Is there anything that screams 'it's Christmas ya big dummy' more quintessentially than the announcement of the UK Christmas number one?
Probably. There are things like Christmas carolers, heated scrabble competitions, mince pies, wrapping presents, evergreen conifer deforestation and that fat guy with the chimney fetish who isn't GDPR compliant.
Unfortunately you can't wager on any of that nonsense (most of it would be odds-on to feature during the holidays anyways) but luckily you can dabble in some Christmas number one betting!
The 2018 Christmas Number One will be announced on Friday, December 21st 2018. The full Christmas Top 40 will be announced by Scott Mills from 4pm (GMT) on BBC Radio 1's Official Chart.
So, before the inevitable Boxing Day betting bonanza why not opt for a musical specials wager that could pocket you some extra cash to buy presents for loved ones, or, if you're feeling particularly naughty this year, yourself. You've earned it! (we think).
2012 X-Factor winner James Arthur has been pretty popular as of late and 'Rewrite the Stars' with Anne-Marie, a croony interpretation of Zac Efron and Zendaya's The Greatest Showman tune, looks set to sit in the charts right up until Christmas. The question however, is just how high will it fly? Paddy Power lists 14/1 odds that it'll snatch the top spot this year.
Bet on James Arthur & Ann Marie at Paddy Power now.
Ed Sheeran is a well-known chart topper but we're finding it difficult to see him pulling through for those who fancy his Christmas number one odds. Everybody's favourite ginger from Great Britain isn't even in the top 10 singles chart at the moment so it's unlikely he'll make waves before Friday December 21st when the winner is announced - unless he drops a banger in the interim of course. Ed's chalked up at 16/1 with Betfair.
Bradley Cooper's directorial debut A Star is Born went down a treat with fans and critics alike, as did its compelling soundtrack. It's most likely that he and co-star Lady Gaga would win a Christmas number one with their tune 'Shallow'. They're currently a lengthy 16/1 to do the deed with Paddy Power.
Bet on Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper at Paddy Power now.
Rami Malek did a stellar job as Freddie Mercury in big-screen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody this year. The film's success catapulted Queen straight back into the hearts and minds of many (as if it ever left!) meaning the title track has seen plenty of air time. However, it doesn't look like it's moving from the middle of the charts anytime soon. You can snag a best price of 16/1 at Betfair today!
Mariah Carey must love the money she receives from 'All I Want for Christmas is You' each year. As of 2017 the song was reported to have made approximately $60 million in royalties. The tune is so popular that Mariah tends to feature in the Christmas number one betting odds every year. This year you can get her at a best price of 14/1 with William Hill online.
Bet on Mariah Carey at William Hill now.
Could Adele be worth one of your free bets? She's featured at the number one spot in the UK Albums chart for Christmas 13 times before, but it doesn't look like she'll budge much in the singles chart this year. You can chance your arm at a best price of 50/1 with BetVictor.
Bet on Adele at BetVictor now.
John Lewis release a much-anticipated Christmas TV advertisement every year around the end of November. It gains massive exposure worldwide, with some christening it's release as the start of the holiday season. This year Elton John featured, singing the classic track 'Your Song'. He's available at 10/1 with Ladbrokes this year - a price that may be worth consideration.
The news is chock-a-block with Ariana Grande recently. High profile engagements and breakups have been the subject of much attention and 'Thank U, Next' - an ode to her exes - swiftly occupied the top spot in the charts upon its release. The top specials betting sites don't see her moving anytime soon and neither do we.
Back Ariana Grande to win the Christmas number one at 2/1 with William Hill.
All odds correct at time of posting.
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