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'Fairytale of New York' voted best Christmas song


The late Kirsty MacColl with Shane McGowan in 1987

The late Kirsty MacColl with Shane McGowan in 1987

The late Kirsty MacColl with Shane McGowan in 1987

THE Pogues' Fairytale of New York has been voted the best Christmas song of all time.

The seasonal favourite, which features late singer Kirsty MacColl, beat off Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You and Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' to be voted the best festive track ever produced.

Nearly one in four of 2,000 adults surveyed in the poll by Blinkbox Music chose Shane MacGowan's classic 1987 single as the their favourite Christmas song.

More than a third of those quizzed in the UK-based poll thought the 1980s produced the most memorable yuletide hits, followed by the 1970s with a quarter of the votes and the 1990s with 10pc,

Just two per cent of respondents thought the Noughties was the best decade for Christmas tunes, while less than one per cent opted for the 2010s, which has produced much-derided seasonal singles like Justin Bieber's Mistletoe and Mariah Carey's Oh Santa.

Despite its continued appeal and reputation as the best Christmas song ever produced, Fairytale of New York only reached number two in the UK charts when it was released in 1987. However, it did top the Irish charts.

But the enduring yuletide classic invariably tops seasonal polls and has just been named by royalties body PPL as the UK's most played Christmas song last year.

The festive ballad also recently topped another poll to find the best Christmas song to drive along to.

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