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Christmas Number 1 Outright Odds: Wham! head the betting for festive chart-topper

The race for the Christmas Number 1 spot in the UK's official charts is a fine festive tradition and some familiar contenders are likely to be in the mix in 2023.

The first ever Christmas Number 1 record was Al Martino's 'Here in My Heart' in 1952 but more recently the yuletide chart has been dominated by a series of charity singles from LadBaby.

UK Christmas Number 1 Single 2023 Outright Odds

Sam Ryder5/1
The Pogues13/2
Creator Universe16/1
Mariah Carey25/1
Noah Kahan25/1

Wham! - 2/7

36 years after it was released, Wham!'s Last Christmas finally topped the UK singles chart for the first time in 2021, although it missed out on the illustrious Christmas Number One to LadBaby.

It had previously peaked at Number Two, having been kept off the top spot by Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ which coincidentally included Wham!'s George Michael.

Sam Ryder - 5/1

Sam Ryder is gathering momentum in the race for Christmas Number One with his song 'You're Christmas To Me' from Amazon Prime film Your Christmas or Mine 2.

The success of Ryder's single is staggering considering it is only available to stream via Amazon Music, making it impossible to find on Spotify or Apple.

The Pogues - 13/2

After the announcement that LadBaby will not release a new single to challenge for the most important chart-topper of the year, The Pogues have been installed as 1/4 favourites to land their first Christmas Number One.

The festive classic 'Fairytale of New York' is the UK's most-played Christmas song of the 21st century and with the news of Shane MacGowan's passing, the iconic song is strongly supported.

Creator Universe - 16/1

After online duo LadBaby decided they would not release a 2023 Christmas single to spell an end of a run which saw them scoop the Christmas Number One in five consecutive years since 2018, TikTok group Creator Universe appear to have filled their void in the social media sphere.

A collection of 30 of the UK's top TikTok stars have teamed together to record a version of 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' for charity.

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