The Pogues Top The List Of Christmas Number 1 Contenders

The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York is being tipped to score the coveted Christmas number one this year.

For the last five years, LadBaby has taken the top spot over the festive season, but they have confirmed they won’t be releasing a seasonal song this year. This means that the odds have shortened for the much-loved Fairytale of New York, which features Shane MacGowan singing alongside the late Kirsty MacColl.

According to bookmakers, William Hill, the 1988 single has odds of 4/6 to score a Christmas number one, followed by Wham!’s Last Christmas, which has odds of 5/1 and The Beatles’ Now And Then, which has odds of 6/1.

Lee Phelps, a spokesperson for William Hill, said: “LadBaby have made Christmas single headlines once again this year, but this time with the announcement that they will not be releasing one.

“Subsequently, we’ve seen The Pogues shorten to 4/6 favourites to claim this year’s Christmas Number One with their infamous Christmas single, Fairytale of New York.

“The band were Evens to top the Christmas Charts for the first time last week but are now odds-on favourites with five-time chart toppers LadBaby out of the reckoning.

“The rest of the list is not short of big names with Wham! next in line at 5/1, whilst The Beatles (6/1), Andrea Bocelli, The Sidemen, and Mariah Carey (all 8/1) will all still fancy their chances.”

Christmas number one single odds:

  • The Pogues – 4/6
  • Wham! – 5/1
  • The Beatles 6/1
  • Andrea Bocelli – 8/1
  • Sidemen 8/1
  • Mariah Carey – 8/1
  • Taylor Swift – 9/1
  • Ed Sheeran 9/1
  • BAR 10/1

The ever-popular Christmas song could be getting a boost due to The Pogues frontman’s recent health issues.

Shane MacGowan’s wife Victoria Mary Clarke gave fans an update on the singer, who has been hospitalised, writing on X (formerly Twitter): “I just wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone who has been messaging me and Shane MacGowan.”

Though it’s not clear what the reason was for MacGowan’s hospital stay, the star suffers from Encephalitis – a condition in which the brain becomes inflamed.

Sharing a photo of MacGowan in his hospital bed she also said on X: “Love is the most beautiful and powerful thing that we can experience as humans, but love can also feel painful especially if you are afraid of losing a person or anything else that you love.

“A lot of the time that thing we call love can more accurately be described as attachment or desire or need or longing or closeness or connection,” she continued. “And all of these are totally valuable and human, and we need to acknowledge and appreciate and accept every part of our experience

“But sometimes when you love very deeply you will find yourself facing terrifying fears of loss that can feel so big and devastating that you don’t know how you can survive them, and you can’t imagine life without this person that you love.

“It’s in these moments when you are staring into the abyss that you have an opportunity to expand your consciousness beyond the limitations of your mind.”