When will the 2023 Christmas Number 1 be announced?
After 71 years, securing that Christmas Number 1 is still considered the ultimate accolade in pop, and the stuff entire careers are built around.
Previous years have seen a wide variety of songs claim the festive crown; wintry ballads, huge charity singles, dance bangers and quirky novelty numbers that, let's be honest, could only hit the top spot at Christmas. Bob the Builder's Can We Fix It?, anyone?
This meant LadBaby broke a long-standing UK chart record, becoming the first act to ever achieve five consecutive Christmas Number 1 singles (joining We Built This City, I Love Sausage Rolls, Don't Stop Me Eatin' and Ed Sheeran and Elton John collaboration Sausage Rolls for Everyone). And to make it even better, all the proceeds from the single went towards food bank charity the Trussell Trust.
Previously, both The Beatles and Spice Girls had held the record for the most consecutive Christmas Number 1s in UK chart history; The Beatles scoring four with I Want To Hold Your Hand (1963), I Feel Fine (1964) and Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out (1965) and Spice Girls bagging three with 2 Become 1 (1996), Too Much (1997) and Goodbye (1998).
Who are the contenders for the Christmas Number 1 2023?
It's too soon to say, but you can be pretty certain Last Christmas by Wham! and All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey are set to join the fight for the festive top spot. Plus, Ed Sheeran & Elton John’s modern yuletide hit Merry Christmas has shown signs of becoming a festive classic in recent years.
How is the Christmas Number 1 winner determined?
The only chart that counts, The Official Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company on behalf of the British music industry. First established in 1952, the Official Chart today surveys thousands of retailers and digital services daily to count UK physical sales, digital downloads, audio streams and video streams. The most comprehensive research panel of its kind, it captures 99.9% of the total UK singles market