In three weeks’ time we will discover which record will be the official Christmas number one in the UK music charts, with Ladbrokes feeling fairly convinced that the honour will be going to the Friends of Jo Cox, who have recorded a cover of the Rolling Stones song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ as a tribute to the murdered Batley & Spen MP.
That’s a 4/6 chance with Ladbrokes, but the market is much more wide open with other bookmakers, who have different favourites.
Paddy Power have The London Hospices Choir with their cover of ‘The Living Years’ by Mike & The Mechanics as their favourite at 2/1. Ladbrokes go 6/1 about that one, which would follow on from last year’s no.1 by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir.
Coral offer odds of 3/1 about the as yet unknown winner of X Factor, with 7 of the last 11 Xmas no. 1’s coming from that show – most recently Ben Haenow in 2014.
Meanwhile, Inspiral Carpets fans are bidding to push 1994 track ‘Saturn 5’ to the top spot in honour of their former drummer Craig Gill, who died last month aged 44.
Fan power has been effective before – as in 2009 with Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ being the least expected winner since Bob The Builder in 2000.
Beyond those market leaders, you could plump for one of the songs from the major festive advertising campaigns: ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ by Vaults (John Lewis) is at 16/1, as is James Corden’s ‘The Greatest Gift’ (Sainsbury’s), both at Ladbrokes. If you think the Jo Cox tribute single is too short with them, that is probably where the value lies.