*Into the home stretch as we have only five more sleeps to Christmas day and our countdown of Christmas number ones enters. We also enter what must be known as the X-Factor zone. For the talent show ends the weekend before the last chart before Christmas and has dominated the seasonal top spot ever since, despite some concerted efforts to break the cycle in the last couple of years.
So in 2005 that was Shayne Ward with That's My Goal.
Now there have been a couple of Christmas Number Ones that have be at the top spot more than once. Yesterday we celebrated Band Aid, we also had Mary's Boy Child with both Henry Belefonte and Boney M. But only one song has hit the top spot twice for Christmas with the same line up singing it. It needs no introduction.
Having made the top spot first at Christmas 1975 it's re-release after Freddie's death in 1991 propelled it to the top for a second Christmas in 1991. Not really Christmassy. But as the Muppets are releasing a version* of it this year I think that links in to the 1955 song by Dickie Valentine Christmas Alphabet so here is the King of Christmas with his version.
* I also quite like the Lego version.