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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2014

Ben Haenow - Something I Need
2014


"Something I Need" is a song by Ben Haenow, winner of the eleventh series of The X Factor. It is a cover version of "Something I Need"  by American pop rock band OneRepublic. The song was written and produced by Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco.

The song was released as a digital download in the United Kingdom on 14 December, with a physical equivalent being released three days later. "Something I Need" was produced by American singer-songwriter John Ryan, who has previously worked with One Direction. All proceeds from the single will go to the children's charity organization Together for Short Lives.

On 14 December 2014, Haenow performed the song live on The X Factor final, competing against Fleur East, who also performed the song.

In the Republic of Ireland, the song debuted at number two, beaten to the top spot by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" (which ironically received an early release because it was performed on The X Factor by eventual runner-up Fleur East). In the United Kingdom, the song beat "Uptown Funk" and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the 2014 Christmas number one. The song sold 214,000 copies in its first week, becoming the second-fastest selling single of 2014 (behind Band Aid 30's "Do They Know It's Christmas?").

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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2013

Sam Bailey - Skyscraper
2013

"Skyscraper" is a song performed by Sam Bailey, winner of the tenth series of The X Factor. It was written by Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins and Kerli Kõiv. The song was inspired by a picture of the apocalypse, in which the world was in ruins and among collapsed buildings, one skyscraper was still standing.

The song is a ballad and the lyrics speak of staying strong and believing in yourself.

On 15 December 2013, Bailey performed the song live on The X Factor final, and the single became the 2013 Christmas number-one single on the UK Singles Chart.

On December 18, 2013, the song entered number one on the Official Chart Update in the UK, ahead of "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. On December 19. On December 22, "Skyscraper" debuted at number one with sales of 148,853 copies. Despite more than doubling the sales of closest competitor "Happy" (63,858), it produced the second-lowest first-week sales of any X Factor winner's single; the lowest was Steve Brookstein's version of Phil Collins' "Against All Odds". It was, however, the fifth fastest-selling single of 2013 in the UK. The following week, "Skyscraper" dropped to number two, with "Happy" claiming the final UK number one of 2013.

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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2012

The Justice Collective - He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother
2012

"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" is a popular music ballad sung by The Justice Collective - the name taken by a group of British musicians and football personalities who released the song in aid of various charities associated with the Hillsborough disaster. Written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell it was originally recorded by Kelly Gordon in 1969, and the song became a worldwide hit for The Hollies later that year and again for Neil Diamond in 1970. It has been covered by many artists over the years.

In 1884, James Wells, Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland, in his book The Parables of Jesus tells the story of a little girl carrying a big baby boy. Seeing her struggling, someone asked if she wasn't tired. With surprise she replied, "No, he's not heavy; he's my brother."

In the 1940s, the words, adapted as "He ain't heavy, Father, he's my brother", were taken as a slogan for Boys Town children's home by founder Father Edward Flanagan.

This 2012 cover version of the song was recorded, and was released on December 17, 2012, by musicians and celebrities going under the name 'The Justice Collective'.

After the News International phone hacking scandal, members of The Farm along with Pete Wylie and Mick Jones of The Clash performed at an anti-The Sun concert at the Liverpool Olympia in September 2011. Following this they formed The Justice Tonight Band and toured the United Kingdom and Europe for the next year in order to raise awareness of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. It was then decided that a re-recording of this song by various artists including The Justice Tonight Band would be released as the charity single.

Keith Mullen of The Farm recruited Guy Chambers to produce the single and with Chambers offering free use of his Sleeper Studios to record the song. On 25 October, Steve Rotheram, Guy Chambers and Kenny Dalglish announced plans of the single to be recorded by various artists such as Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, Melanie Chisholm, Holly Johnson, Mick Jones, Peter Hooton, Chris Sharrock, Glenn Tilbrook, Ren Harvieu, Dave McCabe, Paul Heaton, Hollie Cook, Jon McClure, John Power, Gerry Marsden, and two original members of The Hollies, Bobby Elliott and Tony Hicks.

The song went on to take the coveted Christmas number one position for 2012 on the UK Singles Chart, beating The X Factor winner James Arthur, who was number one the previous week.

Vocalists

Andy Brown (Lawson)
Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers)
Paul Heaton (The Beautiful South)
Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze)
John Power (Cast, The La's)
Robbie Williams
Melanie C
Rebecca Ferguson
Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Paloma Faith
Beverley Knight
Eliza Doolittle
Dave McCabe (The Zutons)
Peter Hooton (The Farm)
Ren Harvieu
Jon McClure (Reverend and The Makers)
Paul McCartney
Shane MacGowan (The Pogues)
Bobby Elliott (The Hollies)
Tony Hicks (The Hollies)
Hollie Cook (The Slits)
LIPA Gospel Choir
Clay Crosse
Alan Hansen
Peter Reid
John Bishop
Kenny Dalglish
Neil Fitzmaurice

Musicians

Chris Sharrock (Beady Eye) – drums
David Catlin-Birch (World Party) – bass
Paul McCartney – lead guitar
Mick Jones (The Clash) – electric guitar
Andrew "Davo" Davitt – acoustic guitar
Guy Chambers – piano
Will Pound – harmonica
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – strings
Richard Blake – trumpet/flugelhorn
Matthew Lewis – trombone/euphonium
Meredith Moore – French horn
Will Roberts – tuba

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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2011

Military Wives with Gareth Malone - Wherever You Are
2011


"Wherever You Are" is a song written by Paul Mealor and performed by the Military Wives Choir, made from ladies of Chivenor and Plymouth under the direction of Gareth Malone. It is a spin off of the BBC Two television series The Choir: Military Wives. It was released on 19 December 2011 following a campaign to make it the 2011 UK Christmas number one. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 1, claiming the Christmas number 1 - selling more than 556,000 copies in the week, more than the rest of the Top 12 combined. The song also claimed the status of the biggest first week sales since "A Moment Like This" by Leona Lewis sold over 571,000 copies in its first week in 2006.

"Wherever You Are" was nominated for Best British Single in the 2012 BRIT Awards, but the award was won by One Direction for their single "What Makes You Beautiful".

The Military Wives Choir was formed in 2011 by Gareth Malone for the BBC Two television series The Choir: Military Wives. The programme documented Malone's visits to Chivenor Barracks first and then a few months later to Royal Citadel, Plymouth - both in Devon, in which he formed two choirs of wives and partners of British military personnel deployed on active service in the Afghanistan War. In forming the choirs, Malone aimed to raise the women's morale and raise their profile in the public perception.

The cover art features the emblem of a Remembrance poppy on a green background and the logos of the charities benefiting from the sales. It was released in the UK as a single by Decca Records on 19 December 2011, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion and SSAFA Forces Help.

The lyrics of "Wherever You Are" make a love poem compiled from letters written between the women and their absent husbands and partners. It was set to music by composer Paul Mealor, who is noted for his composition of a choral work sung at the Royal Wedding in 2011.

The first public performance of the piece was at The Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance held at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 November 2011 attended by The Queen. The event was broadcast in the final episode of The Choir television programme to an estimated television audience of 2.65 million viewers.

A campaign was launched to promote sales of the CD single, with the aim of it becoming the 2011 Christmas number one in the UK Singles Chart. Support for this campaign was received from BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans. In the traditional, competitive speculation in the run-up to Christmas, the Military Wives single was said to be in competition for the title with the The X Factor winners Little Mix, who released a cover version of Damien Rice's "Cannonball", a campaign to promote the 2011 re-release of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to number one, a campaign to highjack the Christmas Number 1 spot by British YouTube vlogger Alex Day named Forever Yours and a campaign fronted by Chris Moyles from BBC Radio 1 to hijack the Christmas number 1 with Dominick the Donkey. The race was further heated by the introduction of a trophy for the number one record by the Official Charts Company to celebrate sixty years of the UK Charts. It is to be awarded to every artist who makes it to number one in the UK Charts, with the first trophy being given out to the 2011 Christmas number one single.

In mid-December 2011 it was reported that "Wherever You Are" had broken sales records in becoming the most pre-ordered music item ever on the UK Amazon website.

Little Mix’s single was released a week earlier than normal X Factor winner’s singles, going to number one in the UK singles chart a week before the Christmas number one race, but with the lowest first week sales of any X Factor winner’s single since 2004. With pre-order figures counting against first day sales on 19 December 2011, it was revealed that the single was outselling the group a hundred to one. This combined with the volume of money being placed on the single caused bookmakers Ladbrokes to close all bets on the Christmas number one.

Following the second day of release, some 242,000 copies of the single had been sold, making it the fastest selling single since X Factor winner Shayne Ward's 2005 single That's My Goal. At that point it was leading the race for Christmas number one, having sold six times the number of singles as second place Little Mix.

The song debuted at number 144 on the UK Singles Chart. The following week the song climbed to the number-one spot, becoming the Christmas number one of 2011. It sold 555,622 copies, more than the rest of the top 12 combined. It is also the biggest first-week sales since "A Moment Like This" by Leona Lewis sold over 571,000 copies in its first week in 2006. Despite impressive first week sales, "Wherever You Are" only spent one week atop the chart, with Coldplay's "Paradise" replacing it at the summit on January 1; causing it to fall three places to number four.

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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2010

Matt Cardle - When We Collide
2010


"When We Collide" is a song by Matt Cardle, the winner of the seventh series of The X Factor. It is a cover of "Many of Horror" an alternative rock song written by Simon Neil of Scottish band Biffy Clyro.

Matt Cardle, recorded a studio version of the song under the title "When We Collide" and released it as his debut single, after having performed it in the final of the competition. It was made available as a digital download on 12 December 2010 shortly after the show had ended. A physical CD single was released on 15 December 2010. Biffy Clyro fans launched an internet campaign to get the original track "Many of Horror" to the festive charts, with fans joining a Facebook campaign urging people to buy Biffy Clyro's original single rather than Cardle's cover version. This resulted in the Biffy Clyro version reaching number 8 in the UK Singles Chart, its highest position ever, and Cardle's version became the UK Christmas number 1.

On 16 December 2010, "When We Collide" debuted at number one on the Irish Singles Chart, where it stayed for five weeks. It has since become the fourth best-selling song in the history of the chart. On 19 December, it charted number one in the UK Singles Chart, beating "What's My Name?" by Rihanna featuring Drake, and "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen, whilst the Biffy Clyro original of "Many of Horror" re-entered the chart at number eight. With sales of 815,000, it was the second best-selling single of 2010; the number one being "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, which sold 854,000 copies during 2010. As of June 2012, it had sold 1,000,167 copies, making it the 123rd single to sell a million copies in the UK, and the fourth by an X Factor contestant, after Shayne Ward's "That's My Goal", Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love" and Alexandra Burke's "Hallelujah". According to the Official Charts Company, "When We Collide" is the 124th best selling song of all time in the UK.

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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2009

Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
2009

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"Killing in the Name" is a song by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine, featured on their self-titled debut album, and was released as the lead single from the album in November 1992. In 1993, the song peaked at number 25 in the United Kingdom. Written about revolution against institutional racism and police brutality, "Killing in the Name" is widely recognized as the band's signature song, and has been noted for its distinctive guitar riffs and heavy use of strong language.

In 2009 the song was the focus of a successful Facebook campaign to prevent The X Factor winner's song from gaining the Christmas number one in the United Kingdom for the fifth successive year. The campaign provoked commentary from both groups and other musicians, and gained coverage in both national and international press. The song became the first single to reach the Christmas number one spot on downloads alone. The campaign also spread to Ireland, and although less successful, it helped Killing In The Name become the Christmas number two in the Irish Charts. The campaign made Killing In The Name the group's highest charting single in either the UK or Ireland.

"Killing in the Name" has been described as "a howling, expletive-driven tirade against the ills of American society. The song repeats six lines of lyrics that associate police brutality with racism, and then switches to the refrain, "Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses," an allusion to cross-burning by the Ku Klux Klan. The song's lyrics reference the allegation that some members of US police forces are members of the Ku Klux Klan organization, whose symbol is the burning cross. The BBC News website refers to it as railing against "the military–industrial complex, justifying killing for the benefit of, as the song puts it, the chosen whites." The song reflects the racial tensions that exist in United States; it was released six months after the Los Angeles Riots, an event triggered by the acquittal of four white police officers who beat black motorist Rodney King.

"Killing in the Name" was originally written and recorded shortly after Rage Against the Machine formed as part of a 12 song self-released cassette. The band's first video for "Killing in the Name" did not receive heavy airplay in the United States due to the explicit lyrics. The song received substantial airplay in Europe and drove the band's popularity outside its home country.

The song earned its notoriety in the United Kingdom on February 21, 1993, when BBC Radio 1 DJ Bruno Brookes accidentally played the full uncensored version of the song on his Top 40 countdown, leading to 138 complaints. It should be noted that Brookes was recording an advertisement for next week's Top 40 Countdown while the song played. This moment of infamy has since been consistently referenced by numerous British rock media.

The song drew controversy again in Britain on November 2008, when it was played over the speakers in an Asda supermarket in Preston, Lancashire, prompting numerous complaints from customers.

In 2012 Tom Morello criticized the UK Independence Party (UKIP) for using the song "Killing in the Name"; Morello stated: "Hey UKIP & Nigel Farage: Stop using 'KILLING IN THE NAME' for your racist/rightwing rallies. We are against everything you stand for. STOP. IT."

In early December 2009, English DJ Jon Morter and his wife Tracy launched a group on the social networking site Facebook encouraging people to buy the song in the week running up to Christmas in order to prevent the winner of the X Factor television show from achieving the Christmas number one slot in the United Kingdom for the fifth year running. On December 15, the BBC reported the group had over 750,000 members.

As the X Factor song was donating some of the profits to charity, the Rage against X Factor campaign encouraged supporters also to give to charity. Alongside the group, a JustGiving page was created to raise money for homeless charity Shelter which, as of 20 December, was reported to have raised over £70,000 (approximately $110,000).

After the creator of The X Factor, Simon Cowell, publicly denounced the campaign as "stupid" and "cynical", the group gained more attention and went on to be mentioned on various UK news channels, radio stations and websites. Rage Against the Machine added their support to the campaign. Guitarist Tom Morello said that achieving the Christmas number one would be "a wonderful dose of anarchy" and that he planned to donate the unexpected windfall to charity. Critics noted that both The X Factor and Rage Against the Machine are signed to labels that are part of Sony BMG. Tom Morello dismissed conspiracy claims as ridiculous. After its occurrence, Kasabian's Tom Meighan and Sergio Pizzorno expressed their happiness at the campaign's success in an NME interview, where they also heavily criticised The X Factor.

The band created controversy when they performed an uncensored rendition of the song on BBC Radio 5Live despite the hosts asking them to censor the expletive end. During the crescendo of their performance, frontman Zack De La Rocha started out only singing "I won't do what you tell me," with a pause where he normally sings "Fuck You", but after a few lines, he screamed the lyrics, "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me" repeatedly. Hosts Nicky Campbell and Shelagh Fogarty apologized afterward.

On December 20, 2009, BBC Radio 1 revealed the song had successfully reached the number one spot, selling over 500,000 copies and being the first exclusively download-only single to be Christmas number one in the process. The following week Joe McElderry's cover of the song "The Climb" became the last British number 1 single of 2009. Killing In The Name dropped to number two, falling 38 places to number 40 the week after, and dropping out of the top 75 the following week, falling to number 100.

The campaign to get the song to Christmas number one had also spread to Ireland, where like in the UK, the Christmas number one had been dominated by X Factor finalists for the previous five years. The campaign was less successful in Ireland and McElderry beat Rage Against the Machine to Christmas number 1, with Rage Against The Machine taking the number 2 spot.

On June 6, 2010, Rage Against The Machine performed at a free 'thank you' gig for 40,000 fans in Finsbury Park. On stage Tracy and Jon Morter were handed a representative cheque in the amount of £162,713.03, representing the proceeds from donations to JustGiving and royalties from sales of the single.

As a result of the campaign, the song is featured in the 2011 UK edition of the Guinness World Records under the category of 'Fastest-selling digital track (UK)', after recording 502,672 downloads in its first week.

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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2008

Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah
2008

"Hallelujah" is a song sung by Alexandra Burke, the winner of the fifth series of the reality television show The X Factor.

The song is written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen but achieved little initial success. The song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which inspired a cover by Jeff Buckley.

Many cover versions have been performed by many and various singers, both in recordings and in concert, with over 300 versions known. The song has been used in film and television soundtracks and televised talent contests.

"Hallelujah", in its original version, is in 6/8 time, which evokes both waltz and gospel music. Written in the key of C major, the chord progression matches lyrics from the song: "goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, and the major lift": C, F, G, A minor, F.

Cohen wrote around 80 draft verses for "Hallelujah". His original version, as recorded on his Various Positions album, contains several biblical references, most notably evoking the stories of Samson and traitorous Delilah from the Book of Judges ("she cut your hair") as well as the adulterous King David and Bathsheba ("you saw her bathing on the roof, her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you"). Different interpretations of the song have included different verses, out of the over 80 verses Cohen originally wrote.

Alexandra Burke, the winner of the fifth series of the reality television show The X Factor, released a condensed cover version of the song as a prize for her victory. It reached Christmas number one on the UK Singles Chart on 21 December 2008.

The release of Burke's cover created interest in the previous versions of the song, including a Buckley fan campaign to take Buckley's cover to the top of the Christmas chart and therefore deny Burke the top spot. The campaign was fuelled by Buckley fans' dislike of The X Factor '​s commercialism and the song's arrangement, as well as their desire to introduce younger people to Buckley's version. Burke herself was not enamoured of the choice of song, remarking "It just didn't do anything for me."

Burke's version broke a European sales record after selling over 105,000 digital downloads in just one day, breaking the previous record set by Leona Lewis. The song sold 576,000 copies in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling single released by a woman in the United Kingdom and the 2008 Christmas number one, while Buckley's cover charted at number two and Cohen's original version at number 36.

On 28 December 2008, the UK Singles Chart listed Burke's version as the biggest selling single of the year, with NME announcing sales of over 1 million copies since its release. It has sold 1.297 million as of August 2016, making it the biggest-selling X Factor winner's single to date.

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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2007

Leon Jackson - When You Believe
2007


"When You Believe" was recorded by The 2007 X Factor winner Leon Jackson.

"When You Believe" is a song from the 1998 DreamWorks musical animated feature The Prince of Egypt., written and composed by Stephen Schwartz. A pop single version of "When You Believe", with additional music and lyrics by writer-producer Babyface, was also recorded for the film by American singers Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston for the film's end credits and its soundtrack album.  The original version of the song, featured in the narrative portion of the film, is performed by Sally Dworsky, Michelle Pfeiffer, and a children's choir. "When You Believe" is described as a big ballad, with meaningful and inspirational lyrics, describing the ability each person has to achieve miracles when they reach out to God and believe.

The single was available to download from midnight after the result of the show on December 15, 2007, and a CD was rush-released mid-week, on December 19, 2007. This is unusual as most new singles are released on a Monday to gain maximum sales for the UK Singles Chart the following Sunday. Exceptions included the previous two X Factor winners whose were singles released in this fashion, in order for them to compete to be the Christmas number-one single, which they all became. A video for the single was made by each of the final four of the series; Jackson, Rhydian Roberts, Same Difference and Niki Evans. However, only the winner's version of the song and video was released.

On December 23, 2007, it debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, making it the coveted Christmas number one with sales of over 275,000 copies. It stayed at number one for three weeks until it fell down to number five on its fourth week and then fell another ten places to number fifteen in its fifth week. The song ended 2007 as the year's fourth biggest-selling single in the UK. According to The Official Charts Company, the song has sold 506,000 copies in the UK as of December 2012.

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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2006

Leona Lewis - A Moment Like This
2006


"A Moment Like This" is a song by British singer Leona Lewis, the winner of series 3 of The X Factor. The song was co-written by Jörgen Elofsson and John Reid and produced by Stephen Ferrera and Steve Mac. It was written to be the first single for the winner of the first season of American Idol.

The song was recorded in December 2006 and was rush-released on Wednesday, December 20, 2006. This is unusual as most new singles are released on a Monday to gain maximum sales for the UK Singles Chart the following Sunday. The late release of "A Moment Like This" was because Lewis was only chosen as the artist on the night of Saturday, December 16, when the live final was transmitted. The song was available for download after she was announced winner of The X Factor.

In January 2007, "A Moment Like This" was shortlisted for Best British Single at the 2007 BRIT Awards. It made it to the second round but was eliminated and did not make it to the final selection. In May it was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Best Selling British Single.

This version of the song broke a world record after it was downloaded 50,000 times within just 30 minutes of release. It sold over 100,000 copies on its first day on sale and also went on to become the most downloaded song of 2006. On December 24, it became the Christmas number one, having sold 571,253 copies, outselling the rest of the Top 40 combined.

It ended as the United Kingdom's second best selling single of the year. In January 2007, the single was awarded Platinum status by the British Phonographic Industry. According to the Official Charts Company, the song has sold 900,000 copies in the United Kingdom as of December 2014.

"A Moment Like This" stayed at number one for four weeks and also topped the Irish Singles Chart for six weeks. On January 4, 2007, it charted at number three on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. On October 28, 2007, after the release of Lewis's second single "Bleeding Love", "A Moment Like This" re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 55.

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65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 2005

Shayne Ward - That's My Goal
2005


"That's My Goal" is the debut single by English singer Shayne Ward, the winner of the second series of The X Factor. It was released as his winner's single on 21 December 2005. Ward is the only X Factor winner to release an original song as his winner's single; all other winners have released a cover version of another song. "That's My Goal" was later included on Ward's debut studio album, Shayne Ward (2006).

The song sold 313,000 copies in its first two days of sales, making it the fastest-selling song of 2005. It sold a further 429,180 copies in this five-day period, which was more than enough to secure the 2005 Christmas number one. It remained at the top of the UK Singles Chart for a total of four weeks and stayed in that chart for five months. It has been ceritified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 600,000 copies. "That's My Goal" remains the fastest-selling X Factor winner's single of all time and the third fastest-selling song of all time in the UK.

"That's My Goal" was written by Jörgen Elofsson, Jem Godfrey and Bill Padley and produced by Per Magnusson and David Kreuger. It was first heard in the final of the second series of The X Factor, where it was performed by both Ward and eventual runner-up, Andy Abraham. The single was released via digital download straight after Ward won, but the CD single was not released until 21 December 2005, which was a Wednesday. This was unusual as most new singles are released on a Monday to gain maximum sales for the UK Singles Chart the following Sunday. The late release was because the CD single was not yet ready when Ward was announced as the winner on Saturday 17 December, and delaying the song's release until the next week would mean the song would not be a contender for the Christmas number one.

The song sold 313,000 copies in its first two days of sales, making it the third fastest-selling single of all time (behind Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" and Will Young's "Evergreen"). On 25 December 2005, after selling almost 750,000 in its first week on sale, it debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart and became the 2005 Christmas number one. This made Ward the first X Factor winner to achieve the Christmas number one spot, as Band Aid 20's version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" took the title in 2004. "That's My Goal" sold a further 132,000 the following week and stayed at number one. The song made it three weeks at the top on 8 January 2006, selling 54,192 copies that week. In its fourth week of release, the song was again top of the UK charts, selling 31,724 copies to bring its total to 960,360. On 22 January, "That's My Goal" was finally knocked off the top spot by Arctic Monkeys' "When the Sun Goes Down".

"That's My Goal" was the second biggest-selling single of 2005 in the UK, beaten only by "Is This the Way to Amarillo" by Tony Christie and Peter Kay.  It is also the fastest-selling X Factor winner's single. It has been ceritified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 600,000 copies. As of 2014, it is one of 154 million-selling singles in the UK, having sold 1.1 million copies.

In the Republic of Ireland, the song debuted at number three on the Irish Singles Chart on 22 December 2005, behind a novelty version of "Leave Right Now" by Mario Rosenstock (a parody of the original by Will Young) and "JCB" by Nizlopi.  In its third week, however, "That's My Goal" finally gained the number one spot and remained there for a total of seven weeks. The song also reached number eight in Sweden.