December 24th, 2017

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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2015

The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir - A Bridge over You

"A Bridge over You" is a charity single recorded and released independently by the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir.

It is a mashup of "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel and Coldplay's 2005 single "Fix You" with additional arrangement by the choir's conductor, Peter Mitchell.

The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir had previously appeared on the first series of Gareth Malon's BBC Two show "The Choir, Sing While You Work", a competition between workplace choirs, in 2012.They finished the show as runners up. "A Bridge over You" was recorded in 2013, following the choir's appearance in the competition.

A social media campaign to get the choir to the "Christmas number one", was launched in October 2015 by choir member Katie Rogerson, junior doctor Harriet Nerva, and Joe Blunden, a communications manager for the NHS. At the time, Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, was debating extending the contracted hours of junior doctors, a move that proved controversial and which prompted the British Medical Association to consider strike action.

Nerva created a Facebook event for the campaign after the video "moved [her] to tears", telling Mirror Online that "getting it to Number One would bring to the public's eye the fantastic service it provides in very challenging times". Rogerson told The Guardian that "it’s a challenging time for the NHS and morale is quite low ... We wanted people to recognise all the brilliant things that happen on an everyday basis rather than feel miserable and unappreciated."

"A Bridge over You" was originally released independently by Blunden on behalf of the NHS Trust on 9 December 2013 in support of various charities including Carers UK, Mind and other smaller healthcare related charities. The 2015 campaign's organisers asked supporters not to purchase the song until the week of the Christmas charts so as to focus sales.

It reached number one at Christmas 2015, selling more than 127,000 copies.

In its second week on the UK Singles Chart, the song broke the record for the biggest fall for a UK number one single, when it fell to number 29 on 1 January 2016. The song dropped out of the charts completely the following week, making the song's two-week chart run the shortest ever for a UK number one single.

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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2016

Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie - "Rockabye"

"Rockabye" is a song by British electronic group Clean Bandit, featuring English singer Anne-Marie as main vocalist together with Jamaican dancehall singer Sean Paul. It was released on 21 October 2016 and was their first single since Neil Amin-Smith's departure from the group. The song is about hardships of single mothers and alludes to the nursery rhyme, Rock-a-bye Baby.

The song became the UK Christmas number one for 2016 on 23 December 2016. It is the first song in chart history to become Christmas number one after already being at the top of the charts for six weeks. In total, the song spent 9 weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart while also topping the charts in over 20 other countries.

On 28 October 2016, "Rockabye" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 7. The following week, it climbed to 3, before high performance in streaming got it to number one on its third week. It also became Clean Bandit's first number one single in Australia, and additionally reached number one in Austria, Finland, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland. On 23 December 2016, having already spent six weeks on top of the charts, "Rockabye" became the Christmas number one for 2016, making it the first song to do so that was not an X Factor winner's song, charity single, or stunt song since "Mad World" in 2003. However, it sold just 57,631 copies, becoming the lowest-selling Christmas number one of all time due to being helped by streaming (while actually being number two on the sales-only chart).

In the United States, "Rockabye" debuted at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of 24 December 2016. It has since reached the Top 10, reaching a current peak of number nine.