World News – UK – Revealed: Britain’s Favorite Christmas Carol

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The Christmas classic Fairytale of New York was named the nation’s most popular festival song in a poll published on Friday.

The 1987 classic never reached number one in the UK, but it was endorsed by 17% of those who have a favorite festive song – a nine percentage point lead over the second most popular song, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas, which was not reached first place when it was released.

Carey’s song took second place with 8% of the vote. However, the track proved to be the most popular with younger Brits, gaining 24% of the vote among 18- to 24-year-olds.

Third place was Last Christmas, published by George Michael and Wham! 1985 with 7% of the vote.

Last Christmas, the band Aids Do They Know It’s Christmas hit # 1 on the charts to raise money for the Ethiopian Famine Appeal. Wham! also donated all royalties from her song for the same appeal. The ballad was the most played Christmas carol of the 21st. Century in the UK until it was overtaken by Fairytale of New York in 2015

Fairytale of New York hit the headlines in November when the BBC announced it would censor multiple pieces of text for fear of offending listeners.

A statement said: “We know the song is considered a Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year. Our radio stations will select the version of the song that is most relevant to their audience. ”

For the past few years, people have been talking about the lines that refer to « an old bitch on trash » and « cheap lousy shit » and said that is not appropriate, despite 63% of respondents in a separate one YouGov According to the poll, Radio 1’s decision was wrong.

Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan previously defended the use of the lyrics, declaring in 2018 that they were meant to portray the character « on their luck » but were « not meant to be an insult ». .

Actor Lawrence Fox slammed the BBC because it decided to “beep” sections of the song and said, “The BBC’s culture commissioners tell you what is and is not appropriate for your ignorant little ears. Wouldn’t it be nice if we sent the (correct) version to the top of the charts? « 

The Pogues, however, hit back on Twitter and replied to Fox with the words: « F *** off you little herrenvolk sh ***. ”

White Christmas, composed by Irving Berlin and performed by artists such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé, received 6% of the vote for fourth place in the YouGov poll, closely followed by Merry Christmas Everybody, originally from Slade, linked to Bing Crosby’s Silent Night, both at 5%.

In sixth place came Chris Rea’s Driving Home for Christmas – also recently covered by Bublé – with 4% of the vote.

I wish it could be Christmas Every day was the preferred festive tune for 3%, and 2% choose O ‘Holy Night and I believe in Santa Claus

The British taste for Christmas music is extensive, however. The responses from other respondents include everything from Coldplay to Elvis to the Fountains of Wayne.

YouGov said: “The British have a great taste for Christmas music. . . with responses from other respondents, including everything from Coldplay to Elvis to the Fountains of Wayne. ”

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