Sir Cliff Richard, Stormzy and football anthems are among the tracks in contention to secure the coveted Christmas number one single, according to the Official Charts Company.
First place over the festive period is always hotly contested, with this year’s race scheduled to start on December 16, with the news to be announced on December 23 on The Official Chart On Radio 1 with Jack Saunders.
YouTuber LadBaby, whose real name is Mark Hoyle, and his wife Roxanne, known as LadBaby Mum, made chart history last year after scoring the Christmas number one for the fourth year in a row, becoming the first musician to do so in the 70 years of the Official. Christmas graphic.
His novelty track, Sausage Rolls For Everyone, featured Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John and helped raise money for The Trussell Trust food banks.
The social media stars have yet to announce a new release, but if they return to defend their title and succeed, they will set another record as the act with the most number one Christmas singles in chart history.
However, they will face stiff competition if they enter the race with the number of new releases from world music superstars and a host of holiday classics.
Sir Cliff could have the chance to secure his fourth holiday hit with Heart Of Christmas, the lead single from his new album Christmas With Cliff.
Grime star Stormzy could also be in the running with his song Firebabe from his new record This Is What I Mean, as well as Sam Smith’s new original holiday song Night Before Christmas.
American superstar Taylor Swift, who has her single Anti-Hero on the way for a fifth consecutive week at the top of the charts, could also have a shot by releasing an acoustic version of Anti-Hero.
David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and rock band The Lightning Seeds are also back with a reimagining of their hit Three Lions that has earned them four number one hits since its 1996 release.
Their latest song Three Lions (It’s Coming Home For Christmas) references the Lionesses’ victory at Women’s Euro 2022 this summer and the World Cup in Qatar.
There have also been other re-releases of popular hits sung at football matches, including by Liverpool band The Farm who are releasing a remix 12″ color vinyl single of their 1990 hit All Together Now and Sweet Caroline of boxer Tyson Fury who could climb the charts
DJ Joel Corry’s football song Lionheart (Come On England), featuring English singer-songwriter Tom Grennan, has climbed up the official singles chart for the past four weeks.
Former English footballer Peter Crouch has also teamed up with Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts for his album Crouchy Conducts The Classics in aid of LGBT+ charity Stonewall, which could see one of his hits rise to the top.
Meanwhile, Isle of Wight singer Liam Hodge has also released his single World Cup For Christmas.
The Half Timers, which is donating 100% of its profits to FareShareUK, for the Coming Home For Christmas football anthem is also gaining some traction, the chart-topping company said.
The Official Charts Company said Only You by Becky Hill, Tik Tok starring JVKE golden hour, Made You Look by Meghan Trainor, A Million Dreams by Ravi Adelekan And Friends, Seat At The Table by The Vamps and Come On Home For Christmas by George Ezra, among others. , could also be in dispute.
It could also be the return of holiday classics like Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You and Wham!’s Last Christmas.
The official Christmas 2022 number 1 race starts on December 16 and ends on December 22.
The Official Christmas Number One will be revealed on the Official Radio 1 List with Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1 on December 23rd from 4pm