Sir Cliff Richard, Stormzy and football anthems are among the songs vying for number one during the coveted Christmas season, according to the Official Charts Company.
The top spot during the festival period is always hotly contested, with this year’s race set to kick off on December 16 – with news to be announced on December 23 on the Official Radio Leaderboards 1 With Jack Saunders.
YouTuber LadBaby, whose real name is Mark Hoyle and his wife Roxanne, known as LadBaby Mum, made chart history last year after hitting number one at Christmas for the fourth year. consecutively, becoming the first musician to do so in the Official Christmas Chart’s 70 years.
Their novelty track, Sausage Roll for Everyone, featured Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John and helped raise funds for food banks The Trussell Trust.
The social media stars have yet to announce a new release, but if they return to defend their title and succeed, they will set another record as artists with the most Christmas number-one singles. the highest in chart history.
However, they will face stiff competition if they join the race for new releases from global music superstars and a slew of holiday classics.
Sir Cliff may have a chance at his fourth festival chart-topping spot with Heart Of Christmas, the lead single from his newly released album Christmas With Cliff.
The Grime Stormzy star could also spark controversy with his track Firebabe from his new record This Is What I Mean, as well as Sam Smith’s original new carnival tune Night Before Christmas.
American superstar Taylor Swift, whose single Anti-Hero topped the charts for the fifth consecutive week, also had a chance to join when she released an acoustic version of Anti-Hero.
David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and rock band The Lightning Seeds are also back with a reimagining of the hit Three Lions that has earned them four number one hits since its release in 1996.
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Their latest song Three Lions (It’s Coming Home For Christmas) refers to the Lions’ victory at this summer’s Euro 2022 Women’s Football Championship and the World Cup in Qatar.
There are also other re-releases of popular hits sung at football matches, including Liverpool band The Farm which is releasing a 12-inch remix color vinyl single of the 1990 hit. All Together Now and Sweet Caroline by boxer Tyson Fury. chart.
DJ Joel Corry’s football song Lionheart (Come On England), which features British singer-songwriter Tom Grennan, has charted on the Official Singles Chart for the past four weeks.
Former England footballer Peter Crouch has also teamed up with Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts for their album Crouchy Conducts The Classics to support LGBT+ charity Stonewall. This album could see one of their hits hit the top.
Meanwhile, Isle of Wight singer Liam Hodge also released the single World Cup For Christmas.
Half Timers, who are donating 100% of their profits to FareShareUK, for the soccer song Coming Home For Christmas are also getting some traction, the ratings company said.
The Official Charts Company says Only You by Becky Hill, “Tik Tok” starring JVKE primetime, Made You Look by Meghan Trainor, A Million Dreams by Ravi Adelekan And Friends, The Vamps’ Seat At The Table and Come On Home George Ezra’s For Christmas, among others, can also be controversial.
It could also be a return to carnival classics like Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You and Wham’s Last Christmas!.
The official No. 1 race for Christmas 2022 starts on December 16 and ends on December 22.
Official Christmas Number One will be revealed on the Official Chart On Radio 1 With Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1 on December 23 from 4pm.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/sir-cliff-richard-stormzy-and-football-anthems-could-get-christmas-number-one-42174579.html Sir Cliff Richard, Stormzy and football anthems could take the number one spot at Christmas