Christmas Compendium Track 29:

Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in December 2002.
Christmas Chart Position: #4.

Straight in at the top on this day fourteen years ago, but a week later up against the ‘Popstars: The Rivals’ chart battle which swept away all other Christmas number one contenders. Elton John’s original version was a number eleven hit in 1976, and Blue were riding on the back of a successful couple of years in which they had already had two number one singles (in “Too Close” and “If You Come Back”), so it was no surprise to see this teaming ending up as an instant chart topper.

Quick facts:

  • On just a couple of weeks’ sales, it managed to make number 34 on the chart of the year.
  • It gave Elton only his fifth UK number one, just two of which were genuinely solo.
  • Three songs ranked above it on the Christmas chart that year: Girls Aloud’s “Sound Of The Underground” at number one, One True Voice with “Sacred Trust” at two, and the Cheeky Girls’ “Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)” at three.

This clip is taken from a special Top of the Pops concert.


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