1963 – I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles.
1975 – Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
1985 – Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin’ Stevens.
1993 – Mr. Blobby by, ahem, Mr. Blobby.
2009 – Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine.
The Christmas no.1 spot has held some of the greatest and some of the worst songs ever recorded, but one thing was always certain; the list was varied year to year. Until 2005, that is…enter Simon Cowell. There’s no doubt that The X Factor is a popular show here in the UK. Even if you don’t watch it, it’s near on impossible to not have a clue what’s going on. It’s entertainment, something for people to fill their cold Saturday nights with and gossip about come Monday morning. But should it be taken seriously in the music industry? This is the debate brought up over Christmas of 2009, as a group of fed up music fans took to Facebook to campaign to take the no.1 spot away from whatever poor sod was being used as Cowell’s personal puppet that year. You see, the no.1 spot had been taken over by Cowell’s X Factor champions four years running, and people finally became fed up with it. So Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name reigned champion over poor little Joe McSomething’s dreary, predictable, granny-friendly ballad, and it turned out, Rage themselves we’re actually pretty happy with the grass-roots campaign. So happy in fact, that they announced a victory gig in celebration. AND I GOT A TICKET! So, this gig was on Sunday (6th June) in Finsbury Park, and it friggin’ rocked! The atmosphere was incredible, especially when they closed with KITN, and despite being completely battered and bruised for days afterwards, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to see this amazing band perform in such unusual circumstances. I remember buying their self titled album in a little record shop in Cambridge when I was 17 and to finally see them live, well, it was truly mind blowing. I managed to take a few photo’s in between all the jumping and shouting, which I’ve posted below 🙂