Christmas number 1 odds: Can anyone beat LadBaby?

The social media star is leading the race, but could face a late challenge from Wham!, The Sidemen or Mariah Carey

LadBaby Mark Hoyle and his wife Roxanne with money-saving expert Martin Lewis
LadBaby and his wife Roxanne Hoyle have teamed up with Martin Lewis in their bid for another Christmas number one. (PA) (PA)

The race for Christmas number one is entering the final straight.

This year's festive chart-topper will be announced live on Radio 1 this Friday (23 December) after a hotly contested battle.

Social media star LadBaby took the crown for a fourth consecutive year in 2021, but who's on track to secure the coveted spot this time around?

Here's our guide to the contenders, including the latest odds for each song.

Christmas number 1 odds for 2022

LadBaby (1/5)

Social media star LadBaby, real name Mark Hoyle, has reworked Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? in a bid to claim his fifth Christmas number one. The track, titled Food Aid, features Hoyle's wife Roxanne and money-saving expert Martin Lewis, with all proceeds going to the Trussell Trust and Band Aid Trust.

Wham! (7/1)

Wham!'s 1984 classic Last Christmas is the current UK number one, having scored 11.4 million streams last week. But it's trailing LadBaby in this week's race by 12,000 chart units, according to the latest projections.

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The Sidemen (11/1)

YouTube stars The Sidemen have collaborated with rapper JME for Christmas Drilling, a festive-themed drill song, in aid of food poverty charity FareShare.

Mariah Carey (12/1)

Will Mariah Carey, the self-proclaimed 'Queen of Christmas', finally score her first festive number one? Her 1994 hit All I Want for Christmas is You was knocked off the top spot by Wham! last week.

Mariah Carey performing on The Late Late Show with James Corden
Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas is You' is a perennial festive favourite. (Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images) (CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)

The K**** (14/1)

Punk band The K**** reached number five on the Christmas charts in 2020 and 2021 with protest songs about Boris Johnson. This year, they're back with another political track, called F*** the Tories.

Stormzy (20/1)

Rapper Stormzy is hoping to score his fourth UK number one with his new single Firebabe.

Raye (20/1)

Raye's track Escapism, featuring 070 Shake, has entered the race after becoming a viral hit on TikTok.

Raye performs at Brighton Pride in 2022
Raye is vying for the Christmas crown in this year's chart battle. (Hale/Redferns) (Jo Hale via Getty Images)

The Pogues (25/1)

The Pogues' 1987 track Fairytale of New York is one of the nation's most beloved Christmas songs, but has never reached number one. Could it finally top the chart this year?

Jason Manford (25/1)

Comedian Jason Manford has released Assembly Bangers, a dance remix of songs from school assemblies, to raise money for the Trussell Trust.

Jason Manford at The National Lottery's Big Bash
Jason Manford's charity single is a surprise challenger for the top spot. (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for The National Lottery) (Jeff Spicer via Getty Images)

Lewis Capaldi (25/1)

Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi is in the running with his new single Pointless, co-written with Ed Sheeran.

Taylor Swift (25/1)

Taylor Swift's hit Anti-Hero spent six consecutive weeks at number one after being released in October, but has now slipped out the top five.