Pogues Christmas favourite sells 1m
Published 31/12/2012 | 09:40
Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl has reached one million sales, 25 years after it was first released.
The perennial Christmas favourite, a heartfelt tale of festive excess with explosive lyrics, reached the seven-figure milestone after getting to number 12 in the chart this Christmas, the Official Charts Company (OCC) said.
The song by the band - led by distinctive singer Shane MacGowan - and singer-songwriter MacColl, who died in a boat accident in Mexico aged 41 in 2000, has made the festive top 20 every year for the last eight years.
Martin Talbot, managing director of the OCC, said: "It is apt that, in the year of its 25th anniversary, Fairytale Of New York has entered into the pantheon of the UK's all-time favourite singles to become the latest - and 126th - million-selling single in the history of the British charts.
"It has been a festive favourite ever since it was first released in 1987, so it is great that it can now claim this new honour."
Fairytale Of New York, which was re-released this year to celebrate its 25th anniversary, has never made it to number one in the charts.
Fifty of the 126 million-sellers have made it to the milestone in the last 10 years thanks to the advent of digital downloading of music, the OCC said.