The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale Of New York’ among Top 10 best-selling vinyl singles of 2023 in the UK

The single – originally released in 1987 – features in the Top 10 alongside The Beatles, boygenius, Aphex Twin, The Rolling Stones, Lana Del Rey and more.

Just over a month after the death of The Pogues‘ iconic singer and songwriter Shane MacGowan, the band’s beloved Christmas hit ‘Fairytale of New York’ has been listed among the best-selling vinyl singles of 2023 in the UK.

The track features at No.10 on the list, following The Beatles, boygenius, Aphex Twin, The Rolling Stones, three appearances by the Sex Pistols, Lana Del Rey, and Wham!

‘Fairytale of New York’ – which was originally released as a single featuring Kirsty MacColl in 1987, before being included on The Pogues’ third album, If I Should Fall From Grace With God, the following year – was released as a special 7″ record late last year, in aid of Dublin Simon Community.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to The Pogues and Shane McGowan’s family for their generosity in creating such a special legacy for Dublin Simon Community with this release,” Emma Kilkenny, Head of Fundraising & Communications at Dublin Simon Community, commented at the time. “Music is an emotional and visceral gift that can lift spirits and bring hope to people at their lowest point.

“We share the truly magical memory of Shane’s performance at the very special Christmas Busk recorded in St Patrick’s Cathedral during Covid lockdown. The Christmas Eve Busk is a beating heart at the core of Dublin Simon’s fundraising and Shane was always a very welcome and truly amazing addition to this special event.”


The single is currently at No.6 on the Official Singles Chart in the UK, having peaked at No.4 last month.

The Beatles‘ last song, ‘Now And Then’, is the No.1 best-selling vinyl single of 2023 in the UK – with 33,000 vinyl copies sold since its release last year.

The Sex Pistols’ scored three spots in the Top 10, with ‘Anarchy in the UK’ at No.5, ‘Holidays In The Sun’ at No.6, and ‘Pretty Vacant’ at No.9.

See the full chart here.

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