Top 10 Contenders for the 2014 Christmas Number One

December 1st, 2014


No festive period would be complete without the battle for the coveted Christmas number one single spot. With X Factor contestants old and new, Paul McCartney re-entering the race and Bob Geldof resurrecting and redesigning the Band Aid crew, the 2014 battle to be the number one single is wide open. The acts are incredibly varied, but what are the odds an outsider will win the title this year?

10. Gloria Jones

"Tainted Love" has become an anthem for more than one generation, but it is the sassy, soulful Gloria Jones’ version that stands above the others. The Northern Soul star has been working tirelessly to improve the lives of those in Sierra Leone, and after the Ebola outbreak a Facebook group has been set up in order to help her. All profits from this track will go towards Jones’ work and her song is 100/1 with Coral Sports to steal the number one spot.

9. The Pogues

Always a favourite in December, Irish band The Pogues’ "Fairytale of New York" will be heard in pubs and homes throughout the country over Christmas. Whether this ever-popular ode to broken dreams and growing old disgracefully will sell as much as it did when first released in 1987 is a subject for debate, but Winner Sports make it a 100/1 chance.

8. Iron Maiden

Rage Against the Machine were the anti-X Factor choice in 2009, and their supporters succeeded in putting metal at the top of the charts over Christmas, much to the disdain of the pop crowd. The Facebook group set up this year to get Iron Maiden’s "Number of the Beast" to the top of the pile already has over 17,300 likes, suggesting a genuine chance of topping the pile. Metal fans can get 50/1 odds with Betfred Sports if they think Iron Maiden will make it to the number one slot.

7. Ella Henderson

After finishing sixth on the X Factor in 2012, Ella Henderson has proved a popular chart hit, her song "Ghost" going straight to number one and staying in the top five spot for eight consecutive weeks this summer. From her best selling album 'Chapter One', the singer’s third single "Yours" is a slow, soulful ballad that relies on great vocals. Ella’s odds to win the number one spot are currently 100/1 with William Hill Sports.

6. Peace Collective

Created by the team formerly known as the Justice Collective, who made it to Christmas number one in 2012, the Peace Collective look to continue their success in 2014. This time they have re-recorded "The Farm’s All Together Now" with original band member Peter Hooton, alongside stars including The Proclaimers and Gabrielle. In support of the British Red Cross, this nostalgic track is based on the Christmas day 1914 football matches that took place between the trenches. "Altogether Now" is currently a strong contender at 16/1 with Bet365 Sports.

5. Tom Odell

Featured on the John Lewis Christmas advert (competing with popular character Monty the Penguin for attention), troubadour Tom Odell is a serious contender this year with his cover of the little known Beatles song "Real Love". His cover makes use of bells, cymbals and soft vocals to evoke a suitably warm and fuzzy feeling, and Betfair Sports have made the 24-year-old a 19/1 shot.

4. Idris Elba, Noel Fielding and Serge Pizzorno

One of the year’s most interesting entries brings together an actor, a comedian and a musician all at the top of their respective genres. No title has as yet been released, but it’s sure to be interesting: Kasabian’s lead songwriter Pizzorno has produced the tune, with Elba rapping and Fielding providing the lyrics. Likely to be the hipster choice for this year’s Christmas number one, odds to win are 50/1 at Winner Sports.

3. One For The Boys

Samuel L. Jackson has recruited the help of none other than Sir Paul McCartney to put together a cover of A Great Big World’s hit "Say Something". The Beatle knows a thing or two about the festive top spot, having already reached it five times. Robbie Williams and Mel C. lead a line-up of star turns, who are 25/1 with Ladbrokes Sports to come out at number one. The song will raise money for cancer campaigning charity 'One For The Boys'.

2. Fleur East

The X Factor’s lockdown on the Christmas number one spot may have been broken, but the appeal of the show’s winner is still vast. Leading the current crop is feisty funk singer Fleur East, who is back for a second try at the competition after failing to make it through as part of a girl group during the second series. Her soulful covers and powerful voice have made her the show’s 2014 favourite, and she is 5/2 to top the charts with Betfred Sports.

1. Band Aid 30

In response to the Ebola crisis, Bob Geldof has got some of the world’s biggest artists together to raise money and awareness of the pandemic this Christmas. His re-working of the classic "Do They Know It’s Christmas?" is peppered with celebrities including One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora. With such star appeal and the proceeds going to a great cause, Band Aid 30’s track is sure to be a big seller, and Bet365 Sports are offering 5/2 on it being a Christmas number one.

With less than a month left until Christmas, be prepared to hear these songs and even more everywhere for the next few weeks vying for attention and support in their quest for the coveted Christmas crown. If any of them appeal to you or you simply fancy them a good bet to be sitting on top of the singles chart come Christmas week, be sure to visit William Hill Sports today or any of the other bookmakers above offering odds on this holiday tradition.

Betting News Articles

Shifting Odds Could Suggest a Future Female James Bond
Shifting Odds Could Suggest a Future Female James Bond

Bookmakers believe there could be a dramatic casting change for a future James Bond film. On Tuesday, top betting sites slashed odds of a female lead in the next 007 film after a surge of bets. Emily ... Read More

Stunning Injury Causes Last-Minute Changes in UFC 223 Odds
Stunning Injury Causes Last-Minute Changes in UFC 223 Odds

Tony Ferguson's devastating injury knocked him out of UFC 223 and Max Holloway will now take his place against undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn this Saturday. Holloway is the steep underdog ... Read More

Increased Driving Distances to be Discussed at US Masters
Increased Driving Distances to be Discussed at US Masters

While the worlds best golfers take to the first tee box at the US Masters on April 5th, a very important conversation surrounding ever-increasing driving distances will be taking place between the ... Read More

Rory McIlroy Remains Bookies' Favourite Going Into Masters
Rory McIlroy Remains Bookies' Favourite Going Into Masters

Rory McIlroy’s final event before The Masters came to a disappointing conclusion last week. The Irishman appeared weary in his 5&3 defeat at the WGC Dell Match Play by Brian Harman, confirming the ... Read More

Injuries to Star Guards Continue to Shift NBA Playoff Odds
Injuries to Star Guards Continue to Shift NBA Playoff Odds

The Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry and The Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving are struggling with injury issues that could keep both star point guards out of the first round of the NBA playoffs in a few ... Read More

Tiger Woods Finally Back Among US Masters Betting Favorites
Tiger Woods Finally Back Among US Masters Betting Favorites

After a prolonged hiatus Tiger Woods is heading back to Augusta to compete in the 2018 edition of the US Masters. After recent top 5 performances the bookies have shortened his odds dramatically, ... Read More

Betting Navigation


Sign up for the free Newsletter to stay on top of all the best bonuses!
We will never share or misuse your personal information. Privacy Policy

Latest Betting News

Betting Guides

Country Guide

DISCLAIMER: Online Wagering is illegal in some Jurisdictions. It is your responsibility to check your local regulations before playing online. GDC Trading Ltd takes no responsibility for your actions.
© 2011-2018 GDC Trading Limited. All Rights Reserved. is a registered trademark of GDC Trading Limited.
Terms and Conditions   |   Privacy Policy

Asset 4AndroidGET IT ONfacebookDownload_on_the_App_Store_Badge_US-UK_RGB_blk_4SVG_092917twitter