‘Fairytale Of New York’ becomes UK’s latest million-selling single

The Christmas classic by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl originally peaked at Number Two in 1987

‘Fairytale Of New York’ has become the 126th single to sell over a million copies in the UK.

The Christmas classic by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl was originally released in December 1987 and peaked at Number Two on the UK singles chart. It was held off that year’s Christmas Number One spot by Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Always On My Mind’.

The single returned to the Top 40 in 1991 and, following the download boom, ‘Fairytale Of New York’ has re-entered the Top 20 every December since 2005. This festive period, it climbed as high as Number 12.

Confirming that the single sold its millionth copy during December 2012, Official Charts Company MD Martin Talbot said: “It is apt that in the year of its 25th anniversary, ‘Fairytale Of New York’ has entered into the pantheon of the UK’s all time favourite singles to become the latest – and 126th – million selling single in the history of the British charts. It has been a festive favourite ever since it was first released in 1987, so it is great that it can now claim this new honour.”

During 2012, nine other singles crossed the million sales mark. These included Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’, Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ and Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’.