Christmas Specials


Episode Collection

Every Top of the Pops Christmas special that has ever graced our TV screens is listed here. From 1964, right up until the present day.


Christmas Eve 1964

A look at Britain's best-selling discs, artists, and news from the past year in music. Including performances from The Beatles, Dave Clark Five, The Searchers, Cilla Black, The Kinks, and Sandie Shaw. Introduced by Jimmy Savile, David Jacobs, Alan Freeman, & Pete Murray.


Christmas Day 1965

A look at Britain's best-selling discs, artists, and news from the past year in music. Featuring the No.1 records of 1965, including performances from The Beatles, The Byrds, Ken Dodd, The Moody Blues, The Rolling Stones, Sandie Shaw, and The Walker Brothers. Introduced by Jimmy Savile, David Jacobs, Alan Freeman & Pete Murray.


Christmas 1966 - Part 1

A look at Britain's best-selling discs, artists, and news from the past year in music - From January to June 1966. Including the No.1 records of the year, with performances from Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones and The Troggs. Introduced by Jimmy Savile & Pete Murray.


Christmas 1966 - Part 2

A look at Britain's best-selling discs, artists, and news from the past year in music - From July to December 1966. Including the No.1 records of the year, with performances from Jim Reeves, The Beatles, Tom Jones, The Troggs, and The Kinks. Introduced by Alan Freeman & Simon Dee.


Christmas Day 1967

A look back at the hits of 1967. Including performances from Engelbert Humperdinck, The Beach Boys, Sandie Shaw, Tom Jones and The Who. Introduced by Jimmy Savile, Alan Freeman & Pete Murray.


Boxing Day 1967

Part 2. A look at Britain's best-selling discs and artists from 1967. Including performances from The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Long John Baldry, Procol Harum, Cliff Richard, and Engelbert Humperdinck. Introduced by Alan Freeman, Pete Murray, & Jimmy Savile.


Christmas 1968 - Part 1

Part 1. A look at Britain's best-selling discs, artists, and news from the past year in music. Including performances from Des O'connor, Scaffold, and The Beatles. Introduced by Jimmy Savile & Pete Murray.


Christmas 1968 - Part 2

Part 2. A look at Britain's best-selling discs, artists, and news from the past year in music. Including performances from Herb Alpert, Joe Cocker, and The Bee Gees. Introduced by Alan Freeman & Stuart Henry.


Christmas 1969 - Part 1

Christmas 1969 - Part 1. A look at Britain's best-selling discs, artists, and news from past year in music. Including performances from Fleetwood Mac, Blue Mink, and Peter Sarstedt. Introduced by Jimmy Savile & Pete Murray.


Christmas 1969 - Part 2

Christmas 1969 - Part 2. A look at Britain's best-selling discs, artists, and news from the past year in music. Including performances from Herman’s Hermits, Amen Corner, and Lou Christie. Introduced by Alan Freeman & Tony Blackburn.


Christmas Day 1970

A special Christmas Day edition featuring some of the hits of 1970. Including performances from Mr. Bloe, Matthews Southern Comfort, and Kenny Rogers & The First Edition. Introduced by Jimmy Savile & Tony Blackburn.


Boxing Day 1970

A special Boxing Day edition featuring some of the hits of 1970. Including performances from The Kinks, Norman Greenbaum, and Jimi Hendrix Experience. Introduced by Jimmy Savile & Tony Blackburn.


Christmas 1971 - Part 1

Part 1 of 2. A special Christmas edition featuring some of the hits of 1971. Including performances from The Supremes, Dave & Ansil Collins, and Dawn. Introduced by Jimmy Savile.


Christmas 1971 - Part 2

Part 2 of 2. A special Christmas edition featuring some of the hits of 1971. Including performances from The Tams, Slade, and Ashton, Gardner & Dyke. Introduced by Tony Blackburn.


Christmas 1972 - Part 1

Part 1 of 2. A review of the best sellers and other top records from 1972. Including performances from Gilbert O’sullivan, Hot Butter, Slade, and The Move. Introduced by Jimmy Savile & Ed Stewart.


Christmas 1972 - Part 2

Part 2 of 2. A review of the best sellers and other top records from 1972. Including performances from Donny Osmond, Lieutenant Pigeon, Slade, and Chicory Tip. Introduced by Noel Edmonds & Tony Blackburn.


Christmas Day 1973

A look at Britain's best-selling hits of 1973. Including performances from Donny Osmond, Simon Park Orchestra, The Sweet, and Gilbert O’sullivan. Introduced by Tony Blackburn & Noel Edmonds.


Christmas 1974 - Part 1

Jimmy Savile & Tony Blackburn introduce a special Christmas Day edition of the show, featuring No. 1 records from 1974. Including performances from The Osmonds, The New Seekers Feat. Lyn Paul, Paper Lace, and Ken Boothe.


Christmas 1974 - Part 2

Noel Edmonds and Dave Lee Travis introduce a special edition of the show featuring No. 1 records from 1974. Including performances from John Denver, George Mccrae, Sparks, and Sylvia.


Christmas 1975 - Part 1

Part 1 of 2. A look at Britain's best-selling discs and artists from the past year in music. Featuring some of the No.1 records of 1975. Including performances from Billy Connolly, Typically Tropical, Rod Stewart, and David Bowie. Introduced by Jimmy Savile & Dave Lee Travis.


Christmas 1975 - Part 2

Part 2 of 2. A look at Britain's best-selling discs and artists from the past year in music. Featuring some of the No.1 records of 1975. Including performances from Johnny Nash, Art Garfunkel, The Tymes, and Bay City Rollers. Introduced by Noel Edmonds & Tony Blackburn.


Christmas 1976 - Part 1

Noel Edmonds and Dave Lee Travis introduce a special Christmas Day edition, featuring some of the No. 1 records of 1976. Including performances from Elton John & Kiki Dee, J.j. Barrie, Tina Charles, and Cliff Richard.


Christmas 1976 - Part 2

Tony Blackburn and Jimmy Savile introduce a special edition, featuring some of the No. 1 records of 1976. Including performances from Billy Ocean, Wings, Dr. Hook, and Rod Stewart.


Christmas 1977 - Part 1

Noel Edmonds and David 'Kid' Jensen introduce a special Christmas Day edition, featuring some of the No.1 records of 1977. Including performances from Deniece Williams, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Manhattan Transfer, and David Soul.


Christmas 1977 - Part 2

Tony Blackburn and Dave Lee Travis introduce a special Boxing Day edition, featuring some of the No.1 records of 1977. Including performances from Rod Stewart, David Soul, Brotherhood Of Man, and Julie Covington.


Christmas Day 1978

Noel Edmonds introduces a special Christmas Day edition, featuring some of the No 1 records of 1978. Including performances from Boney M, Wings, Father Abraham & The Smurfs, and Brian & Michael.


Christmas 1979 - Part 1

David 'Kid' Jensen and Peter Powell introduce a special Christmas Day edition, featuring some of the best selling records of 1979. Including performances from Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Gary Numan, Anita Ward, and B.A. Robertson.


Christmas 1979 - Part 2

Dave Lee Travis and Mike Read introduce a special Christmas edition, featuring some of the best selling records of 1979. Including performances from Abba, Village People, Art Garfunkel, and The Police.


Christmas 1980 - Part 1

Peter Powell and Jimmy Savile introduce a special Christmas Day edition, featuring some of the top records of 1980. Including performances from Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Paul Mccartney, Liquid Gold, and Marti Webb.


Christmas 1980 - Part 2

Dave Lee Travis and Tommy Vance introduce a special edition, featuring some of the top records of 1980. Including performances from Ottawan, The Jam, The Detroit Spinners, and Kelly Marie.


Christmas Day 1981

A special Christmas Day edition, where the Radio 1 DJs present their favourite hits of 1981. Including performances from Ultravox, The Human League, Kirsty Maccoll, and The Jacksons.


New Years Eve 1981

Mike Read takes a look back at the some of the No.1 records of 1981, in this special edition. Including performances from Adam & The Ants, Roxy Music, The Police, and Joe Dolce Music Theatre.


Christmas 1982 - Part 1

The Radio 1 DJs present their favourite hits of 1982, and a review of 1982's number one records for this special Christmas Day edition. Including performances from Shakin’ Stevens, Kraftwerk, The Jam, and Goombay Dance Band.


Christmas 1982 - Part 2

A live end-of-the-year edition hosted by Jimmy Savile, with more hits of 1982. Jonathan King also takes a look back at the American No 1s of 1982. Including performances from Bardo, John Cougar, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and The Belle Stars.


Christmas 1983 - Part 1

The Radio 1 DJs present some of the best-selling tracks of 1983, in this special Christmas Day edition. Including performances from Michael Jackson, Men At Work, Eurythmics, and Adam Ant.


Christmas 1983 - Part 2

The Radio 1 DJs present some of the best-selling tracks of 1983, in this special edition. Including performances from Mike Oldfield, Tracey Ullman, Michael Sembello, and Phil Collins.


Christmas Day 1984

A look at the top-selling records of 1984, starring and introduced by Culture Club, Jim Diamond, Duran Duran, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Thompson Twins, Wham!, and Paul Young, who all appear live in the Top of the Pops studio.


Christmas Day 1985

The Radio 1 DJs take a look at the best-selling tracks and artists from 1985, in this special Christmas Day edition. Including performances from Sister Sledge, Colonel Abrams, Midge Ure, Eurythmics, Billy Ocean, and Dead or Alive.


Christmas Day 1986

In this special Christmas Day edition Simon Bates, Gary Davies, Janice Long, and Peter Powell present the most popular hits of 1986. Including performances from The Communards, Europe, Cliff Richard & The Young Ones, and Boris Gardiner.


Christmas Day 1987

In this special Christmas Day edition Mike Smith and Gary Davies present the popular hits of 1987, plus this week's Top 40 chart and the No. 1 best selling record of Christmas 1987. Including performances from Rick Astley, Ben E King, Starship, and Ferry Aid.


Christmas Day 1988

Presenting the top hits and videos from 1988, including the Christmas No 1. Introduced by Bruno Brookes, Gary Davies and Anthea Turner. Including performances from Pet Shop Boys, Tiffany, Whitney Houston, and Aswad.


Christmas Day 1989

Jakki Brambles and Bruno Brookes take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists of 1989. Including performances from Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan, Marc Almond & Gene Pitney, Michael Jackson, and Madonna.


Christmas 1990

Mark Goodier and Anthea Turner take a look at Britain's best-selling tracks and artists of 1990, and take a look at No. 1s from Christmases past. Including performances from New Kids On The Block, Beats International Feat. Lindy Layton, Mud, The Beautiful South, Slade, Shakin' Stevens and The Human League.


Christmas 1991

Tony Dortie and Mark Franklin introduce live bands and exclusive performances by some of the top artists in the charts. Including album tracks, US Top 10 singles, and a countdown of the UK Top 40. Including performances from Iron Maiden, Queen, Cliff Richard, C & C Music Factory Feat. Freedom Williams, and Nomad Feat. M.c. Mikee Freedom.


Christmas 1992

Tony Dortie and Mark Franklin introduce performances and videos from some of the top artists in the charts during 1992, in this special Christmas Day edition. Including performances from Right Said Fred Feat. Jocelyn Brown, Diana Ross, The Prodigy, Kylie Minogue, and Michael Jackson. Also includes special guest appearances from Daniella Westbrook and Sid Owen.


Christmas 1993

Tony Dortie and Mark Franklin introduce performances by some of the top artists of 1993, in this special Christmas Day edition. Including performances from Faith No More, Take That, Snap Feat. Niki Haris, Whitney Houston, and Annie Lennox. Includes a special guest appearance by Patsy Palmer.


Christmas 1994

The boys from Take That present 1994's biggest selling songs, and reveal exclusively the Christmas Day number one. Live in the studio are D:Ream, Doop, Stiltskin, Wet Wet Wet, Mariah Carey, Let Loose, Whigfield and Take That.


Christmas 1995

Björk and Jack Dee introduce the biggest selling songs of 1995, plus the Christmas Day Number One. Live in the studio are N-Trance, Annie Lennox, Take That, Boyzone, The Outhere Brothers, Simply Red, Robson and Jerome, Pulp, and Blur.


Christmas Day 1996

The Spice Girls introduce the stars and the top-selling songs of 1996. Plus the Christmas No.1 of 1996. Including performances from Boyzone, George Michael, Michael Jackson, Oasis, and The Bluetones.


Christmas Day 1997

Jayne Middlemiss, Zoë Ball, and Jo Whiley introduce the top selling hits from 1997 with live performances, and the best pop videos in this special Christmas Day edition. Including performances from Hanson, Chumbawamba, Gala, Natalie Imbruglia, and Shola Ama.


Christmas Day 1998

Kate Thornton, Jamie Theakston, and Jayne Middlemiss introduce the stars and the top-selling songs of 1998, plus this year's Christmas number one. Including performances from The Tamperer Feat. Maya, Stardust, Denise & Johnny, B*witched, and The Spice Girls.


Christmas Day 1999

Gail Porter, Jamie Theakston, and Jayne Middlemiss introduce the top selling hits of 1999, and the Christmas number 1 of 1999. Including performances from D.j. Jurgen Presents Alice Deejay, Cliff Richard, Martine Mccutcheon, Robbie Williams, and Steps.


Christmas Day 2000

Richard Blackwood, Jamie Theakston, and Sara Cox introduce the best selling tracks from the year 2000, plus the Christmas number one of 2000. Including performances from S. Club 7, Gabrielle, Spiller, Sonique, and Westlife.


Christmas Day 2001

Jamie Theakston and Sara Cox introduce the fast-moving music show featuring some of the best selling tracks of 2001, and the Christmas number 1 of 2001. Including performances from Shaggy Feat. Rayvon, Wheatus, Westlife, Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman, and Afroman.


Christmas Day 2002

Lisa Snowdon and Richard Blackwood introduce the fast-moving music show featuring Britain's best selling hits of 2002, and the Christmas number one of 2002. Including performances from Atomic Kitten, Gareth Gates, Ronan Keating, Girls Aloud, and Darius.


Christmas Day 2003

Tim Kash introduces a special Christmas edition of the fast-moving music show, featuring some of the best selling hits of 2003, and the 2003 Christmas number one. Including performances from The Idols, Jay-z Feat. BeyoncÉ, Electric Six, Jaimeson Feat. Angel Blu, and David Sneddon.


17/12/2004

Kylie, Jamelia, McFly, Natasha Bedingfield, Girls Aloud, and Razorlight perform at the Radio 1 and Top of the Pops Christmas party, held last Sunday at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, London. With Chris Moyles, Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates


Christmas Day 2004

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates introduce the fast-moving music show featuring the best selling hits of 2004, and the Christmas number 1, in this Christmas Day special. Including performances from Kylie Minogue, Scissor Sisters, L.m.c. Versus U2, and Ronan Keating.


Christmas Day 2005

Fearne Cotton, Reggie Yates, and Shane Ritchie introduce the annual Christmas special, featuring some of the best selling hits of 2005, and the Christmas number one of 2005. Including performances from Charlotte Church, Pussycat Dolls, James Blunt, and Akon.


Christmas Day 2006

Fearne Cotton, Reggie Yates, and Edith Bowman introduce the fast-moving music show featuring the best selling hits of 2006, and the Christmas number one of 2006, in this Christmas special. Including performances from Mcfly, Arctic Monkeys, Madonna, and Ne-yo.


Christmas Day 2007

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates introduce some of the biggest artists and tracks of 2007, plus a look at the Christmas number one of 2007. Including performances from Kaiser Chiefs, The View, Klaxons, and Justin Timberlake.


Christmas Day 2008

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates introduce some of the biggest artists and tracks of 2008, plus a look at the Christmas number one of 2008. Including performances from Take That, Sam Sparro, Girls Aloud, and Vampire Weekend.


New Year's Eve 2008

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates look back at the year in music, with performances in the studio and highlights from Coldplay at the BBC, and festival performances such as Madonna at Radio 1's Big Weekend and Kings of Leon at Glastonbury. Including performances from Girls Aloud, Gabriella Cilmi, Estelle, and Akon.


Christmas Day 2009

Top of the Pops returns with performances from the year's biggest stars of 2009, including Robbie Williams, Shakira, Lily Allen, JLS and Dizzee Rascal. Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates, the show features the Christmas number one.


New Year's Eve 2009

Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates, the show features special performances from some of the year's biggest acts including Alexandra Burke, Muse, Florence and the Machine and Robbie Williams. Plus, the final number one of 2009.


Christmas Day 2010

Top of the Pops returns for Christmas Day, sprinkling the best music over the merry season with a special one-hour show. Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates and filmed at BBC Television Centre, this yuletide treat, which has been a festive fixture on BBC One's Christmas Day for decades, features exclusive performances from some of the year's biggest artists, and will reveal the all-important Christmas number one.


Christmas Day 2011

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates make merry and celebrate Christmas day with a special festive edition of Top of the Pops with the crème de la crème of UK talent, and the Christmas number 1 of 2011. Including performances from The Vaccines, Pixie Lott, Jessie J, and Olly Murs.


Christmas Day 2012

Hosts Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates celebrate Christmas Day with a special Yuletide Top of the Pops, featuring the creme de la creme of pop talent and the all-important 2012 Christmas No 1. There are also performances by Rita Ora, Wiley, Sam and the Womp, Carly Rae Jepsen, Rudimental, Paloma Faith, Florence and the Machine, Conor Maynard, and Coldplay.


New Year's Eve 2012

As we say goodbye to a fantastic and memorable 2012, Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates present a celebration of the big hits of the year, get you in the mood to celebrate New Year's Eve 2012 and most importantly showcase the first number 1 of 2013. Includes performances from Ellie Goulding, Robbie Williams, Stooshe, Rizzle Kicks, Tulisa, and Maccabees.


Christmas Day 2013

Presenters Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates make a welcome return to the Top of the Pops studio to celebrate Christmas Day with a special Yuletide edition of Top of the Pops featuring the biggest hits and brightest talent from across the year and, as is tradition, including the all-important 2013 Christmas number one. Including performances from John Newman, with his number 1 summer smash Love Me Again, One Republic performing Counting Stars, Ellie Goulding singing How Long Will I Love You and Jessie J performing It's My Party, and a special performance from Boyzone.


New Year's Eve 2013

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates get the New Year's Eve party started with a celebration of the big hits of a memorable 2013, and the first number one of 2014. Including performances from Little Mix, James Arthur, The Vamps, The 1975, and London Grammar.


Christmas Day 2014

Presenters Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates return to the Top of the Pops studio to celebrate Christmas Day with a special yuletide edition of the show featuring the biggest tracks and brightest stars from across the year and, as is tradition, wrap up the show with the Christmas number 1 of 2014. Including performances from Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Sigma, Rixton, Tom Odell, and Take That.


New Year's Eve 2014

As we say goodbye to an incredibly memorable 2014, Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates host a New Year's Eve party to celebrate the big hits of the year and cap the programme with the last number 1 of 2014. Including performances from Ed Sheeran, Jess Glyne, The Vamps, George Ezra, La Roux, and Ella Henderson.


Christmas Day 2015

Presenters Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates return to the Top of the Pops studio to celebrate Christmas Day with a special yuletide edition of Top of the Pops, featuring the biggest songs and brightest stars from across the year and, as is tradition, wrap up the show with the Christmas number one of 2015. Includes performances from Coldplay, Jess Glynne, Rita Ora, Hozier, and Fleur East.


New Year's Day 2016

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates host a New Year's Day celebration of the biggest hits of 2015, and reveal the first number one of 2016. The show features performances by DJ KDA, Tinie Tempah and Katy B, The Vaccines, Sigala, Jess Glynne, Years and Years, Ellie Goulding and James Bay.


Christmas Day 2016

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates return to the Top of the Pops studio to celebrate Christmas Day with a special edition of the music show, featuring the biggest songs and brightest stars from the past year. As usual, the show is wrapped up with the Christmas number one of 2016. Including performances from Clean Bandit, DNCE, Calum Scott, Craig David, and Olly Murs.


New Year's Eve 2016

As we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017, presenters Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates get the New Year's Eve party started with the biggest and best songs of the year, and they round up the celebrations with the last number one of 2016. Includes performances from Tom Odell, Anne-Marie, Due Lipa, James Arthur, and Nathan Sykes.