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Published on November 28th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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It’s Time to Bet on the British #1 at Christmas Song. Let the AC/DC Silliness Begin.

God bless the British, a people who will on anything. For decades, many millions of quid have been laid down in wagers on which single will be at #1 on the charts on the last chart day before Christmas. This year, that means the top song in the kingdom on December 23.

There have been plenty of shenanigans as people lobby/manipulate/bully certain songs to the top. Traditionally, winners have been some droopy, disposable winner of one of Simon Cowell’s dreary talent shows. But then there was that one time when fans managed to push Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” to #1.

So what’ll be the gimmicky campaign this year? An effort to get AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”–originally released in 1981–to the top in memory of rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young.

If you want to support this, head over to the special “AC/DC for Christmas No. 1 Facebook page.” Godspeed.




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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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2 Responses to It’s Time to Bet on the British #1 at Christmas Song. Let the AC/DC Silliness Begin.

  1. Douglas M says:

    Even though the song and the artist are from the 1970s, it has to be Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” – again.

  2. Douglas M says:

    O geez, I need a coffee. Even after reading the article, my mind was stuck on the #1 British Christmas song. In which case, my comment above holds. Otherwise, ignore it!

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