UK Top 10 Singles 12-23-16 – 12-29-16 (Christmas Edition)
1 – ROCKABYE – CLEAN BANDIT WITH SEAN PAUL AND ANNE MARIE – B
2 – HUMAN – RAG’N’BONE MAN – B
3 – JUST HOLD ON – LOUIS TOMLINSON & STEVE AOKI
4 – TOUCH – LITTLE MIX – C+
5 – ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU – MARIAH CAREY – A
6 – I WOULD LIKE – ZARA LARSSON – B
7 – STARBOY – WEEKND FT DAFT PUNK – A
8 – WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AROUND – MATT TERRY – C-
9 – SAY YOU WON’T LET GO – JAMES ARTHUR – C
10 – BLACK BEATLE – RAE SREMMURD – A-
Comment: meet the Christmas Edition of the UK singles charts, same as the every other damn week charts. The only standard Christmas single fare is X Factor’s Matt Terry’s terrible track, everything else here is just average to bad but not a Christmas spectacular. If you think this doesn’t matter you haven’t see “Love Actually”. The Christmas song is a big deal, so big they have broken it through overreach.Gone is the Rage Against The Machine, teach X Factor a letter, where a true rebellion by the audience in 2009, had RATM’s “Killing In The Name” beat out Joe McElderry’s “The Climb”. Then came all the charity songs, here I quote from the Official Charts website:
“Rangers football fans delivered the highest-charting ‘campaign’ this week, pushing Glad All Over by The Dave Clark Five back into the Official Chart in support of striker Joe Garner, following their 2-1 win over Hamilton last weekend. Glad All Over originally topped the Official Singles Chart back in 1963, toppling The Beatles’ I Wanna Hold Your Hand.
Inspiral Carpets fans helped the Manchester band’s 1994 hit Saturn 5 to its first chart appearance (48) in nearly 23 years, in tribute to drummer Craig Gill who sadly passed away last month. Read our interview with the campaigners here.
London Hospices Choir – a team of volunteers and staff from 18 hospices across London debut at Number 81 with their cover of Mike & The Mechanics’ The Living Years.
Yorkshire’s Everley Pregnant Brothers’ and their rework of Kings of Leon’s Sex On Fire, Chip Pan, debuts at (131), while You Can’t Always Get What You Want by Friends Of Jo Cox released in memory of the late politician who was tragically murdered earlier this year in Birstall, West Yorkshire ends the week at 136. Salford’s James ‘Shinny’ Davenport finishes at 252 with Christmas Number 1, and Hartlepool’s Liv ‘N’ G land at 280 with Our Superhero (A Christmas Wish).”
I know what you’re thinking, they cut off their nose to spite their face and while I have nothing against “Rockabye” and quite like Clean Bandit, this is one lame Christmas single.