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Revealed - the nation's favourite Christmas songs

By Chris Willmott Sunday 23 December 2012 Updated: 31/12 13:36

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Wham's last Christmas was in the top 10.

1 - Fairytale of New York (The Pogues & Kirsty McColl) 23.2%

2 - White Christmas (Bing Crosby) 9.4%

3 - All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey) 9.0%

4 - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Wizzard) 8.8%

5 - Driving Home For Christmas (Chris Rea) 7.1%

6 - Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade) 7.1%

7 - Last Christmas (Wham) 6.2%

8 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid) 4.9

9 - Let It Snow (Dean Martin) 3.4%

10 - Stop The Cavalry (Jona Lewie) 2.9%

CREEPING up the charts again, 25 years after its release in 1987 and Fairytale of New York has been voted the best Christmas song of all time in a recent poll.

The survey of 1165* people online by Smooth Christmas, the UK’s only dedicated Christmas radio station, reveals The Pogues and Kirsty McColl’s hit is still top choice on the nation’s iPods and radios with crooner, Bing Crosby and sexy Santa baby, Mariah Carey coming in second and third respectively.

The nationwide poll saw The Pogues sweep the board in each region questioned but the second favourite was not such an easy choice.

Scots and Londoners voted White Christmas into second place whereas voters in the North East favoured Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea and in the North West and Midlands it was Roy Wood and Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday. In Yorkshire and Anglia Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas was the runner up.

Festive favourites that failed to make the top ten include Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time, Elton John’s Step Into Christmas, Boney M’s Mary’s Boy Child.

Relationship expert and writer Flic Everett was commissioned by Smooth Christmas to delve into what your choice of song says about you.

She said: “We all have the songs we love and look forward to hearing every year, but the song that means the most to you can say more about your personality than you’d think.”

And here's Flic's assessment of the top 10:

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues & Kirsty McColl:

If you love this one, it suggests you have a curious, open-minded nature. You like to challenge expectations - and in the same way that this is a beautiful, festive song about a low-life break-up - you hate to be judged on first appearances. In relationships you’re stimulating and lively, always up for a debate, but sometimes you can be controversial for its own sake. You’re likely to have lots of friends, being able to see beyond the obvious is important to you, and people appreciate it. You like a Christmas drink, and can get a little sentimental, but never in a bad way.

White Christmas- Bing Crosby:

Needless to say, loving this one makes you a sentimental old traditionalist. For you, Christmas should be exactly the same every year - the pudding should be done in November, the cards written with a glass of mulled wine, and the turkey ordered with weeks to spare. You are not a fan of spontaneity or surprises. You are equally responsible and cautious in day to day life, you love things to be calm and predictable, and you enjoy a spot of old fashioned romance involving flowers and candlelight - you’d no sooner read Fifty Shades of Grey than you’d jump naked out of a cake. Steady, safe and sweet - that’s you.

All I Want For Christmas Is You- Mariah Carey:

If you love Mariah’s epic festive song, you’re a cheerful type who people want to be around. You almost certainly have plenty of gay best friends, and enjoy a bit of retro glamour. In normal life, you tend not to sweat the small stuff, believing life’s too short to spend it worrying. You’re easygoing, kind and a bit scatterbrained, and there’s a danger that less scrupulous types could take advantage of your good nature if you’re not careful. But you’ll do anything for anyone, and you’ll always have friends who appreciate that - even if your love life can be rocky because you tend to give people the benefit of the doubt too often!

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard:

Well, aren’t you the life of the party? If this disco stomper is your favourite festive song, it suggests that what you see is what you get. You tend to take people at face value, and are immensely loyal to old friends. You don’t like to dig too deeply into emotional issues, you’d prefer to get on with things. And when relationships end you’re straight on to the next. Sometimes you aren’t sure what’s gone wrong, but you’re not going to spend hours thinking about it. You’re a do-er who enjoys the simple things in life, and loved ones can always rely on you. There’s no hidden dark side or unexpected surprises.

Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea:

The poignant meaning of this song goes deep and if this is your fave Christmas is all about loved ones. You’ve had some sadness in your life, and value what you have all the more highly as a result. You have a tendency to worry and you take on responsibility for the happiness of everyone around you. You’re most content when surrounded by your family and close friends, and would rather be at home with the TV and family than at a wild party. Your worst fear is letting people down and your choices are based on what’s best for others. You seldom think about yourself, but sometimes you’d be happier if you took care of your own needs too!

Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade:

You are never happier than when you’re surrounded by people; friends, strangers, it doesn’t matter so long as you’re at the heart of the crowd. You’re the person who volunteers for everything, who’s up all night making the kids’ panto costume and arranging the office drinks. You love to be needed, hate being alone and are an optimist by nature. You tend to see the best in everybody and are full of forgiveness when they don’t behave. You treat people as you’d like to be treated yourself and it’s much appreciated.

Last Christmas - Wham:

Romantic, nostalgic and very, very 80s. If this one’s your favourite, you see Christmas as a time to catch up with people from the past - whether that’s friends, family or exes. You don’t like the idea of moving on and you’re probably also a hoarder of old love letters, cards and photos you just can’t bear to part with. You loved your teen years and struggle occasionally with the idea of getting old. In your heart you’d like to be 16 forever. In relationships you’re 100 per cent committed when you’re happy, but if things are rocky you’re soon looking for a way out. You want life to be perfect and sometimes it disappoints you, but you never stay down for very long.

Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid:

You're someone who’s not always sure of yourself you tend to go with the crowd, and you’re a little self-conscious about speaking up in meetings. You’d rather sit silently than risk being challenged, and your idea of hell is a party where you don’t know anyone. But when you do trust yourself, you have a lot to offer - people tend to rely on you, because you’re full of common sense and practical skills. You may leave the office party sober, but you’ll be the one handing out Alka Seltzer the next day. Build up your confidence, and you’ll realise you’re much loved.

Let It Snow - Dean Martin:

If you love Dean Martin, you’re a very stylish type. You’re always aware of fashion and advising friends on what’s in, out and over. You also have a soft heart and are easily distracted. You’re likely to have a career that requires several different skills as you’re easily bored. You love the good life and tend to over-spend, particularly at Christmas, as you crave beautiful things and want to make everyone else happy too. You have no trouble attracting partners, but they have to be just as exciting and fashionable as you, or you’ll quickly lose interest.

Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie:

If this is your favourite, you’re unusual, offbeat and thoughtful. You’re more interested in other people’s feelings than your own and are probably the agony aunt or uncle of your group. You’re not a pessimist, but you are realistic. You don’t expect everything to be perfect so you’re seldom surprised by life. You have a wise outlook and can take most things in your stride. At Christmas, sometimes you find all the enforced jollity a bit much, but you will join in because you’d hate to hurt anyone’s feelings. In relationships you’re committed, loyal and thoughtful - a perfect catch!

Now in its second year, Smooth Christmas is the UK’s only dedicated Christmas radio station from the home of Smooth Radio. Smooth Christmas is available nationwide on digital radio and at smoothchristmas.co.uk.

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