Song released in 1984 favourite to be crowned Christmas No. 1

A song first released more than 30 years ago is being tipped as this year's Christmas No. 1.

Tuesday, 28th November 2017, 4:37 pm
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 11:15 pm
'Last Christmas' by 'Wham' is favourite to take this year's festive top spot.

'Last Christmas' was released by 'Wham' in 1984 and was beaten to the No. 1 spot by 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' by 'Band Aid'.

'Wham' lead singer, George Michael, passed away on Christmas Day in 2016 and a Christmas No. 1 could be seen as a fitting tribute.

Some bookmakers are offering short odds of 5/2 that 'Last Christmas' will do in 2017 what it couldn't in 1984.

Other artists and groups in contention for this year's Christmas No. 1 spot include: Ed Sheeran (3/1), the X-Factor winner (4/1), Mariah Carey (5/1) and James Arthur (12/1).

If you like backing outsiders then some bookmakers are offering odds of 150/1 that dancer turned singer, Anton Du Beke, will secure the festive top spot with a song from his debut album 'From the Top'.

Last year's Christmas No. 1 was 'Rockabye' by Clean Bandit.

Betting odds taken from and accurate at the time of publishing.