"Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl (VIDEO)
Watch the video for "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, No. 77 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
77. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, "Fairytale of New York" (1987)
How did a song about a drunken, arguing couple on the verge of a Christmas breakup become a beloved holiday anthem? Because in the hands of sweet-voiced British singer Kirsty MacColl and gummy Pogues vocalist Shane MacGowan, the story really did become magical, full of string-strewn crescendos and a mighty, teary chorus: "The boys of the NYPD choir still singing 'Galway Bay'/And the bells were ringing out for Christmas day." In other words, a fairy tale, New York-style. (Note: Look for Matt Dillon in the video, arresting MacGowan.)