The race for the UK Christmas #1 is very silly this year

The Brits have been wagering on which song ends up at #1 on the last singles chart before Christmas for decades. And now that we’re into Christmas week, things have heated up for 2020 with the winner to be announced on BBC Radio 1 on Friday followed by national airplay.

In first place is LadBaby, looking for his third Christmas #1 in a row with another homage to sausage rolls (you read that correctly) with “Don’t Stop Me Eatin’,” a single that moved 80,000 units in its first 48 hours. At last check, the song is 8,000 ahead of it’s nearest rival.

In second spot is “This is Christmas” by Jess Glynne, which had a strong weekend, pushing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” down to number three.

But there is a rapidly-rising contender that has been given a new life after Boris Johnson canceled Christmas. At last check, this track was at number 19. I did not make this up.,

The chart week closes at 11:59pm Christmas night. Those wanting to support a song need to stream it 150 times for it to count as one sale. Godspeed.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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