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4 December 2014, 00:00
The top 10 most played Christmas songs have been revealed.
The top 10 most played Christmas songs have been revealed – and for the first time ever, two British female soloists have entered the list.
Lily Allen and Leona Lewis have been declared two of the most played Christmas artists of the year, soaring into the official top ten PPL Most Played Christmas Songs of the Year chart.
Revealed annually by PPL, the organisation responsible for licensing recorded music played in public and broadcast across the UK, the exclusive PPL Most Played Christmas Songs of the Year chart shows Allen and Lewis joining the ranks alongside classic Christmas songs from Slade, Wham! and Band Aid.
Based on UK radio airplay and public broadcast in 2013, the chart shows Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ in at number two, ahead of Mariah Carey’s festive classic ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ which features at number three. ‘One More Sleep’ by Leona Lewis charts at number nine in the PPL chart above ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ by Shakin Stevens at number ten.
Meanwhile, The Pogues reclaim their position at the top of the chart with ‘Fairytale of New York’, having last year been relegated to second position in favour of Gabrielle Aplin’s cover of ‘The Power of Love’, originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Aplin and Allen’s cover versions both famously featured in John Lewis Christmas ad campaigns in 2012 and 2013 consecutively.
Mike Dalby, Senior Music Intelligence Analyst, PPL, said: “Christmas songs are as essential to the festive period as mince pies and tinsel. The new entries from Lily and Leona show that the sound of Christmas changes every year, even if the classics are ever present. Together, the Top 10 got more than a full year of UK airplay in 2013, meaning that it really could be Christmas every day (if you wished it to be…)”
1. Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues (featuring Kirsty MacColl)
2. Somewhere Only We KnoW - Lily Allen
3. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
4. Last Christmas - Wham!
5. Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
6. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard
7. Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
8. Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea
9. One More Sleep - Leona Lewis
10. Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens
The chart is based on UK radio airplay and public broadcast from 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2013.
Watch The Pogues with Kirsty Macoll with 'Fairytale Of New York' below: