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Pogues and MacColl top Xmas list

Much-loved hit Fairytale Of New York has regained its position as the UK's most-played Christmas hit.

Figures supplied for radio airplay and public performances show the track by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl was the top tune, bouncing back from number two the previous year.

The new data - from royalties body PPL, which covers last year's festive season - shows the Lily Allen song Somewhere Only We Know, which featured in the 2013 John Lewis Christmas ad campaign, finished in second place.

Third place went to All I Want For Christmas Is You by singer Mariah Carey. Along with Allen's new entry at number two, Leona Lewis's One More Sleep makes its debut at nine.

The top 10 also features traditional Wham!'s Last Christmas (fourth place) and Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody (fifth).

Mike Dalby, the senior music intelligence analyst at PPL which licenses recorded music played in public, said: "Christmas songs are as essential to the festive period as mince pies and tinsel. The new entries from Lily and Leona show that the sound of Christmas changes every year, even if the classics are ever present. Together, the Top 10 got more than a full year of UK airplay in 2013, meaning that it really could be Christmas every day - if you wished it to be."

In the chart released last year, Fairytale Of New York was deposed from the top by Gabrielle Aplin's The Power Of Love, which again had featured in a John Lewis ad.

The top 10 most played Christmas songs are:

1. Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl

2. Somewhere Only We Know - Lily Allen

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

4. Last Christmas - Wham!

5. Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade

6. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard

7. Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid

8. Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea

9. One More Sleep - Leona Lewis

10. Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens


From Belfast Telegraph