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!

Don't miss the excellent piano cover by Ellen Davis further down this page.

The Pogues ft. Kirsty Maccoll

Fairytale of New York vinyl sleeve (25th anniversary edition from 2012)

The single re-entered the official UK singles chart in December 2015 and is currently at #15 as I write (Dec 19th). So far, it has spent 77 weeks in the chart and is the most played Christmas song of the 21st century.