Bing Crosby achieved a very impressive feat (Picture: STF/AFP/Getty Images)
We’re a week away from Christmas, so everyone’s favourite festive songs are on rotation.
From the UK’s number one, All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey, to old classics like Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade, the same Christmas playlist is broken out every year, with a few new additions, and we expect the royalties to come rolling in for the stars.
But what is the biggest selling Christmas song of all time?
Well, it’s an oldie but goodie, as Bing Crosby’s classic White Christmas is not only best-selling Christmas song, but the best-selling single of all time.
The 1942 song, written by Irving Berlin and performed by Bing Crosby, has sold an estimated 50 million copies since its release.
In 1942 alone, the song spent 11 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts in the US, and it won the Oscar for best original song for its part in the film Holiday Inn.
When other versions of the songs are factored in, including those by Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, White Christmas has sold an estimated 100 million copies, and is listed as the biggest-selling single worldwide of all time in the Guinness Book of World Records.
However, it has never reached number one in the UK, peaking at number five.
In terms of UK Christmas number ones, the biggest selling single is Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas, which was released in 1984.
The charity single has sold 3.82 million copies, according to the Official Charts, and is the only Christmas hit to sell over 3 million units.
Do They Know It’s Christmas has hit number one with another three recordings in 1989, 2004 and 2014.
Do They Know It’s Christmas is the UK’s biggest selling Christmas number one (Picture: Staff/Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
While not a Christmas song, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen has been the Christmas number one twice 16 years apart, in 1975 and in 1991, and has sold 2.62 million copies.
Wings’ Mull of Kintyre, the 1977 Christmas number one, has sold 2.09 million copies, while Mary’s Boy Child has sold 1.9 million copies of the Boney M version, the 1978 Christmas number one, and a further 1.19 million with Harry Belafonte’s version, which achieved the same feat in 1957.
Artists including Mariah, LadBaby and Gemma Collins are all in the running to clinch the 2020 Christmas number one – with LadBaby hoping to nab three in a row, matching the same record held by The Beatles and Spice Girls.