Hillsborough Charity Single is bookies favourite for Xmas number one

The race for the Xmas number one has mostly been a dull affair for decades apart from the legendary moment when Rage Against The Machine rubbed Simon Cowell’s nose in it a couple of years ago.

Last year it was business as usual with a quickly forgettable Xmas number from the X Factor, but this year all hell has broken lose with a battle for the number one slot that for all manner of reasons looks like all winners and no losers – especially with X Factor apparently dropping out of the race.

The bookies favourite and dead cert eventual winner will be the Justice Bands cover of ‘He Aint Heavy’ for the Hillsborough appeal – The Hollies song is great, the cause is the number one cause of the year, the money is going to the right place, and Mick Jones from the Clash will be in there somewhere with a Xmas number one…what is there not to like?

Hot on its heals is the 25th anniversary version of the Pogues classic ‘Fairy Tale Of New York’ that has slowly become the nations favourite Xmas song. Interestingly Shane Macgowan sings on this and the Hillsborough single and Xmas without Shane makes no sense at all.

The usual like One Direction and Kylie are also in the mix but it looks like any record that Shane sings on is on the way to Xmas number one…

In the end there’s only one single to buy whether you like the song or not and that’s the Hillsborough Charity Single…



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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. “what is there not to like?”

    Pete Wylie was snubbed for this recording after being such a major part of the Justice Tonight tour, that’s what.

  2. LTW boss John Robb was also passed over, compered every gig, took the lead vocals on ‘Janie Jones’, helped promote (and still continues to) every gig etc – granted it needs the big hitting names of Robbie and Macca but such a shame some of the key players have been passed over.


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