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post Dec 14 2019, 10:24 AM
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Hello one, hello all. Welcome to my personal top 20 singles for this week. Just one week remains before we know which record becomes my 21st Christmas number one. But as the competition hots up, are Little Mix still in the running? Has Peppa Pig bought home the bacon? Or have new singles from Niall Horan and Alphabeat proved a strong challenge? Here's the moment of truth...

THEPENSMITH'S TOP 20 SINGLES CHART
Week ending 13th December 2019
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1. (1) LITTLE MIX - One I've Been Missing
2. (2) PEPPA PIG - Bing Bong Zoo
3. (HNE) NIALL HORAN - Put A Little Love On Me
4. (3) DUA LIPA - Don't Start Now
5. (4) NOW UNITED - Legends
6. (5) JODIE WHITTAKER - Yellow
7. (NE) ALPHABEAT - Sing A Song
8. (10) EMMA BUNTON - Coming Home For Christmas
9. (8) BASTILLE - Can't Fight This Feeling
10. (9) ENDOR - Pump It Up


11. (8) ROBBIE WILLIAMS - Time For Change
12. (NE) KYLIE MINOGUE- Every Day's Like Christmas
13. (7) THE SCRIPT - Run Through Walls
14. (RE) THE POGUES & KIRSTY MACCOLL - Fairytale of New York
15. (RE) JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
16. (RE) MICHAEL BUBLÉ - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

17. (11) NIALL HORAN - Nice To Meet Ya
18. (12) THE SHIRES - New Year
19. (13) MABEL - Loneliest Time of Year
20. (14) MARK RONSON FEAT. YEBBA - Don't Leave Me Lonely


Compiled from my own personal listening in the last seven days across streaming, digital and physical formats.

KEY

(1) - last week's position
(HNE) - highest new entry
(NE) - new entry
(RE) - re-entry


CHART COMMENTARY



Personal Christmas Chart T-1, as the competition steps up another notch. And the situation is very much as we left it seven days ago. Little Mix stay put at number one for a second week with 'One I've Been Missing', the first record in over two months to manage this feat, whilst Peppa Pig retains her #2 entry point from last week with 'Bing Bong Zoo'.

With just one week left until we discover who takes 2019's Christmas number one on my chart, it seems that the two main contenders have all but squared up. However, though Little Mix have the edge at the moment, the still strongly performing Peppa single is defying usual logic and gaining momentum, helped in part by its creators announcing this week that they are teaming up with the charity Save the Children, to whom they are waiving all royalties from streams and downloads of the single. All this means that for the first time in a very long while, the race to be festive chart topper this year is almost too close to call.

The epic battle of the biggest girl group on the block with a Christmas cracker versus the kid's favourite TV pig with a silly festive novelty for charity has also overshadowed the fact that, for the first time since its debut, Dua Lipa's 'Don't Start Now' is not a top 3 record this week. Instead, it drops a place to #4 as we welcome the biggest new hit of the week at #3 from Niall Horan.



'Put A Little Love On Me' is the second single from his forthcoming new album out next spring, and the follow-up to his chart topping 'Nice To Meet Ya' which spent two weeks at number one in October (it's still inside the top 20 at #17). It arrives almost understated at the end of a week where his former One Direction colleague Liam Payne has been embroiled in all manner of controversy regarding the hostile critical and commercial reaction to his debut solo LP after delays of more than two years and associated tabloid movements. (Suffice to say, his seven solo singles to date have failed to make my chart at all).

Happily, Niall seems to have sidestepped being made into such cannon fodder, and has let the music speak for itself on this beautiful piano led ballad. Obviously #3 is probably about as good as it's going to get so close to Christmas, but certainly don't rule this one out to be one of the first big hits of 2020 when it arrives.

Our only other completely new entry - that definition will make more sense in a second - is at this week's #7 for Alphabeat, who can consider 2019 to have been a very successful comeback year after almost seven years away, following a top 5 smash for 'Shadows' in March and a chart topper in September - the fourth of their career - with 'I Don't Know What's Cool Anymore', and now from the album of the same name comes third single 'Sing A Song' to give them their third top 10 hit of the year, a total only bettered by fellow comeback kings Westlife who have enjoyed four top 10 hits in 2019.



Our last new entry then. Not strictly a brand new song, it lands just outside the top 10, although I strongly suspect that won't be where it peaks. 'Every Day's Like Christmas' was released to little fanfare by Kylie Minogue as the fourth single from her now four year old 'Christmas' album in 2015, co-written by none other than her old labelmate and good friend Chris Martin from Coldplay. It debuts at #12 after a high positioning on my Christmas playlist, and I believe is probably set for a climb next week to round off what's been another stellar year for the Aussie pop royalty.



Also on the up are some returning festive evergreens which advance into my top 20 this week after entering last week. Leading the way as usual, for the fourteenth consecutive year running, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl go up 23 places to #14 with 'Fairytale of New York', followed closely by a 20 place climb at #15 for 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and a climb of 13 places for Michael Bublé's 'It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas' at #16.







There's also seasonal re-entries outside my top 20 at #25 for Chris Rea ('Driving Home For Christmas'), at #28 for Gwen Stefani ('You Make It Feel Like Christmas'), Kelly Clarkson at #31 ('Run Run Rudolph'), Wizzard at #37 ('I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday') and Slade at #39 ('Merry Xmas Everybody').

So the stage is now set. Which record will we find at the top of our Christmas tree seven days hence to take our 21st Christmas number one on my chart? May the best man, woman, group or er, pig win.

FLASHBACK TOP 10

Your chance to see how my personal top 10 was looking on this week in the last 20 years. This week in 2006: Take That's comeback single after 10 years away, 'Patience', storms to a third week at the top, plus classic hits from Gwen Stefani, Matt Willis and Jamelia



1. (1) TAKE THAT - Patience



2. (HNE) GWEN STEFANI - Wind It Up
3. (NE) MATT WILLIS - Don't Let It Go To Waste
4. (NE) JAMELIA - Beware of the Dog
5. (2) BOOTY LUV - Boogie 2Nite
6. (3) EMMA BUNTON - Downtown
7. (4) NELLY FURTADO - All Good Things (Come To An End)
8. (5) JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FEAT. T.I - My Love
9. (NE) SCISSOR SISTERS - Land of a Thousand Words
10. (6) ALL SAINTS - Rock Steady
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post Dec 14 2019, 04:37 PM
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Good number 1 mate, I'm pretty baffled why it hasn't taken off more officially as it's a good pop song and added Christmas spirit, strange radio 1 didn't support her, Taylor, Ellie, Liam or Mabel this Xmas. All artists they would support
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