Christmas, Taylor Swift, The Pogues, Justin Bieber

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The top position in the charts in every year is quite a prize, but this year it’s more remarkable than ever, and for the distinction of having had a number one Christmas with Queen, the Beatles and Bob The Builder, there’s a fair fight brewing.

Have you told that to Bob The Builder?

Yeah. Yes. Should we repair that? A nice gift for author Paul K Joyce was published on December 4, 2000, beating Westlife’s What Makes A Man to the coveted Christmas #1 spot. A year later, in September 2001, with Mambo No. 5, which also took the top spot, Bob proved he was not a one-hit wonder.

This year, who are the bookmakers betting on?

With the songs We Created This City and I Love Sausage Rolls, LadBaby, aka graphic designer Mark Hoyle, has taken the top spot in Christmas statistics for the past two years, and now he’s going for the hat trick with another sausage roll single, this time to the tune of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ You were forewarned. The Dancing Binmen’s “Boogie Round The Bins At Christmas” is yet another new addition. Jess Glynne covered Donny Hathaway’s This Christmas and even former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher gets in on the mix, if you prefer traditional. “He described his Christmas album, titled Everything You’re Dreaming Of, in typical humble and self-deprecating fashion, as “an instant classic that is perfect for this time of year.” After the year we’ve all had, I hope this song brings back some much needed love and hope. It would have been proud of Bing Crosby.’ Taylor Swift may also make a late debut, as on Friday three singles from her latest album would chart high.

Talking about Bing, what of the old favorites?

Interestingly, they could be full of Christmas charts this year. A number of old and modern songs have already been re-released and are romping in and around the top 10, including Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (currently at No. 1), Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band Aid? (number eight), Shakin ‘Stevens’ Happy Christmas Everyone

Isn’t Christmas the season for singles with charities?

Oh, just in time – or rather, Justin Bieber. Several of the above-mentioned songs have charitable goals, like the LadBaby track, but the one that makes headlines is, fittingly, from an NHS choir that has teamed up with the Canadian pop star. For the top Christmas spot in 2015, the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir went head-to-head with Bieber. They have now remixed his song “Holy,” with proceeds for the top Christmas spot.

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