Matt Cardle has nabbed this year’s Christmas number one with When We Collide, despite the desperate efforts of many to stop the X Factor winner claiming the top spot.

Cardle’s debut single, a cover of Biffy Clyro’s Many Of Horror, sold 439,000 copies in its first week beating Rihanna’s single What’s My Name, which came in at number two.

A Facebook campaign to beat Cardle to Christmas number one failed, with Surfin’ Bird by The Trashmen selling 70,000 copies to come in at number three.

Cage Against The Machine’s version of 4’33“ by composer John Cage – also released to do battle with the X Factor winner – lagged behind at number 21.

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Biffy Clyro original version of When We Collide, Many Of Horror, was a new entry to the top ten after fans urged music-lovers to buy the Biffy’s version instead of Matt’s cover. However this too failed to take down the X Factor juggernaut.

Matt Cardle himself was pretty incredulous at finding his song Christmas number one.

“I can’t believe it. As if winning wasn’t enough. I honestly didn’t think I’d even make it on to the live shows, let alone win and now be the Christmas number one,” said Cardle.

 “I can’t even begin to describe how if feels. It’s nuts, crackers and crazy.

“To think that many people have supported me and bought the record is absolutely mind-blowing.”