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Famous Christmas Number One battles

In 2016, a feud developed between fans of Little Mix and Rangers FC supporters over their Christmas No1 battles.

It followed football fans’ social media campaign to get the 1960s hit Glad All Over to the top of the charts in tribute to their player Joe Garner. 

Little Mix fans were not impressed as it “threatened” to derail the girl band’s chance of clinching a festive chart-topper.

On X, formerly Twitter, Rangers fans joked: “Any truth in the rumour that Rangers casuals and Little Mix casuals are organising a rumble??” 

Another shared a photo of football supporters clashing with police and wrote: “Rangers at Little Mix away.”

One irate Little Mix fan tweeted: “I’m sorry but if that joke football song ruins Touch’s chance of being #1, I am deleting my account.”

Neither of the songs won – instead the victor was bookies’ favourite Clean Bandit with Rockabye.

Rage Against the Machine ended X Factor’s dominance

In 2009, rebel rockers Rage Against the Machine won the UK’s Christmas Number One.

Fans launched the 1992 track Killing In The Name into the charts in a bid to end X Factor’s dominance.

Simon Cowell branded the campaign “stupid” and “cynical” but it only appeared to spur on fans.

Rage Against The Machine bandmember Tom Morello said winning the festive race would be “a wonderful dose of anarchy”.

Ten films to watch this Christmas

Here is a list of some great films to watch this festive season.

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Elf
  • Home Alone
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Die Hard
  • Batman Returns
  • Love Actually
  • Polar Express
  • The Harry Potter franchise
  • Santa Claus
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George Michael tragically passed away on Christmas day

George Michael died on Christmas Day, 2016.

The singer was found dead in bed at his Oxfordshire home by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Speaking about the horrifying moment, celebrity hairstylist Fawaz said: “We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch.

“I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed.”

Who is LadBaby?

Mark Hoyle, also known as LadBaby is a blogger, author, YouTuber and social media personality.

He was born on April 12, 1987, in Nottingham, England.

Before he became an internet sensation, he worked as a graphic designer in London.

He’s also an entrepreneur and the inventor of the toolbox lunchbox.

In 2018 he was crowned Celebrity Dad of the Year beating the likes of Prince William and Liam Payne.

LadBaby’s net worth was estimated at a whopping £1.2million in 2021.

Christmas Number One battles

Slade, T-Rex and Isaac Hayes were all favourites for Christmas No1 back in 1971.

But it was Benny Hill’s hit Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) that won over the public. 

The comedic song told the story of a randy milkman who fell in love with a widow only to come under threat from a love rival who made pork pies. 

Benny’s absurd hit – which won over songs like Slade’s Coz I Love You – was filled with innuendos and cheeky lines including “Ernie got his cocoa there three times a week”.   

In 2006, ex-Prime Minister David Cameron featured the song on his Desert Island Discs tracks.

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