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Christmas Number One Betting

Christmas Number One Betting is a fairly unique event in that it is one of the few (and certainly most popular) aspect of the UK pop charts to attract online betting punters in their droves. As a reflection of this popularity, many UK licensed Internet bookmakers now offer fixed-odds for predicting which single will make it to the top spot over the festive period.

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The standard Music Betting markets for the Xmas number one are straight win markets with fixed odds being offered for the top singles at the time and the favourites to reach the top of the Xmas hit parade. The Xmas single markets are usually categorised under "specials". Odds generally appear towards the end of the year, for obvious reasons, and long-term markets are unusual.

Difficult as it is to believe, there was once more to the Christmas number one skirmish than just the bad blood that sees Simon Cowell's lucrative X Factor franchise churn out yet another Create-Your-OwnTM pop star. Which of course made the annual Christmas number one betting scene a whole lot more palatable and seemingly exciting as the pool from which to pick a potential winner was historically infinite, providing the online music betting community much to chew the festive fat over as they attempted to predict a seasonal winner.

The Christmas number one betting market is widely regarded as one of the most lucrative sectors of a popular music-related virtual betting arena, second only in terms of third party revenue generated by those immediately connected with the modern day recording artists who's latest body of creative work secures the fabled Christmas number one spot. Namely the including the singer/songwriter themselves, their management team, record company and accountants. Yet outside of the immediate circle, it's online bookmakers who also make a hefty killing, if they hedge their bets with the nominees they think will storm the yuletide Top Ten year on year.

Even with the dawn of the download and the ubiquitous multi-media channels (mobile phone, iPod, MP3 players, etc) from which you can these days source, download and legally record recording artist's hitherto closely-guarded material, the Christmas number one is still very much alive and kicking (and therein the Christmas number one betting markets) and as relevant to the performer, their fan base and by proxy, the online bookmaker as was ever. Despite the close attentions of Cowell and the fellow scourges of modern music who unashamedly go about their manufactured business like a modern day Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

Novelty Records Enter Traditional Christmas Number One Betting Equation

But then if it wasn't this genre that was getting our serious muso's backs up, then it would be the resident evil that is 'novelty records', which have a nasty habit of creeping up behind us as Christmas draws ever closer. During the 1980s and 1990s a new breed of Christmas number one stars emerged, and from the most unlikely of quarters. Again unless you were privy to the TV and record producers rubbing their hands together at the prospect of the latest TV series/cartoon hero being brought further to life through the power of music. Using the term 'music' loosely that said. And then all in media land sitting back and waiting for the tills to kerching to the sounds of parents snapping up the latest musical offerings from Bob the Builder and Mr. Blobby.

But by the same token there are plenty of folk who'll argue until they're as blue in the face as a Smurf that even some of the biggest and best Christmas number ones ever committed to vinyl/radio cassette/Cd were in actual fact rooted in the more novelty side of musical shenanigans. For instance labelinglade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody', 'Save Your Love For Me' by Rene and Renata and Mud's 1974 Christmas classic, 'Lonely This Christmas' as transiently razzle-dazzle as garish Xmas crackers and party hats.

Michael Jackson Could Join Posthumous Christmas Number One Stars List

Back catalogues are also traditionally revisited in the build-up to Christmas, as commercial representatives representing the estate of the recently deceased attempt to cash in, sorry, share their musical best bits with when with all respect they're long past their sell by date. Sentiments play a huge role in the Christmas number one betting market, with Elvis Presley covers always going down a storm, along with Johnny Cash, and of course this year perhaps Michael Jackson. And if all this sycophantic drivel didn't irritate the beJesus out of you, rest assured that Cliff Richard would. Oh yes, where would Christmas be without the interruption of the self-styled Peter Pan of Pop. A common misconception is that Sir Cliff had a successionn of Christmas number ones to earn his place as the subject of mass derision and snide remarks amongst the musos out there, when in actually fact that although headmittedlyy released a lot of Christmassy sounding singles in the run-up to the big day, 1988s 'Mistletoe And Wine' was the sole chart topper. 'Saviours Day' and 'Millenium Prayer' were there abouts but held off by stiffer competition.

One act has scaled the Christmas number one pinnacle on two separate (yet equally as joyous) occasions on the back of the same dirge. Albeit with one for a good cause. Queen first shot to the Yuletide top with Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975, only to repeat the feat and bother the upper reaches of the hit parade again in 1991 to mark the untimely (kerching!) passing of Freddie Mercury. Band Aid however remain the first and only act to date to achieve three Christmas number ones with the same song, as Bob Geldof and his mates Bono, Sting, et all joined forces again in 1989 and 2004 to bang out a 'revised' version of the 1984 Xmas chart-topper, 'Do they Know It's Christmas/Feed The World'. A song recorded by all the main pop protaganists of the day to alert record buyers to the poverty and famine inflicted on African people after successive droughts. You couldn't argue with that.

Christmas Number One Betting Interest A National Institution

What you could easily take issue with though was Mr. Blobby. And his Christmas 1993 song, 'Mr. Blobby'. In the biggest travesty of justice ever, this slice of musical idiocy kept Take That's seasonal tear-jerker 'Babe' off the top spot. Yet another reason to feel aggrieved by the mere presence of Noel Edmonds. Another big name to cash in on the suffering of millions was Michael Jackson, who in 1995 deemed it appropriate to witter on about climate change and the global destruction of rainforests and their native people so as to claw another number one out of a struggling career in the aftermath of claims made against him alluding to the entertaining of young boys. Speaking of contentious, and everyone seems to forget (convenient amnesia) that Vanilla Ice actually did us all one massive favour in in 1990 by putting a stop to Jive Bunny's bid to land the coveted Christmas numero uno spot with some more God-awful, recycled 1940's tat, by piping them at the post with 'Ice, Ice Baby'. Throwing a fresh, alternative Xmas curve-ball our way when he's normally ridiculed for his white-boy rapping and odd hair.

Comedian Peter Kay Offers An Alternative Christmas Number One Message

Formulated as an unlikely antidote to all this reality show pop production line pap was Bolton's very own comedian and Phoenix Nights creator, Peter Kay, who in 2008 launched his very own - and very tongue-in-cheek - bid for pop super-stardom (and a half-decent stab at the Christmas number one spot) with his alter ego, Geraldine McQueen. A character based on a school dinner lady who'd had a gender-changing operation to help him/her dreams of becoming a pop star. 'Once Upon A Christmas' in the event running the predictable Alexandra Burke debut record very close.

A lot of this inevitability factor is resigning some music retailers to insist that it's now-a-days a race for the Christmas number two spot; but we don't believe that. And more importantly, nor do the online bookies who are still lining all the contenders up from October each year without fail.

History has witnessed some good pitched battles between rival Christmas one-bound artists, although not bearing the same snarling rivalry as Blur versus Oasis, Slade v Wizzard in 1973 was a battle of the hair, whilst The Darkness taking on Gary Jules in 2003 was something of the opposite in as much as it being more than just a musical clash of styles. The latter being literally the last 'independent' recording artist to snatch a Crimbo number one.

Christmas Number One Up There With Turkey, Tree And Queen's Speech

To many generations the excitement that generated around just which of the current pop stars you'd spent all your pocket money on during the course of the preceding year (either by purchasing their latest vinyl offering/merchandise spin-offs and/or concert tickets) was as dizzying as awaiting Santa's visit on Christmas Eve. Seriously. Securing the Christmas number one spot was akin to a badge of honour to the artistes and legions of loyal fans alike. These same people would often gather to argue over Christmas number ones at the best of times, or rather, as to what they believed were Christmas number ones. Traditionally the official Christmas number one slot is the last Sunday before the 25th December, unless naturally Christmas Day lands on a Sunday. So therefore the actual Christmas number one is the ditty that's top of the pile when you sit down to your Christmas Day roast. Unless Christmas falls on a Sunday. I hope we've cleared that little area for dispute up if nothing else.

But to end our little saunter through Christmas number one heaven and hell, we return to our first point; and this contemporary phenomena of the reality TV-manufactured pop star and ready-made, universal fit Christmas number one electee. Pointing fingers at no one in particular (Mr Simon Cowell, you know who you are), the Christmas number one betting market is now so contrived and cynically controlled by these music industry moguls that the concept of the result being left to chance is not so much a faint, romantic notion from yesteryear, as much as it's being ignorant to the devices that the media industry movers and shakers plug in to achieve instant success and ego-massaging gratification.

Spice Girls Set Manufactured Christmas Number One Betting Tone

This easy-queasy transition was effectively set in motion by the Spice Girls, who in 1996 ('Two Become One'), 1997 ('Too Much') and 1998 ('Goodbye') ran up three consequential Yuletide winners, prior to 2002 TV talent show-cum-pop-star-makers 'Pop Idol - The Rivals' spawned Girls Aloud who raced to the Christmas number one slot with 'Sound Of The Underground' which essentially triggered the whole X Factor-guaranteed-Christmas-number-one assault on our senses. There might have been a three year gap, but then the Simon Cowell PR machine grinded into action and spewed out Shayne Ward's 2005 Christmas number one, 'That's My Goal', Leona Lewis's 2006 Crimbo anthem, 'A Moment Like This', Leon Jackson's, 'When You Believe' and 2008 X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke's, 'Hallelujah'.

Sorry, rant over. But once upon a Christmas number one time, the field was wide open to pop-pickers. Still, there remains hope. Or why else would the leading virtual bookies research, compile and offer us a new list of Christmas number one candidates this time of year if the market was fixed in any way. So Cowell and co, you may not get it all your own way again this year.