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A look back at every Christmas number one since 1980

Good times.

THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL about the Christmas number one. 

200 Source: Giphy

It means so much more than any other week of the year, and that’s potentially because it get revisited every year around this time. 

And with that in mind, we decided to look back through the musical archives at what everyone was bopping to in the years gone by.  

It’s been a fairly mixed bunch over the years with pretty much every genre making an appearance. And we can’t help but get nostalgic hearing some of these chart-toppers again. 

So, from Christmas classics to forgotten pop gems, we’d be very surprised if you didn’t remember the majority of these hits. 



1980 St Winifred’s School Choir – There’s No-one Quite Like Grandma

Source: TOTP from the 80s/YouTube


1981 ABBA – One of Us

Source: AbbaVEVO/YouTube



1982 Renee and Renato – Save Your Love

Source: fritz51316/YouTube


1983 Flying Pickets – Only You

Source: LotharZ/YouTube


1984 Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Source: PhoneixRising100/YouTube


1985 Dermot Morgan – Thank You Very Much Mr. Eastwood

Source: craigavonvideo/YouTube


1986 The Housemartins – Caravan of Love

Source: laserdisc70/YouTube


1987 The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York

Source: ThePoguesOfficial/YouTube


1988 Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine

Source: RHINO/YouTube


1989 Band Aid II – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Source: kamikatze07/YouTube


1990 Zig and Zag -The Christmas No.1

Source: Shane OB/YouTube


1991 Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are the Days of Our Lives

Source: Queen Official/YouTube


1992 Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You

Source: whitneyhoustonVEVO/YouTube


1993 Take That – Babe

Source: TakeThatVEVO/YouTube


1994 East 17 – Stay Another Day

Source: London Recordings/YouTube


1995 Boyzone – Father and Son

Source: BoyzoneVEVO/YouTube


1996 Spice Girls – 2 Become 1

Source: SpiceGirlsVEVO/YouTube


1997 Various artists for Children in Need – Perfect Day

Source: camnai50/YouTube


1998 Spice Girls – Goodbye

Source: SpiceGirlsVEVO/YouTube


1999 Westlife – I Have a Dream

Source: westlifeVEVO/YouTube


2000 Eminem – Stan

Source: EminemVEVO/YouTube


2001 Kate Winslet – What If

Source: ChrisHortonProds/YouTube


2002 Eminem – Lose Yourself

Source: msvogue23/YouTube


2003 Will Young – Leave Right Now

Source: willyoungVEVO/YouTube


2004 Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Source: Not Available on Youtube, Yet./YouTube


2005 Mario Rosenstock – Gift Grub/Leave Right Now

Source: Mario Rosenstock - Topic/YouTube


2006 Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This

Source: leonalewisVEVO/YouTube


2007 Leon Jackson – When You Believe

Source: twatpants111/YouTube


2008 Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah

Source: AlexandraburkeVEVO/YouTube


2009 Joe McElderry – The Climb

Source: JoeMcElderryVEVO/YouTube


2010 Matt Cardle – When We Collide

Source: MattCardleVEVO/YouTube


2011 Little Mix – Cannonball

Source: LittleMixXFVEVO/YouTube


2012 James Arthur – Impossible

Source: JamesAVEVO/YouTube


2013 Sam Bailey – Skyscraper

Source: SamBaileyMusicVEVO/YouTube


2014 Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Source: MarkRonsonVEVO/YouTube


2015 Justin Bieber – Love Yourself

Source: JustinBieberVEVO/YouTube


2016 Clean Bandit ft.Sean Paul and Anne-Marie – Rockabye

Source: Clean Bandit/YouTube


2017 Ed Sheeran – Perfect

Source: Ed Sheeran/YouTube

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