I did a list of these way back in 2013 and it’s time to update it as things have changed. Back in 1994, Mariah Carey released the song All I Want for Christmas is you which peaked at number two and has subsequently entered the UK chart since 2014 when downloads were counted towards the UK singles chart even though, due the bizarre rules the OCC seem to have invented which really obscures the reality of the chart, it’s been permanently on ACR which stand for Accelerated Chart Ratio. In a net shell, this means that ‘sales’ of old tracks that return to the chart down have the same ratio of streams to sales. Why? Who knows! This is probably one of the reasons the chart is so irrelvant to anyone outside the music industry.
The song has returned to chart every Christmas since 2014 and has peaked, again, at number two on three further occasions. But on week ending 19th December 2020 the song finally went to number one which means it was no longer the biggest selling single not to get to number one. This is the reason for updating this table and here is the current top 10 singles to fall into that category.
|Rank||Artist||Title||Peak Position||Year first charted||Weeks on chart|
|10||Snow Patrol||Chasing Cars||6||2006||111|
|7||Idina Menzel||Let It Go||11||2013||63|
|6||New Order||Blue Monday||9||1983||54|
|5||Pogues & Kirsty McColl||Fairtytale of New York||2||1987||92|
|4||Eminem & Rihanna||Love The Way You Lie||2||2010||48|
|3||John Legend||All Of Me||2||2014||75|
|1||Maroon 5 Ft Christina Aguilera||Moves Like Jagger||2||2011||52|