The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York (1987)

  

The Very Best of The Pogues (MP3 Album)

The Pogues - Fairytale of New York - Vinyl single sleeve front

Fairytale of New York vinyl sleeve

This Irish folk ballad is frequently voted for as the No.1 best Christmas song of all time and reached #2 in the UK (#1 in Ireland) in 1988. It was kept off the top spot by Pet Shop Boys cover of Always On My Mind.

The festive tune featured on the album If I Should Fall from Grace with God, and was originally planned as a duet with the Pogues bassist Cait O'Riordon, but he left the band in 1986 before the song was finished! Kirsty MacColl was asked to sing a guide vocal, but she was so good that she ended up singing in the final version!

 

Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind (video)

Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind

Santa Clasu and The Christmas Trees performing Singalong-A-Santa

Santa Claus & The Christmas Trees - Singalong-A-Santa

Paul McCartney as a sleeping soldier in  Pipes Of Peace

Paul McCartney - Pipes Of Peace