Ireland’s chart-topping favorite Christmas songs of all time


Will The Pogues topple reigning pop queen Ariana Grande in time to bag the Christmas charts number one spot?

Ariana Grande is currently top of the charts with her smash hit, "Thank U, Next".

However, bookies believe that the iconic "Fairytale of New York" will soon sneak into first place.

Mariah Carey’s classic "All I Want for Christmas" is currently the top trending Christmas song at number nine, while Shane MacGowan's track is at number ten.

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In a sign of the fairly un-festive times, artists like Halsey, Zara Larsson, Post Malone, and Irish band Picture This are streaks ahead of traditional Christmas tunes.

In fact, there are only five other seasonal anthems that round out the top 50 most popular songs on the moment - "Last Christmas" by Wham at #15, Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas Time" at #25, Brenda Lee's "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree" at #31, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like" by Michael Bublé at #33 and Chris Rea's "Driving Home For Christmas" in the 48th spot.

But, what it Ireland's favorite Christmas song of all time? 

A reader poll of over 2,000 people conducted by JOE, revealed that "Fairytale of New York" is, in fact, the nation's song of choice by a landslide - with 50% of those surveyed declaring their love for it.

The Irish Times also reached out to over 3,000 people and also found that MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl's irreverent track was the bona fide favorite.

"Based on mentions, the final four were Driving Home for Christmas, Stop the Cavalry, Fairytale of New York and O Holy Night," the paper confirmed.

"It looked for a while like it was going to be a close run thing, but in the end Fairytale of New York pulled away and finished a long, long way ahead of the chasing pack with 46 per cent of the vote."

What's your all-time Christmas number one? Let us know in the comments below.

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