Nine Eight lands first official guide to every Christmas number one

Nine Eight lands first official guide to every Christmas number one

Bonnier Books UK imprint Nine Eight has landed the first-ever official guide to every Christmas number one single between 1952 and 2020. 

Pete Selby, editorial director, bought the rights directly from author Michael Mulligan. The Official Christmas No 1 Singles Book will publish on 21st October.

The book draws on Official Charts Company data to dig into the stats and tell the story behind every single Christmas chart topper from 1952’s "Here In My Heart" by Al Martino to 2020’s "Don’t Stop Me Eatin’" by LadBaby.

Its synopsis says: "Each No 1 comes fully annotated with mind-boggling facts and stats about the songs and the artists behind them. Along the way these chart-toppers are placed firmly in context with every decade given a dedicated summary outlining the prevailing cultural, musical and technological developments of the era. There’s even information about every year’s official runner-up, the Christmas No 2, and its Christmas Top Ten."

The publisher said the book "deserves to stand as the definitive guide to one of pop’s most joyous and enduring traditions".