'Fairytale of New York' is announced as the PPL most played Christmas song of the century

PPL has today revealed its traditional annually updated most played Christmas songs of the century with The Pogues, Fairytale of New York, regaining the top spot with Last Christmas by Wham! at number two.

Based on airplay from last year, there has been some change in the chart with the previous number one, Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You, slipping to number three and The Pogues' hit climbing back to the top spot.

Fairytale of New York, features the late Kirsty MacColl and reached number two in the official sales chart in the year it was released in 1987, when it was denied the number one spot by The Pet Shop Boys, Always on My Mind.

In PPL's new chart the 80s remains the most successfully festive decade, with half of the top twenty tracks coming from that period. The oldest recording is at number sixteen, White Christmas, by Bing Crosby from 1942, while East 17's Stay Another Day and Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You are the most recent from 1994.

There are two new entries in the chart, Christmas Wrapping at number 18 and Thank God it's Christmas at number 19.

There is also a good balance of songs by legends such as Bing Crosby, Elton John, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, right through to singers such as Brenda Lee and Chris Rea, proving that different kinds of performers can make a successful Christmas record. Band Aid's famous Do They Know It's Christmas? from 1984 features in the top ten.

The word 'Christmas' appears thirteen times in twenty titles with its shortened version 'Xmas' appearing twice. The full top twenty is as follows:

1) Fairytale of New York, The Pogues

2) Last Christmas, Wham!

3) All I Want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey

4) I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Wizzard

5) Do They Know it's Christmas, Band Aid

6) Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade

7) Driving Home for Christmas, Chris Rea

8) Step Into Christmas, Elton John

9) The Power of Love, Frankie Goes To Hollywood

10) Merry Christmas Everyone, Shakin' Stevens

11) Wonderful Christmas Time, Paul McCartney

12) Happy Xmas (War is Over), John and Yoko

13) Stay Another Day, East 17

14) I Believe in Father Christmas, Greg Lake

15) Stop the Cavalry, Jona Lewie

16) White Christmas, Bing Crosby

17) 2000 Miles, The Pretenders

18) Christmas Wrapping, Waitresses

19) Thank God it's Christmas, Queen

20) Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee

"Fairytale of New York is a timeless classic which everyone knows and rightfully deserves its place at the top spot. Stop somebody in the street and ask them 'what is their favourite Christmas song?' and, they would undoubtedly choose one from the PPL top twenty," said Jonathan Morrish, spokesperson for PPL.

The chart is compiled from PPL's exclusive data which includes TV, radio and some online usage as well as songs played in bars, shops, restaurants, gyms and other public places that use music.

Image is credited to Joe Buckingham from Flickr.

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