“Fairytale Of New York” Vs “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

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The organisation PRS For Music released their list of the 50 most played Christmas songs in the past year. The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” tops the list, still popular 25 years after its 1987 release, and is closely followed by Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.

Also making the top five is Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The 80s hit has been re-recorded twice, and the original version features a host of stars including Bono, Paul McCartney and David Bowie. Wham!’s “Last Christmas” makes it in at number four, and Harry Reser’s 1930s hit “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” rounds out the top five.

The only contemporary act to make it into the top 25 is Coldplay, with “Christmas Lights”, although The Darkness are at 39 with “Christmas Time – Don’t Let The Bells End”.

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With only two weeks to go and snow forecast for this week, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

But whether you’re trimming the tree or getting ready for the office party, the song to get you rocking around that Christmas tree is Fairytale of New York, haccording to a new survey.

The festive favourite by The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl received nearly a quarter of the votes, followed by Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.

The list, compiled by radio station Smooth Christmas, is not purely indicative of our musical tastes either. Relationship expert Flic Everett reveals that our favourite festive hit can also tell a lot about our personalities.

She said: ‘We all have the songs we love and look forward to hearing every year.

‘But the songs that means the most to you can say more about your personality that you’d think.’

Those who crank up The Pogues’ Christmas cracker are open-minded, popular and like a festive tipple, while those who voted for Bing Crosby’s White Christmas were dubbed sentimental traditionalists who are steady, safe and sweet.

If you’re a fan of Mariah Carey’s Christmas hit All I Want For Christmas Is You, you’re cheerful, good natured and like a bit of retro glamour, while disco divas favoured Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday and Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody.

The old-school classic Let It Snow by Dean Martin were the Christmas song of choice for fashionistas, while Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas and Wham’s Last Christmas proved popular with romantics.

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