than 2,000 copies separating Stormzy, Wham! and Ellie Goulding, things could shuffle around as the week progresses. It is well and truly all to play for over the coming days ahead of Friday’s final whistle.

If LadBaby does maintain his lead, he will be the first artist to score consecutive Christmas Number 1s in over 20 years, since the Spice Girls, who famously triumphed three years on the bounce in 1996 to 1998 with 2 Become 1, Too Much, and Goodbye.

Martin Talbot, Chief Executive, Official Charts Company comments “As we enter the biggest week of the year, the race for Official Christmas Number 1 is underway - and it looks as though it could well be a sausage roll Christmas once again. LadBaby’s latest sausage song is a genuine banger and is already looking like the track to beat - with Stormzy, Ellie Goulding and Wham! all in his wake.”

Own It is one of three tracks from Stormzy’s new Heavy Is The Head album on course for Top 20 entries – Own It (2), Audacity (8) and Lessons (13).

In its 25th anniversary year, Mariah Carey’s festive classic All I Want For Christmas Is You proves its enduring appeal - though it's never been Christmas Number 1, it is the UK's most streamed track of the week so far, riding high in sixth place after two days. Could it climb even higher before the week is out? Take a look at our Official Chart Flashback, remembering the chart battle that saw All I Want For You kept off Number 1 by East 17.

An ode to XFM presenter Chris Moyles, is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Dominick The Donkey - the track that the then Radio 1 Breakfast DJ championed all the way to Number 3 during Christmas 2011. This time around, ‘Merry ChrisMoyles Everyone’ an original song by Matt Hulbert opens in the Top 40 at Number 37.

The Christmas Number 1 race runs from Friday 13 December through to 11.59pm Thursday 19 December. The Top 40 will be counted down exclusively on BBC Radio 1’s The Official Chart with Scott Mills from 4pm Friday 20 December, crowning the winner of the Official Christmas Number 1 2019. The full Christmas Official Singles Chart and Official Albums Chart will be published on OfficialCharts.com from 5.45pm.

The Official Chart First Look Top 20 - Christmas Number 1 2019

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

(c) Official Charts Company 2019