The Race to Christmas Number 1

For years, musical artists have lusted after that coveted number 1 spot in the charts at Christmas. Achieving this spot is thought to give your musical career longevity and kudos, though this is not always the case; many past Christmas number 1s have faded into obscurity. If, however, you have a successful and memorable Christmas hit, you could be lining your pockets for years to come with royalties as the track is played year after year.

In the past, Mariah Carey, Slade, Elton John, Wizzard, Wham and Paul McCartney have had massive success with festive themed tunes. However, the past few years have been dominated by winners of the X Factor – ITV’s talent show. The show causes such big hype and pulls in so many viewers in the 2 months leading up to Christmas that other artists don’t seem to stand a chance. The show always finishes just in time for the winner’s single to coincide with the Christmas chart. Last year Alexandra Burke sang Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ (made famous by Jeff Buckley). Before that, Leona Lewis blew all other contenders out of the pool with ‘A Moment Like This’, which followed the drab version of ‘When You Believe’ by Leon Jackson. It seemed like nobody stood a chance when up against a brand new X Factor winner.

This year, the nation has revolted in an attempt to break the cycle that makes Simon Cowell millions each year. Starting with a simple group set up on Facebook, it was suggested that everyone should buy ‘Killing in the Name of’ by rockers ‘Rage Against the Machine’ instead of buying the single from the X Factor winner, 18 year old Joe McElderry. The group has so far had phenomenal success, reaching over 800,000 members today! It is currently ahead of Joe’s single ‘The Climb’ in record and download sales, selling more than 80,000 copies this week.

This is the first year in a long time to have a fierce battle for that number 1 spot. National radio stations are discussing the race between these two front runners, pushing their popularity even further.

One of the members of ‘Rage Against the Machine’ has described the current situation as a little bit of “anarchy” for the soul. Some of our Asian escorts are amongst those rooting for the rock song to come out on top.

The Christmas number 1 will be revealed this Sunday at the end of the chart countdown.