Maybe it’s the new Band Aid 30 single, shooting predictably in at Number 1 tonight, AND dragging the original back into the charts at 61, but the Xmas revival of the classic songs has started in the last November Hot 100 on 2014, and we shall, as usual, be monitoring this years progress of the Greatest Xmas Record of All Time. Which, for non-veterans of this blog, is ‘A Fairytale of New York’, by the Pogues, featuring the late and forever missed Kirsty MacColl.
The song re-enters at no 80, making this the tenth consecutive year the track has charted for Christmas and the twelfth overall. It hasn’t reached the top 10 since 2007, when it peaked at no. 4, but the song’s been remarkably consistent, peaking between 12 and 17 in the last six years. And the beauty of it is that, as always, it’s not been re-issued, it just comes back because people want to hear it again at Xmas.
In terms of consistency, it has to be admitted that Maria Carey’s ‘All I Want For Xmas Is You’ also comes back year-on-year and is consistently the highest charting regular: new entry today at no 68. But I shalln’t be following that song’s progress, just this one.
So, one more time, as we always do…