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Copies sold - 200,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 1. Song length - 4:55. Weeks at number 1 - 1

Cliff Richard

Saviour's Day

1990 was the year Cliff Richard scored his second solo Christmas number one. However, this song does tend to leave fans divided, with some considering it a hit while others dismiss it as plain annoying.

This single marked Cliff Richard's 100th UK Top 40 hit.

Copies sold - 2,500,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 6. Song length - 5:57. Weeks at number 1 - 5

Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody

Written and performed by the legendary Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody first appeared on Queen's 1975 album A Night at the Opera. The six minute track became the only record to top the Christmas charts twice, the first time in 1975 and the second in 1991.

Bohemian Rhapsody marked Queen's first Top 10 US hit. The song had already topped the UK charts for nine weeks.

Copies sold - 1,620,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 16. Song length - 4:31. Weeks at number 1 - 10

Whitney Houston

I Will Always
Love You

Whitney Houston originally recorded this cover version of Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You for the soundtrack of the film The Bodyguard.

The track led to a collection of awards including Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and also went on to win the Soul Train Music Award.

Copies sold - 600,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 1. Song length - 3:34. Weeks at number 1 - 2

Mr Blobby

Mr Blobby

This novelty number was performed by inexplicable 90s icon Mr Blobby on the popular TV programme Noel's House Party. The song topped and slid back down the charts several weeks before Christmas, but climbed back up in time to be the official number one.

An MTV critic once accused Mr Blobby of trying to 'kill music with what might be the worst song of all time.'

Copies sold - 1,235,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 5. Song length - 4:29. Weeks at number 1 - 5

East 17

Stay Another Day

This song can usually be found on Christmas hits compliations to this day, immortalising East 17 for their 90s hairstyles and white puffa jackets. This was the only time the band achieved a number one hit in the UK.

This song was used by Doritos for a Christmas advert in 2013: it was played by a mariachi band featuring a cameo from band member Tony Mortimer.

Copies sold - 1,235,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 7. Song length - 6:45. Weeks at number 1 - 6

Michael Jackson

Earth Song

Michael Jackson's iconic ballad Earth Song became the chart topper for 1995, though it wasn't his first eco-conscious hit. Before Earth Song came We Are the World, Man in the Mirror, and Heal the World. The track incorporates elements of gospel, blues and opera.

This hit single was performed for the first time on German celebrity game show Wanna Bet? in November 1995.

Copies sold - 2,227,500. Number of countries at number 1 - 3. Song length - 4:05. Weeks at number 1 - 3

Spice Girls

2 Become 1

Inspired by the relationship developing between Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell and songwriter Matt Rowe, 2 Become 1 was written by the entire group, with help from Rowe himself and Richard Stanard.

The single went on to be released in the US in July 1997. It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a gold certification from the RIAA.

Copies sold - 665,200. Number of countries at number 1 - 2. Song length - 4:31. Weeks at number 1 - 2

Spice Girls

Too Much

The Spice Girls second consecutive Christmas number one, Too Much, was written by the group members alongside Paul wilson and Andy Watkins. The song was written and recorded at the same time production was taking place on the set of the movie, Spice World.

This track was the Spice Girls' second consecutive UK Christmas number one hit.

Copies sold - 600,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 4. Song length - 4:47. Weeks at number 1 - 1

Spice Girls

Goodbye

Goodbye became the first Spice Girls song to be recorded without the vocals of Geri Halliwell, and the third year that the Spice Girls topped the Christmas charts.

This track became the Spice Girls' third consecutive UK Christmas number one hit - tying them with The Beatles who also achieved three.

Copies sold - 650,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 2. Song length - 4:06. Weeks at number 1 - 4

Westlife

I Have a Dream

Twenty years after the original release, Westlife covered ABBA's I Have a Dream, becoming the group's fourth UK number-one single.

The song was re-recorded as part of the UNICEF fundraising campaign. The track included additional vocals by Indonesian child singer Sinna Sherina Munaf. The track went on to sell over 650,000 copies, achieving a Platinum Sales Certification.

Copies sold - 1,000,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 2. Song length - 3:09. Weeks at number 1 - 3

Bob the Builder

Can We Fix It?

Following the success of the Mr Blobby song, children's TV character Bob the Builder released his own original track, Can We Fix It?

Can We Fix it? Was the biggest selling single in 2000 with over 853,000 sold in that year.

Copies sold - 366,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 4. Song length - 2:50. Weeks at number 1 - 3

Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman

Somethin' Stupid

The song became Robbie Williams' first Christmas number-one single in the United Kingdom and fifth Number 1 as a featured artist.

The single became the 30th best-selling song of 2001 in the UK.

Copies sold - 679,770. Number of countries at number 1 - 2. Song length - 3:41. Weeks at number 1 - 4

Girls Aloud

Sound Of The Underground

The debut single by all-female pop group Girls Aloud topped the Christmas charts in 2002, following their appearance on the ITV show Popstars: The Rivals.

The single was voted by Disney Channel viewers as the best of 2001-2013 at the Kids Awards.

Copies sold - 699,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 3. Song length - 3:06. Weeks at number 1 - 3

Michael Andrews & Gary Jules

Mad World

This iconic cover by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules was recorded 20 years after the song's' initial release. Its success can be attributed to its feature on the soundtrack of Donnie Darko.

This surprise chart topper of 2003 managed to fend off The Darkness and Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne's releases.

Copies sold - 1,182,886. Number of countries at number 1 - 5. Song length - 5:07. Weeks at number 1 - 4

Band Aid 20

Do They Know It's Christmas?

First released in 1984, Do They Know it's Christmas? was recorded for the third time in 2004 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the track.

The idea of a re-release of Do They Know It's Christmas? was originally prompted by Chris Martin of Coldplay, with Bob Geldof and Midge Ure both quickly becoming involved.

Copies sold - 1,100,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 2. Song length - 3:40. Weeks at number 1 - 4

Shayne Ward

That's My Goal

Following his X-Factor win, Shayne Ward's debut winner's single That's My Goal topped the Christmas charts in 2005. This started something of a trend for Christmas number ones.

The song stayed at Number One for 4 weeks and received a platinum award by the British Phonographic Industry.

Copies sold - 914,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 2. Song length - 4:17. Weeks at number 1 - 4

Leona Lewis

A Moment Like This

Leona Lewis's debut winner's single was rush-released in order to ensure sales prior to Christmas day. The series 3 winner covered this Kelly Clarkson hit that went on to top the Christmas charts.

In 2007, this was shortlisted for the Best British Single at the BRIT awards. It made the second round but was later eliminated before the final selection. However it did win a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Best Selling British Single.

Copies sold - 506,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 2. Song length - 4:16. Weeks at number 1 - 3

Leon Jackson

When You Believe

X-Factor winner's singles topping the Christmas charts became a running theme for a number of years. Series 4 winner, Leon Jackson, was no exception. The digital copy of his single was available to download from midnight directly after the final results show.

This hit single finished 2007 as the fourth highest-selling single in the UK of that year, remaining at number one into 2008.

Copies sold - 1,291,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 2. Song length - 3:39. Weeks at number 1 - 3

Alexandra Burke

Hallelujah

Alexandra Burke released her version of the Leonard Cohen song Hallelujah following her victory on series 5 of The X-Factor, reaching the number one spot on 21st December.

This song was chosen as the winner's debut single by Simon Cowell after he observed the reaction when it was performed on American Idol. The single's release saw it topping the US iTunes charts.

Copies sold - 502,672. Number of countries at number 1 - 1. Song length - 5:14. Weeks at number 1 - 1

Rage Against The Machine

Killing in the Name

Following a successful Facebook campaign to prevent The X-Factor dominating yet another year at the top spot, this single became the first to reach Christmas number one by downloads alone.

The battle for the Christmas number one stirred up a lot of controversy in this year. Guitarist Tom Morello said that achieving the number one position would be "a wonderful dose of anarchy", in contrast to Simon Cowell's more cynical outlook where he branded the campaign 'stupid'.

Copies sold - 1,010,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 2. Song length - 3:43. Weeks at number 1 - 3

Matt Cardle

When We Collide

The X-Factor returned to the top position in 2010 with Matt Cardle's cover of the Biffy Clyro song Many of Honour, though it was retitled to When We Collide.

As well as topping the UK Christmas charts, this single sold 439,000 copies in its first six days.

Copies sold - 600,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 1. Song length - 2:51. Weeks at number 1 - 1

Military Wives with Gareth Malone

Wherever
You Are

Performed by the Military Wives Choir from Chivenor and Plymouth, Wherever You Are was written by Paul Mealor and conducted by Gareth Malone.

The single raised over £500,000 for charity, which The Military Wives Choir presented to the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

Copies sold - 269,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 1. Song length - 4:33. Weeks at number 1 - 1

The Justice Collective

He Ain't Heavy,
He's My Brother

This re-release of hit track He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother was performed by a collection of talented artists under the name The Justice Collective. The track aimed to raise money for charities associated with the Hillsborough disaster.

Multiple copies of the CD were purchased by Liverpool residents in support of its cause. One man bought 96 copies, one for each of the supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy.

Copies sold - 310,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 2. Song length - 3:40. Weeks at number 1 - 1

Sam Bailey

Skyscraper

In 2013 The X-Factor made another comeback with its winner Sam Bailey, releasing a cover of Skyscraper by Demi Lovato.

100% of the profits from the sale of the CD were donated equally between Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Together For Short Lives.

Copies sold - 501,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 2. Song length - 3:46. Weeks at number 1 - 1

Ben Haenow

Something I Need

Maintaining its grip on the Christmas number one, The X-Factor topped the charts with winner Ben Haenow. His cover of Something I Need marked the sixth Christmas chart topper for the show.

The CD also featured recordings of Haenow's best moments during his time on The X-Factor, which included his covers of Highway to Hell, Man in the Mirror and Jealous Guy.

Copies sold - 127,000. Number of countries at number 1 - 1. Song length - 4:10. Weeks at number 1 - 1

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

A Bridge Over You

Released by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, A Bridge Over You is a mash-up of Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel, and Coldplay's Fix You.

The NHS choir single managed to beat Justin Bieber to the number one slot, with the Canadian superstar showing his own support for the charity single by urging his 73 million Twitter followers to purchase it.

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