A CAMPAIGN by Rangers fans has launched the Dave Clark Five song Glad All Over to number 31 in the Christmas charts.
The song, which fans of the Ibrox club have altered to support striker Joe Garner, had a late surge after a social media campaign was launched during the week to get it to number one.
Thanks to thousands of downloads and streams, it topped the iTunes charts during the week.
Incredibly it’s now managed to break into the UK Top 40.
The campaign was backed by the club and fans of other teams who also used the song as entrance music or in chants.
And Dave Clark himself was also delighted to see his song back in the charts.
He told The Scottish Sun: “Rangers fans have made me glad all over. It’s the perfect Christmas present.
“I never thought I’d reach the top of the charts again. I was stunned when I heard.
“I’m a big Tottenham Hotspur fan and love football, so it’s great to hear football fans have got behind me like this.”
Throughout the week, Gers fans found new rivals in the form of Little Mix as they battled for chart supremacy.
There were various hilarious altercations between fans of the girl group and die hard football supporters.
Even Rangers boss Mark Warburton was drawn into the battle.
He said: “I have a son and a daughter. My son is backing the Dave Clark Five, but my daughter is a Little Mix fan.
“So I’m right on the fence, though I’m leaning towards the Dave Clark Five.
“My kids may well have downloaded it but I certainly haven’t.”
Claiming the coveted top spot are Clean Bandit, who remain top of the charts for a seventh week with their song Rockabye.
Elsewhere in the chart, Matt Terry, winner of The X Factor, fell to number eight with his debut solo single When Christmas Comes Around, after the Ed Sheeran-penned track debuted in the charts last week at number three.
Clean Bandit told OfficialCharts.com: “To have been number one for seven weeks is something amazing in its own right that we are all incredibly proud of, but to now be Christmas number one is mind-blowing.
“It’s something we never imagined would happen with Rockabye when we were writing and recording it.”
The band’s Grace Chatto added: “We did think about making a Christmas version but there wasn’t any need!”
Guitarist and keyboard player Jack Patterson added that his mother had a “theory” about Rockabye, in that the lyrics refer to Jesus Christ.
He said: “It’s weird actually, my mum has got this theory about the song, about (the lyrics) ‘Rockabye, baby’ being about Jesus, and that Jesus is the baby.
“She’s talking about this woman who’s looking after the child on her own and saying it’s a bit like Mary – she had the Immaculate Conception – and Joseph is kind of there … but not.”
Rockabye has not only achieved the status of Christmas number one but the catchy track has also become one of 2016’s biggest hits across downloads and streams with 589,000 combined chart sales.
Brits Critics’ Choice Award winner Rag’n’Bone Man’s single Human has finished the race for the chart top spot in second place, while Tomlinson’s collaboration with Steve Aoki, Just Hold On, ended the week at number three.
Little Mix’s Touch climbed from last week’s position of 23 to number four and Carey’s classic holiday hit from 1994 completes the top five.
The musical effort from Friends Of Jo Cox – You Can’t Always Get What You Want in memory of the late Labour politician – is at number 136 in the final chart before Christmas Day.
A team of volunteers and staff from hospices across London, the London Hospices Choir, made their chart debut with their cover of Mike & The Mechanics’ The Living Years at number 81.
Well-known Christmas songs Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl and Wham!’s Last Christmas have enjoyed a resurgence in the charts, coming in at number 15 and number 16 respectively.
Over on the Official Albums Chart, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s collaborative album Together has also retained its prime position to become this year’s Christmas number one album.
The singers said: “It’s a dream come true. There’s only one thing better than having a number one album and that’s having a Christmas number one album.”
Together has been in the charts since its release in November and last week peaked in the top spot.
Little Mix’s Glory Days is at number two, Elvis Presley’s The Wonder Of You is at number three, and the Rolling Stones’ Blue & Lonesome and Olly Murs’s 24 Hrs are fourth and fifth respectively.
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