‘Fairytale of New York’ tops festive pops

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Seasonal favourite Fairytale of New York has been named the UK’s most downloaded Christmas song.

The Official Charts Company has calculated that 15.4 million festive tracks have been bought digitally in the decade since legitimate downloading began, with The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s track heading the big sellers.

Despite both being released 40 years ago, seasonal hits by Slade and Wizzard still continue to shift huge numbers and both make the top five of the biggest sellers of the past 10 years.

Although Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody was victor in the 1973 chart race between the two songs, it only makes number five in the download list behind Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday at four.

The Official Charts Company’s chief executive Martin Talbot said: “We’ve always known that British music fans love their Christmas tunes, but this new analysis shows just how much.

“Every year, these classics are selling well over 500,000 copies between them, year after year – with some of the biggest titles selling over 100,000 copies a year.”