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Fairytale of New York

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The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl

Best UK Chart Pos.

Best US Chart Pos.

2nd 1987


Best SPA Chart Pos.



  • Written as a response to a challenge from Elvis Costello

  • Frequently cited as the "best" Christmas song of all time in polls in UK and Ireland

  • 2nd on Top Ten Christmas Song Money Earners chart

  • The annual Christmas song play list is as inevitable as the annual media storm surrounding the lyrics in this song. Learn more about the controversy here

2020 Christmas Song World Cup

First Place Seed for Group Stage draw

D1: 279pts Fairytale of New York- The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl

D2: 247pts  The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole

D3:  186pts   Little Saint Nick- Beach Boys

D4:  142pts   Happy Xmas (War is Over)- John Lennon

Last 16 v Stay Another Day - East 17 (59% - 41% Defeat)

2016 Christmas Song World Cup


2012 Christmas Song World Cup


2008 Christmas Song World Cup


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