Posted: 18:41 GMT, Jan.. December 2020 | Updated: 21:32 GMT, Jan.. December 2020
Fairytale Of New York has been named Britain’s ten most popular Christmas carols – despite controversy about a homophobic bow in its lyrics.
The Pogues’ festive hit starring Kristy MacColl was released in 1987 but never reached No.. 1 place in the charts.
Now, however, Mariah Carey and Wham have been hit! According to a YouGov poll that asked respondents to write their own answer instead of choosing from a list, they were named the best Christmas vote for the British.
It comes after a November censorship series where the BBC changed some of the Pogues’ lyrics – including the word ‘fag ** t’. .
As a result, Radio 1 is broadcasting an alternative version of the song in the run-up to Christmas in order to avoid offending younger viewers who are « particularly sensitive » to the « crass » language of the original. The word ‘sl * t’ is muted and MacColl sings ‘haggard’ instead of ‘fag ** t’
Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl has been named Britain’s ten most popular Christmas carols – despite controversy about a homophobic bow in its lyrics. (Above MacColl with Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan around 1987)
According to a YouGov poll (above), Fairytale is the UK’s best Christmas pick, asking respondents to write their own answer rather than pick from a list. It comes after a November censorship series in which the BBC changed some of the Pogues’ lyrics – including the word ‘fag ** t’
All I want for Christmas is you. Mariah Carey (above) took second place with 8% of the vote. Her upbeat shot from 1994 remains the most popular among younger Britons, winning 24% of the vote among 18- to 24-year-olds
Fairytale received 17% of the vote – a nine percentage point lead over Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, in second place.
Her upbeat shot from 1994 remains the most popular with younger Britons, winning 24% of the vote among 18- to 24-year-olds.
Meanwhile, George Michaels’ last Christmas (while at Wham!) came in third at 7% – an increase to 13% among 18-24 year olds.
White Christmas by Bing Crosby ranks fourth (6%), closely followed by Merry Christmas Everybody, originally by Slade, combined with Silent Night – both with 5%.
George Michael’s last Christmas (while at Wham!) came in third with 7% – an increase to 13% for 18- to 24-year-olds
Merry Christmas Everyone, originally published by Slade (left) in 1973, was associated with Silent Night, both at 5%. . (Right, Bonnie Tyler plays a Silent Night with a choir in 1998)
In sixth place is Driving Home For Christmas, first published by Michael Bublé but originally published by Chris Rea. It received 4% of the vote.
Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day [sic] by Wizzard is the favorite festive tune for 3% and 2% go for O’Holy Night and I believe in Greg Lake’s Santa Claus.
Fairytale Of New York was reportedly born out of a bet that the singers couldn’t create a Christmas tune that wasn’t « mushy », according to music magazine NME.
The story of the song begins with an Irish immigrant being thrown into a « drunk tank » to sleep on Christmas Eve.
He hears an old man sing an Irish ballad called The Rare Old Mountain Dew.
Among other things, the lyrics touch on gambling (‘I was lucky. Came in eighteen to one ‘. )
Even though the song is so popular, we haven’t learned all the words yet. Fairytale Of New York’s lyrics average 22. Googled 000 times a month.
Connor Ibbetson, data journalist at YouGov, commented on the study: “The British show that Fairytale of New York is their favorite classic this Christmas, despite recent controversy over BBC Radio 1’s decision to have an edited version of the play song this year.
‘The 1988 classic is nine percentage points ahead of runner-up All I Want for Christmas, which recently hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 25 years after its release. ‘
White Christmas by Bing Crosby (far left) ranks fourth with 6% in the YouGov poll
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