Despite missing last week’s coveted official Christmas No. 1 single for LadBaby’s Food Aid, Andrew Ridgeley and the late great George Michael have delivered a fantastic rebound, with their Christmas classic now the final No. 1 single of 2022.
Last Christmas rockets back to the top spot with over 79,000 combined card units. It is also once again the UK’s most-streamed song of the week.
Also rebounding today are Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (2) and Ed Sheeran & Elton John’s Merry Christmas (3).
Two Christmas classics prove they resonate with charts old and new; Brenda Lee’s 1962 hit Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree reaches its highest ever peak (4), while Bobby Helms posthumously achieves a Top 10 entry (and his first ever) with Jingle Bell Rock (7).
Stormzy’s Firebabe jumps up five places again to peak again at No. 5, now the highest-grossing non-Christmas song in the UK (and the only one to appear in the Top 10 this week).
To join in the year-end fun, we have several songs rising in the Top 10; Michael Bublé’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas rebounds, up five (6), Lizzo achieves third UK Top 10 single with Amazon Music Original Someday At Christmas (8), The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl’s Fairytale of New York rises (9), as does Andy Williams’ It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of Year (10).
Kelly Clarkson is also having a big week; Underneath The Tree hits a new high (12) this week, cementing its status as a modern Christmas staple, while her Ariana Grande team Santa Can’t You Hear Me also re-enters the Top 40 to reach a new all-time high (34).
As expected, Christmas carols dominate the Top 40 this week, with 34 places on the chart taken by the festive anthems. Those emerging are: Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me (14), Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone (15), Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas (16), Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime (17), Elton John’s Step Into Christmas (18) , Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (19), Dean Martin’s Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! (20), Feliz Navidad by Jose Felicano (21), The Ronette’s Sleigh Ride (22), Michael Bublé’s second single Holly Jolly Christmas (23), John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Plastic Band featuring Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (24) , Leona Lewis’ One More Sleep (25) and Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody (26).
Also on the rise: Sia’s Snowman (28), Darlene Love’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (29), Justin Bieber’s Mistletoe (30), Frank Sinatra’s cover of Let It Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! (33), The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole (35), Christmas Lights by Coldplay (36), and White Christmas by Bing Crosby (39).
Finally, Michael Jackson & The Jackson Five’s Santa Claus Is Coming To Town re-enters the UK Top 40 for the first time in four years (40).