The 2011 Christmas No. 1 spot was claimed by a group of wives whose husbands are serving in Afghanistan are hoping for a Xmas No. 1 after rising to fame in BBC show 'The Choir'. The song managed to hold this year's X Factor winners Little Mix off of the top spot.
Military Wives With Gareth Malone - 'Wherever You Are'
The single, which features lines from letters and poems the women and their husbands, will be released in support of the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. The Choir followed the wives on their journey as they prepared to perform at the Festival of Remembrance in the Albert Hall.
2011 Christmas Chart Contenders
The Military Wives managed to do the impossible and hold the X Factor winner off of the top spot, but there were plenty more songs released for Christmas to challenge them. Check out the full list of Christmas chart contenders below...
Little Mix - 'Cannonball'
Little Mix beat Liverpudlian, Marcus Collins in the final of the show, as well as former bookies favourite, Amelia Lily but failed to make it to No. 1 this Christmas. Little Mix are Jesy, Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade, they were originally known as Rhythmix but changed their name before the live shows. The girls' winners' song is a cover of Damien Rice's 'Cannonball', the original version of the song has already made it in to our chart this year thanks to the X Factor. During the audition stages, Welsh maths teacher, John Adams performed the song resulting in Damien Rice flying back in to our chart and peaking at No. 4.
Alex Day - 'Forever Yours'
Alex Day is an unsigned independent musician and a YouTube video maker who goes by the name Nerimon, he's now the biggest independent UK solo artist on this site with over 470,000 subscribers. 'Forever Yours' was written, produced and performed by Alex in one day. Unlike the other Christmas contenders this year, Alex says what makes 'Forever Yours' special is that it is an original song and not a cover like the other contenders. The single has been released in aid of World Vision, a charity who Alex volunteered with in Zambia.
Nirvana - 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
Nirvana's 1991 top ten hit, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' could be making a return to the chart this Christmas. It's all thanks to this year's strongest Facebook campaign. In 2009 a Facebook campaign got Rage Against The Machine to No. 1 at Christmas, last year 'Bird Is The Word' made it in to the top 10.
Justin Bieber - 'Mistletoe'
Could Justin Bieber's 'Mistletoe' give the teen star his first UK No. 1 this Christmas?
Justin Bieber And Mariah Carey - 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'
Justin Bieber has released the music video for his duet of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' with Mariah Carey.
Michael Buble could find himself in the festive chart following the release of his new Christmas album. The album simply called, 'Christmas' is the second festive release from the Canadian singer, following his 2003 EP 'Let It Snow’. The album features a whole host of Christmas favourite which could make their way in to our top 40 this Christmas, including 'It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas', 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town', 'White Christmas', 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'.
The Only Way Is Essex - 'Last Christmas'
The cast of The Only Way Is Essex are hoping to keep this year's X Factor winner off the top spot with a charity single of their own. The stars of ITV2's hit show will be releasing their cover of the Wham's classic 'Last Christmas' on 18th December. All the profits from the single sales will go to ITV's Text SANTA charity, which supports nine charities including the Samaritans and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Benton Feat. Fenton - 'Fenton! Jesus Christ!'
The deer chasing dog who shot to fame on YouTube could be making an appearance in this year's Christmas chart. Benton made headlines around the world last month when a video of his owner chasing him through a London park yelling his name was posted on to YouTube. The video went viral and now a remix single is being released by The Hoxtons. The song is called 'Benton! Jesus Christ!' and all proceeds from the song will go to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Amy Winehouse - 'Our Day Will Come'
Can Amy Winehouse fans get the late singer to the top of the chart this Christmas? 'Our Day Will Come' is a cover of a 60s track and was recorded by Amy Winehouse in 2002, it's released a few weeks before Christmas but fans are planning to honour the singer by attempting to get her song in to the Christmas top 10.
The Wombles - 'Wombling Merry Christmas'
Can The Wombles make it in to the top 10 this Christmas with 'Wombling Merry Christmas'?
The Florin Street Band - 'My Favourite Time of Year'
How about an original Christmas song for the top spot? A new charity record has entered the competition for the festive No. 1. 'My Favourite Time of Year' is available to download from December 5th, the independently produced Christmas song was recorded for ITV's Text Santa appeal, which supports nine charities and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.
John Lennon - 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'
John's classic 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' never made it to xmas No. 1, could it top the chart in his memory in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of his death.
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