It’s that time of year again - it’s time to defrost Michael Buble and Mariah Carey as the race for the Christmas number one rages on. Who will it be this year?
Currently, LadBaby look to be hot favourites in the betting odds. In 2022, they teamed up with money saving expert Martin Lewis to create their new festive single - ‘Food Aid’.
LadBaby, Mark and Roxanne Hoyle, are a musical duo who are known for their Christmas parody singles. The name was inspired by the couple’s first baby - Hoyle chose the name because he was a “lad” and he was having a baby.
They’ve produced several hit Christmas records in the recent past. They include ‘We Built This City on Sausage Rolls’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me Eatin’.
The Nottinghamshire couple are leading the pack by a considerable distance in the betting odds. According to Bet365, they are 1/10 to win the race.
Second favourites are the Sidemen and KSI, with their record ‘Christmas Drillings’ featuring hip-hop legend JME. At 6/1 with Bet365 however, they have a long way to go before they can hope to catch up with LadBaby.
The Pogues classic, Fairytale of New York, is third favourite. A Christmas time favourite, it has odds of 20/1 to reach number one with Bet365. SkyBet and Paddy Power have given it much shorter odds however - 10/1 and 9/1, respectively.
Of course, there’s plenty of other hopeful contenders in the running. Amongst them is Mr. Blobby, with “Boom! Boom! It’s Christmas Again”, a record to rival the likes of Stairway to Heaven and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Elsewhere, Lewis Capaldi has also thrown his hat in the ring for the race to number one. ‘Pointless’, which will feature on his upcoming studio album ‘Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent’, is 25/1 to reach number one at Christmas with Bet365.
WBC Heavyweight boxing champion, Tyson Fury, has also released a song with the intention of reaching Christmas number one. With a reworking of Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’, he’s been given odds of 10/1 by Paddy Power to punch out the competition and reach number one.
The official 2022 Christmas number one single will be revealed on The Official Chart Show with Jack Saunders on Friday December 23. The show will be broadcast live on BBC Radio One.