Christmas chart-toppers

Candy Bellinger

The race to get to the top of the charts for Christmas 2009 is on. Currently, the competition includes Susan Boyle, George Michael, Rolf Harris and of course the X Factor winner's single, but it's not yet clear who will get that coveted No. 1 spot. Here's a look through past chart-toppers, as a reminder of Christmases' past.

Top Christmas number 1 searches:

  1. Cliff Richard Mistletoe and Wine

  2. Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics

  3. Band Aid 20

  4. Slade Christmas song

  5. Christmas Number One

  6. Saviour's Day

  7. Hallelujah lyrics

  8. Christmas pop songs

  9. Christmas music

  10. Silent Night

St Winifred's School Choir - There's No One Quite Like Grandma
And they're back. This year, the Christmas No. 1 sung by the little angels is being re-released. So expect syrupy renditions of 'There's No One Quite Like Grandma' as backing music to your Crimbo shopping.

Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
This broke records for all the right reasons. The best-selling charity single sold over three million copies, making it the best-selling Christmas No. 1 ever.

Queen (and The Muppets!) - Bohemian Rhapsody
Topped the charts again in 1991, due to lead singer Freddie Mercury's early death. This was another chart-topper, being the third biggest selling UK single of all time, and was remembered for its groundbreaking video and operatic style. And it could be No. 1 this year, as support from Facebook groups is growing to get 'The Muppets' version of Bohemian Rhapsody released as a Christmas single. With over 9 million hits on YouTube, it's not an unlikely scenario.

The Spice Girls - 2 Become 1, Too Much, and Goodbye
From 1996-1998, The Spice Girls had three Christmas No. 1 hits in a row, mimicking the success of The Beatles back in the 1960s (though The Beatles did manage a 4th Christmas No. 1).

Mr Blobby - Mr Blobby
It can't get much worse than this. A pink "blobby" character from a Noel Edmond's TV show wobbling around to an electronic backing track. It's what Christmas records shouldn't be about, but unfortunately often are.

What are you hoping to be top of the charts this year? Do you think it even makes a difference to anyone anymore? Leave a comment and tell us what you think about Christmas Number Ones.