Poll reveals Britain's favourite Christmas song, and it's not Wham! or Mariah Carey!

Publish Date
Sunday, 15 December 2019, 11:26AM
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We can all agree that a large focus of the Christmas season is the music. But what we can't agree on, is what's the best Christmas song! 

In an exclusive poll conducted by PRS For Music, the one song that gets the British in the festive feeling is somewhat surprising. Here's a clue, it's not Wham!

The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl’s Fairytale of New York took out the top spot, with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley's classic taking second. 

The anthem about bickering lovers and lost dreams blasts out of speakers all over the country at Christmas time, after PRS for Music analysed data from radio stations in the UK.

A surprising omission from the top 5, was Mariah Carey's Last Christmas, which came in sixth place, despite being the most streamed song on Spotify. 

The full list of songs can be seen below. Where does your favourite stack up? 

1. The Pogues Feat. Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York

2. Wham! - Last Christmas

3. Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody (Original Version)

4. Bing Crosby - White Christmas

5. Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

6. Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

7. Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas

8. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas 

9. Greg Lake - I Believe In Christmas 

10. Johnny Mathis - When A Child Is Born

11. Boney M - Mary's Boy Child

12. East 17 - Stay Another Day

13. Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

14. John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

15. Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone

16. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power Of Love

17. Aled Jones - Walking In The Air

18. Bing Crosby and David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy

19. Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry

20. Cliff Richard - The Millennium Prayer