YouTube ranking: John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Burberry and Marks and Spencer have the best Christmas ads of 2014

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Monty has cutely shuffled his way to the top spot (Source: John Lewis)

It’s only the second day of December, but we've already been treated to a sneak peak of the joy ahead for the Christmas season via the medium of advertising.

This year, retailers battled it out with penguins, soldiers and celebs in a bid to get the public into the festive spirit and spend their pennies- although they don't want you to know that.

One of the trends in adland this Christmas is "trying to keep away from the traditional end-of-year consumerism", Google says. "Christmas is for giving, and the most popular ads are featuring a charity: WWF for John Lewis, The British Legion for Sainsbury's, three different UK charities for Waitrose."

Now Google has called it, ranking the top ads of the year according to YouTube views. Google's head of design, Patrick Collister, concludes: "What the YouTube Christmas leaderboard shows is that the brands that tug at our heartstrings are the brands which get us to open our wallets. We simply don't want to be rational about Christmas."

Here's how the retailers stack up (watch them below):

1. John Lewis- Monty the penguin

2. Sainsbury's- WW1 centenary

3. Burberry- "From London with Love" featuring Romeo Beckham

4. Marks and Spencer- #FollowTheFairies

5. Boots- #SpecialBecause

6. Argos- Get Set for Advent

7. Toys R Us- Christmas ad 2014

8. Mulberry- #WinChristmas

9. Tesco- Lights On

10. Debenhams- Found It!

11. Tesco- What would the world's biggest toy ship look like?

12. Tesco- The Wigan Light Show

13. Waitrose- The Gingerbread Stall

14. Waitrose- Donate Your Voice

15. Choose a Christmas Less Ordinary

Sentiment is also another big trend of course, so wipe away those tears as you work your way through this year's festive favourites. (Click playlist to scroll through the ads)

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