The Pogues have UK’s most played Christmas song


The Pogues‘ 1987 single ‘Fairytale Of New York‘ is the most played Christmas song in the UK since 2010 according to new figures released by PRS For Music.

The track, which is built around a classic duet between Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl and is taken from the ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God‘ album, has beaten Mariah Carey‘s own popular seasonal hit ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You‘ to first place, while Band Aid‘s charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?‘ is third. “A well-crafted Christmas tune will be enjoyed for decades,” a spokesman for PRS has said.

Meanwhile, a 2010 concert which marked the 10th anniversary of Kirsty MacColl’s death is to be released on CD and digital formats on February 25th next year. The show featured the likes of Ellie Goulding, Alison Moyet and Amy MacDonald covering a selection of Kirsty’s best loved tracks.

Top 20:

1/ The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – ‘Fairytale of New York’
2/ Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’
3/ Band Aid – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’
4/ Wham! – ‘Last Christmas’
5/ Harry Reser – ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’
6/ Bing Crosby – ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’
=7/ John Lennon – ‘Happy Christmas (War Is Over)’
=7/ Paul McCartney – ‘Wonderful Christmastime’
9/ Wizzard – ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’
10/ Slade – ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’
11/ Shakin’ Stevens – ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’
12/ Leroy Anderson – ‘Sleigh Ride’
13/ East 17 – ‘Stay Another Day’
14/ Chris Rea – ‘Driving Home For Christmas’
15/ Brenda Lee – ‘Rockin Around The Christmas Tree’
16/ Elton John – ‘Step Into Christmas’
17/ The Pretenders – ‘2000 Miles’
18/ Connie Francis & Gabriella Cilmi – ‘I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter’
19/ Darlene Love – ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’
20/ Vaughn Monroe,  Dean Martin, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’

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