The Pogues' festive classic is the most played Christmas pop song, according to licensing body PPL.
The myriad polls of Christmas pop music tend to throw up the same results year in year out, with the “nation’s favourite” usually turning out to be as predictable as the contents of supermarket crackers.
But, according to music licensing body PPL, The Pogues ‘A Fairytale of New York’ is the most played Christmas song of the century. Its popularity is beyond contestation, being present in the Christmas UK Top 20 singles in seven different years since its release, including 2014.
'A Fairytale Of New York', written by Shane McGowan (above), is the most played Christmas pop song ever.
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If it was you, get in touch, you're owed a pint
A Pogues fan is trying to get in contact with the man who may have saved his life at a gig on July 5. When Andrew Plank collapsed with a heart attack while watching the Celtic punk-rock legends played in Hyde Park, he probably didn’t expect a fellow audience member to leap to his assistance.
Shane MacGowen of The Pogues performs at Hyde Part as part of the British Summertime Festival (Getty 2014/Tristan Fewings)
But, luckily for Mr. Plank, he was in the vicinity of a CPR-trained Pogues fan; one, who despite the raucous atmosphere, was sharp enough to administer the treatment that in all probability saved his life.
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The Libertines' first reunion gig in London for four years was a critical success but the crowd were particularly badly behaved. The band's performance was interrupted two songs in by a crowd surge and the concert managers were forced to ask the crowd to stop throwing fireworks at the beginning of the set.
The Libertines' first reunion gig on English soil got off to a rocky start when overzealous fans surged towards the stage whilst the band performed at the British Summer Time gig in Hyde Park, London. This is the first time in four years the group has performed in the capital and their appearance has been praised by critics.
Pete Doherty performing with The Libertines in Glasgow last week.
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The punk-folk stalwart was a fans' favourite
Has there ever been a better sing-a-long band than The Pogues? Probably not, and you can bet there’ll be many a drink raised and many a sing-a-long sung tonight as the news that the band’s guitarist Philip Chevron lost his battle with cancer, dying aged 56.
Paul Chevron will be missed by The Pogues and their fans
A statement posted on The Pogues' website said: "After a long illness Philip passed away peacefully this morning. We all send our sincere condolences to his family." Chevron joined the band on a temporary basis after their debut album, but his value was clearly felt, and he was a permanent member by the time the band got round to their second album.
Chevron, who died yesterday, wrote some of the band's most successful songs.
Philip Chevron, guitarist with The Pogues, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. The group confirmed the loss with a statement on their website reading "After a long illness Philip passed away peacefully this morning. We all send our sincere condolences to his family."
Talented Musician Philip Chevron Has Passed Away.
Just 56 when he passed away yesterday (8th October), Chevron was first treated for cancer in 2007 and was given the all-clear. However, the tumour returned this year and Chevron was told that it was too risky to operate. Chevron, AKA Philip Ryan, had performed with influential Irish punk band The Pogues since 1984.
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The Irish guitarist had battled the disease for six years, but finally succumbed to his illness on Tuesday, 8 October
The guitarist for The Pogues, Phil Chevron, has tragically passed away following a long-fought battle with cancer. The 56-year-old was initially led to believe, after intensive treatment, that his illness had subsided last year, but sadly the cancer returned and in his weakened state his battle with the disease was fatal this time. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.
Phil Chevron was first diagnosed with cancer in 2007
Chevron was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2007 and almost immediately began treatment for the illness, treatment that in 2012 was at last deemed successful and Chevron was told that his chances of surviving were significant. Four months later, during a routine check-up, doctors discovered that he had developed new tumours in his head and neck, prompting the guitarist to tell his fans that this time he won't be so lucky with the treatment. Because one of the tumours had grown too close to his brain, treatment on them was impossible and he was told that his doctors had done everything they could for him.
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Mariah Carey ruddy loves reminding us that she sang one of the best known Christmas pop songs of all time. Just in case her original version of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' wasn’t played enough around this time of year as it was, she also decided to pop up wearing a really quite short Santa’s outfit alongside then 17 year-old Justin Bieber in re-do of the song last year.
So we were pretty firmly on Carey watch this year, just waiting to see when she’d pop up to offer yet another ‘fresh’ update on her ubiquitous track. And it happened with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots in tow. In fairness, the chat show host sort of asked for it; he was going to perform a version of the song anyway with rappers The Roots in tow on toy instruments. Trust Carey to want to get in on the act though; sure enough, after the slow intro, there she was in a red dress, admittedly still hitting the notes and taking center stage as the rest of them played amiably behind her. Reports that she’d rushed off soon after the show because her senses had picked up a family in the Tulsa region about to get going on their own karaoke version of the song in their living room remain unsubstantiated.
Check out Carey join Fallon and The Roots below; then scroll down to see our own festive top 5.
Kate Bosworth has become the new face of Topshop with a glamorous video showing the star singing 'Winter Wonderland'.
The 'Superman Returns' actress was chosen by the Philip Green brand to don a glitzy, dark red gown and re-create the inspirational piano scene from 1989's 'The Fabulous Baker Boys' which starred Michelle Pfeiffer. "This project brings together two important aspects of my life: cinema and fashion", says the actress who was also a Calvin Klein Jeans model in 2008. "I have always been a fan of the Topshop brand and it has been an honour to work with Sir Phillip and the team. I hope everyone enjoys watching it as much as we did making it." The clip was directed by Michael Polish of 'Twin Falls Idaho' and 'The Astronaut Farmer' fame.
The song looks to be in with a chance for the 2012 Christmas number one now being available on iTunes, but first it has to hit the UK Official Singles Chart. It will face competition from Olly Murs whose single 'Troublemaker' featuring Flo Rida is top for the second week in a row and from The Pogues with their much-loved 1987 Christmas hit 'Fairytale of New York' featuring Kirsty Maccoll.
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Originally released in 1987 and featuring Kirsty MacColl, 'Fairytale Of New York' has become an alternative Christmas anthem around the world and is most certainly worth revisiting every single year thanks to Shane MacGowan's infectiously gritty crooning and drunken piano playing.
The Pogues and Pogues Thursday 20th December 2007 Shane McGowan of The Pogues, drinking Schweppes Tonic Water from a bottle, and shouting abuse at photographers as he leaves the home of Kate Moss London, England
KIRSTY MACCOLL's youngest son finds comfort in hearing THE POGUES' hit festive song FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK every year - because it makes him proud...