The battle for Christmas number one is always a fierce one, and this year was no different. With X Factor winner Matt Terry, Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki, Rag’n’Bone Man, Little Mix, numerous charity singles, and old Christmas classics in the running, we were left wondering who would be able to do enough to clinch the top spot.
However, it’s Clean Bandit who’ve claimed this year’s coveted title, whilst also celebrating their seventh week at the top spot. ‘Rockabye’, their collab featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, has achieved over 589,000 combined chart sales to date.
Of the news, Grace and Jack from Clean Bandit said: “To have been Number 1 for seven weeks is something amazing in its own right that we are all incredibly proud of, but to now be Christmas Number 1 is mind-blowing. It’s something we never imagined would happen with ‘Rockabye’ when we were writing and recording it. Thanks to everyone who has made this happen! We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and New Year!”
‘Rockabye’ held off strong competition from Rag-N-Bone Man’s ‘Human’, who sits at number two this week. Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki’s collaboration, ‘Just Hold On’, had another strong week, settling for the third spot. Little Mix’s ‘Touch’ climbed 19 spaces to number four, whilst the top five is rounded off with a Christmas classic – Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.
Whilst the official Christmas number one isn’t a festive track, there are plenty to be found throughout this week’s top 100. Songs including Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ and Pogues/Kirsty Maccoll’s ‘Fairytale of New York’ have seen a surge in sales in the run up to Christmas.