As Andy Williams once so famously proclaimed, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
It might not feel like five minutes since we were frantically scouring the shops for an industrial grade portable fan, but the race for the Official Christmas Number 1 is upon us.
The 2022 Christmas Number 1 single will be announced Friday, December 23 live on BBC Radio 1’s The Official Chart Show with Jack Saunders. So, it’s about time we told you who’s in the running to claim this year’s Christmas Number 1 Award.
The most coveted and important chart-topper in the calendar, the Official Christmas Number 1 single has previously been secured by everyone from the Spice Girls (three times on the trot) and Girls Aloud to Bob The Builder and Mr Blobby. The Official Chart is nothing if not versatile, eh?
Last year, LadBaby (aka YouTube star Mark Hoyle and his wife Roxanne) became the first act in UK chart history to clinch a fourth consecutive Christmas Number 1 with the help of Ed Sheeran and Elton John. Trussell Trust charity track Sausage Rolls For Everyone beat a host of Christmas classics from the likes of Mariah Carey and Wham! to the top spot.
Should 2022 provide LadBaby a fifth, they’ll surpass The Beatles’ current joint record of four non-consecutive festive chart-toppers and set another chart record as the act with the most Official UK Number 1 singles in Official Charts history.
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Now, let’s take a look at the 2022 contenders so far.
Official Christmas Number 1 2022 contenders
New releases and possible climbers
Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds – Three Lions (It’s Coming Home For Christmas)
With England hoping to bring it home in the 2022 World Cup, David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and Lightning Seeds have slapped a load of sleigh bells atop their 1996 Number 1 anthem Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home). Can its festive reworking see it return to the top spot and claim the Christmas Number 1 crown? Some bookies are giving it odds of 7/1…no pressure, lads!
Stormzy – TBC
Teasing a Christmas release on Magic FM recently, Stormzy announced: “Well, lo and behold I’ve got something really special for you guys and do you know why I’m so proud? Because I made this song with love.
“I just made this song, and it came from the most pure place, I wrote it with an amazing artist. A really extremely gifted artist called Debbie and we made this beautiful, beautiful song, and I genuinely think that. I don’t want to jinx it, but I wear to you, I can’t wait for you guys to hear it.”
Sam Smith – Night Before Christmas
As smooth as that last Baileys coffee on Christmas Eve, Sam Smith hopes their new original yuletide tune Night Before Christmas can become a modern Christmas classic. Having recently spent four weeks at Number 1 with Unholy, the odds are certainly in their favour.
Tyson Fury – Sweet Caroline
Continuing the football theme, boxer Tyson Fury has odds of 3/1 on becoming 2022’s festive Number 1 with some bookies. Could Sweet Caroline, his cover of the 1979 Top 10 Neil Diamond classic, scale the chart to reach the summit come December 23?
Becky Hill – Only You
Nothing says Christmas quite like a twinkly acoustic cover. Enter: Becky Hill, with her take on Yazoo’s 1982 track Only You for the McDonald’s 2022 Christmas ad. The Flying Pickets’ acapella version of the track was actually Christmas Number 1 in 1983 – but can Becky achieve similar success 19 years later?
Lauren Spencer Smith – Single On The 25th
Opting against a buoyant festive bop, Lauren Spencer Smith gets in her feels with Single On The 25th; a reflective track detailing a loneliness many feel at this time of year. Catch us crying into the cranberry jam over this one.
The Vamps – Seat At The Table
A Driving Home For Christmas of sorts, Seat At The Table sees The Vamps return to their hometown for the holidays; wanting to ‘raise a glass for future and past.’ This sparkly little tune couldn’t be cuter.
Cliff Richard – Heart Of Christmas
Cliff is back with his brand-new yuletide album, Christmas With Cliff. Could the lead track – Heart Of Christmas – become his fourth festive chart-topper? Previously, Cliff managed the feat with I Love You (1960), Mistletoe and Wine (1988) and Savior’s Day (1990).
George Ezra – Come On Home For Christmas
Released as an Amazon Original exclusive last year, and peaking at Number 10, George Ezra’s take on Charles Brown’s all-too-forgotten 1960 single is now available on all streaming platforms for the first time. Could its inclusion on the Christmas edition of his Gold Rush Kid album secure it a brand-new peak this year?
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JVKE – golden hour
Viral TikTok star JVKE is making huge gains on the Official Singles Chart with his breakout single golden hour; and it’s showing no sign of stopping. A tender piano-led ballad, this ethereal track could easily be adopted as a festive classic by association, akin to Michael Andrews and Gary Jules’ 2003 Christmas Number 1 Mad World.
Meghan Trainor – Made You Look
As Meghan Trainor’s viral doo-wop hit continues to climb the chart, we’re wondering if it could go all the way just in time for Christmas. There is something sort of festive about it, no?
Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero
It’s her! Hi! Currently tracking for a fifth consecutive week atop the Official Singles Chart, could Taylor Swift’s endearingly self-critical Anti-Hero retain its reign and prove a Christmas Number 1 contender? Stranger things have happened…
LadBaby – TBC
With the UK experiencing a cost of living crisis, and LadBaby’s previous Christmas Number 1 singles raising funds and awareness for hunger charity The Trussell Trust, it seems high time for LadBaby to return with an attempt to score a fifth consecutive festive chart-topper. While we don’t have confirmation of a release just yet, we’ll make sure you’re first to know if it happens. Stay tuned!
Ravi Adelekan & Friends (Paloma Faith, Bastille, Metronomy, The Big Moon and more) – A Million Dreams
A Million Dreams sees huge names including Paloma Faith and Bastille team-up in support of Ravi Adelekan; a young boy diagnosed with a benign brain tumor in 2021.
Proceeds from the single will be donated to brainstrust and The Brain Tumor Charity.
The Half Timers – Coming Home For Christmas
Yet another World Cup-themed Christmas track, 100 percent of profits from The Half Timers’ release will be donated to FareShareUK; a UK-wide network fighting hunger and tackling food waste. This one’s already building up some traction on the telly, so definitely one to keep an eye on.
Basil Brush featuring Mr Blobby, Rainbow and more – Boom! Boom! It’s Christmas Again!
The country’s been crying out for a second Blobby-related Christmas Number 1, and our prayers may well have been answered.
Basil Brush’s Boom! Boom! It’s Christmas Again! will raise funds for the Save The Children charity and Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice; with the music video proving a, um, star-studded affair.
Expect to see loads of kid’s TV favourites, including the Rainbow cast, Mr Blobby and Muffin the Mule (!), as well as Santa himself.
Peter Crouch & Paul Potts – Crouchy Conducts The Classics
Adopting a more political standpoint on the World Cup, legendary England footballer Peter Crouch teams up with Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts on an album of orchestral festive chants (somehow, it works!)
100 percent of all profits from its release will be donated to Stonewall in support of their campaign to tackle LGBTQIA+ oppression in Qatar and across the world. Could any of its tracks prove a breakout shot at the Christmas Number 1? Time will tell.
Ruby Whittle – Getting Ready For Christmas
Seven-year-old Ruby from Chorley makes her Christmas Number 1 bid with Getting Ready For Christmas. An original track written with the help of her grandma Gill, proceeds from all sales will be donated to Derian House Children’s Hospice.
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
In 2020, self-appointed Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey finally saw All I Want For Christmas Is You reach Number 1 – breaking Official Chart records 26 years after its release. However, the classic has never actually achieved Christmas Number 1 status; having just missed out at East 17’s Stay Another Day in 1992.
With the song already making its way back into the Top 20, could 2022 be Mariah’s year?
Wham! -Last Christmas
Again, while George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s festive favorite finally reached the top spot in January 2021, it’s never actually been Number 1 on Christmas Day.
With the track settling at Number 3 on 2021’s Christmas chart, could Last Christmas go all the way in time for Christmas Day?
Social media campaigns
The Prodigy – Their Law
Taking a political standpoint, one Facebook group aims to ‘do a Rage Against The Machine moment.’ Backing The Prodigy’s 1994 track Their Law for the Christmas top spot, the anti-parliamentary push hopes to build similar traction to the 2009 social campaign that saw Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name score the Christmas Number 1.
The K***s – F*ck The Tories
Don’t underestimate The K*nts who have gate-crashed the Official Chart Christmas Top 5 for the past two years with the ever-so-sweary Boris Johnson Is AF**king C**t in 2020, and its imaginatively titled sequel Boris Johnson Is Still AF**king C**t in 2021. Could it be third time lucky this festive season?
Stormzy – Firebabe (Orchestration) (Amazon Christmas Originals)
Maisie Peters – Together This Christmas (Amazon Christmas Originals)
Lizzo – Someday At Christmas (Amazon Christmas Originals)
Sam Ryder – Jingle Bells (Amazon Christmas Originals)
Ella Henderson – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Amazon Christmas Originals)
Birdy x Skinny Living – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Amazon Christmas Originals)
The Staves – Christmas Wish (Amazon Christmas Originals)
Laura Mvula – Purple Snowflakes (Amazon Christmas Originals)
Other Christmas Number 1 contenders
Liam Hodge – World Cup For Christmas
Joel Corry featuring Tom Grennan – Lionheart (Come On England)
When will the Christmas Number 1 2022 be announced?
The 2022 Official Christmas Number 1 race kicks off at 00:01 on Friday December 16, until 23:59 on December 22.
The winner will be revealed live on BBC Radio 1’s The Official Chart Show with Jack Saunders from 4pm on Friday December 23, and the Top 100 Official Christmas Singles Chart and Album Chart will be published on OfficialCharts.com from 5.45pm.
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