Christmas Number 1 2023 - Betting Odds and Info

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Every festive period we like to bet on who will be at No1 in the Charts on Xmas Day - Ladbaby have dominated, but who are you betting on for Christmas Number One 2023?

Christmas Number 1 2023 - Betting Odds and Info
Jake Ashton Senior News Editor

Jake is a Football and Entertainment betting expert, with a Man City season ticket and a deep knowledge of reality TV betting angles

No 2023 Xmas Number One for LadBaby

It has been announced that no attempt at another Christmas Number One record will be tabled by LadBaby in 2023, shaking up the betting leaving the Pogues as Odds on Favourite for top spot at a best priced 11/8 with BetFred

End of an Era: LadBaby's Christmas #1 Streak Paused, No Charity Sausage Rolls This Season 🥧🚫🎤

No 😔🎄 Christmas sausage rolls from LadBaby this year. They won't be rolling out a charity single, breaking their festive #1 streak. Time to bake your own? 🥧🎶

Betting Odds for Xmas #1 2023

Has it ever crossed your mind to spice up your festive season by making a bet on the UK's Christmas Number One record with a betting site

🎅🎄💰Bet on the UK Chart this festive season!

Check out our latest article for the ultimate guide to Christmas Number One Betting 2023! 🎵🎁

Our article unveils everything from the betting odds for Christmas #1 2023, to the most successful Christmas Number One artists, and an complete timeline of Christmas chart-toppers. Current Christmas #1 Betting

ArtisteOdds
The Pogues1/4
Wham!6/1
Mariah Carey10/1
The Beatles12/1
Sam Ryder12/1
Ed Sheeran7/1
JVKE10/1
Sidemen12/1

Christmas Number One Betting Odds Updated 30th November 2023

💥In 2022, LadBaby did the unimaginable - a 5th consecutive Xmas No.1! ⭐From 2018, they've blasted through records to become Britain's festive pop sensation. Ready to try your luck on this year's Christmas chart-topper? Check out our top tips for betting on the Xmas #1 spot! 🎅🎶

LadBaby's Five Consecutive Number 1's

2022 🎁 Do They Know It's Christmas 🎅 

2021 🌭 Sausage Rolls For Everyone 🎄 

2020 🚫 Don't Stop Me Eatin 🍴

2019 ❤️ I Love Sausage Rolls 🥳 

2018 🏗️ We Built This City 🏙️ 

There will never be another Ladbaby - When YouTubers became more significant in the Pop Charts than the Spice Girls and the Beatles. The wholesome family has now beaten every Christmas number-one record out of sight with a string of forgettable charity tunes based around sausage rolls!

Steve Madgwick - Entertainment Betting Specialist - OLBG.com

What is Betting On The Christmas Number 1

Many UK betting sites present hot odds on the Christmas chart's golden goose - the No.1 spot.

Typically the range of bets is limited to predicting the artist and tune. But, possibilities for other markets are available.

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. 

  • Will LadBaby Make It 6 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 customer requests for something they hadn't already considered.

How to Bet on the Christmas Number One

There is nothing complicated about betting on Christmas Number 1. You need to go to your favourite betting app and head to the TV & Specials section in the menu. 

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Baffled? Check our detailed reviews gleaned from fellow punters before your dive in. Or, strike gold with our 'free bets' page, boasting bountiful welcome offers from across all UK betting sites. 💰👀

Making a Bet on Christmas Number One

  1. Navigate to the specials Menu and Christmas Number 1 Betting
  2. Click on the odds of your selection
  3. This will open up the bet slip, at which point you will see confirmation of the betting odds being offered
  4. Now you choose your stake - most betting sites will show you how much you can expect to have returned if your prediction is correct.
  5. Confirm your selection, stake, and bet.
  6. You will be given a receipt for your bet, which will appear in your open bets in your account details.
  7. Then it's just a matter of waiting to see which song tops the chart.

Betting on the Christmas Number 1 on a Betting Exchange

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You can read more about how betting exchanges work in our extensive betting exchange guide.

Next Christmas Number One Betting News Diary Timeline

Brace yourselves as bookmakers unveil the golden odds for The Christmas Number One just as artists soundtrack your festive season! 🎵🎅

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Christmas Number One Betting Battle

In the UK, the race to the Christmas Number One has recently been dominated by LadBaby, but don't let that dampen the thrill! The honor of topping the charts on December 25th is a coveted prize, recognised by artists, managers, pluggers, and DJs alike. 🎵🏆

Even as record sales have taken a nosedive over the last two decades, the journey to the top spot remains complex yet fascinating.

Presently, the Official UK Top 40 chart📈 is a colourful cocktail of:

🎶 Vinyl Sales

💾 Downloads

💿 CD Sales

🎧 Audio Streams

🎥 Video Streams

This bubbling cauldron of data ultimately determines the Top 40, which includes the UK Number 1 Christmas Single, gleefully showcased on platforms like BBC and MTV.

Charting the Christmas No.1 Race! 🏁🎄

LadBaby might be Christmas No.1's big kahuna, but the race remains thrilling! 🚀 Despite shifting record sales, the UK Top 40 is a kaleidoscope of vinyl, downloads, CDs, audio & video streams! 📊🎧💿

Christmas Number 1 Sales Figures

Feast your eyes on the recent maestros and melodies that clinched the coveted Christmas Number One Spot. 🎵🎄

Notice the fascinating twist in the tale, as the advent of streaming services and their contribution to chart rankings signal a drop in conventional sales. Yet, in this twilight, an unexpected hero emerges - LadBaby, sparking a small but significant revival in sale figures! 💽🚀

For a complete list of Christmas number ones since 1952, scroll to the bottom of the page. 

YearChristmas Number 1ArtistSales
2022Do They Know It's ChristmasLadBabyTBC
2021Sausage Rolls For EveryoneLadBaby136.000
2020Don't Stop Me EatinLadBaby158.000
2019I Love Sausage RollsLadBaby93.000
2018We Built This CityLadBaby75.000
2017Ed SheeranPerfect85.000
2016Clean BanditRockabye57.000
2015Lewisham& Greenwich NHS ChoirA Bridge Over You127.000
2014Ben HaenowSomething I Need214.000
2013Sam BaileySkyscraper149.000
2012The Justice CollectiveHe Ain't Heavy He's My Brother269.000
2011Military Wives With Gareth MaloneWherever You Are556.000
2010Matt CardleWhen We Collide440.000
2009Rage Against The MachineKilling In The Name500.000


Most Successful Christmas Number One Artists

Before LadBaby's reign, The Beatles were Xmas chart conquerors with four No.1s! From 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' in '63 to the 'Hello, Goodbye' climax in '67. 🎵🍏

The '90s saw Spice Girls spice up Christmas thrice with chart-toppers like '2 Become 1'.🎤✌️

Quadruple winner, Cliff Richard, hit the top solo and with The Shadows, also lending vocals to Band-Aid's '89 relief single. 🎄💿

Double crown-holder, Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was the only song to be king twice, leading to being the second biggest Xmas single after Band-Aid's charity anthem. 👑🎵💰

🎵🇬🇧 Headline: Icons of Christmas No.1! 🎄🏆

From Beatles' 4-time win🎸 to Spice Girls' hat-trick🎤 through the 90s. Cliff Richard's solo & ensemble wins🎙️ to Queen's legendary Bohemian Rhapsody - the only song to hit No.1 twice!👑🤘 Sales only second to Band-Aid's festive anthem!📀

Years
Artist
Songs
2018, 19, 20, 21, 22 (5)
LadBaby
We Built This City, I Love Sausage Rolls, Don't Stop Me Eatin, Sausage Rolls For Everyone, Do They Know It's Christmas.
1963, 64, 65, 67 (4)
Beatles
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
1988, 90 (2)
Cliff Richard
Mistletoe And Wine, Saviours Day
1975, 91 (2)
Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody


Christmas Number One Charity Singles

Throughout the ages, many a novelty tune and charity anthem have basked in the festive glory of the Christmas Number One title. 🏆🎄 

Peek into these heart-warming charity-supporting hits that have jingled all the way to the top since 2010:🎶❤️⛄️

YearChristmas Number 1ArtistCharity
2022Do They Know It's ChristmasLadBabyTrussell Trust/Band Aid
2021Sausage Rolls For EveryoneLadBabyTrussell Trust
2020Don't Stop Me EatinLadBabyTrussell Trust
2019I Love Sausage RollsLadBabyTrussell Trust
2018We Built This CityLadBabyTrussell Trust
2015A Bridge Over YouLewisham & Greenwich NHS ChoirHighlighting NHS - Vat Donated By Government To Charity
2012He A'Int Heavy He's My BrotherJustice CollectiveHillsborough Justice Campaign
2011Wherever You AreMilitary Wives With Gareth MaloneRoyal 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 has supported the Trussell Trust. 

The Top 5 Songs at Christmas

There is more to the number 1 record itself, whoever carrys off the honour has to beat some stiff competition,.

We're putting the Christmas lights’ spotlight on a cherished Christmas tradition - the UK's Top 5 Festive Chart-toppers! Buckle up as we rewind and uncover the melodic merriments that made our last three Christmases swing and sparkle.🎶🌟

Notice how Wham have made it into the Xmas Top5 for the last three years consecutively! Will they beat LadBaby in 2023, with their classic Last Christmas?

Christmas Top 5 (2022)

PositionArtistSong
#1LadBabyDo They Know Its Christmas
#2WhamLast Christmas
#3SidemenChristmas Drillings
#4Mariah CareyAll I Want For Christmas Is You
#5Ed Sheeran & Elton JohnMerry Christmas


Christmas Top 5 (2021)

PositionArtistSong
#1LadBabySausage Rolls For Everyone
#2Ed Sheeran & Elton JohnMerry Christmas
#3WhamLast Christmas
#4Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You
#5K****Boris Johnson Is Still A F****** ****


Christmas Top 5 (2020)  

PositionArtist Song
 #1LadBabyDon't Stop Me Eatin
#2Mariah CareyAll I Want For Christmas Is You
#3WhamLast Christmas
#4Jess GlynneThis Christmas
#5K****Boris Johnson Is A ********** ***


Full List Of UK Christmas Number 1 Singles

Ready for a merry meander down memory lane? 📻🎄

Brace yourself for a festive roller coaster ride, as we unveil the chronicles of the UK's Christmas Number One records. From the moment the official music charts blossomed in 1952, this all-encompassing list guides you through a legacy of tunes that have warmed our hearts every yuletide season! 🎶🎅📜

Year Artist Song[34] Weeks at No. 1
1952 Al Martino "Here in My Heart" 9
1953 Frankie Laine "Answer Me" 8
1954 Winifred Atwell "Let's Have Another Party" 5
1955 Dickie Valentine "Christmas Alphabet" 3
1956 Johnnie Ray "Just Walkin' in the Rain" 7
1957 Harry Belafonte "Mary's Boy Child" 7
1958 Conway Twitty "It's Only Make Believe" 5
1959 Emile Ford and the Checkmates "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?" 6
1960 Cliff Richard and the Shadows "I Love You" 2
1961 Danny Williams "Moon River" 2
1962 Elvis Presley "Return to Sender" 3
1963 The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 5
1964 The Beatles "I Feel Fine" 5
1965 The Beatles "Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out" 5
1966 Tom Jones "Green, Green Grass of Home" 7
1967 The Beatles "Hello, Goodbye" 7
1968 The Scaffold "Lily the Pink" 4
1969 Rolf Harris "Two Little Boys" 6
1970 Dave Edmunds "I Hear You Knocking" 6
1971 Benny Hill "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)" 4
1972 Jimmy Osmond "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" 5
1973 Slade "Merry Xmas Everybody" 5
1974 Mud "Lonely This Christmas" 4
1975 Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" 9
1976 Johnny Mathis "When a Child Is Born (Soleado)" 3
1977 Wings "Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" 9
1978 Boney M. "Mary's Boy Child – Oh My Lord" 4
1979 Pink Floyd "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" 5
1980 St Winifred's School Choir "There's No One Quite Like Grandma" 2
1981 The Human League "Don't You Want Me" 5
1982 Renée and Renato "Save Your Love" 4
1983 The Flying Pickets "Only You" 5
1984 Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 5
1985 Shakin' Stevens "Merry Christmas Everyone" 2
1986 Jackie Wilson "Reet Petite" 4
1987 Pet Shop Boys "Always on My Mind" 4
1988 Cliff Richard "Mistletoe and Wine" 4
1989 Band Aid II "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 3
1990 Cliff Richard "Saviour's Day" 1
1991 Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" / "These Are the Days of Our Lives" 5
1992 Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" 10
1993 Mr Blobby "Mr Blobby" 3
1994 East 17 "Stay Another Day" 5
1995 Michael Jackson "Earth Song" 6
1996 Spice Girls "2 Become 1" 3
1997 Spice Girls "Too Much" 2
1998 Spice Girls "Goodbye" 1
1999 Westlife "I Have a Dream" / "Seasons in the Sun" 4
2000 Bob the Builder "Can We Fix It?" 3
2001 Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman "Somethin' Stupid" 3
2002 Girls Aloud "Sound of the Underground" 4
2003 Michael Andrews and Gary Jules "Mad World" 3
2004 Band Aid 20 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" 4
2005 Shayne Ward "That's My Goal" 4
2006 Leona Lewis "A Moment Like This" 4
2007 Leon Jackson "When You Believe" 3
2008 Alexandra Burke "Hallelujah" 3
2009 Rage Against the Machine "Killing in the Name" 1
2010 Matt Cardle "When We Collide" 3
2011 Military Wives with Gareth Malone "Wherever You Are" 1
2012 The Justice Collective "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" 1
2013 Sam Bailey "Skyscraper" 1
2014 Ben Haenow "Something I Need" 1
2015 Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir "A Bridge over You" 1
2016 Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie "Rockabye" 9
2017 Ed Sheeran "Perfect" 6
2018 LadBaby "We Built This City" 1
2019 LadBaby "I Love Sausage Rolls" 1
2020 LadBaby "Don't Stop Me Eatin'" 1
2021 LadBaby ft. Ed Sheeran and Elton John "Sausage Rolls for Everyone" 1
2022 LadBaby Do They Know Its Christmas 1
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