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Every UK Christmas Number 1

Every Xmas British chart topper since records began in a list, from Al Martino to LadBaby.

Whose had the most Christmas number ones? The Beatles had four Christmas number ones in the 1960s and The Spice Girls managed an amazing three consecutive top places, from 1996 to 1998. Cliff Richard has spent four Christmases at number one; two as a solo act, one with The Shadows and one as part of Band Aid II. But topping everyone, Paul McCartney is the king of Christmas pop music by making the number one spot eight times with various acts.

Also of note, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen was number one twice – on its release in 1975, and again when it was re-released in 1991. The song “Mary's Boy Child” was victorious in 1975 for Harry Belafonte and again in 1978 for Boney M.

Christmas Number Ones List - 1952 to 2019

Year Artist Christmas Number One
1952 Al Martino Here in My Heart
1953 Frankie Laine Answer Me
1954 Winifred Atwell Let's Have Another Party
1955 Dickie Valentine Christmas Alphabet
1956 Johnnie Ray Just Walkin' in the Rain
1957 Harry Belafonte Mary's Boy Child
1958 Conway Twitty It's Only Make Believe
1959 Emile Ford and The Checkmates What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?
1960 Cliff Richard and The Shadows I Love You
1961 Danny Williams Moon River
1962 Elvis Presley Return to Sender
1963 The Beatles I Want to Hold Your Hand
1964 The Beatles I Feel Fine
1965 The Beatles Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out
1966 Tom Jones Green, Green Grass of Home
1967 The Beatles Hello, Goodbye
1968 The Scaffold Lily the Pink
1969 Rolf Harris Two Little Boys
1970 Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knocking
1971 Benny Hill Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)
1972 Jimmy Osmond Long Haired Lover from Liverpool
1973 Slade Merry Xmas Everybody
1974 Mud Lonely This Christmas
1975 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
1976 Johnny Mathis When a Child Is Born (Soleado)
1977 Wings Mull of Kintyre
1978 Boney M. Mary's Boy Child – Oh My Lord
1979 Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
1980 St Winifred's School Choir There's No One Quite Like Grandma
1981 The Human League Don't You Want Me
1982 Renée and Renato Save Your Love
1983 The Flying Pickets Only You
1984 Band Aid Do They Know It's Christmas?
1985 Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone
1986 Jackie Wilson Reet Petite
1987 Pet Shop Boys Always on My Mind
1988 Cliff Richard Mistletoe and Wine
1989 Band Aid II Do They Know It's Christmas?
1990 Cliff Richard Saviour's Day
1991 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are the Days of Our Lives
1992 Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You
1993 Mr Blobby Mr Blobby
1994 East 17 Stay Another Day
1995 Michael Jackson Earth Song
1996 Spice Girls 2 Become 1
1997 Spice Girls Too Much
1998 Spice Girls Goodbye
1999 Westlife Seasons in the Sun
2000 Bob the Builder Can We Fix It?
2001 Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman Somethin' Stupid
2002 Girls Aloud Sound of the Underground
2003 Michael Andrews and Gary Jules Mad World
2004 Band Aid 20 Do They Know It's Christmas?
2005 Shayne Ward That's My Goal
2006 Leona Lewis A Moment Like This
2007 Leon Jackson When You Believe
2008 Alexandra Burke Hallelujah
2009 Rage Against the Machine Killing in the Name
2010 Matt Cardle When We Collide
2011 Military Wives with Gareth Malone Wherever You Are
2012 The Justice Collective He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
2013 Sam Bailey Skyscraper
2014 Ben Haenow Something I Need
2015 Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir A Bridge over You
2016 Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie Rockabye
2017 Ed Sheeran Perfect
2018 LadBaby We Built This City
2019 LadBaby I Love Sausage Rolls

Amazingly, some of the all-time classic festive songs never reached the top spot. “I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day” by Wizzard reached number 4 in 1973 and “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl was kept at number two on its original release in 1987 by the Pet Shop Boys' cover version of "Always on My Mind". Both “Last Christmas” by Wham! and “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey peaked at No. 2. In the UK, "Fairytale of New York" is the most-played Christmas song of the 21st century.

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