Every year in the UK Singles Chart , there is a highly publicised race for the top slot on the chart immediately prior to Christmas , an honour known as the Christmas Number One. The UK public take a particular interest in chart performance and sales of singles are especially high in the two weeks before Christmas. The race for first position at Christmas has become a British institution and people will speculate, comment and bet upon the outcome. The following is a list of UK Singles Chart Christmas number twos , songs that came in second place on the chart. Although the Christmas number one is a highly coveted prize in the United Kingdom,   the second-place finisher on the Christmas singles chart has also earned a certain degree of popularity, especially since the s. The only group to have both Christmas numbers one and two in the same year is The Beatles , a feat they achieved twice, in and George Michael and Ed Sheeran have been Christmas number one and number two the same year in different groups Michael with Band Aid at number 1 and Wham!
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Settling for your song peaking at Number 2 on the charts has got to be the ultimate gear-grinder for a musician. Even when success has come unexpectedly or out-of-the-blue, it's hard not to take being pipped at the final post personally. It doesn't have to be the end of the story, though; some of the most successful songs of all time topped out at Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart. We look at the some of the most notable below, before revealing every Number 2 in UK chart history at the bottom of the page. In December , when George Michael was one of the biggest heartthrobs on the planet, his whispering of 'Happy Christmas' on this festive staple was akin to spooning a hot water bottle, and the skiing retreat music video is still as iconic now as it was over 35 years ago. A Number 1 seemed inevitable. A bittersweet moment came 33 years later in when, just days after the first anniversary of George Michael's death, Last Christmas returned to its Number 2 peak. See where all of George Michael's singles and albums have charted in the UK here.
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So what are the best Number Two singles which were cruelly kept off the top spot? A biting satire of rich trustafarians, elegantly slumming in arts college while contributing nothing to the world, set to the most memorable of melodies. Ziggy played guitar. What price now, for a shallow piece of dignity? Underworld had lager lager lager in abundance. Pretty apt, when you think about Renton in that toilet scene…. It put Eminem on the map, and showed off his biting lyrics and playful delivery. The video was an MTV smash. Some consolation for Midge Ure and co, though: the song has consistently been voted as the best Number Two single ever in various polls and surveys. Not well enough to go to the top of the charts, but well enough to be the second-biggest-selling song of the week.
Fri 5 Jun We present to you a ranking of the greatest UK No 1 singles since the charts began in The only rule was that an artist could only feature once. As such, it is very much open to discussion, which we heartily encourage in the comments section. Also, note that dates listed are the dates the songs reached No 1. As much a generational bellwether as a pop classic. The weirdness of 70s Britain in musical form. Trevor Horn and co turned this material into postmodern gold, building jingles, prog, orchestral pop and more into a screwball fantasy.