Clean Bandit lead race for Christmas number one

The Cambridge trio are currently ahead of the rest in the midweek chart update

Clean Bandit are currently the favourites to land the 2016 Christmas number one single in the UK, after coming out on top in the latest singles chart update.

The Cambridge trio presently sit on top of the charts with their single ‘Rockabye’, despite the fact that it was released back in October. The Sean Paul and Anne-Marie-featured song is also now in its ninth week in the charts.

Clean Bandit are currently fighting off competition from Rag’N’Bone Man (‘Human’, six weeks in the charts), Little Mix (‘Touch’, two weeks in the charts) and Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki’s ‘Just Hold On’ (two weeks in the charts), according to the update posted by The Official Charts Company earlier today (December 19).

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Clean Bandit’s song ‘Rockabye’ has topped the UK singles charts for six weeks running, and is 4,000 sales ahead of Rag’N’Bone Man’s ‘Human’.

Inspiral Carpets‘ 1994 single ‘Saturn 5’, meanwhile, is currently sitting at number 20. Fans of the band have launched a campaign to get the song to number one Christmas chart – which is revealed on Friday (December 23) – in memory of drummer Craig Gill, who died last month.

Last year’s Christmas number one was the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir’s ‘A Bridge Over You’, a mash-up cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and Coldplay‘s 2005 single ‘Fix You’.