Christmas Compendium Track 13:

Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in January 1999.
Christmas Chart Position: #6.

In the era of acts scheduling their Christmas chart releases for the very week, it was almost futile to expect any song that was in the chart in November to get to the top. Steps had to wait until the second chart of the year until their double-A sided release hit the top – on its eighth week in the chart. It became their first of two UK number ones, and although everyone seemed to favour their cover of the Bee Gees’ “Tragedy” (more so in the new year), “Heartbeat” was a gem of a track with an extremely festive mini-story of a video – which it would be sacrilege not to feature here today.

Quick facts:

  • Pete Waterman revealed that “Heartbeat” had been sat in a drawer for years before he gave it to the band to record.
  • Their only other UK number one came in 2000 when “Stomp” got to the top.
  • Because the track’s chart run was staggered across two years, it only managed number 12 on the chart of 1998, and number 19 on the chart of 1999. Despite that, total UK sales stand at an impressive 1.19 million copies.
  • The Christmas number one race in 1998 was actually won by the Spice Girls’ “Goodbye”, their third in succession, beating Chef’s “Chocolate Salty Balls” (from South Park) at two, with Denise van Outen and Johnny Vanghan’s “Especially For You” at three. All were new entries.

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