Christmas Number One – 1990-2010

X Factor winner Matt Cardle is the Xmas number 1 favourite

Every year there seems to be more and more controversy surrounding the highest selling record of the week that holds Christmas.  From 2005 to 2008, The X Factor winners single has come top trumps, a fact that seems to aggravate many members of the public and the music industry.

Remarkably, in 2009 a facebook campaign to get Rage Against The Machine‘s ‘Killing In The Name‘ Christmas number one was successful, beating Joe McElderry, that year’s winner of The X Factor, who charted at number two. Rage Against The Machine reached number one through downloads alone, although there was much intrigue around the campaign, with critics noting that the X Factor winner and Rage Against The Machine are signed to labels that are part of Sony BMG.

Yet again, there have been many efforts to stop this years X Factor winner, Matt Cardle, from getting to number one. These include John Cage‘s effort to get a “silent single”, ‘4’33‘, which is simply 4 minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence to number one and another facebook campaign which aims to get facebook users to buy The Trashmen’s ‘Surfin’ Bird‘ so that it reaches number one. Another contender is Ellie Goulding’s version of ‘Your Song‘.

Currently it would seem that Matt Cardle is going to get to number one when tonight’s all important chart is revealed. Here is a list of the previous Christmas number one holders from 1990.

1990 – Sir Cliff Richard – ‘Saviour’s Day’
1991 – Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
1992 – Whitney Houston –  ‘I Will Always Love You’
1993 – Mr Blobby – ‘Mr Blobby’
1994 – East 17 – ‘Stay Another Day’
1995 – Michael Jackson – ‘Earth Song’
1996 – Spice Girls – ‘2 Become 1’
1997 – Spice Girls – ‘Too Much’
1998 – Spice Girls – ‘Goodbye’
1999 – Westlife – ‘I Have A Dream/ Seasons In The Sun’
2000 – Bob The Builder – ‘Can We Fix It’
2001 – Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman – ‘Somethin’ Stupid’
2002 – Girls Aloud – ‘Sound Of The Underground’
2003 – Michael Andrews & 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’

Update: Matt Cardle reached number one beating Rihanna‘s ‘What’s My Name’ featuring Drake.


6 thoughts on “Christmas Number One – 1990-2010

    • I would have liked Ellie Goulding to get to number one too Nicola. I agree it’s so Christmassy! I think it’s a bit wrong that The X Factor is shown when it is, it doesn’t have to be that the winner gets Christmas number one – that isn’t the prize. Although, apparently Matt Cardle sold more that the rest of the top 5 combined.

  1. I think its a shame that X Factor always gets the Christmas number one because it takes some of the excitement out of it, we all know who it’s going to be. I think a rule should be made so every Christmas number one has to be a Christmas song!

  2. I think its great that people are rebeling against xfaxctor christmas number ones… i think it has made the chart more popular for christmas time when it might not have been before, becaise charts arent as influential anymore.

    • Good point Emma! I think it doesn’t help that we’re getting older too, it has instigated a sort of new popularity though I suppose. I just hate how it’s assumed that the X Factor winner will get to number one!

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