2016 Christmas No. 1: Clean Bandits feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie - 'Rockabye Baby'
After six weeks at No. 1, Clean Bandit weren't budging and scored not only a seventh week at the top but also the title of Christmas No. 1 2016 with their track 'Rockabye Baby' which features Sean Paul and Anne-Marie.
Clean Bandit - 'Rockabye Baby'
It turned out not to be much of a battle with X Factor winner Matt Terry not even getting close to the top spot, ending up at No. 8. In fact, the only festive song to make it in to the top ten was Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas' at No. 5.
2016 Christmas Chart Contenders
As always there are plenty of artists after the Christmas No. 1 spot including the X Factor winner Matt Terry, Vaults cover of 'One Day I'll Fly Away' from the John Lewis ad, Sir Cliff Richard, a song about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, songs in memory of some talented musicians who have passed away in the past twelve months and the current No. 1 from Clean Bandit. Check out the full list of contenders below.
Matt Terry - 'When Christmas Comes Around'
This year Matt Terry will be hoping to claim the Christmas No. 1 with his debut single, 'When Christmas Comes Around'. He's aiming to follow in the footsteps of seven other winners from the show who have gone on to become Christmas No. 1 in the show's 11 year history. But unlike previous winners, Matt's winner's song is the first to mention the word "Christmas," in fact if he makes it to No. 1 it'll be the first song with the word "Christmas" in it since Band Aid 20 in 2004. When it comes to Christmas hits, the X Factor is a force to be reckoned with but its not impossible to beat. The first X Factor contestant to lose out on the top spot was Joe McElderry, who was beaten in one of the biggest Christmas chart battles in memory by Rage Against Machine, backed by a Facebook campaign.
Vaults - 'One Day I'll Fly Away'
Vaults have recorded the song for this year's John Lewis Christmas ad, 'Buster The Boxer'. The song is a cover of the Randy Crawford hit. In previous years songs from the retail giant's now-traditional festive ads have made it in to the top 10 but up until now, none have managed to hang on until Christmas. Gabrielle Aplin's 'The Power Of Love' in 2012 and Lily Allen's 2013 version of 'Somewhere Only We Know' both hit the top spot in the weeks building up to the Christmas chart.
Gareth Malone is a safe bet for the Christmas No. 1 spot. In 2011 his Military Wives With topped the chart for Christmas with 'Wherever You Are'. Last year's Christmas No. 1, the NHS Choir, formed on the first series of his BBC Two show 'The Choir: Sing While You Work'. This year Gareth's been working on a whole Christmas album called 'A Great British Christmas' meaning there's a whole list of Christmas hits waiting to happen.
James Corden - 'The Greatest Gift For Christmas Is Me'
James Corden has provided the vocals for the song which features in Sainsbury's Christmas ad and the track is due for a full release in time for the Christmas chart. 'The Greatest Gift For Christmas Is Me' was composed by 'Flight Of The Conchords' star Bret McKenzie.
Friends of Jo Cox - 'You Can't Always Get What You Want'
The Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, KT Tunstall and David Gray have teamed up with the Parliament Choir and Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus to release a charity in memory of the late MP Jo Cox, who was murdered in June of this year. The Friends of Jo Cox have covered The Rolling Stones' 1969 hit, 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' with profits from the single going to the Jo Cox Foundation.
Kylie Minogue - 'Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)'
With songs from the John Lewis and Sainsbury's ads already in the running now the track used in the Boots Christmas campaign stands a chance at the festive top spot. Kylie has performed a covered Rozalla's 1992 dance classic 'Everybody's Free' for the ad.
David Bowie - 'Life On Mars'
Following the sad death of David Bowie this year, a fan group has formed on Facebook who are hoping to get the legendary singer's 1971 hit, 'Life On Mars' to No. 1 for Christmas 2016.
Laura Mvula - 'Ready Or Not'
Laura Mvula latest single is another that features in one of this year's Christmas ads, 'Ready Or Not' is the soundtrack to House of Fraser's Christmas campaign. The song was originally released by The Delfonics in 1968 but it was The Fugees who made it famous with their version in 1996.
Sir Terry Wogan - 'The Floral Dance'
Fans of the late legendary BBC presenter have kicked off the race for the Christmas No. 1 with a campaign to get Sir Terry's 1978 single 'The Floral Dance' to No. 1, following his death in 2015.
Sir Cliff Richard
It's not been a great year for Sir Cliff but 2016 could end on a high for the 75-year-old singer if he manages to make it to the top of the Christmas chart. Cliff has been back in the recording studio and has just released a new album, 'Just... Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll'. He's no stranger to the Christmas chart and has a huge fun base who have the power to put him on top.
Leonard Cohen - 'Hallelujah'
Following his recent death, fans of the singer are likely to try to get one of Leonard's most loved songs, 'Hallelujah' to No. 1 in the chart this Christmas.
Sandi Bogle - 'White Christmas'
Gogglebox star Sandi is teaming up with singer-songwriter Jack Rose for a cover of Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas', with all profits from the single sales going to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Sandi has already teased us with a preview of her debut single, 'Casanova' and 'White Christmas' is due to follow just in time for the race to the Christmas No. 1.
The London Hospices Choir - 'The Living Years'
The London Hospices Choir are hoping for festive chart success, the charity choir is made up of patients, staff and volunteers from various hospices around London. They're single 'The Living Years' is a cover Mike & The Mechanic's 1989 No. 2 hit and aims to raise funds to support of the hospice network.
The King Lot Feat. The Jollyboys - 'Wings'
The Jollyboys are a group of 15 regular blokes (and one Jollygirl) from Scotland who love football, rock music, fun nights out and doing good things for good people. The group are aiming to make 'Wings' the UK Christmas No.1 for 2016 to raise money and awareness for the M.S. Society. Jollyboys have teamed up with rock band The King Lot, also from Scotland, to record their single of 'Wings'.
Robb Johnson and the Corbynistas - 'JC 4 PM 4 Me'
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is the subject of a new charity single which is also hoping to make it to No. 1 for Christmas. All proceeds from the single's sales go to national foodbank the Trussel Trust.
Inspiral Carpets - 'Saturn 5'
Another fan campaign hopes to put Manchester-based band Inspiral Carpets at No. 1 for Christmas following the death of the band's drum Craig Gill who died at the age of 44 earlier this year. 'Saturn 5' originally made it to No. 20 in the chart when it was released in 1994.
Shinny James Davenport - 'Christmas No. 1'
Manchester-based singer, Shinny James Davenport, has already given himself the title of Christmas No. 1, at least in the form of a song title. A Facebook group started by his fans aims to get the song to the top of the chart this Christmas.
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