Fairytale of New York tops Christmas song download chart

Fairytale of New York reached number one in the countdown despite only placing second in the UK charts on its initial release. Credit: Youtube/RhinoUK

The Pogues and Kirsty McColl's classic "Fairytale of New York" has topped the list of favourite festive pop song.

The Irish folk style ballard was first released in November 1987 and made it to number two on the UK charts.

Second in the list was Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You, which has just broken through the million sales barrier (including physical versions).

One million copies of Mariah Carey's hit "All I Want For Christmas" have now been sold. Credit: Reuters

Christmas hits by Slade and Wizzard were also in the top five, still selling despite being released 40-years-ago.

Although Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody was victor in the 1973 chart race between the two songs, it only makes number five in the download list behind Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday at four.

Neville "Noddy" Holder is estimated to earn £800,000 this year alone from the royalties to Slade's "Merry Xmas Everyone". Credit: PA

The Official Charts Company (TOCC) said 15.4 million Christmas songs have been bought online in the 10 years since legitimate downloading began. TOCC's chief executive Martin Talbot explained:

UK biggest selling Christmas downloads