Christmas Number 1 2018: Little Mix, Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande Among Favourites
7 November 2018, 12:01 | Updated: 14 November 2018, 15:41
Who will be Christmas Number 1 for 2018? It's the biggest chart show of the year and the race to Number 1 is on, with Little Mix, Lady Gaga and 'The Greatest Showman' movie among this year's favourites for the top spot.
There are only a few weeks to go before Christmas and that means the battle is on for the Christmas Number 1.
The Official Vodafone Big Top 40 is the UK's biggest chart show so it's a pretty big deal to clinch the top spot at Christmas!
This year's Christmas Number 1 will be revealed by Marvin Humes and Kat Shoob on Sunday 23rd December 2018.
On Christmas Eve last year, 'River' from Eminem and Ed Sheeran took the prize, beating Ed's own song 'Perfect'.
Who are the favourites for the trophy? We've taken a look at some of the contenders for Christmas Number 1 2018...
Little Mix have already had a Number 1 song this year with 'Woman Like Me'. Could it be the Christmas Number 1 too? With the girls' new album LM5 out in November, there's a chance for another track off the album to go to the top. Perhaps their new single 'Strip' will clinch it for Perrie, Jesy, Jade and Leigh-Anne?
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
A Star Is Born has been a huge success at the box office and songs from the Hollywood blockbuster have taken over the chart in recent months. 'Shallow' and 'I'll Never Love Again' are some of the fan favourites from the movie - will the songs be able to sustain the momentum all the way to the 23rd December?
A Christmas Classic?
Of course, always a likely contender for the Christmas Number 1 is an actual Christmas song! Last year, Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' was at Number 2 on Christmas Eve - could it go all the way in 2018? Perhaps another Christmas classic from Mariah Carey, Slade or The Pogues could take the top spot this time?
The Greatest Showman
Another huge movie in 2018 has been The Greatest Showman. The film actually came out at Christmas last year but its popularity rose in the months after. Now, with the release of a new covers album - The Greatest Showman: Reimagined - featuring the likes of Pink, Jess Glynne and Anne-Marie, it could give the film its first Number 1 song.
Ariana Grande surprised fans with the release of 'Thank U, Next' in November - name-checking a number of her ex-boyfriends. The song was brought out just a few months after her fifth studio album Sweetener however Ari has hinted that her next album could still be released before the end of 2018. Will this give her a Christmas Number 1?
The X Factor
ITV's The X Factor has produced some of the biggest British acts of the last decade, including Little Mix, One Direction, Olly Murs and, of course, JLS. The winner's single is always a huge contender for the Christmas Number 1. Could one of 2018's contestants clinch The Official Vodafone Big Top 40 Number 1 trophy?
A Charity Single?
A number of charity singles have claimed the Christmas Number 1 spot in the past. In 2012, The Justice Collective's 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' took the trophy home and in 2011 'Wherever You Are' from Military Wives and Gareth Malone was named Christmas Number 1 on Christmas Day itself!
A New Song?
With a few weeks still to go before the big day, there's obviously a chance that a huge, new song could be released and go straight to Number 1. Calvin Harris has teased new music recently. The Scottish producer has already grabbed two Number 1's in 2018 - 'One Kiss' and 'Promises' - perhaps he could get a third before the end of the year?