Seasonal songbook

December 03, 2010, 2:47 AM GMT+0

The Pogues' Fairytale of New York looks to be the song many will be hoping to catch on the radio or hear through their headphones this Christmas season as the nineties classic emerged as Brits’ favourite Christmas song in our poll. Such is the song’ s popularity that it beat even the second and third favourite tunes, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody, combined.

  • Pogues – Fairytale of New York: 20%
  • Bing Crosby – White Christmas: 9%
  • Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody: 8%
  • Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You: 7%
  • Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas: 6%
  • Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas: 4%
  • Wham – Last Christmas: 4%
  • Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas: 4%
  • Aled Jones – Walking In The Air: 3%
  • Chris de Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling: 2%

  • The Fairytale of New York may be the most popular song but among older people, the consensus changed: only 9% of over 60s agreed the majority of over 60s (16%) chose Bing Crosby’s White Christmas as their favourite.
  • Two Christmas tunes failed to excite the festive spirit in anyone though: Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) by The Darkness and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by The Supremes both received zero percent of the public vote for favourite Christmas song.See the survey details and full results
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