THE race is on to become the next Christmas Number One after the previous winners pulled out.

It comes after it was revealed that LadBaby – who has bagged the top spot for the last five years – wouldn't be releasing anything in 2023.

Eurovision star, Sam Ryder, is edging closer to this year's crown after releasing You're Christmas To Me exclusively on Amazon Music.

The star has already confessed that he wants it to be The Pogues at the top come Christmas following Shane MacGowan's death.

The Christmas Number One will be revealed during BBC Radio 1's show on Friday December 22 from 4pm.

Read our live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • By Henry Moore

    Could there be a Christmas Fairytale for the Pogues?

    The second favourite this year is The Pogues with Fairytale Of New York, which has been voted the UK‘s favourite Christmas tune of all time despite never being the Christmas Number One.

    On the classic Kirsty MacColl duetted with frontman Shane MacGowan, who tragically died on November 30, 2023.

    The odds are 5/1 at the moment according to BoyleSports.

  • By Henry Moore

    Rage Against the Machine ended X Factor's dominance

    In 2009, rebel rockers Rage Against the Machine won the UK's Christmas Number One.

    Fans launched the 1992 track Killing In The Name into the charts in a bid to end X Factor's dominance.

    Simon Cowell branded the campaign “stupid” and “cynical” but it only appeared to spur on fans.

    Rage Against The Machine bandmember Tom Morello said winning the festive race would be “a wonderful dose of anarchy”.

  • By Henry Moore

    When Bob the Builder earned Christmas number one

    In the year 2000, the theme song to Bob Builder somehow found its way to the top of the charts.

    Voiced by Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey, it sold 240,000 within its first week alone before becoming the UK's biggest-selling single of the year – much to the annoyance of Westlife and Eminem. 

    Paul Joyce, who wrote the song, admitted the moment was "ridiculous, but incredible."

    He added: "I don’t think the band or their fans thought they could be challenged by a cartoon brickie.

    "When we went to No1, Sky TV interrupted Christmas dinner for an interview, I thought 'This will never happen again'.”

  • By Henry Moore

    It wouldn’t be Christmas without Mariah Carey

    Mariah Carey’s perennial Yuletide Yowler All I Want For Christmas Is You is another track predicted to surge to the summit of the charts towards the end of December.

    It was first released on the American diva’s fourth studio album Merry Christmas (1994).

    BoyleSports has it at 33/1 at this time.

  • By Henry Moore

    Who is Sam Ryder?

    Sam is a 34-year-old singer from Essex.

    The star began working in the music industry as a singer and guitarist in 2009.

    He worked as a session player for the groups The Morning After, Blessed By A Broken Heart and Close Your Eyes.

    Sam rose to fame on TikTok and has since enjoyed an incredible career in music as well as huge success in Eurovision.

    This year he is likely to earn the Christmas number one spot.

  • By Henry Moore

    Every Christmas number one since 2000

    • 2000: Bob The Builder – Can We Fix It?
    • 2001: Robbie Williams And Nicole Kidman – Somethin’ Stupid
    • 2002: Girls Aloud – Sound Of The Underground
    • 2003: Michael Andrews and Gary Jules – Mad World
    • 2004: Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
    • 2005: Shayne Ward – That’s My Goal
    • 2006: Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This
    • 2007: Leon Jackson – When You Believe
    • 2008: Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah
    • 2009: Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
    • 2010: Matt Cardle – When We Collide
    • 2011: Military Wives With Gareth Malone – Wherever You Are
    • 2012: The Justice Collective – He’s Ain't Heavy, He’s My Brother
    • 2013: Sam Bailey – Skyscraper
    • 2014: Ben Haenow – Something I Need
    • 2015: The Lewisham And Greenwich NHS Choir – A Bridge Over You
    • 2016 Clean Bandit – Rockabye
    • 2017: Ed Sheeran – Perfect
    • 2018: Ladbaby – We Built This City
    • 2019: Ladbaby – I Love Sausage Rolls
    • 2020: Ladbaby – Don't Stop Me Eatin'
    • 2021: Ladbaby ft Ed Sheeran and Elton John – Sausage Rolls For Everyone
    • 2022: Ladbaby – Food Aid

    AC/DC in the running as Christmas approaches

    Australian rock veterans AC/DC are in with an outside shot of earning this year's Christmas number one.

    They are in the running because fans are aiming to get the band a number-one single before its 50th anniversary.

    Launching the campaign, the Facebook group WE Salute You said: "In 2013 we all came together to celebrate 40 years of AC/DC by giving them their highest ever UK Singles Chart placing… Highway To Hell at No.4.

    "Well we're going to choose another track and see if we can get 3 places higher for their 50th anniversary. Are you in? If so join this group and invite everyone.

    "Big Balls to Ladbaby!"

    Sam Ryder leads the race

    Sam Ryder also makes the shortlist of artists in contention, even though he has already said he wants it to be The Pogues at the top come Christmas.

    But if his song, You’re Christmas To Me, released exclusively on Amazon Music, does beat Fairytale Of New York, he probably won’t be too disappointed.

    He’s at 4\1 with Boyle

    Elton and Ed in the race

    Sir Elton John and Ed Sheeran's 2021 song, named Merry Christmas, is an outsider to earn the number one spot this Christmas.

    In 2021, it was top of the charts for three non-consecutive weeks but was unable to earn the coveted prize.

    Last year the song landed a respectable third-place spot.

    Could it finally be Number One in 2023?

    • By Henry Moore

      Could Doctor Who take home the Christmas Number One?

      It's unlikely now, but a week ago it seemed like a song set to feature in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special could grab the number one spot.

      The Goblin Song, which in typical Doctor Who style, is about little green goblins eating babies, shot up the charts following its release last week.

      After its runaway success, the song's fictional singer 'Janis Goblin' released a statement on Twitter.

      She said: "Dear foolish humans. I'd like to thank you, with all the bile in my heart.

      "I'm told all proceeds from the sale of The Goblin Song will go to Children in Need. Which means, more children for us to eat!

      "That's very kind, I must say…what's that? It's not? They don't? Hmph. Then what do I say…? Ahem.

      "Dear foolish humans, if you continue to support The Goblin Song, then I absolutely promise not to eat…oh to hell with that, pass me those twins. MUNCH!"

      While the Goblin Song was in the running following its release, it has since dropped out of the race to be Christmas Number One.

    • By Louis Allwood

      Christmas Number One battles

      Slade, T-Rex and Isaac Hayes were all favourites for Christmas No1 back in 1971.

      But it was Benny Hill’s hit Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) that won over the public. 

      The comedic song told the story of a randy milkman who fell in love with a widow only to come under threat from a love rival who made pork pies. 

      Benny’s absurd hit – which won over songs like Slade's Coz I Love You – was filled with innuendos and cheeky lines including “Ernie got his cocoa there three times a week”.   

      In 2006, ex-Prime Minister David Cameron featured the song on his Desert Island Discs tracks.

    • By Louis Allwood

      The market is getting heated

      Brian O’Keeffe, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “Tis the season and the Christmas number 1 market is really hotting up.

      "We’ve seen an avalanche of support for Wham! to better Last Christmas’ second in the charts and finally wear the Christmas crown.”

    • By Louis Allwood

      Wham! is back leading the race

      Wham! with Last Christmas is the bookies favourite to bag the Christmas Number One.

      The song has never hit top spot before, so it would be a first.

      The festive favourite was released in 1984, and was originally beaten to Number One by Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas Time.

      George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley's catchy classic is now 1/4 with BoyleSports.

    • By Louis Allwood

      It wouldn't be Christmas without this one…

      Mariah Carey's perennial Yuletide yowler All I Want For Christmas Is You is another track predicted to surge to the summit of the charts towards the end of December.

      It was first released on the American diva's fourth studio album Merry Christmas (1994).

      BoyleSports has it at 33/1 at this time.

    • By Louis Allwood

      Creator Universe third favourites this year

      Creator Universe are third favourites to reach the coveted Christmas Number One spot.

      The TikTok collective, which features more than 30 Influencers, has covered Wizard's iconic hit I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, with all of the profits going to charity The Trussell Trust.

      They are currently 25/1 with BoyleSports.

    • By Louis Allwood

      What was the 2022 Christmas number 1?

      The single that claimed the winning spot was titled ''Food Aid'' which reworked the classical festive hit ''Band Aid song Do They Know It’s Christmas? ''

      In true LadBaby style, they created a Christmas hit with a twist – with the lyrics referring to the current cost of living crisis.

      Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis even made an appearance on the winning track.

    • By Louis Allwood

      Who won the 2022 Christmas number 1?

      Taking the top spot last year was none other than social media star Mark Hoyle and his wife Roxanne – also known as LadBaby and LadBaby Mum.

      Not only did the couple land the Christmas number 1, they also made chart history by securing the top spot for a fifth consecutive year – surpassing a record set by The Beatles in the 1960s.

    • By Louis Allwood

      The Pogues' Fairytale Of New York is in the running

      The second-favourite is The Pogues with Fairytale Of New York, which has been voted the UK's favourite Christmas tune of all time despite never being the Christmas Number One.

      On the classic Kirsty MacColl duetted with frontman Shane MacGowan, who tragically died on November 30, 2023.

      The odds are 5/1 at the moment according to BoyleSports.

    • By Louis Allwood

      Sam Ryder's odds

      Sam Ryder also makes the shortlist of artists in contention, even though he has already said he wants it to be The Pogues at the top come Christmas.

      But if his song You're Christmas To Me, released exclusively on Amazon Music, does beat Fairytale Of New York, he probably won't be too disappointed.

      He's also at 4\1 with Boyle

    • By Louis Allwood

      The race is on for Christmas Number One

      The race is on to become the next Christmas Number One.

      It comes after it was revealed that LadBaby – who has bagged the top spot for the last five years – wouldn't be releasing anything in 2023.

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