The Weirdest British Christmas Number Ones

Christmas number ones are always predictable, it's always either some resurrected Christmas song or the new X-Factor single. However sometimes, just sometimes, a Christmas miracle happens and some completely non-Christmas related song gets the top-spot, leaving the public bemused for a  couple of minutes until they get over it. Anyhow, here's a list of songs that got to number one at Christmas: 

Mr Blobby -
In 1993 Mr Blobby with 'Mr Blobby' was crowned Christmas number one. How this happened I have no idea, but I guess anything could have happened without the X-Factor. Written by the obviously talented Philip Raxster and produced by Paul Shaw and David Rogers, the single stayed in the charts for a total of three weeks at number one. 

Some critics have said that the single is the worst song ever written but all I can think of is that it is a great way to sum up the 90's. 

There is a link for the song here, but listen at your own peril:

The Spice Girls - 
From 1996 to 1998 The Spice Girls made it three years in a row getting Christmas number 1. This strange Spice Girls phenomena started in 1996 with 'Two Become One' then in 1997 with 'Too Much' and then finally in 1998 with 'Goodbye'.

If by any chance you need to find a relation with The Spice Girls and The Beatles, The Beatles are the only other band to make it to Christmas number 1 three times in a row.

Bob The Builder - 
In 2000 Bob The Builder with 'Can We Fix It' reached Christmas number 1, whether another bit of madness on the British public or a sudden boom of CD buying infants, Bob The Builder somehow made it to Christmas number one.

Other tracks in the charts that could have been Christmas number one in 2000 was Westlife with 'What Makes A Man' and Eminem with 'Stan'.

Rage Against The Machine - 
In 2009 as a result of a Facebook campaign, Rage Against The Machine with 'Killing In The Name Of' beat the X-Factor winner, Joe McElderry to top spot. 

Rage Against The Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha when speaking on Radio 1 said "It says more about the spontaneous action taken by young people throughout the UK to topple this very sterile pop monopoly", I don't think I could have said it better. 

I know it's a bit after Christmas, but it's been pretty busy. Hope you all had a good one!

Jonny Page


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