To be honest though, I'm not really all that fussed one way or another. I always found Rage Against The Machine's corporate-sponsored angst utterly boring and maybe that's because when they were at their most prolific, I was busy rediscovering music with proper tunes (En Vogue's My Lovin', Suede's The Drowners, Saint Etienne's Join Our Club and Maria McKee's Youth-produced joyfest, Sweetest Child being prime examples). For a reasoned argument against the tiresome Let's-Get-"Our"-Christmas-Number-One-"Back" campaign, just read the sentiments expressed by Mr Andrew Collins here (aye... of course, you come to my blog before you go to his... you're only human after all!).
Anyway, the whole point of this post is not to rage against RATM or, indeed, the X Factor. It's just that I'm so surprised that I actually know what is at the "top spot" - festive or otherwise! Putting aside the X Factor's yuletide successes of 2005 to 2008, I really cannot recall the last time I knew what was number one, far less give a shit!
Perhaps it was the time in 1998 when I wanted Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls to beat Spice Girls' Goodbye. And a fat lot of good that did.