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Top 50 Christmas songs revealed by PRS for Music

Tom Pakinkis
PRS for Music

PRS for Music has published the Top 50 most played Christmas songs in the past year – with The Pogues’ Fairytale Of New York landing the No.1 spot.

The festive favourite featuring Kirsty MacColl was followed by Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You and Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas.

Last Christmas by Wham! and Harry Reser’s Santa Claus Is Coming To Town complete the Top 5.

The full Top 50 Christmas songs can be found below:

RANK

TITLE

ARTIST

RELEASE DATE

WRITER

1

Fairytale of New York

The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl

1987

Jem Finer, Shane MacGowan

2

All I Want For Christmas Is You

Mariah Carey

1994

Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff

3

Do They Know It's Christmas?

Band Aid

1984

Bob Geldof, Midge Ure

4

Last Christmas

Wham!

1984

George Michael

5

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Harry Reser

1934

John Fredrick Coots, Haven Gillespie

6

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Bing Crosby

1962

Noel Regney, Gloria Shayne

=7

Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir

1971

John Lennon, Yoko Ono

=7

Wonderful Christmastime

Paul McCartney

1979

Paul McCartney

9

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

Wizzard

1973

Roy Wood

10

Merry Xmas Everybody

Slade

1973

Noddy Holder, Jim Lea

11

Merry Christmas Everyone

Shakin' Stevens

1985

Bob Heatlie

12

Sleigh Ride

Leroy Anderson

1950

Leroy Anderson

13

Stay Another Day

East 17

1994

Tony Mortimer

14

Driving Home For Christmas

Chris Rea

1988

Chris Rea

15

Rockin Around The Christmas Tree

Brenda Lee

1958

Johnny Marks

16

Step Into Christmas

Elton John

1973

Elton John, Bernie Taupin

17

2000 Miles

The Pretenders

1983

Chrissie Hynde

18

I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter

Connie Francis / Gabriella Cilmi

1962 / 2008

Hank Hunter, Mark Barkan

19

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Darlene Love

1963

Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector

20

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Vaughn Monroe / Dean Martin / Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

1945 / 1959 / 1963

Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne

21

Stop The Calvary

Jona Lewie

1980

Jona Lewie

22

Frosty The Snowman

Gene Autry & The Cass Country Boys / Perry Como / Johnny Mathis / Kimberley Locke

1950 / 1957 / 2003 / 2007

Walter "Jack" Rollins, Steve Nelson

23

White Christmas

Bing Crosby

1942

Irving Berlin

24

I Believe In Father Christmas

Greg Lake / Toyah Wilcox / Elaine Paige

1975 / 1982 / 1986

Greg Lake / Peter Sinfield

25

Christmas Lights

Coldplay

2010

Guy Berryman, Johnny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin

26

Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

The Nat King Cole Trio

1946

Mel Tormé, Bob Wells

27

Thank God It's Christmas

Queen

1984

Brain May, Roger Taylor

28

It's The Most Wonderful Time of Year

Andy Williams

1963

Edward Pola, George Wyle

29

Santa Baby

Eartha Kitt

1953

Joahn Javits, Phillip Springer

30

Christmas Wrapping

The Waitresses

1981

Chris Butler

31

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Frank Sinatra

1957

Ralph Blanew, Hugh Martin

32

Please Come Home For Christmas

Charles Brown, The Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi

1961 / 1978 / 1995

Charles Brown, Gene Redd

33

A Spaceman Came Travelling

Chris de Burgh

1976

Chris de Burgh

34

A Winter's Tale

David Essex

1982

Mike Batt / Tim Rice

35

Lonely This Christmas

MUD

1974

Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman

36

Cold December Night

Michael Bublé

2011

Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Bob Rock

37

Mistletoe And Wine

Cliff Richard

1988

Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart, Keith Strachan

38

Merry Christmas

Bryan Adams

2011

Bryan Adams

39

Christmas Time - Don't Let The Bells End

The Darkness

2003

Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham

40

Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord

Boney M

1978

Jester Hairston, Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Lorin

41

Power Of Love

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

1984

Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Mark O'Toole

42

Blue Christmas

Elvis Presley

1957

Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson

43

When A Child Is Born (Soleado)

Johnny Mathis

1976

Ciro Dammiccom, Fred Jay

44

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Gene Autry

1949

Johnny Marks

45

Winter Wonderland

Perry Como

1934

Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith

46

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Jimmy Boyd

1952

Tommie Connor

47

Mary's Boy Child

Harry Belafonte

1957

Jester Hairston

48

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Perry Como & The Fontana Sisters

1951

Meredith Wilson

49

The Little Drummer Boy

Harry Simeone Chorale

1958

Harry Simeone, K. K. Davis, Henry Onorati

50

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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