Garmin Reveals Most Loved (and Hated) Christmas Pop Songs

SOUTHAMPTON, England--()--It’s that time of the year again: seasonal pop songs are serenading us wherever we go. There’s no escape – whether you love it or hate it, Christmas music is here! So what’s your favourite?

The sat nav manufacturer Garmin® has found that Fairytale of New York by The Pogues, featuring Kirsty MacColl and first released in 1987 reaching number 2 in the UK charts, still tops the 2011 Christmas pops as far as drivers are concerned.

In the survey, 21% of motorists said it was their festive song of choice to drive to. Bottom of the poll was Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry, released in 1958, obtaining less than 1% of the votes.

The Garmin survey carried out by YouGov asked people to choose from a list what their favourite Christmas song to drive to was – from the old classics such as Let it Snow by Dean Martin to Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) by the Darkness.

The results:

Place

 

Song

 

% votes

 
1st Fairytale of New York — The Pogues 21
Joint 2nd I Wish It Could Be Christmas — Wizzard 10
Joint 2nd Driving home for Christmas — Chris Rea 10
Joint 3rd Merry Christmas Everybody — Slade 7
Joint 3rd All I want for Christmas is you — Mariah Carey 7
4th White Christmas — Bing Crosby 6
5th Last Christmas — Wham 5
6th Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow — Dean Martin 3
7th Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) — The Darkness 2
8th Run Rudolph Run — Chuck Berry

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Fairytale of New York by The Pogues came top of the poll! It was particularly popular in Wales with 34% of people voting it their favourite festive song to have on in the car, while 26% agreed in Scotland.

In the East Midlands Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea was equal top with Fairytale of New York with 14% of those interviewed saying they liked it best to drive to.

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey varied in popularity with only 4% of people saying it was their favourite Christmas song to drive to in the South East, as opposed to 10% in Yorkshire and the Humber.

SONG FACTS

Song

 

Release date

 

Chart position

 
Fairytale of New York — The Pogues 1987 2

(It has re-entered the top 40 every Dec since 2005 and reached the top 10 on four separate occasions)

 

 

I Wish It Could Be Christmas — Wizzard 1973 4
Driving home for Christmas — Chris Rea 1988 53; re-entered in 2007 reaching #33
Merry Christmas Everybody — Slade 1973 1
All I want for Christmas is You — Mariah Carey 1994 2
White Christmas — Bing Crosby 1942 1
Last Christmas — Wham 1984 2

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow — Dean Martin

1966

for the Dean Martin Christmas Album

Christmas Time — The Darkness 2003 2
Run Rudolph Run — Chuck Berry 1958 Reached 36 in 1963

NOTES

Please make contact for a full regional breakdown
5% of those interviewed said they had other favourite songs than those listed.

2% said they didn’t know what their favourite song to drive to was.

20% didn’t have a favourite Christmas song to sing along to.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2060 adults of whom 1573 were drivers. Fieldwork was undertaken between 31 October and 2 November 2011. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

Contacts

XL Communications:
Chris Bignell
07834020460
chris@xl-comms.com

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Garmin announces the most loved and hated Christmas pop songs

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XL Communications:
Chris Bignell
07834020460
chris@xl-comms.com