With each festive season, artists battle it out for the coveted Christmas number one spot, and in recent years there is one particular act that has been on a (sausage) roll.
The Official Charts have released a list of every official Christmas number one of the past 10 years (from 2011-2020). For the past three years, one artist has consecutively been the star on the Christmas tree.
Internet sensation LadBaby aka Mark Hoyle and his wife Roxanne Hoyle who create family content with their two kids have over 5.5m followers on Facebook have shot up the charts with their parody covers of classic songs, and changed the lyrics to fit their sausage roll theme.
Every Official Christmas Number 1 of the past 10 years - who will join them in the festive hall of fame this year?… https://t.co/ZELub1gNi8— Official Charts (@Official Charts) 1638378026
So, in 2018 they covered the Starships 1985 single We Built This City, and changed it to We Built This City on Sausage Rolls. Then Alan Merrill‘s I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll had a LadBaby makeover where they changed it to I Love Sausage Rolls.
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Most recently in 2020, they went to number one for a third time with Don’t Stop Me Eatin,’ a modification of Journey’s iconic song Don’t Stop Believin’.
All the profits from the songs to the Trussell Trust, a charity that supports more than 14M people in the UK living below the poverty line.
Their music videos are also a spectacle as the couple go full out, in their most recent one they’re sporting sausage roll-themed Santa and Mrs Claus costumes and driving around in a sausage roll van.
They can also be seen belting the track behind backdrops of iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, Angel of the North and Stonehenge being replaced with... you guessed it sausage rolls.
After the Official Charts released this information, it appears some can’t quite believe that LadBaby’s parody songs have reached the Christmas top spot for three years consecutively.
Some of them had some harsh words about the songs, while a few didn’t have a clue about LadBaby.
I have genuinely - GENUINELY - never heard any of these 'Ladbaby' No. 1's. I only know he is a YouTuber, never kn… https://t.co/eP9hDjO8ej— 🍔 Gastro Celtic 🍀 - 胃腸炎 (@🍔 Gastro Celtic 🍀 - 胃腸炎) 1638447055
If ladbaby have another in a row I legit will never listen to Christmas songs again https://t.co/gZzm1lFW34— (TJ) murphy stan acc (@(TJ) murphy stan acc) 1638442235
I have woken up in an alternate direction I have never heard of Ladbaby in my entire life https://t.co/qlFjLrcqJI— neal (@neal) 1638452557
The ladbaby thing is fascinating. Has anyone ever heard of the guy who had the last 3 Christmas number ones? Do the… https://t.co/2BnzZXkXRl— Globe Emoji Žižek (@Globe Emoji Žižek) 1638398450
The fact that Ladbaby matched a feat previously only achieved by the Beatles and the Spice Girls will be used by fu… https://t.co/vmtdU4EtSH— Stephen Graham (@Stephen Graham) 1638441106
While others defended LadBaby and pointed out that the parody singles were to help raise money for a good cause.
Just so you know - all the Ladbaby singles have raised massive amounts of money for charity. On the first year, the… https://t.co/lPHY5mdYLe— Ellen Larson (@Ellen Larson) 1638444467
Seeing the gammon complain about Ladbaby, when his work has helped the Trussel Trust for three years in a row, feed… https://t.co/UJHjz3u4f5— Garhdo Goes Geek 🏳️🌈 - Podcast available now (@Garhdo Goes Geek 🏳️🌈 - Podcast available now) 1638440953
Seen a lot of people digging LadBaby in the comments of this. The guy and his family puts all the proceeds from his… https://t.co/WBX3aiALSJ— J Hingle (@J Hingle) 1638442139
I genuinely hope LadBaby keeps the streak up. You snobs can say what you want, but a novelty song by a regular pers… https://t.co/DETfn8NYKe— Skylar Baker-Jordan (@Skylar Baker-Jordan) 1638462866
Why are people so mad Ladbaby has had the last 3 Christmas number ones? All the proceeds go to food bank charity???… https://t.co/3ypWg3HwL8— emily (@emily) 1638442836
@officialcharts ladbaby donate so much of their xmas earnings to food bank charity’s like the trussell trust, their… https://t.co/U3yfIFfMYU— bella (@bella) 1638441417
Elsewhere, the list gave a snapshot as to what other songs have also topped the chart at Christmas over the past decade.
In 2011, Military Wives with Gareth Malone scored the festive number one with their charity single Wherever You Are, while the song He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother by The Justice Collective was at the top spot on Christmas 2012.
The X Factor also had two Christmas number ones within the past decade with 2013 winner Sam Bailey achieving this feat covering Demi Lovato’s hit Skyscraper, and Ben Haenow also won the show the following year went to number one in 2014 with OneRepublic’s song Something I Need.
Another charity single made it to number one in 2015, A Bridge Over You by The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir, and in 2016 it was Clean Bandit’s Rockabye, followed by Ed Sheeran in 2017 with his ballad Perfect.
Could LadBaby potentially achieve a fourth consecutive Christmas number one this year?
Well, despite having not yet revealed whether they will release another charity single, they are currently the bookies’ favourites.
Meanwhile, Elton John, Ed Sheeran and Adele are also in contention, according to bettingodds.com.
So, watch this space...