At 99 years and 11 months the Second World War veteran was the oldest artist to score the top spot.
Days later he turned 100, making him the first ever centenarian to have a UK chart-topping single.
Alongside Billie, Taylor and Ariana, Sir Tom joined Mariah Carey and the Rolling Stones in breaking other UK Official Charts records this year.
At the other end of the age scale, 19-year-old Billie made history of her own; the bad guy singer had the biggest ever opening week for a James Bond title track when No Time To Die topped the charts in February.
Pity we have to wait a little longer for the film…
Meanwhile, pop titan Taylor enjoyed an enormously successful year, with two number one albums in five months: Folklore, her first of two surprise albums, topped the charts as did Evermore, which arrived with little warning earlier this month.
That makes ol’ Swifty the first artist to have two studio albums at number one in the same year since Rihanna in 2012.
Not to be left out, Ariana scored the most UK number one singles of the year with two topping the charts in May with Rain On Me, her funky AF duet with Lady Gaga, and another in October with Positions.
The real Chrimbo miracle came from Mariah, the so-called Queen of Christmas, who set a new record for the song with the most weeks in the top 40 before (finally…FINALLY) reaching number one with her festive banger.
Her single, All I Want For Christmas Is You, has been a staple of the festive period since its 1994 release, but missed out on that year’s Christmas top spot to East 17’s Stay Another Day.
Fortunately for Mariah, Stay Another Day did not hang around another year, and the singer has been able to finally claim her crown decades later, after spending 70 weeks in the top 40.
The late Dame Vera Lynn also re-entered the charts with her greatest hits in May when she was 103, making her the oldest artist to ever have a top 40 album.
Plus, iconic rockers the Rolling Stones took top spot with a reissue of their 1973 album Goats Head Soup in September, becoming the first band to reach number one on the Official Albums Chart in six different decades.
Oh, and Bruce Springsteen scored a number one album in October with Letter To You. That made The Boss the first credited solo artist to have a number one album in five consecutive decades.
Sheesh, what a year.
Credit: Original article published here.