All I want for Christmas... is to hear same old songs the

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS IN NUMBERS - By ALICE CACHIA

IF you’re get­ting sick and tired of hear­ing the same old Christmas songs… there’s prob­a­bly one that’s been stuck in your head more than most. New anal­y­sis has re­vealed Fairy­tale of New York is played on UK ra­dio sta­tions than any other Christmas tune.

With the fes­tive sea­son in full swing, the com­pany PRs for Mu­sic an­a­lysed the 20 most-played songs across 50 re­gional BBC sta­tions in the UK.

While you might well have ex­pected the most-com­monly played song to be All I Want for Christmas Is You, the Mariah Carey bel­ter ac­tu­ally sits in sixth po­si­tion.

Sit­ting in first place at the top of the Christmas tree charts is the muchloved duet by The Pogues, fea­tur­ing Kirsty MacColl.

It is played more of­ten by ra­dio DJs than any other fes­tive tune.

In sec­ond place is Wham!’s Last Christmas, fol­lowed by Slade’s Merry Xmas Every­body, White Christmas by Bing Crosby and Wiz­zard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Ev­ery­day.

The old­est song on the list is Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song (Chest­nuts Roast­ing on an Open Fire), from 1946.

It is the 13th-most played Christmas song, ac­cord­ing to the data.

On the other hand, the youngest song to make the list sits in 20th place.

It’s Cliff Richard’s The Mil­len­nium Prayer, re­leased in 2000.

It is im­por­tant to note that the fig­ures do not in­clude lis­tens from stream­ing ser­vices like Spo­tify or YouTube, which may tell a dif­fer­ent story.

But while it’s UK ra­dio sta­tions’ most­played fes­tive tune, Fairy­tale of New York never ac­tu­ally reached the num­ber one spot.

It was pipped to the post by Pet Shop Boys’ Al­ways On My Mind in 1987.

That’s not the only song that failed to take the cov­eted Christmas num­ber one spot All I Want for Christmas is You was also beaten in 1994 by East 17’s Stay An­other Day.

Sep­a­rate fig­ures from the Of­fi­cial Charts com­pany show that Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas Time, re­leased in 1984, is the big­gest sell­ing Christmas num­ber one.

Not only is it the sec­ond big­gest sell­ing sin­gle of all time, it’s the only Christmas hit to sell more than three mil­lion units - 3.82 mil­lion to be ex­act.

The data showed that only 12 of the top 20 best-sell­ing Christmas songs ac­tu­ally ad­dressed the fes­tive sea­son.

Again, the fig­ures re­fer to sales only and do not in­clude streams.

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