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...
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
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.
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.
50 Best Christmas songs
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
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.
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