The top Christmas song of all-time according to the Amazon mp3 download figures is a song that is seen by most people as one of the few Christmas themed songs of recent years to have real heart and spirit and is a true radio and tv favourite at this time of year.
Fairytale of New York the 1987 single from The Pogues and featuring vocals from the late great Kirsty MacColl, is the most downloaded Christmas song according to the new Amazon mp3 sales figures.
The song, which was co-written by The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan, a famous hard-drinking punk singer who was, incidentally, born on Christmas Day, tells the story of a drunken Irishman in a New York police cell thinking about the Christmas years of his past.
The Fairytale of New York has won countless television and newspaper surveys that aimed to find the UK’s favourite Christmas single so it is no great surprise that the Amazon figures now reveal the track to also be the most purchased as well.
In 2nd place in the list of top-selling Christmas songs was Mariah Carey’s 1994 single All I Want For Christmas, which has just last week sold its millionth copy in the UK. Just this Christmas alone the song has added another 68k sales to the total. All of those sales plus the many tv and radio plays have meant the song has generated around $50m in royalties over the years.
3rd place in the Christmas all-time list went to Wham’s 1984 hit Last Christmas. The single was in competition for that year’s Christmas Number 1 with Band Aid’s charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas but failed to make the top spot instead spending some time stuck at Number 2. The Ethiopian Famine appeal charity won out however as Wham donated all of their royalties from Last Christmas to the appeal.
Last Christmas is one of the most heavily covered of all the Christmas themed tracks and artists such as Atomic Kitten, Metro Station, Jamelia, Savage Garden, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Busted, Victoria Justice and The Three Degrees are just a small number of those that have recorded the track since its 1984 release.
Here is a list of the Top 10 Christmas Songs of All-Time, according to Amazon’s download sales
- Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues, featuring Kirsty MacColll
- All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
- Last Christmas – Wham
- I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day – Wizzard
- Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
- Dominick The Monkey – Lou Monte
- Christmas Lights – Coldplay
- Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
- Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
- Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid