And Christmas Number One Goes To…

By on Sunday, 21st December 2008 at 11:46 pm

Jeff BuckleyIt’s that time of year again when the race to the top of the charts is at it’s most competitive. But who has managed to win this year’s festive contest to Christmas number one? Well, despite a considerable campaign to knock her off the top spot, X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke has still managed to claim the coveted position with her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.

Burke’s version sold over half a million copies this week, making it the fastest-selling single by a female solo artist, ever. Entering on download sales alone, the late Jeff Buckley (pictured right) followed closely behind Burke at number two with his version of the same iconic song. But which ‘Hallelujah’ do you prefer? Check out the videos to both versions, below!

Alexandra Burke –


Jeff Buckley –


Other vintage tracks experiencing a revival in this week’s chart battle include The Pogues and Kirsty Maccoll’s ‘Fairytale of New York’, reaching number twelve and Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ at seventeen. Here is the complete Christmas top twenty :

  1. Alexandra Burke : Hallelujah
  2. Jeff Buckley : Hallelujah
  3. Leona Lewis : Run
  4. Beyonce : If I Were A Boy
  5. Geraldine : Once Upon A Christmas Song
  6. James Morrison/Nelly Furtado : Broken Strings
  7. Kings Of Leon: Use Somebody
  8. Beyonce : Listen
  9. Take That : Greatest Day
  10. Britney Spears : Womanizer
  11. The Killers : Human
  12. The Pogues featuring Kirsty Maccoll : Fairytale of New York
  13. Bandaged : Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth
  14. Katy Perry : Hot ‘N’ Cold
  15. X Factor Finalists : Hero
  16. Alesha Dixon : The Boy Does Nothing
  17. Mariah Carey : All I Want For Christmas
  18. Akon : Right Now (Na Na Na)
  19. Girls Aloud : The Promise
  20. Beyonce : Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)

I personally was gunning for Status Quo’s track, ‘It’s Christmas Time’, but as you can see that didn’t even reach the top twenty (sigh..).

Meanwhile, Take That reached the top of the album charts this week with ‘The Circus’. The album reached the headlines this week after selling over a million copies in just eleven days. Consequently, the album has become the fastest-selling of the 21st century! Wowza! Certainly a record-breaking and generally exciting week for the music industry! Merry Christmas!

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3 Responses

8:01 pm
22nd December 2008

leonard cohen should be have been number 3

2:36 pm
23rd December 2008

You are being ironic of course Francesca. The only thing to be said about the Cohen version is that it makes Alexandra Burke sound good – which takes some doing!

12:07 pm
25th October 2009

Unfortunately Simon Cowell has created an elite section of the market that hardly anyone will be able to penetrate. Two weeks ago for example, Robbie Williams performed on X Factor and subsequently shifted around 90,000 copies of his single, usually this would be enough for a number one sport except Alexandra Burke performed afterwards. I understand that yes, people buy the sing as they like it, but it’s about the exposure.

I would be pretty shocked if Cheryl Cole didn’t claim the spot this Sunday.

There are a fair few Christmas songs written each year, the problem is that even if they are any good, they’re generally produced by smaller artists who have no real exposure, the last ‘big’ Christmas song I heard was by The Darkness, and loved it, because it rocked and for the pure tongue-in-cheek direction it was written in.

I’m going to plug this Christmas track rather shamelessly now as 1, it’s a ‘proper’ Christmas song, much like The Darkness’ effort and 2, because it’s by the unsigned band that I’m in. Hope you like it, and if so, spread the word, or share a link to the video.

The Library Suits – Christmas Retreat (will be released as a single later this year):

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