Festive favourites make a run as race for Christmas Number One heats up

Festive favourites make a run as race for Christmas Number One heats up

Christmas songs have been performing better this year in the charts and betting markets than ever before.

The race for the 2017 Christmas Number One is heating up and this year there is more chance of a Christmas song landing the top spot than any other year, since 2012.

As we approach the festive season this time around, there are five Christmas songs in the top 25, from the latest chart announcement on 8th December. Wham! are an obvious choice for many people in the UK and still have a good chance of being Christmas Number One in what would be a fitting tribute to George Michael, who of course died on Christmas Day last year.

‘Last Christmas’ has been in the charts in December across all four of the five years and is currently sixth in the Official Top 40.

Mariah Carey's ‘All I want for Christmas is You’ is another classic that has made it into the top 40 across all five years at this stage in December, with this year being her highest position at number five.

Cited by many as their favourite Christmas song, The Pogues' ‘Fairytale of New York’ is another that consistently re-enters the charts at this time of year and 2017 is no exception.

Crooned by Shane McGowan, the classic festive hit has been the most consistent of the three over the years, never dipping lower than the Top 20 in our timeframe. They're currently at number ten as it stands.

Second Week of December Chart Position 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Marah Carey 5 6 13 16 14
Wham 6 19 27 36 N/A
Pogues - Fairytale of New York 10 16 20 11 16

The current odds reflect those chart positions, with Wham! and Mariah Carey in with a realistic chance of being awarded the coveted number one spot on 22nd December.

Although Ed Sheeran and Beyonce have been leading the market since announcing their duet for the ginger singer-songwriter’s smash hit Perfect, Last Christmas was the clear favourite at 5/4 prior to the star duo’s release. Those odds have since lengthened to 5/1 but have been cut to 9/2 today with money coming back in for the classic Christmas tune over the last couple of days.

Although Mariah Carey and The Pogues are both performing better than in previous years, it's because of the odds-on ‘Perfect’ duet that means they are best priced 9/1 and 100/1 despite currently featuring so prominently

Best Odds 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Marah Carey - All I Want for Christmas is You 9/1 25/1 200/1 100/1 100/1
Wham 9/2 100/1 N/A N/A N/A
Pogues - Fairytale of New York 100/1 25/1 100/1 25/1 100/1