Christmas Number Ones prior to 1952 are based on sheet music sales.
The artists listed for those hits are the ones mainly responsible for
popularising the song.
Issy Bonn... I'm In Love With Two Sweethearts
1946: Frank Sinatra... Five Minutes More
1947: Lou Preager.. Jimmy Leach... An Apple Blossom Wedding
1948: Dinah Shore..Evelyn Knight... Buttons And Bows
1949: Anton Karas... The Harry Lime Theme
1950: Gene Autry.. Bing Crosby... Rudoph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
1951: Teddy Johnson ..Teresa Brewer ...Longing For You
LILAC ( ) = week ending date it topped the charts
/ date announced
GREEN ( ) = weeks at number one
1952: Hear In My Heart - Al Martino
(Nov 16th) (9) First
ever track in the UK charts + million seller + USA No1 .
1953: Answer Me - Frankie Laine 9 (Nov 13th)
1954: Lets Have Another Party - Winifred Atwell (Dec
1955: Christmas Alphabet
- Dicky Valentine (Nov 16th)
1956: Just Walking In The Rain - Johnnie Ray (Nov
1957: Marys Boy Child
- Harry Belafonte (Nov 22nd
) (7) +
1958: Its Only
Make Believe - Conway Twitty (Dec 19th) (5)
+ No.1 in USA
1959: What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For - Emile Ford and The
Checkmates (Dec 18th) (6)
I Love You - Cliff Richard & The Shadows (Dec 29th)
1961: Moon River - Danny Williams
( Dec 28th) (2)
1962: Return To Sender - Elvis Presley (Dec 13th)
1963: I Want To Hold Your Hand
- Beatles ( Dec12th) (5)
+US No.1 + Million Seller
1964: I Feel Fine - Beatles
(Dec 10th) (5) +US
No.1 + Million Seller
1965: Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out
- Beatles (Dec16) (5)
+EP was a Million Seller + Day Tripper No.1 in USA
Green Green Grass Oh Home - Tom Jones (Dec 1st)
(7) +Million Seller
Goodbye - Beatles (Dec 6th) (7)
+ US No1
1968: Lily The Pink -
Scaffold (Dec 11th) (3)
1969: Two Little Boys - Rolf Harris (Dec
1970: I Hear You Knockin' - Dave Edmunds
(Nov 28th) (6)
1971: Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) - Benny Hill (Dec
1972: Long Haired Lover From Liverpool - Little Jimmy Osmond (Dec23rd)
1973: Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade (Dec15th)
(5) + UK entry at No.1 + Million Seller
1974: Lonely This Christmas - Mud (Dec 21st)
1975: Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen (Nov 29th)
(9) + million seller
1976: When A Child Is Born - Johnny Mathis (Dec
1977: Mull Of Kintyre / Girls' School - Wings (Dec
3rd) (9) + million seller
1978: Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord - Boney M (Dec
1979: Another Brick In The Wall ( Part 2 ) - Pink Floyd (Dec
15th) (5) + Million seller + USA No1. + UK
entry at No1.
1980: There's No-One Quite Like Grandma - St. Winifred's School
Choir (Dec 27th) (2)
1981: Don't You Want Me - Human League (Dec
12th) (5) + million seller + USA No1
1982: Save Your Love - Renée and Renato (Dec
1983: Only You - Flying Pickets (Dec 10th)
1984: Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid (Dec
15th) (5) + million seller + UK entry at
1985: Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens
(Dec 28th) (2)
1986: Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson (Dec 27th) (4)
1987: Always On My Mind - Pet Shop Boys (Dec
1988: Mistletoe And Wine - Cliff Richard (Dec
1989: Do They Know It's Christmas ? - Band Aid II (Dec
23rd) (3) + UK entry at No1
1990: Saviour's Day - Cliff Richard (Dec
1991: Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives - Queen
(Dec 21st) (5) + million
seller + UK entry at No.1.
1992: I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (Dec
5th) (10) + million seller + USA No.1.
1993: Mr. Blobby - Mr. Blobby (Dec 25th)
1994: Stay Another Day - East 17 (Dec 10th)
1995: Earth Song - Michael Jackson (Dec 9th)
(6) + million seller + UK entry at No.1.
1996: 2 Become 1 - Spice Girls (Dec 28th)
(3) + million seller + UK entry at No.1.
1997: Too Much - Spice Girls (Dec 27th)
(2) + UK entry at No.1.
1998: Goodbye - Spice Girls (Dec 26th)
(2) + UK entry at No.1.
1999: I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun - Westlife
(Dec 25th) (1) + UK entry at No.1.
2000: Can We
Fix It - Bob The Builder (Dec 22)
Stupid - Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman (Dec
Of The Underground - Girls Aloud (Dec 28)
2003: Mad World
- Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules (Dec
2004: Do They
Know It's Christmas -Band Aid 20 (Dec 11)
(4) (Band Aid 1984, Band Aid 11 1989)
My Goal - Shayne
Ward (Dec 31) (4) (UK
X Factor winner)
Moment Like This - Leona
Lewis (Dec 30)
(UK X Factor winner)
(Dec 29) (3)
(UK X Factor winner)
(UK X Factor winner)
In The Name
- Rage Against the Machine ..
w/e 26 Dec (1)
(U.S. rap-metal band "Rage Against The Machine" took the coveted
Christmas Number One in British pop charts on Sunday after an Internet
campaign to keep the winner of the "X Factor" TV talent show
from the top spot. The band's 1992 single "Killing in the Name"
sold more than 500,000 download copies in the past week, enough to beat
Joe McElderry's "The Climb," which managed sales of 450,000
by downloads and in the shops, the Official Charts Company (OCC) said.)
Matt Cardle - When We Collide
w/e 25 Dec (3) (UK
X Factor winner)
2011: Wherever You Are
Military Wives with Gareth Malone w/e Dec
'Wherever You Are' sold a staggering 556,000 copies in the past week,
more than the rest of the Top 12 combined. The Military Wives track becomes
the 60th Official Christmas Number 1 of all time and winners of the first
ever Official Singles Chart Number 1 Award.Official Charts Company managing
director Martin Talbot says, "Many congratulations to the Militay
Wives and Gareth Malone, who have made this year's race for the Official
Christmas Number 1 one of the greatest of all time. To have achieved more
than 500,000 sales in a week without the backing of a vast promotional
operation over many weeks, like X Factor, is truly remarkable. It is hard
to think of a more deserving winner in 60 years of Christmas Number 1s.
And their victory should prompt all of us to think of the many wives and
families of servicemen who are not home this Christmas."
Justice Collective - He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother .. Dec 29 (?)
The Justice Collective, includes Robbie Williams,
Paul Heaton, Paloma Faith, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden, Kenny Dalglish,
Alan Hansen, Rebecca Ferguson, Beverley Knight and many other artists
and musicians for various charities associated with the Hillsborough disaster.
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USA No.1 HIT"
1955 ~ 2012
Bruno Mars - "Locked Out Of Heaven"
2011: Rihanna - "We Found Love"
2010: Kate Perry - "Teenage Dream"
2009: Jay-Z + Alicia Keys - "Empire State Of Mind"
2008: T.I. f/ Rihanna - "Live Your Life"
2007: Alicia Keys - "No One"
2006: Beyonce - "Irreplaceable"
2005: Chris Brown - "Run It!"
2004: Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell - "Drop It Like It's Hot"
2003: Outkast - "Hey Ya!"
2002: Eminem - "Lose Yourself"
2001: Nickelback - "How You Remind Me"
2000: Destiny's Child - "Independent Women Part 1"
1999: Santana Feat. Rob Thomas - "Smooth"
1998: R. Kelly & Celine Dion - "I'm Your Angel"
1997: Sugar Ray - "Fly"
1996: Toni Braxton - "Un-Break My Heart"
1995: Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - "One Sweet Day"
1994: Ini Kamoze - "Here Comes The Hotstepper"
1993: Mariah Carey - "Hero"
1992: Whitney Houston - "I Will Always Love You"
1991: Michael Jackson - "Black Or White"
1990: Stevie B - "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)"
1989: Phil Collins - "Another Day In Paradise"
1988: Poison - "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
1987: George Michael - "Faith"
1986: Bangles - "Walk Like An Egyptian"
1985: Lionel Richie - "Say You, Say Me"
1984: Madonna - "Like A Virgin"
1983: Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson - "Say Say Say"
1982: Daryl Hall & John Oates - "Maneater"
1981: Olivia Newton-John - "Physical"
1980: Kenny Rogers - "Lady"
1979: Rupert Holmes - "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)"
1978: Chic - "Le Freak"
1977: Bee Gees - "How Deep Is Your Love"
1976: Rod Stewart - "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)"
1975: Silver Convention - "Fly, Robin, Fly"
1974: Harry Chapin - "Cat's In The Cradle"
1973: Charlie Rich - "The Most Beautiful Girl"
1972: Billy Paul - "Me And Mrs. Jones"
1971: Melanie - "Brand New Key"
1970: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - "The Tears Of A Clown"
1969: Peter, Paul & Mary - "Leaving On A Jet Plane"
1968: Marvin Gaye - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
1967: The Monkees - "Daydream Believer"
1966: The Beach Boys - "Good Vibrations"
1965: The Dave Clark Five - "Over And Over"
1964: The Supremes - "Come See About Me"
1963: The Singing Nun - "Dominique"
1962: The Tornadoes - "Telstar"
1961: The Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
1960: Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - "Stay"
1959: Guy Mitchell - "Heartaches By The Number"
1958: David Seville & The Chipmunks - "The Chipmunk Song"
1957: Pat Boone - "April Love"
1956: Guy Mitchell - "Singing The Blues"
1955: "Tennessee" Ernie Ford - "Sixteen Tons"
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TIME Biggest UK Christmas Hits
Queen Bohemian - Rhapsody .1975/1991
02. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
03. Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite . 1957/1986
04. Slade - Merry
Xmas Everybody . 1973/1981/1983/1998
05. Whitney Houston - I Will Always
Love You . 1992/1993
06. Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock
07. Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall . 1979
Westlife - I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun . 1999
09. Spice Girls - 2
Become 1 . 1996
10. Michael Jackson - Earth Song . 1995
11. Mud - Lonely
This Christmas . 1974
12. Wings - Mull Of Kintyre . 1977
13. Leona Lewis
- A Moment Like This . 2006
14. Beatles - Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out
15. Girls Aloud - Sound Of The Underground 2002
16. Michael Andrews
featuring Gary Jules - Mad World . 2003
17. Shane Ward - That's My Goal .
18. Little Jimmy Osmond - Long Haired Lover From Liverpool . 1972
19. Tom Jones - Green Green Grass Of Home . 1966
20. Beatles - Hello Goodbye
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The first Christmas chart-topper to enter at No.1 was Slade's "Merry
Xmas Everybody" in 1973
most consecutive Christmas No.1's is 3 by the Beatles (1963, 1964, 1965) and The
Spice Girls (1996, 1997, 1998).
has only been one instrumental Xmas No.1 Winifred Atwell's "Lets Have Another
longest running Christmas No.1 was Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love
You" which topped the charts for 10 weeks and stayed at No.1 into February.
Christmas No.1 by female solo vocalists are Whitney Houston's 1992 Christmas hit
"I Will Always Love You" and 2 UK X Factor winners, Leona Lewis's "A
Moment Like This" in 2006 and Alexandra Burke with "Hallelujah"
five Christmas No.1's have the word 'Christmas' in the title
Alphabet' - Dicky Valentine
1974 'Lonely This Christmas' - Mud
'Do They Know It's Christmas?' - Band Aid
1985 'Merry Christmas Everyone'
- Shakin' Stevens
1989 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' - Band Aid 2
Xmas Everybody' - Slade (1973) has the word Xmas in the title but if you count
this one it makes six.
youngest female & male vocalists to feature on a Christmas No.1 are 8 year
old Dawn Ralf fronting St. Winifred's School Choir - "There's No-One Quite
Like Grandma" in 1980 and 9 year old Little Jimmy Osmond with 'Long Haired
Lover From Liverpool' in 1972.
only non-human to make Christmas No.1 was Mr. Blobby with 'Mr. Blobby' in 1993.
information from 1952 - 2000 is take from the
"Guinness Book of British
'Secret' Number One
John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir
- "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)"
There was a time when no new chart was compiled over the Christmas period;
it was a labour-intensive process requiring couriers racing around the
country, collecting sales diaries which were then delivered to a data-entry
team who would manually key the catalogue numbers into an early computer
system. These staff needed a week off for Christmas. Furthermore, the
media didn't seem to require a chart update due to lack of publications
and special festive programming. Today, the data is downloaded from stores
in a flash and chart-compilation is much less labour-intensive so even
over Christmas a new chart can easily be compiled - and Radio One is happy
to air it. But, between these two extremes, there were a few years in
which a new chart was compiled but never aired or published. Usually,
this resulted in no change at the top in any case. But the notable exception
was Christmas 1980. On 8th December of that year John Lennon was assassinated.
On the week ending 27 Dec, St Winifred's School Choir hit the top spot
with "There's No-one Quite Like Grandma." But, directly over
Christmas week, large numbers of shoppers bought Lennon's classic "Happy
Christmas (War Is Over)." The chart compiled (though not published)
for w/e 3rd Jan 1981 had John Lennon at number one. This fact is not widely
known, thus it is omitted from lists of Number Ones. Instead, St Winifred's
School Choir are shown as holding the position for two weeks. By the time
normal service had been resumed (w/e 10th Jan 1981), John Lennon's "Imagine"
had climbed to the top in any case.
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