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Christmas songs dominate this week’s singles chart, with Mariah Carey on course for number one

By | Published on Monday 7 December 2020

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With people already playing more Christmas music earlier in the year than usual this year, the UK singles chart looks set to be 80% festive this week, as people attempt to inject some joy into the shitshow that is 2020. As a result, Mariah Carey and Wham are currently battling it out for a ‘premature Christmas’ number one.

The Official Charts Company published data in mid-November showing that sales and streams of festive tunes were already up 51% compared to the same point in 2019. Now, more than two weeks away from the big day, everyone seems to have gone full turkey, listening to nothing but Christmas music all the livelong day.

In early data for this Friday’s chart, the only artists with non-festive tracks in the top ten are Ariana Grande and Little Mix. And with those artists who are actually hoping to be the real Christmas number one this year all holding their releases back until 18 Dec – in the hope of being at the top of the chart on Christmas Day – what we have right now is pretty much all Christmas classics, Jess Glynne offering up the only new track.

Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is currently on course for number one, followed by Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’. Current number one, ‘Positions’ by Ariana Grande, looks set to fall seven places to make room for all these yuletide tunes, including ‘Fairytale Of New York’ at number four.

With three more Christmas songs rising up the top 20, it’s not impossible that we could have a fully festive top ten two weeks before the 25th. Here’s the top ten as it currently stands:

1. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
2. Wham – Last Christmas
3. Jess Glynne – This Christmas
4. The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York
5. Justin Bieber – Rockin Around The Christmas Tree
6. Shakin Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
7. Ariana Grande – Positions
8. Elton John – Step Into Christmas
9. Band Aid – Do They Know Its Christmas
10. Little Mix – Sweet Melody