The 50 Best Christmas songs: Bells continue to ring for the Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York'

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It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas...

'Tis the season to hear the same songs repeated endlessly on the radio and none has been played more regularly in the past two years than "Fairytale of New York", according to new research.

See below for a list of the top 50 Christmas songs

The 1987 song by The Pogues, featuring Kirsty MacColl, topped the list of 50 top Christmas songs played since 2010, according to rights body PRS for Music.

"Fairytale of New York" has returned to the top 20 every December for the past eight years and has been re-released this year to mark its 25th anniversary.

Click here for the best and worst festive tracks

The list by PRS for Music found the second most popular was "Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You". The 1994 tune was the most recent in the top 20.

The Band Aid hit "Do They Know It’s Christmas" was close in third place. Other tunes to make the top 10 included "Last Christmas" by Wham! and "I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday" by Wizzard.

A spokesman for PRS hailed the number of British Songwriters to make the list, before adding: “A well-crafted Christmas tune will be enjoyed for decades.”

Bing Crosby’s "White Christmas" and Nat King Cole singing "Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) could only make 23rd and 26th place respectively.

The most recent tracks to make the list were Michael Buble’s "Cold December Night" and Bryan Adams’ "Merry Christmas", with both released last year.

Listen below:


 50 Best Christmas songs (according to PRS for Music) in full (position, artist, year, writer)

  1. "Fairytale of New York" - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl
  2. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey
  3. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" - Band Aid
  4. "Last Christmas" - Wham!
  5. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" - Harry Reser
  6. "Do You Hear What I Hear?" - Bing Crosby
  7. "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" - John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir
  8. "Wonderful Christmastime" - Paul McCartney
  9. "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" - Wizzard
  10. "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Slade
  11. "Merry Christmas Everyone" - Shakin' Stevens
  12. "Sleigh Ride" - Leroy Anderson
  13. "Stay Another Day" - East 17
  14. "Driving Home For Christmas" - Chris Rea
  15. "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree" - Brenda Lee
  16. "Step Into Christmas" - Elton John
  17. "2000 Miles" - The Pretenders
  18. "I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter" - Connie Francis / Gabriella Cilmi
  19. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - Darlene Love
  20. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" - Vaughn Monroe/Dean Martin/Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  21. "Stop The Calvary" - Jona Lewie
  22. "Frosty The Snowman" - Gene Autry & The Cass Country Boys/Perry Como /Johnny Mathis /Kimberley Locke
  23. "White Christmas" - Bing Crosby
  24. "I Believe In Father Christmas" - Greg Lake/Toyah Wilcox/Elaine Paige
  25. "Christmas Lights" - Coldplay
  26. "Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" - The Nat King Cole Trio
  27. "Thank God It's Christmas" - Queen
  28. "It's The Most Wonderful Time of Year" - Andy Williams
  29. "Santa Baby" - Eartha Kitt
  30. "Christmas Wrapping" - The Waitresses
  31. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - Frank Sinatra
  32. "Please Come Home For Christmas" - Charles Brown, The Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi
  33. "Spaceman Came Travelling" - Chris de Burgh
  34. "A Winter's Tale" - David Essex
  35. "Lonely This Christmas" - MUD
  36. "Cold December Night" - Michael Bublé
  37. "Mistletoe And Wine" - Cliff Richard
  38. "Merry Christmas" - Bryan Adams
  39. "Christmas Time" - Don't Let The Bells End, The Darkness
  40. "Mary's Boy Child" - Oh My Lord, Boney M
  41. "Power Of Love" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  42. "Blue Christmas" - Elvis Presley
  43. "When A Child Is Born (Soleado)" - Johnny Mathis
  44. "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" - Gene Autry
  45. "Winter Wonderland" - Perry Como
  46. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - Jimmy Boyd
  47. "Mary's Boy Child" - Harry Belafonte
  48. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - Perry Como & The Fontana Sisters
  49. "The Little Drummer Boy" - Harry Simeone Chorale
  50. "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" -16th century carol
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