Christmas Number One, for the past ten years, has been dominated by Simon Cowell and his X Factor champions. From Shane Ward to Ben Haenow, only Joe McElderry, Little Mix and James Arthur have missed out on the top spot, charting at #2 instead.
And for 2015? It looks like Louisa Johnson might have lost the race before it’s even on the home stretch, charting at number nine with only three days to go. So who is going to land the coveted chart position? Press play on all the Christmas contendors in our Christmas Number One playlist below, and scroll down for more deets.
1. Justin Bieber. Biebs already has three tracks in the Top Ten, and considering the world is crushing on Justin Bieber again after that image revamp, we wouldn’t be surprised if
Sorry, Love Yourself or What Do You Mean took the Christmas crown.
2. Adele. The record-breaking Hello is still at #3, and we’re picturing emotional Christmas parties belting out the song that brought the flip-phone back. Could she climb back up to #3?
3. The NHS. Yes, really. This song is actually tipped to top the charts on Christmas day, with A Bridge Over You. A charity mash-up of Bridge Over Troubled Water and Coldplay’s Fix You, the track is 2,000 sales ahead of Bieber right now.
4. The Military Wives. They’re back! After taking the 2011 Christmas Number 1 with Gareth Malone, the ladies are back with a rendition of 500 Miles.
5. Louisa Johnson. Louisa’s Forever Young has charted at #9 after a sensational X Factor win, but can she make up enough sales to reach #1? She’s got some pretty stiff and unexpected competition.
6. Stormzy. Never heard of Stormzy? This track is so NSFW, but Shut Up is smashing the charts right now. Currently at #7, the track is being pushed up the charts by a social campaign to get #ShutUpForXMasNo1.
7. Star Wars. We should have seen this one coming… The Star Wars theme is a hot download right now, with the theme tune and the original soundtrack being released this week.
8. Ariana Grande. Ariana has just dropped her Christmas and Chill EP, with six sleigh-bell sounding tracks.
9. Shirley Bassey. Hoping for her very first Christmas #1 (we can’t believe it either…), Dame Shirley teamed up with BRIT award winning vocal group Blake to release The Christmas Song.
10. Indie. Could indie win the Christmas chart battle in 2015? The Courteeners, Scouting For Girls and The Darkness are all releasing Christmas tracks.
11. The Queen. …Kind of. The Four Sopranos have sampled the Queen’s Speech (3pm, BBC btw) in a tribute to Her Majesty, with 50% of sales going to charity.
The cut off point is midnight on Christmas Eve, so there’s still time to shake up the Christmas chart. Catch the full Top 40 on Radio 1 from 10am – 1pm, and Top Of The Pops on Christmas Day, BBC1, 2pm.