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post Nov 28 2021, 07:00 AM
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I thought I'd start a thread about this as I can't see anyone talking about this here yet. On the 26th November the OCC began a series of Twitter votes to decide the UK's favourite xmas number one, with the grand final on 16th December. The votes start at 12 noon every day, and so far in the first round it looks like there will be two sets of 4 songs competing each day, though they haven't said how many will go through from each one.

The 26th November's results are as follows (I've calcuated the total votes in brackets myself, though the exact percentages Twitter gives don't tend to yield whole numbers)

Vote 1 - 730 votes cast
1952 - Al Martino - Here In My Heart - 2.3% (17 votes)
1970 - Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knockin' - 10.1% (74 votes)
1988 - Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and Wine - 41% (299 votes)
2006 - Leona Lewis - A Moment Like This - 46% (340 votes)

Vote 2 - 589 votes cast
1953 - Frankie Laine - Answer Me - 4.6% (27 votes)
1971 - Benny Hill - Ernie The Fastest Milkman In The West - 17% (100 votes)
1989 - Band Aid II - Do They Know It's Christmas - 65.6% (388 votes)
2007 - Leon Jackson - When You Believe 12.6% (74 votes)

The 27th November voting is currently still open

Vote 3 -
1954 - Winifred Atwell - Let's Have Another Party
1972 - Little Jimmy Osmond - Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
1990 - Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day
2008 - Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah

Vote 4 -
1955 - Dickie Valentine - Christmas Alphabet
1973 - Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
1992 - Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
2009 - Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

So far both of those polls have already gained more total votes than the previous two, and so far Rage Against The Machine is absolutely slaying Slade, whilst I expect most Buzzjackers will say a hallelujah when they learn that Alexandra Burke is currently well ahead of her three competitors.

One thing I have noticed is that they have skipped 1991, rather than use These Are The Days Of Our Lives, which leaves only 68 number ones, a number divisible by 4, implying that will NOT be skipping over the 1969 xmas number one, despite who it is by.


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post Nov 28 2021, 10:23 AM
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*Goes to Vote*
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post Nov 28 2021, 10:38 AM
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Has there been a Buzzjack’s favourite Christmas song rate at any point? That would be fun if not.
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post Nov 28 2021, 10:54 AM
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There’s usually one every December!
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I ran a rate two years ago which was won by The Pogues - results here.
The Personal Charts forum ran something similar last year though it was a different format.
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post Nov 28 2021, 11:19 AM
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QUOTE(Danvember @ Nov 28 2021, 11:10 AM) *
I ran a rate two years ago which was won by The Pogues - results here.
The Personal Charts forum ran something similar last year though it was a different format.

Thanks! I only came back to the forum in the first lockdown after a long gap so missed that. No point in doing it again for a while I guess as the results would be very similar.
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post Nov 28 2021, 04:10 PM
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The 27th November voting results:

Vote 3 - 970 votes cast
1954 - Winifred Atwell - Let's Have Another Party - 5.2% (50 votes)
1972 - Little Jimmy Osmond - Long Haired Lover From Liverpool - 9.2% (89 votes)
1990 - Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day - 23.2% (225 votes)
2008 - Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah - 62.5% (606 votes)

Vote 4 - 1851 votes cast
1955 - Dickie Valentine - Christmas Alphabet - 0.8% (15 votes)
1973 - Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody - 25% (463 votes)
1992 - Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You - 22.4% (415 votes)
2009 - Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name - 51.8% (959 votes)
[NB I'm aware that the number of votes for each song add up to one more than the total number of votes, but I can't quite resolve this. Twitter only gives the percentages for each candidate in the vote)

It's worth pointing out that in three of the four results so far the newest song won, with only Leon Jackson being unable to benefit from the advantage of youth, losing out to Band Aid II of all things, although even Benny Hill polled better than Leon. The next two votes may well see the oldest winners so far.

The 28th November voting is currently open

Vote 5 -
1956 - Johnnie Ray - Just Walkin' In The Rain
1974 - Mud - Lonely This Christmas
1993 - Mr Blobby - Mr Blobby
2010 - Matt Cardle - When We Collide

Vote 6 -
1957 - Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child
1975/1991 - Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
1994 - East 17 - Stay Another Day
2011 - Military Wives - Wherever You Are


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Mud and East 17 for me (BoRap will win its heat by a me though).
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post Nov 28 2021, 04:38 PM
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I've been trying to figure out the rest of the voting groups for the first round and have come up with this:

29th Nov – 1958, 1976, 1995, 2012
29th Nov – 1959, 1977, 1996, 2013
30th Nov – 1960, 1978, 1997, 2014
30th Nov – 1961, 1979, 1998, 2015
1st Dec – 1962, 1980, 1999, 2016
1st Dec – 1963, 1981, 2000, 2017
2nd Dec – 1964, 1982, 2001, 2018
2nd Dec – 1965, 1983, 2002, 2019
3rd Dec – 1966, 1984, 2003, 2020
3rd Dec – 1967, 1985, 2004
4th Dec – 1968, 1986, 2005
4th Dec – 1969, 1987

So I'm not entirely sure what the OCC's actual plan is. I would have thought that 1969's xmas number one will not be in the vote, so perhaps the 1987 xmas number one will be slotted on the end of one of the two above it.
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post Nov 28 2021, 04:45 PM
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That mangling of 'Hallelujah' winning is disgusting x (granted the other songs in that poll aren't great either, although I can't say I an familiar with the Winifred Atwell one).

Rage winning over 50% of the vote in a poll with 2 other classics though *.*
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Yes I've been following and voting in these! My votes so far in bold:

Vote 1
1952 - Al Martino - Here In My Heart
1970 - Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knockin'
1988 - Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and Wine
2006 - Leona Lewis - A Moment Like This

Vote 2
1953 - Frankie Laine - Answer Me
1971 - Benny Hill - Ernie The Fastest Milkman In The West
1989 - Band Aid II - Do They Know It's Christmas
2007 - Leon Jackson - When You Believe

(I know... a really poor group)

Vote 3
1954 - Winifred Atwell - Let's Have Another Party
1972 - Little Jimmy Osmond - Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
1990 - Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day
2008 - Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah

Vote 4
1955 - Dickie Valentine - Christmas Alphabet
1973 - Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
1992 - Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
2009 - Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

Vote 5
1956 - Johnnie Ray - Just Walkin' In The Rain
1974 - Mud - Lonely This Christmas
1993 - Mr Blobby - Mr Blobby
2010 - Matt Cardle - When We Collide

Vote 6
1957 - Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child
1975/1991 - Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
1994 - East 17 - Stay Another Day
2011 - Military Wives - Wherever You Are
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Says more about Twitter age group and voters than it does about genuine popularity in the population as a whole. and I refuse to waste my time voting in the sort of poll that thinks Mistletoe And Wine and A Moment Like This is in any way a better option than Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knocking tongue.gif Bah humbug! teresa.gif
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QUOTE(Jade @ Nov 28 2021, 04:47 PM) *
Yes I've been following and voting in these! My votes so far in bold:

Vote 1
1952 - Al Martino - Here In My Heart
1970 - Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knockin'
1988 - Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and Wine
2006 - Leona Lewis - A Moment Like This

Vote 2
1953 - Frankie Laine - Answer Me
1971 - Benny Hill - Ernie The Fastest Milkman In The West
1989 - Band Aid II - Do They Know It's Christmas
2007 - Leon Jackson - When You Believe

(I know... a really poor group)

Vote 3
1954 - Winifred Atwell - Let's Have Another Party
1972 - Little Jimmy Osmond - Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
1990 - Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day
2008 - Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah

Vote 4
1955 - Dickie Valentine - Christmas Alphabet
1973 - Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
1992 - Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
2009 - Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

Vote 5
1956 - Johnnie Ray - Just Walkin' In The Rain
1974 - Mud - Lonely This Christmas
1993 - Mr Blobby - Mr Blobby
2010 - Matt Cardle - When We Collide

Vote 6
1957 - Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child
1975/1991 - Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
1994 - East 17 - Stay Another Day
2011 - Military Wives - Wherever You Are


Clearly an informed voter Jade (I'll forgive the Mud/ Matt Cardle vote mix-up, I've hit the wrong button myself many times kink.gif ) and fairly obviously not a typical twitter voter.... smile.gif
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post Nov 28 2021, 04:57 PM
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Best Christmas # 1 - Save Your Love
Worst Christmas (and all-time too) # 1 - Killing In The Name
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I don't have Twitter so can't vote but thanks for the thread as I'll know to follow along now! Quite surprised Rage Against The Machine beat Slade & Whitney, but not complaining. Does seem like a younger demographic voting so I expect a fairly recent winner.

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post Nov 28 2021, 05:30 PM
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QUOTE(Jade @ Nov 28 2021, 04:47 PM) *
Yes I've been following and voting in these! My votes so far in bold:

Vote 1
1952 - Al Martino - Here In My Heart
1970 - Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knockin'
1988 - Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and Wine
2006 - Leona Lewis - A Moment Like This

Vote 2
1953 - Frankie Laine - Answer Me
1971 - Benny Hill - Ernie The Fastest Milkman In The West
1989 - Band Aid II - Do They Know It's Christmas
2007 - Leon Jackson - When You Believe

(I know... a really poor group)

Vote 3
1954 - Winifred Atwell - Let's Have Another Party
1972 - Little Jimmy Osmond - Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
1990 - Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day
2008 - Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah

Vote 4
1955 - Dickie Valentine - Christmas Alphabet
1973 - Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
1992 - Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
2009 - Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

Vote 5
1956 - Johnnie Ray - Just Walkin' In The Rain
1974 - Mud - Lonely This Christmas
1993 - Mr Blobby - Mr Blobby
2010 - Matt Cardle - When We Collide

Vote 6
1957 - Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child
1975/1991 - Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
1994 - East 17 - Stay Another Day
2011 - Military Wives - Wherever You Are


Unfortunately I missed the first two votes myself, and I don't honestly know which one I would have gone with for Vote 1, but either Dave or Cliff. For Vote 2 it would definitely have been Benny Hill for me.
And the ones I actually did vote for were
Vote 3 - Little Jimmy Osmond (but for me that's probably the poorest group so far)
Vote 4 - Slade (I loved the fact that the Rage campaign got xmas number one, probably my favourite xmas chart battle, but the song itself isn't good enough to beat Slade or Whitney in my opinion)
Vote 5 - Mr Blobby (tough one between Mud and Mr Blobby, but Mr Blobby was the christmas chart race that got 10 year old me interested in the xmas charts in the first place, and is a much more positive song)
Vote 6 - Queen (though I felt bad for East 17 being in that group, as they may well have got my vote in a lot of other possible groupings)
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Is there any method to the way the groups are chosen?
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QUOTE(Br้ @ Nov 28 2021, 04:45 PM) *
That mangling of 'Hallelujah' winning is disgusting x (granted the other songs in that poll aren't great either, although I can't say I am familiar with the Winifred Atwell one).

I think the time has come for Jade to introduce Br้ to the music of Winifred Atwell. It was only about ten years ago that I discovered it myself.
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QUOTE(steve201 @ Nov 28 2021, 07:38 PM) *
Is there any method to the way the groups are chosen?


You'd have to ask the OCC.

As far as I can see they seem to have started with 68 xmas number ones (with the 1991 instance of Bo Rhap being skipped), with the general idea of placing the groups by using four vertical columns of 17 consecutive xmas number ones. The first column thus starts with 1952 and presumably ends with 1968 and the second in fact begins with 1970, which suggests they are also skipping 1969 as you'd expect, and presumably ends with 1986. The third begins apparently with 1988 (begging the question of what will happen with 1987) and presumably ends with 2005, and the fourth begins with 2006 and presumably ends with two vacant spaces (one of which I'd guess will in fact have 1987 in it).

26th Nov - 1952, 1970, 1988, 2006
26th Nov - 1953, 1971, 1989, 2007
27th Nov - 1954, 1972, 1990, 2008
27th Nov - 1955, 1973, 1992, 2009
28th Nov - 1956, 1974, 1993, 2010
28th Nov - 1957, 1975, 1994, 2011
29th Nov – 1958, 1976, 1995, 2012
29th Nov – 1959, 1977, 1996, 2013
30th Nov – 1960, 1978, 1997, 2014
30th Nov – 1961, 1979, 1998, 2015
1st Dec – 1962, 1980, 1999, 2016
1st Dec – 1963, 1981, 2000, 2017
2nd Dec – 1964, 1982, 2001, 2018
2nd Dec – 1965, 1983, 2002, 2019
3rd Dec – 1966, 1984, 2003, 2020
3rd Dec – 1967, 1985, 2004, ____
4th Dec – 1968, 1986, 2005, ____

Or are they also going to have
4th Dec - 1969, 1987, ____ , ____ ?


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I mean, I’d go for Moon River personally. Beautiful song
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