Natalie’s Top 5 Christmas Number Ones
In the U.K., the race for Christmas number one was once a fiercely contested chart battle. Come December, record companies would be shoving front-running songs down the necks of radio stations, their respective artists recording putrid festive music videos for the screen. I distinctly recall sitting down in a Santa hat to watch Top of the Pops, waiting to find out who had won. There have been some true gems over the years, and these are my favourites.
1. Spice Girls “2 Become 1”
Literally the sound of my childhood. At age 21, I’ve literally only just got the euphemism.
2. 2001 – Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman “Somethin’ Stupid”
When Nicole Kidman was still married to Tom Cruise and riding the wave of Moulin Rouge success, and before Robbie Williams got fat.
3. 2002 – Girls Aloud “Sound of the Underground”
It’s probably a good thing that most of America has no idea who these girls are. Girls Aloud were the peak (or pit) of reality TV, matching outfits and choreographed dance moves.
4. 2004 – Band Aid 20 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
There’s nothing like a bit of super-group charity song action to get people in the festive spirit. Featuring U.K. talent like Bono, Chris Martin and Dizzee Rascal, this song also historicises the since-forgotten Sugababes, Jamelia and Dido. Spot Thom Yorke on the keys at 0.59!
5. 2009 – Rage Against the Machine “Killing in the Name Of”
Perhaps the most unlikely band to ever become Christmas number one, Rage topped the charts after a successful Facebook group campaign, of which I was most definitely a member.