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Latest Christmas Number 1 Odds

Published: Dec 15, 4:09pm Last Updated: Dec 6, 1:44pm Specials 0 Comments 1048 Views

Christmas Number One 2021

  • The best betting sites are split, some have Elton John & Ed Sheeran as favourites, whilst others have LadBaby at the head of the Christmas Number 1 betting. 

  • It is rumoured that EJ & ES feature on the LadBaby video as they put aside Christmas Number One rivalry.  

  • The Have a Word Pod is into third favourite to become Christmas Number 1. 

Christmas No 1s 07 Dec @ 06:16 - Win Contest
LadBaby 1.80
Elton John & Ed Sheeran 1.91
Have A Word Pod 6.50
Ed Sheeran 11.00
Adele 13.00
Elton John 17.00
The Lathums 19.00
Mariah Carey 21.00
Abba 21.00
U2 21.00
Dua Lipa 26.00
Danny Malin 26.00
Taylor Swift 34.00
Michael Buble 34.00
Westlife 34.00
Elton John & Dua Lipa 34.00
Gary Barlow 34.00
Steve Steinman 34.00
Little Mix 41.00
Coldplay 41.00
Billie Eilish 51.00
Dermot Kennedy 51.00
Jesy Nelson 51.00
Justin Bieber 67.00
Sam Fender 81.00


Adele Image: marcen27 from Glasgow, UK, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Christmas Number One Betting Odds

Christmas Number One Betting Battle

The betting battle is always intense for the UK Christmas Number One single! 

Online Bookmakers create Christmas Number 1 Betting Odds, normally from mid-November.  

Christmas Number One Betting

LadBaby made it 3 in a row having now reached the top spot in 2018, 2019, 2020.

Artists, pluggers, managers, DJs all know the value of being top of the charts on the 25th of December.

This is despite actual sales of records having plummeted over the last 20 years. 

The official UK Top 40 chart is now compiled using a mixture of:

  • Vinyl Sales
  • Downloads
  • CD
  • Audio Streams
  • Video Streams

The top 40 including the UK Number 1 Christmas Single is then broadcast on the BBC and MTV. 

Anyone who wishes to be number 1 must-have their single available for downloads and sales by the final week before the 25th. 

Charity Singles

Six of the last 12 Christmas Number 1 singles have been raising money for charity.

Betting On The Christmas Number 1

You have the opportunity to bet on which artists and Christmas song will make it to the Number 1 spot.

Most major bookmakers are offering betting odds on Christmas Number 1 for 2021. 

So let's take a look at the type of bets you are likely to find. 

Next Christmas Number 1 Betting Markets

The most popular betting market is based on the artists and their songs. 

A list of potential artists will be provided and odds on their chances will be supplied, from those most likely to hit the top spot as well as the bigger priced wild cards.  

There could also be some more diverse number 1 markets available or you could ask your bookmaker for a price on a specific idea, such as. 

Christmas Number 1 Betting Market
Will LadBaby Make It 4 Christmas Number 1's In A Row
Will A Charity Single Be Christmas Number 1
Will A Group Or Solo Artist Be The Christmas Number 1
Will Abba Achieve Their First Christmas Number 1
Will A TV Advert Song Be Christmas Number 1
Will Cliff Richard Achieve His 5th Christmas Number 1

Betting sites can be quite creative when coming up with markets for these betting specials and may even open a market if they have enough requests from customers for a market they hadn't already considered.

Both the leading bookmakers and betting exchanges have Christmas Number odds, prices vary between different firms. 

It is advisable that you shop around amongst the best betting sites when you are ready to place a bet on the artists and songs you favour. 

How to Bet on the Christmas Number One

There is nothing complicated about betting on Christmas Number 1 it is a betting market like a list of horses or teams, just in this case you have artists and songs 

You simply need to go to your favourite betting app and head to the TV & Specials section in the menu. 

If you do not have an active online betting account, then head over to our betting sites section where you will see a list of bookmakers available in the UK, where have in depth reviews so you can see what other users think of them before deciding, or head over to the free bets page where you can see the list of welcome offers currently available from all UK betting sites.

Select A Bookmaker to bet on The Christmas Number One

If you don't have a currently active online betting app on your phone, take a look at the list of available bookmakers. Betway, Paddy Power, Betfair and Smarkets all have Christmas number 1 betting.

Click to see Free bets

Here you will see the option to look at the list of actors being offered as options to bet on.

  • All you need to do is click on your selection.
  • This will open up the bet slip, at which point you will see confirmation of the betting odds being offered
  • Now you choose your stake - most betting sites will show you how much you can expect to have returned if your prediction is correct.
  • If you are happy, simple hit, PLACE BET, to confirm your selection, stake, and bet.
  • You will be given a receipt for your bet and it will appear in your open bets in your account details.
  • Then it's just a matter of waiting to see who is finally chosen

Betting on the Christmas Number 1 on a Betting Exchange

Exchange Betting Available Review
Betfair Yes Read Review
Matchbook Yes Read Review
Smarkets Yes Read Review

The beauty of betting exchanges in long-term markets such as Christmas Number 1 is that you can back or back against a selection.  You can read more about how betting exchanges work in our extensive betting exchange guide.

Christmas Number 1 2009 - 2020

Below are the most recent artists and songs that made the Christmas Number One Spot.

For a complete list of Christmas number ones since 1952, head over to this Wiki page.

Year Christmas Number 1 Artist Sales
2020 Don't Stop Me Eatin LadBaby 158.000
2019 I Love Sausage Rolls LadBaby 93.000
2018 We Built This City LadBaby 75.000
2017 Ed Sheeran Perfect 85.000
2016 Clean Bandit Rockabye 57.000
2015 Lewisham& Greenwich NHS Choir A Bridge Over You 127.000
2014 Ben Haenow Something I Need 214.000
2013 Sam Bailey Skyscraper 149.000
2012 The Justice Collective He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother 269.000
2011 Military Wives With Gareth Malone Wherever You Are 556.000
2010 Matt Cardle When We Collide 440.000
2009 Rage Against The Machine Killing In The Name 500.000

Most Successful Christmas Number One Artists

The most successful act is The Beatles who have four Christmas number ones to their name, they were top of the charts for four of the five years between 1963 & 1967.

Their first Christmas number one was with 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' in 1963, they followed that with 'I Feel Fine' in 1964, 'Day Tripper' in 1965, and 'Hello, Goodbye' two years later in 1967.

In the '90s the Spice Girls also completed a hat-trick of Christmas number ones with '2 Become 1' in 1996, 'Too Much' in 1997, and 'Goodbye' in 1998.

Cliff Richard has been top of the Christmas charts four times, twice as a solo single, he also topped the charts with The Shadows in 1960 and was part of the second Band-Aid single in 1989.

Queen has topped the charts twice with Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975 and then also again in 1991 making it the only song to top the charts more than once.  

Sales of Bohemian Rhapsody make it the second-best-selling Christmas single of all time behind Band-Aid's Do They Know Its Christmas. 

And of course, LadBaby now rivals the Spice Girls with three Xmas Number 1 singles.

1963, 64, 65, 67 (4)
I Want To Hold Your Hand, I Feel Fine, Day Tripper/ We Can Work It Out, Hello Goodbye
1996, 97, 98. (3)
Spice Girls
2 Becomes 1, Too Much, Goodbye
2018, 19, 20 (3)
We Built This City, I Love Sausage Rolls, Don't Stop Me Eatin
1988, 90 (2)
Cliff Richard
Mistletoe And Wine, Saviours Day
1975, 91 (2)
Bohemian Rhapsody

Christmas Number One Charity Singles

Over the years we have seen plenty of novelty songs or charity songs land the prestigious title of being Christmas Number One. 

Since 2010 the following Christmas Numbers ones have supported charities. 

Year Christmas Number 1 Artist Charity
2020 Don't Stop Me Eatin LadBaby Trussell Trust
2019 I Love Sausage Rolls LadBaby Trussell Trust
2018 We Built This City LadBaby Trussell Trust
2015 A Bridge Over You Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir Highlighting NHS - Vat Donated By Government To Charity
2012 He A'Int Heavy He's My Brother Justice Collective Hillsborough Justice Campaign
2011 Wherever You Are Military Wives With Gareth Malone Royal British Legion - SSAFA Forces

Charity singles have always been popular, it's a time of the year for giving which always makes them sell plenty. 

Band-Aid is probably the most popular of those charity singles and one of the first to set the trend. 

First topping in the Christmas charts in 1984 with 'Do They Know It's Christmas' they returned in 1989 and also 2004 with the same song making it the most successful song in the Christmas charts.

However, we have seen plenty of good causes supported in recent years too, the Military Wives teamed up with Gareth Malone (Wherever You Are) to top the 2011 Christmas charts.

A year later, The Justice Collective (He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother) secured the Christmas number one spot, raising money for various charities supporting the Hillsborough disaster.

In 2015 we had the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir (A Bridge over You) land number one with the UK Government donating a portion of the sales to charity.

YouTube star LadBaby hit now the top spot three years in a row, always supporting food bank network The Trussell Trust. 

Christmas Top 5 Betting Odds (2021)

Christmas No 1s 07 Dec @ 06:16 - Win Contest
LadBaby 1.80
Elton John & Ed Sheeran 1.91
Have A Word Pod 6.50
Ed Sheeran 11.00
Adele 13.00

 Christmas Top 5 (2020)  

Position Artist  Song
 #1 LadBaby Don't Stop Me Eatin
#2 Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You
#3 WhamLast Christmas Last Christmas
#4 Jess Glynne This Christmas
#5 K**** Boris Johnson Is A ********** ***


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