List of UK Official Download Chart Christmas number ones

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American band Rage Against the Machine are the only act to top both the download albums and singles chart during the same Christmas.

The UK Official Download Chart is a weekly record chart based on sales of music downloads in the United Kingdom; the term "Christmas number ones" refers to the downloads that are at the top of the chart on Christmas Day. Typically, this will refer to the download that was number one on the Sunday before 25 December – when Christmas Day falls on a Sunday itself, the official number one is the one announced on that day's chart. As of 2011, six different albums and eight different singles have become Christmas number ones. The download chart was first published in 2004. The first single to be Christmas number-one was the "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid 20, a cover version of the Band Aid track from 20 years earlier. The download charts and overall singles charts have matched the number one and number two songs every year between 2008 and 2013; the two charts also had the same song at number one in 2004.

Four winners of the British TV series The X Factor have topped the singles download chart at Christmas time: Alexandra Burke, Matt Cardle, Sam Bailey and Ben Haenow. This is in contrast to the UK Singles Chart Christmas number ones, where The X Factor contestants reached the top of the chart seven times in ten years. In 2005 and 2006, the number two songs on the singles charts those years (both of which had finished behind X Factor winners) finished at the top of the download charts.

Number-one singles[edit]

Take That were one of the first acts to have a Christmas number one download single, with their track "Patience".
Year Artist Single Record label Reached
number one
Weeks at
number one
Ref.
2004 Band Aid 20 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Universal 8 December 2004 4 [1]
2005 Nizlopi "JCB" FDM 21 December 2005 3 [2]
2006 Take That "Patience" Universal 22 November 2006 6
2007 Carey, MariahMariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You" Sony 19 December 2007 1
2008 Burke, AlexandraAlexandra Burke "Hallelujah" Sony 24 December 2008 3 [3]
2009 Rage Against the Machine "Killing in the Name" Sony 19 December 2009 2 [4]
2010 Cardle, MattMatt Cardle "When We Collide" Sony 25 December 2010 2 [5]
2011 Military Wives with Gareth Malone "Wherever You Are" Universal 31 December 2011 1 [6]
2012 Justice Collective, TheThe Justice Collective "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" Metropolis 29 December 2012 1 [7]
2013 Bailey, SamSam Bailey "Skyscraper" Sony 28 December 2013 1 [8]
2014 Haenow, BenBen Haenow "Something I Need" Sony 27 December 2014 1 [9]

Number-one albums[edit]

Rihanna had the 2010 Christmas number one album download.
Year Artist Album Record label Reached
number one
Weeks at
number one
Ref.
2006 Information missing
2007
2008
2009 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Sony 26 December 2009 1 [10]
2010 Rihanna Loud Universal 25 December 2010 4 [11]
2011 Bublé, MichaelMichael Bublé Christmas Warner 24 December 2011 2 [12]
2012 Various artists Now That's What I Call Christmas! EMI/Universal 8 December 2012 4 [13]
2013 Beyoncé Beyoncé Sony 28 December 2013 2 [14]
2014 Various artists Now That's What I Call Christmas! EMI/Universal 2 December 2012 4 [15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official UK Download Chart (29/12/04)". London: BBC Radio 1. 29 December 2004. Archived from the original on 1 January 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Official UK Download Chart : 21.12.2005". London: BBC Radio 1. 21 December 2005. Archived from the original on 24 December 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Official UK Download Chart : 24.12.2008". London: BBC Radio 1. 24 December 2008. Archived from the original on 25 December 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "26th December 2009". London: Official Charts Company. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "25th December 2010". London: Official Charts Company. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "31st December 2010". London: Official Charts Company. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "29th December 2012". London: Official Charts Company. 23 December 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "28th December 2013". London: Official Charts Company. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "27th December 2014". London: Official Charts Company. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "26th December 2009". London: Official Charts Company. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "25th December 2010". London: Official Charts Company. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "31st December 2010". London: Official Charts Company. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "29th December 2012". London: Official Charts Company. 23 December 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "28th December 2013". London: Official Charts Company. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "27th December 2014". London: Official Charts Company. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 

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