A Song About Sausage Rolls Has Topped The UK Christmas Charts
A YouTuber has claimed the coveted number one spot on the UK Christmas charts.
Viral star Ladbaby -- real name Mark Hoyle -- beat out heavyweights including Ariana Grande, Halsey, Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus with his cover of a 1985 hit by Starship.
"We built this city on sausage rolls," Ladbaby sings in the glorious ode to the humble pastry treat.
The video clip features 31-year-old Hoyle singing along with his wife Roxane and their two young kids. The track made 75,000 sales this week to take out the number one spot, according to Official Charts.
The catchy sausage roll anthem is also a charity single, with proceeds going straight to The Trussel Trust, an NGO dedicated to ending poverty and hunger.
The excited family found out this morning that they'd landed the top spot on the Christmas charts -- an honour that's taken very seriously in the UK.
"We've just been told that we're Christmas number one, I don't really know what going on but thank you..."Hoyle said in a video posted to Twitter.
"I think I need a drink and a few sausage rolls!" he laughed. "I don't think we ever thought we really stood a chance, did we," Hoyle asked his wife.
"No!" she replied. "There's Ariana Grande and Ava Max and some of the biggest pop stars in the world," she said, referring to their stiff competition.
"Only in the UK," marvelled Hoyle, shocked that his song has made its way to the history books and that 2018 will forever be remembered as the year a sausage roll song made it to number one.
Which made us take a look back at some of the more ~unusual~ and outstanding Christmas chart-toppers from years gone by.
2000: Bob The Builder - "Can We Fix It"
Remember the year 2000? When Peppa Pig and Shaun The Sheep didn't exist yet and Bob ruled children's TV with his unique brand of wholesome home renovations? It was also the year that this banger of a theme tune beat Eminem's "Stan" to make it all the way to the number one spot on the UK Christmas charts.
2009: Rage Against The Machine - "Killing In The Name Of"
It's definitely the most unconventional track you'll find on the list of UK Christmas number ones and not what you'd call a festive tune. But the 1991 song by the Californian rockers reached the top spot following a successful Facebook campaign launched by a couple who were sick of pop and novelty tunes dominating the list.
1984, 1989, 2004 Band Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
A special mention here for the song that's been re-recorded three times -- with different celeb musicians -- and made it to the very top without fail in the name of famine relief.
We've got to say our favourite version is the star-studded original 1984 song that featured Bob Geldof, Boy George, Phil Collins, George Michael, Bono, Sting and Spandau Ballet.
Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"
It's the only song that's won the Christmas chart battle twice -- Band Aid doesn't count because it's technically three different songs.
Queen was recognised for their epic rock opera tune in 1975 (the year it was released on their album A Night At The Opera) and then again in 1991. Because people will use any excuse to sing "Mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go!" at the top of their lungs.
1996, 1997, 1998: The Spice Girls - "2 Become 1", "Too Much" and "Goodbye"
The late '90s were a monumental time for this girl-group, and Spice-mania had taken over the world. Baby, Posh, Sporty, Scary and Ginger managed to top the UK Christmas chart three years in a row at the height of their fame.
And the girls didn't even win with bops like "Wannabe", "Spice Up Your Life" or "Stop" -- the three Christmas songs are super slow, emotional ballads. Which is a reminder of just how powerful the Spice Girls fan base was.
The group recently announced a 2019 tour so we're hoping this time next year we'll see a vintage Spice Girls jam reach number one.
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