It’s a tradition that goes back decades. Britons bet on which single will finish at #1 on the charts on the last issued chart before Christmas. This year, that chart comes out on Friday.
With just hours to go before the week closes at 11:59 pm GMT Thursday, the leading contenders are “Last Christmas” by Wham (no doubt spurred on by the movie of the same name), “Own it” from Stormy/Ed Sheeran/Burna Boy and, uh, this song.
In fact, as I write this, Ladboy’s “I Love Sausage Rolls” is the #1 song in Her Majesty’s Kingdom. It just needs to hang on for a few more days.
However, there is a dark horse in this race. Some intrepid social commentators would really like to see Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker at the top of the charts this year with his 2006 song, “Cunts Are Still Running the World.”
It’s still absent from the rolling Official Charts Company report, but you can find it (at last check) at #3 on the UK iTunes chart (they list it as “Running the World”). On another chart from 7 Digital, it’s already #1.
Good luck, Jarvis. We’re pulling for you.
So you’re probably wondering “What can I do to help?”
Buying a copy through iTunes is best, but if you have Spotify, you can stream the song on repeat. Each 100 plays counts as one sale. (Maybe put it on overnight with the sound down.)
And don’t forget to spread the word on Facebook.
Note, too, that any proceeds from the sale of the song will go to a homeless charity.