Gold's Festive 50: 'Fairytale of New York' is voted the best Christmas song ever for third year

23 December 2022, 20:00 | Updated: 15 January 2024, 11:54

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. Picture: BBC/YouTube

After thousands of votes, we can reveal the results of Gold's Festive 50 for 2022!

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's classic 1987 song 'Fairytale of New York' has topped the poll of favourite Christmas songs of all time for a third year running.

The famous duet was top of the countdown, ahead of two 1973 glam rock classics: Slade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody' at number two and Wizzard's 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' at three.


The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York (Official Video)

Wham! finished fourth with 'Last Christmas', while Greg Lake completed the top five with 'I Believe in Father Christmas'.

If you missed the countdown, you can hear it again on Global Player.

The top 10:

1. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York
2. Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
3. Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
4. Wham! - Last Christmas
5. Greg Lake - I Believe in Father Christmas
6. John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Happy Xmas (War is Over)
7. Chris Rea - Driving Home for Christmas
8. Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
9. Mud - Lonely This Christmsa
10. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas

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