Killing in the Name - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In 2009 the song was the focus of a successful Facebook campaign to preventThe X Factor winner's song from gaining theChristmas number one in the United Kingdom for the fifth successive year. The campaign provoked commentary from both groups and other musicians, and gained coverage in both national and international press. The song became the first single to reach the Christmas number one spot on downloads alone. The campaign also spread to Ireland, and although less successful, it helped "Killing in the Name" become the Christmas number two in the Irish Charts. The campaign made the song the group's highest charting single in either the UK or Ireland.