Ed Sheeran and Elton John's duet Merry Christmas has claimed this year’s Christmas Number 1 on the Official Irish Singles Chart.

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The festive tune climbs from No 3 to the top of the tree on this week’s Christmas Chart, seeing off competition from a flurry of festive classics in the Top 10, including Last Christmas by Wham! At 3, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You at 4, and The Pogues’ classic Fairytale Of New York at 5.

Merry Christmas is Ed’s ninth Number 1 single in Ireland (and third in 2021 alone), and Elton’s fourth and his first in 24 years, since Candle In The Wind 97/Something About The Way You Look Tonight in 1997.

Elsewhere on the new chart, a rework of Merry Christmas by YouTubers LadBaby (aka Mark and Roxanne Hoyle) - titled Sausage Rolls For Everyone - claims this week’s highest new entry at Number 41. Money raised from the single goes to foodbank charity The Trussell Trust.

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Further down, Elton has another two entries in the Top 50. Cold Heart with Dua Lipa is at 19, and his 1973 festive single Step Into Christmas (which was memorably covered by The Wedding Present at Christmas in 1992) at 29. Ed also claims another two spots, with Shivers at 28 and Bad Habits at 35.

While a total of 30 Christmas songs feature in this week’s Top 50, two non-festive numbers hold up in the Top 10: abcdefu by rising star Gayle at 2, and Sam Fender’s Seventeen Going Under at 10.

Official Irish Singles Chart Top 5

3 (Last Week) 1 (This Week) Merry Christmas - Ed Sheeran & Elton John (Atlantic/Emi)

2 2 Abcdefu - Gayle (Atlantic)

5 3 Last Christmas - Wham (Epic)

4 4 All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey (Columbia)

7 5 Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues Ft Kirsty Maccoll (Rhino)

Over on the album chart, Adele's 30 holds firm at the top spot to claim Ireland’s 2021 Christmas Number 1 album.

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The singer’s fourth studio record logs a fifth week at the summit, finishing ahead of Ed Sheeran’s = at 2, and ABBA’s Voyage at 3.

Michael Bublé’s ever-popular Christmas album lifts a further two spots to Number 4 ahead of the big day itself, while three Irish acts feature inside the Top 10: Dermot Kennedy’s Without Fear at 5, Christy Moore’s Flying Into Mystery at 6, and Westlife’s Wild Dreams at 7.

Further down, several albums make big leaps back up the chart, including Coldplay’s Music Of The Spheres, which rebounds 18 spots to 26 following the news they plan to split in 2025.

Amy Winehouse’s classic Back To Black zooms 20 places to Number 29, Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits also vaults 20 to Number 39, and Gary Barlow’s The Dream Of Christmas returns to the Top 50, up 36 places to Number 44.

Official Irish Albums Chart Top 5

1 1 30 - Adele (Columbia)

2 2 = - Ed Sheeran (Asylum)

3 3 Voyage - Abba (Polar)

6 4 Christmas - Michael Buble (Reprise)

7 5 Without Fear - Dermot Kennedy (Island)