The 50 Best Christmas songs: Bells continue to ring for the Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York'
It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas...
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Monday 10 December 2012
'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.
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.
50 Best Christmas songs (according to PRS for Music) in full (position, artist, year, writer)
- "Fairytale of New York" - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl
- "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey
- "Do They Know It's Christmas?" - Band Aid
- "Last Christmas" - Wham!
- "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" - Harry Reser
- "Do You Hear What I Hear?" - Bing Crosby
- "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" - John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir
- "Wonderful Christmastime" - Paul McCartney
- "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" - Wizzard
- "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Slade
- "Merry Christmas Everyone" - Shakin' Stevens
- "Sleigh Ride" - Leroy Anderson
- "Stay Another Day" - East 17
- "Driving Home For Christmas" - Chris Rea
- "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree" - Brenda Lee
- "Step Into Christmas" - Elton John
- "2000 Miles" - The Pretenders
- "I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter" - Connie Francis / Gabriella Cilmi
- "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - Darlene Love
- "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" - Vaughn Monroe/Dean Martin/Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
- "Stop The Calvary" - Jona Lewie
- "Frosty The Snowman" - Gene Autry & The Cass Country Boys/Perry Como /Johnny Mathis /Kimberley Locke
- "White Christmas" - Bing Crosby
- "I Believe In Father Christmas" - Greg Lake/Toyah Wilcox/Elaine Paige
- "Christmas Lights" - Coldplay
- "Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" - The Nat King Cole Trio
- "Thank God It's Christmas" - Queen
- "It's The Most Wonderful Time of Year" - Andy Williams
- "Santa Baby" - Eartha Kitt
- "Christmas Wrapping" - The Waitresses
- "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - Frank Sinatra
- "Please Come Home For Christmas" - Charles Brown, The Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi
- "Spaceman Came Travelling" - Chris de Burgh
- "A Winter's Tale" - David Essex
- "Lonely This Christmas" - MUD
- "Cold December Night" - Michael Bublé
- "Mistletoe And Wine" - Cliff Richard
- "Merry Christmas" - Bryan Adams
- "Christmas Time" - Don't Let The Bells End, The Darkness
- "Mary's Boy Child" - Oh My Lord, Boney M
- "Power Of Love" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
- "Blue Christmas" - Elvis Presley
- "When A Child Is Born (Soleado)" - Johnny Mathis
- "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" - Gene Autry
- "Winter Wonderland" - Perry Como
- "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - Jimmy Boyd
- "Mary's Boy Child" - Harry Belafonte
- "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - Perry Como & The Fontana Sisters
- "The Little Drummer Boy" - Harry Simeone Chorale
- "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" -16th century carol
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