In the United Kingdom, Christmas number ones are songs that are on top of the UK Singles Chart in the week in which Christmas Day falls. Having the Christmas number one is considered prestigious and there is highly publicized and closely watched race for the top slot on the chart.

This attempt to get the Christmas number one is featured as one of the stories in the movie Love Actually. It shows rock and roll legend Billy Mack promoting his song and celebrating once it is crowned the Christmas number one single. Novelty songs, charity songs or songs with a Christmas theme have regularly been at the top of Christmas charts. Since 2002 UK reality television contestants from singing competitions have had great success at achieving the Christmas number one.

Below is a list of the UK Christmas number ones and the runners up.

Play the medleyPlay a medley of the UK Christmas number one and number two songs of each year.
Year Position Artist Title
1952 1 Al Martino Here In My Heart
1952 2 Jo Stafford You Belong To Me
1953 1 Frankie Laine Answer Me
1953 2 David Whitfield Answer Me
1954 1 Winifred Atwell Let's Have Another Party
1954 2 David Whitfield Santo Natale
1955 1 Dickie Valentine Christmas Alphabet
1955 2 Bill Haley and His Comets Rock Around The Clock
1956 1 Johnnie Ray Just Walking In The Rain
1956 2 Guy Mitchell Singing The Blues
1957 1 Harry Belafonte Mary's Boy Child
1957 2 Johnny Otis with Marie Adams Ma He's Making Eyes at Me
1958 1 Conway Twitty It's Only Make Believe
1958 2 Lord Rockingham's XI Hoots Mon
1959 1 Emile Ford and The Checkmates What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?
1959 2 Adam Faith What Do You Want
1960 1 Cliff Richard and The Shadows I Love You
1960 2 Elvis Presley It's Now Or Never
1961 1 Danny Williams Moon River
1961 2 Frankie Vaughan Tower Of Strength
1962 1 Elvis Presley Return To Sender
1962 2 Cliff Richard and The Shadows The Next Time / Bachelor Boy
1963 1 Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand
1963 2 Beatles She Loves You
1964 1 Beatles I Feel Fine
1964 2 Petula Clark Downtown
1965 1 Beatles Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out
1965 2 Cliff Richard Wind Me Up (Let Me Go)
1966 1 Tom Jones Green Green Grass Of Home
1966 2 Donovan Sunshine Superman
1967 1 Beatles Hello Goodbye
1967 2 Beatles Magical Mystery Tour EP
1968 1 Scaffold Lily The Pink
1968 2 Foundations Build Me Up Buttercup
1969 1 Rolf Harris Two Little Boys
1969 2 Kenny Rogers and The First Edition Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town
1970 1 Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knocking
1970 2 McGuinness Flint When I'm Dead and Gone
1971 1 Benny Hill Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)
1971 2 T Rex Jeepster
1972 1 Little Jimmy Osmond Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
1972 2 Chuck Berry My Ding-A-Ling
1973 1 Slade Merry Xmas Everybody
1973 2 Gary Glitter I Love You Love Me Love
1974 1 Mud Lonely This Christmas
1974 2 Bachman-Turner Overdrive You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
1975 1 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
1975 2 Greg Lake I Believe in Father Christmas
1976 1 Johnny Mathis When A Child Is Born (Soleado)
1976 2 Showaddywaddy Under The Moon Of Love
1977 1 Wings Mull Of Kintyre / Girls' School
1977 2 Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band The Floral Dance
1978 1 Boney M Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord
1978 2 Village People Y.M.C.A.
1979 1 Pink Floyd Another Brick In The Wall
1979 2 ABBA I Have a Dream
1980 1 St Winifred's School Choir There's No One Quite Like Grandma
1980 2 John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over
1981 1 Human League Don't You Want Me
1981 2 Cliff Richard Daddy's Home
1982 1 Renee and Renato Save Your Love
1982 2 Shakin' Stevens Blue Christmas EP
1983 1 Flying Pickets Only You
1983 2 Slade My Oh My
1984 1 Band Aid Do They Know It's Christmas?
1984 2 Wham! Last Christmas / Everything She Wants
1985 1 Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone
1985 2 Whitney Houston Saving All My Love For You
1986 1 Jackie Wilson Reet Petite
1986 2 Housemartins Caravan of Love
1987 1 Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind
1987 2 Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl Fairytale of New York
1988 1 Cliff Richard Mistletoe and Wine
1988 2 Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan Especially for You
1989 1 Band Aid II Do They Know It's Christmas?
1989 2 Jive Bunny Let's Party
1990 1 Cliff Richard Saviour's Day
1990 2 Vanilla Ice Ice Ice Baby
1991 1 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives
1991 2 Diana Ross When You Tell Me That You Love Me
1992 1 Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You
1992 2 Michael Jackson Heal the World
1993 1 Mr Blobby Mr Blobby
1993 2 Take That Babe
1994 1 East 17 Stay Another Day
1994 2 Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You
1995 1 Michael Jackson Earth Song
1995 2 Mike Flowers Pops Wonderwall
1996 1 Spice Girls 2 Become 1
1996 2 Dunblane Knockin' On Heaven's Door
1997 1 Spice Girls Too Much
1997 2 Teletubbies Teletubbies Say Eh-oh!
1998 1 Spice Girls Goodbye
1998 2 Chef Chocolate Salty Balls
1999 1 Westlife I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun
1999 2 Cliff Richard Millennium Prayer
2000 1 Bob The Builder Can We Fix It?
2000 2 Westlife What Makes a Man
2001 1 Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman Somethin' Stupid
2001 2 Gordon Haskell How Wonderful You Are
2002 1 Girls Aloud Sound Of The Underground
2002 2 One True Voice Sacred Trust
2003 1 Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules Mad World
2003 2 Darkness Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)
2004 1 Band Aid 20 Do They Know It's Christmas?
2004 2 Ronan Keating feat. Yusuf Islam Father and Son
2005 1 Shayne Ward That's My Goal
2005 2 Nizlopi JCB Song
2006 1 Leona Lewis A Moment Like This
2006 2 Take That Patience
2007 1 Leon Jackson When You Believe
2007 2 Katie Melua and Eva Cassidy Wonderful World
2008 1 Alexandra Burke Hallelujah
2008 2 Jeff Buckley Hallelujah
2009 1 Rage Against the Machine Killing In The Name
2009 2 Joe McElderry The Climb
2010 1 Matt Cardle When We Collide
2010 2 Rihanna feat. Drake What's My Name?
2011 1 Military Wives with Gareth Malone Wherever You Are
2011 2 Little Mix Cannonball
2012 1 The Justice Collective He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
2012 2 James Arthur Impossible
2013 1 Sam Bailey Skyscraper
2013 2 Pharrell Williams Happy
2014 1 Ben Haenow Something I Need
2014 2 Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk
2015 1 Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir A Bridge Over You
2015 2 Justin Bieber Love Yourself
2016 1 Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie feat. Sean Paul Rockabye
2016 2 Rag'n'Bone Man Human