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Revealed: London’s favourite Christmas songs

James Manning

Think all Christmas music is terrible? Sorry, you’re in a minority. A new survey by YouGov and Landsec of Londoners’ most loved – and hated – Christmas songs reveals that four out of five of us have a favourite. The best-loved tune of all is by London’s own The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl. Divisive Mariah makes the top five on both lists. And London’s most hated festive anthem? That’ll be Sir Cliff. Season of goodwill, sure, but there is a limit.

Keep scrolling for the top five crackers and turkeys. You can hear the best at the Christmas in Victoria Silent Disco on Friday, and don’t miss our own list of the 50 best Christmas songs ever recorded.

London’s favourite Christmas songs

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl – ‘Fairytale of New York’

(Picked as ‘favourite’ by 15% of Londoners)

Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’


Wham! – ‘Last Christmas’


Bing Crosby – ‘White Christmas’


Andy Williams – ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’


London’s least favourite Christmas songs

Cliff Richard – ‘Mistletoe and Wine’

(Picked as ‘least favourite’ by 13% of Londoners)

Band Aid – ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’


Mariah Carey – ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’


Leona Lewis – ‘One More Sleep’


East 17 – ‘Stay Another Day’


Now stack up your festive playlist with our countdown of the 50 best Christmas songs.

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