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Let’s the Silliness for the Race for #1 at Christmas Begin!

Once again, those crazy Brits are getting frothy about the charts,  Every year around this time, the UK goes apeshit over speculation about which song will end up at #1 on the singles charts in time for Christmas.  The roots of this national obsession go back to 1952.  Billions of pounds are wagered on the outcome. Billions.

You may remember four years ago when a worldwide campaign successfully pushed Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” to the top spot.  (For the full list of Xmas #1’s through the years, go here.) Last year, people tried to make AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” the #1 song at Christmas, but it was edged out by X-Factor winner Sam Bailey’s “Skyscraper,” “Happy” from Pharrell Williams (#2), Leona Lewis’ “One More Sleep” (#3).

The goal, of course, is to keep some treacly Simon Cowell project from reaching the top spot.So what song is being touted this year? The early favourite seems to be Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast”–obviously because nothing says Christmas like the Antichrist.

Simon Cowell vs Iron Maiden

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