1980s voted the ‘best decade for Christmas music’ in new poll

The Pogues' 'Fairytale Of New York' tops list as UK's favourite Christmas song

A new study has found the 1980s to be the best decade for Christmas music.

Blinkbox conducted a new study into the nation’s favourite festive songs, with 36 per cent voting for the ’80s as the decade that produced the most seasonal classics. The 1970s came second in the poll (with 25 per cent of votes), while the 1990s (10 per cent), 1960s (7 per cent) and 1950s (5 per cent) followed elsewhere in the list.

The poll saw The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s 1987 hit ‘Fairytale Of New York’ take top spot as the UK’s favourite Christmas song, with other ’80s songs – Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’, David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s ‘Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy’, Chris Rea’s ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ and the original Band Aid single – also making the Top 10.


Sam Sutton, Senior Lecturer in Music Technology at London College Of Music, said of the findings: “The nation favours feel-good Christmas pop songs with distinctive, festive musical elements. These generate emotional resonance and carry the listener on a wave of feel-good nostalgia.”

He continued: “But despite the Top 10 being dominated by such upbeat tracks, it’s the distinctly edgier offering from The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl that most appeals to our sensibilities. Perhaps the rousing squabble between the two appeals to Brits because it’s somehow more real and closer to our actual experience of Christmas – a heady and sometimes tense mix of friends, family and booze.”

See the Top 10 in full below and check out NME’s poll of the Greatest Christmas Song Ever.

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl – ‘Fairytale Of New York’
Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’
Slade – ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’
Wham! – ‘Last Christmas’
Wizzard – ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’
Chris Rea – ‘Driving Home For Christmas’
Band Aid – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’
Eartha Kitt – ‘Santa Baby’
Boney M – ‘Mary’s Boy Child’
David Bowie and Bing Crosby – ‘Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy’

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