Released: 19th December 2005.
Having just topped VH1's list of best Christmas songs for the second time, "Fairytale Of New York" never actually reached No. 1, being held off the top spot by the Pet Shop Boys first time out in 1987. The tale itself is of two hard-on-their-luck immigrants in Manhattan, and veers from starry-eyed optimism to recrimination and bleak despondence, felt more bitterly given the time of year. It's a moving reminder that Christmas is not a season of light and joy for all, and has gained added poignancy since the passing of Kirsty MacColl. It really doesn't feel like Christmas until you hear this song. Truly magnificent.
The greatest Christmas song, like, ever, is re-released. This is one of my favourite Christmas songs of all time - not only because it re-wrote the rule book of how to write a Christmas song, it's also by, quite frankly, one of the greatest bands to come out of Ireland. Not to mention that it still sounds as fresh and original as it did when it first came out. If you didn't buy it back then - get it now. It's well worth investing for your record collection.