Christmas Number One 2023: Bookies favourites & latest betting odds

The Pogues had been the early frontrunners with bookies for this year's Christmas Number One but have been replaced
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

The Pogues have been replaced as the favourite to claim the Christmas No. 1 this year. The group had shot to the top of the odds list following the death of Shane MacGowan after a series of health issues in recent years, but Fairytale of New York could miss out on topping the charts after the latest update.

LadBaby pulled out of the race earlier in 2023. They had previously claimed five Christmas Number One in a row, but announced in November that they were pulling out of the race in 2023 - instead encouraging other charity singles to have a crack at the crown.

However a new group of social media creators - a collection of TikTok stars - called Creator Universe have stepped into the void created by LadBaby's absence. The cover of I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday is raising money for the Trussell Trust.

The Pogues initially saw a surge in backers following a health update from Shane MacGowan's wife - despite ongoing controversies about the lyrics. Following his death the odds have only shortened and they are now the firm favourites.

The UK's pre-Christmas chart will be topped by a different artist for the first time since 2018, when LadBaby claimed their first No.1 with a cover of We Built This City. The social media duo's parody tracks, which insert the words sausage roll into popular songs, have raised money for charities such as The Trussell Trust over the last five years.

MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis teamed up with LadBaby for the 2022 effort - Food Aid, a play of Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas - following Ed Sheeran and Elton John's lead from the year prior. The Christmas Number One for 2023 will not be announced until Friday, December 22, just day's before the big day.

The Official Charts also expect that Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You and Wham's Last Christmas could also be in the mix. But what do the bookies say? Here's the latest odds as of November 21, 2023:

Christmas Number One favourites

LadBaby and Martin Lewis. (Credit: PA)LadBaby and Martin Lewis. (Credit: PA)
LadBaby and Martin Lewis. (Credit: PA)

The Pogues have become the early favourites to top the Christmas charts at William Hill and Sky Bet as of Tuesday, November 21. LadBaby are still backed by other bookies but expect their odds to slide massively after announcing they will not release a track in 2023.

Wham! could prove to be competition and also Sidemen, according to the latest odds.

Other contenders include the likes of Ed Sheeran, Adele and Sam Ryder. Artists have yet to announce bids for the festive number one - and so the picture will become clearer in the coming weeks.

Christmas Number One latest betting odds

It is only just over a week before the Christmas Number One for 2023 is set to be announced by BBC Radio 1 on Friday, December 22 and the bookies are keeping their odds constantly updated.

LadBaby had been the runaway favourites early doors but were surpassed by Fairytale of New York in late November and early December.

But Creator Universe have now supplanted The Pogues as the frontrunner.

Sky Bet

The latest odds from Sky Bet's website as of Thursday, December 14:

  • Creator Universe - 4/5
  • The Pogues - 6/4
  • Wham! - 5/1
  • Taylor Swift - 18/1
  • Mariah Carey - 20/1

The Sky Bet page has seen a significant shift in odds in recent days as Creator Universe have shot up to become the new frontrunner.

William Hill

William Hill is offering the following odds on Christmas Number One as of Thursday, 14 December:

  • Creator Universe - 8/11
  • The Pogues - 5/4
  • Wham! - 11/2
  • Mariah Carey - 20/1
  • Mitski - 22/1

How many Christmas Number One's do LadBaby have?

The social media stars - real names Mark and Roxanne Hoyle - have scooped five Christmas Number Ones. They have topped the chart each year from 2018 to 2022. LadBaby broke The Beatles record for most consecutive Christmas Number Ones last year.

LadBaby will not release a Christmas song in 2023. But have not ruled out returning in future years.

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.