Music > the UK Christmas number ones

Posted On December 28, 2006

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The Christmas number one is pretty much the Holy Grail of the music industry and this year’s battle for the top spot has been just as high-profile as ever.

A well-timed win of the X Factor for Leona Lewis should help to launch her to the top of the UK’s singles chart but she will have to see off competition from Girls Aloud with their cover of Tiffany’s I Think We’re Alone Now and McFly’s Sorry’s Not Good Enough/Friday Night.

Competition for the album chart’s number one spot is also fierce; according to British Library’s Pop Goes The Library exhibition more than 20 per cent of total album sales occur in December alone.

Since The King and I soundtrack reached number one in the album chart in 1956 a number of artists have managed to hit the top spot more than once during their careers. The Beatles have notched up a total of seven Christmas number ones; Robbie Williams three; and Abba, Queen and Sir Elton John two. Although the 1980’s saw a surge in popularity for compilation albums, and let’s face it, who didn’t long for the latest ‘Now’ album, they were excluded from the main album chart from January 1989.

So who’s in the running for the 2006 Christmas accolade? Comeback legends Take That are currently at the number one spot with Beautiful World but heavyweights Oasis, Westlife and U2 are breathing down their necks. No doubt all the single and album contenders will be waiting with baited breath to see who will be entering Christmas chart history this Sunday evening as the charts are announced. And like them or not, one of the albums or singles is bound to end up in your stocking.

Christmas number one albums 1956 – 2005 > 

  • 1956 The King and I – Original Soundtrack
  • 1957 The King and I – Original Soundtrack
  • 1958 South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  • 1959 South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  • 1960 South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  • 1961 Another Black and White Minstrel Show – George Mitchell Minstrels
  • 1962 The Black and White Minstrel Show – George Mitchell Minstrels
  • 1963 With the Beatles – The Beatles
  • 1964 Beatles for Sale – The Beatles
  • 1965 Rubber Soul – The Beatles
  • 1966 The Sound of Music – Original Soundtrack
  • 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
  • 1968 The Beatles – The Beatles
  • 1969 Abbey Road – The Beatles
  • 1970 Andy Williams Greatest Hits
  • 1971 Electric Warrior – T. Rex
  • 1972 20 All Time Hits of the 50’s – Various Artists
  • 1973 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
  • 1974 Elton John’s Greatest Hits
  • 1975 A Night at the Opera – Queen
  • 1976 20 Golden Greats – Glen Campbell
  • 1977 Disco Fever – Various Artists
  • 1978 Grease – Original Soundtrack
  • 1979 Rod Stewart – Greatest Hits Vol. 1
  • 1980 Super Trouper – Abba
  • 1981 The Visitors – Abba
  • 1982 The John Lennon Collection – John Lennon
  • 1983 Now That’s What I Call Music – Various Artists
  • 1984 The Hits Album/The Hits Tape – 32 Original Hits – Various Artists
  • 1985 Now – The Christmas Album – Various Artists
  • 1986 Now That’s What I Call Music 8 – Various Artists
  • 1987 Now That’s What I Call Music 10 – Various Artists
  • 1988 Private Collection 1979-1988. – Cliff Richard
  • 1989 … But Seriously – Phil Collins
  • 1990 The Immaculate Collection – Madonna
  • 1991 Greatest Hits II – Queen
  • 1992 Cher’s Greatest Hits: 1965-1992
  • 1993 Bat Out of Hell II – Back Into Hell – Meat Loaf
  • 1994 Carry On Up the Charts – The Best of the Beautiful South
  • 1995 Robson & Jerome – Robson & Jerome
  • 1996 Spice – Spice Girls
  • 1997 Let’s Talk About Love – Celine Dion
  • 1998 Ladies & Gentlemen – The Best of George Michael
  • 1999 Come On Over – Shania Twain
  • 2000 1 – The Beatles
  • 2001 Swing When You’re Winning – Robbie Williams
  • 2002 Escapology – Robbie Williams
  • 2003 Life For Rent – Dido
  • 2004 Greatest Hits – Robbie Williams
  • 2005 Curtain Call – The Hits – Eminem
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