The Farce That Is Christmas Number One

As the name suggests, Christmas number ones are a farce. Simple really. Technically speaking for a song to be even considered for a Christmas number one it should be fairly festive, this however is not the case. In reality Christmas number one will go to the artist who has been promoted the most over the past month. This then should mean that the Christmas number one is pointless, as it is just the same as any old number one.

In an ideal world the fight for Christmas number one should comprise of artists promoting their own Christmas song, then we’d see who has more talent. For someone to write a good Christmas song at all it a fairly difficult task, but to fend off other competitors and win a ‘prize’ as it were is something else.

This however will never happen, instead the number one single over the festive period is just a marketing ploy.

The past 10 years of Christmas number one singles:

1998: Spice Girls – Goodbye
1999: Westlife I Have A Dream/Seasons in the Sun
2000: Bob The Builder – Can We Fix It?
2001: Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman – Somethin’ Stupid
2002: Girls Aloud – Sound Of The Underground
2003: Michael Andrews & 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

Over the past 10 years there has been one song related to Christmas and that was a re-release from 20 years before.

From 2005-2007 the X-Factor has dominated the Christmas #1 spot, and only one of those acts has actually made a success of themselves. Leon Jackson and Shayne Ward haven’t really took off in the music world and I doubt they ever will.  2002 also went to reality TV, this time in the guise of Popstars: The Rivals. Girls Aloud have become great successes in the pop world but no-one can call Sound Of The Underground a festive song at all. The previous year Robbie and Miss Kidman took the number one spot with another non-seasonal song. The video however was in the Christmas spirit, but that’s it.

So, in the past 10 years of Christmas number ones there has been only one song related to this time of year and one music video. Is there any point in including the word Christmas any more? Should it just be ‘number one on 25th December’?

The whole idea has just become pointless, this is the only time of year that Cliff Richard should be allowed to release a song…at least he knows what to sing about.


One Response to The Farce That Is Christmas Number One

  1. Rob says:

    Along with a group of other people, I have been campaigning go get the X Factor off number one by purchasing “Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up”. It’s not exactly festive but we are trying to prove a point.

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