It’s official – The Pogues are tops!

The Classic – ‘Fairytale of New York’ is the UK’s most played Christmas song this century.

The 1988 duet with Kirsty MacColl beat off tracks by the likes of Wham and Mariah Carey.

It’s never been a Number 1 hit in the UK, but it’s topped the Top-40 most played Christmas tunes.

‘All I Want for Christmas’ by Mariah Carey is second on the list, with Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ third.

Wizzard’s ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ and Chris Rea’s ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ claimed fourth and fifth place respectively.

‘Timeless classic’

Steve Lillywhite, producer of Fairytale Of New York, said: “The term ‘timeless classic’ is reserved for very few records and, by definition, you need time to have passed to define this.

“I am very happy to have produced this timeless classic, although it’s tinged with sadness as Kirsty is no longer with us, but what a way to remember her every Christmas.”

PPL’s Peter Leathem said: “During times of uncertainty and change, the music we know and love can provide both comfort and support through good memories.”

On this day in 1987 ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl peaked at Number Two in the UK Charts.

It was kept off the top by ‘Always on my mind” by The Pet Shop Boys.