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Monday, 25 December, 2000, 11:49 GMT
Bob is Christmas winner
Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder is Christmas number one
Bob the Builder has won the fight to be the year 2000's UK Christmas number one single.

He had seemed unstoppable during the final week of sales, with the song Can We Fix It? selling more than 42,000 copies more than nearest rival Westlife and their song What Makes A Man.

The vamped-up version of the theme tune to the children's show is also on course to be the biggest selling single of the year.

The success of the song has delighted its Nottingham-born author, Paul Joyce, who also penned the theme to Noddy and other programmes.

Bob the Builder
Bob first reached number one last Sunday

He admitted he "leapt for joy" when he heard the news. "I have always wanted to have a hit record and this is fantastic news.

"I heard the news on the radio. To be quite honest, I would have been happy just to get a record in the top 20. But to reach number one is just amazing. It is like a dream come true."

Mr Joyce, 43, played in Sense, an 80s band which supported Depeche Mode and Kim Wilde, but they never secured a recording contract. Bob the Builder is his first hit record.

Bob's song, voiced by actor Neil Morrissey, had sold almost 600,000 copies by Friday.

The year's biggest seller so far, All Saint's Pure Shores, has sold 685,000 copies.

Bob beat Eminen to the number one slot

More than 50,000 copies of Bob's single, which reached number one last week, are being sold every day.

Gennaro Castaldo, of HMV music stores, said: "It's interesting that no single has actually sold over a million this year which underlines that sales aren't as big for singles as last year.

"On the other hand it's been a phenomenal year for albums, with 10 now going over the million mark in 2000."

Bob also surprised the bookmakers. William Hill put Westlife just nosing ahead with odds of 4/6 and Bob at 11/10.

The BBC's Francesca Kasteliz
"Bob is now an official across the board phenomenon"
See also:

22 Dec 00 | Entertainment
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21 Dec 00 | Entertainment
A year in the Westlife
20 Dec 00 | Entertainment
Westlife tackle Bob for festive chart
17 Dec 00 | Entertainment
Pick of the Christmas singles
17 Dec 00 | Entertainment
Bob the Builder makes number one
11 Dec 00 | Entertainment
Eminem trounces Bob in chart battle
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