An online push to see AC/DC‘s iconic hard rock anthem Highway To Hell score the number one spot on the Christmas Singles Chart has ended in a fourth-place finish, earning the legendary Anglo-Australian act their “highest ever charting single in the UK,” since their inception 40 years ago.
Recently in the UK, there has been an annual campaign to see a song that isn’t by an established pop act or a contestant on a reality television talent show such as The X-Factor, who have dominated the seasonal chart in recent years, reach the coveted Christmas number one spot.
Previous recipients of the campaign’s Christmas spirit have been Rage Against The Machine, whose 1992 track, Killing In The Name, reached the number one spot at the end of 2009. Said a spokesman for this year’s campaign:
“AC/DC are celebrating their 40th anniversary as we speak. They formed in late 1973 and we are a few fans who thought it would be cool to see them at the top of the Christmas tree to celebrate their milestone.”
This year’s number one was however, predictably, a single by UK X-Factor winner Sam Bailey, who nabbed the top spot with a cover of a Demi Lovato track titled Skyscraper, followed by Pharrell Williams’ latest solo effort, Happy, at number two, and Leona Lewis’ One More Sleep at three.
No.4 AC/DC's highest ever charting single in the UK Top work everyone!
— AC⚡DC Christmas No.1 (@ACDCxmas) December 22, 2013