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Monday 31 January 2011

Mariah Carey hit is most popular Christmas song

Mariah Carey hit All I Want For Christmas Is You has beaten Wham! and Slade to become the most played festive song of the past decade.

Mariah Carey hit is most popular Christmas song
Mariah Carey Photo: AP

US singer Carey's 1994 recording was found to have dominated play in shops and on radio in a study by music industry body PPL.

Wham!'s Last Christmas came second while The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's single Fairytale Of New York was third.

None of the top three tracks have ever topped the singles chart, with each song stalling at number two.

The Wham! track was famously held from the top of the charts by Band Aid track Do They Know It's Christmas?, which is one of the biggest-selling singles of all time and is number six in the list.

The word ''Christmas'' - shortened to Xmas in the case of the Slade song - features in seven of the top ten tracks.

Half of the top ten date from the 1980s, according to the study. The oldest recording is at number nine, White Christmas by Bing Crosby from 1942.

PPL spokesman Jonathan Morrish said: ''Music really helps define this time of year - be it songs that radio broadcasts because that's what people want to hear or the songs retail use in store because of their mood-enhancing power.

''Christmas without Christmas music would be unimaginable.''

:: PPL's Top 20 most-played Christmas tracks of the decade:

1. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey

2. Last Christmas - Wham!

3. Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl

4. Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade

5. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard

6. Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid

7. Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea

8. Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie

9. White Christmas - Bing Crosby

10. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin

11. I Believe In Father Christmas - Greg Lake

12. Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney

13. Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens

14. Step Into Christmas - Elton John

15. The Power Of Love - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

16. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John And Yoko

17. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee

18. Winter Wonderland - Darlene Love

19. Stay Another Day - East 17

20. 2000 Miles - The Pretenders

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