Will it make the UK? Fairytale of New York races to No 1 on Irish charts – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Will it make the UK? Fairytale of New York races to No 1 on Irish charts




The classic Christmas song “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues has regained its No. 1 spot in Ireland, on the day of the band’s frontman Shane MacGowan’s funeral, reports RTE.

The song, which features Kirsty MacColl and was written by MacGowan and Jem Finer, first topped the charts in Ireland 36 years ago in 1985.

Despite its popularity, the song never reached No. 1 on the UK Christmas chart when it was first released and was kept at No. 2 by the Pet Shop Boys’ cover of “Always on My Mind”.

However, since 2005, “Fairytale of New York” has consistently ranked in the UK Top 20 every Christmas, reports RTE.

The song is also a regular feature in the Irish Top 10 every Christmas.

MacGowan’s widow, Victoria Mary Clarke, has expressed her desire to see the song finally reach the top spot in the UK.

The song has won numerous polls for the best Christmas song and has been covered by famous artists such as Ronan Keating and Jon Bon Jovi, reports RTE.

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