After weeks of speculation Rage Against the Machine's Killing In The Name has finally been announced as this year's Christmas number one.
This has been the first time when, thanks to a campaign launched on Facebook, some life was put back into the charts after half a decade of X-Factor death lock. A spontaneous group called 'Rage Against the Machine for Christmas No.1' was set up "as a protest to the X-Factor monotony" and "Simon Cowell's latest karaoke act being Christmas No.1", urging people to buy the band's 1992 song Killing In the Name.
Multi-millionaire media mogul Simon Cowell had lashed out at the campaign calling it "stupid", "cynical" and "dismissive". Conversely, stars such as Shirley Bassey and Sting recently criticised the enormous impact programmes such as the X-Factor are having on music, not least the fact that the contestants are not allowed to sing their own songs and are "aping pre-existing stereotypes of what singers should do".
Rage Against the Machine announced they planned to donate some of the proceedings to charity. In the last few days guitarist Tom Morello had expressed satisfaction at the campaign saying "There are a lot of people who don't feel represented by [the X-Factor] and this Christmas in the UK they're having their say" and that "[the X-Factor] puts forward a particular type of music which represents a particular kind of listener".
Their victory represents a vindication for the millions of Brits who are fed up with being told that they're 'cynical' and 'boring' for resenting a programme that is allegedly "just a bit of harmless fun".
It's five years now since the X-Factor was steamrolled into the country's living rooms and maintained remarkable ubiquity on both TV and radio as well as in the press.
Far from simply expressing 'what the public wants', Simon Cowell's media circus has bullied the country's music tastes into submission by ramming the safest and most pre-packed brand of schmaltzy pop ever known to man down everybody's throat. The scale of the X-Factor cannot be compared to anything that happened before to British music.
Not to mention the noxious effect on a whole new generation brainwashed into thinking that the X-Factor's corporate might is the be all and end all of music.
Tonight news however indicate that the tide, at last, may be turning.