Rage Beat X Factor to UK Christmas No. 1

December 20, 2009
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History has just been made.

The UK’s Xmas Number 1 is Rage Against The Machine selling 502,672 copies of “Killing In The Name Of”. X Factor winner Joe McElderry is Number 2 having sold 450,838 with “The Climb” (a cover of a Miley Cyrus song).

This is the first time that a single has reached number one in the Christmas charts by downloads only.

The number one single was revealed at 6.50pm GMT by Scott Mills on the BBC Radio 1 Chart Show.

High-fives to everyone who bought the Rage single, bringing an end to The X Factor’s domination of the Christmas charts in recent years.

In recent years the once coveted Christmas No. 1 has lost a lot of it’s magic and charm after being one year after year by X Factor winners. There really hasn’t been an interesting battle for the Christmas No. 1 since 2003 when The Darkness (remember how fun they were?) lost out to Gary Jules version of “Mad World”.

McElderry is the latest Simon Cowell endorsed television pop idol – another cash-cow from the Cowell farm, ready to be milked for every penny until the next pop idol comes along. Boring, boring, boring.

Thankfully for us, a couple of bright sparks named Tracy and Jon Morter started up a Facebook group to campaign to get “Killing In The Name Of” to No.1 for Christmas. The song is the second track from Rage’s eponymous debut album, released in 1992, and was eligible for the chart due to changes to the rules that decide the Christmas winner with the inclusion of downloads.

Power to the people!

Brian Banks

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