It Wouldn't Be Christmas Without 'Fairytale Of New York'

The Pogues' romantic classic was first released in 1987.

We can scarcely remember a Christmas that's gone by without this Pogues classic from their groundbreaking album, "If I Should Fall From Grace With God." It seems that it is as integral a part of Christmas as "Jingle Bells" and "White Christmas." That's a good thing.

Released in 1987, "Fairytale of New York" features the whiskey-rough vocals of the legendary Shane MacGowan (born Christmas Day, 1957) coupled with the sweet, high lilt of Kirsty MacColl, who tragically died in a boating accident a week before Christmas in 2000.

The song tells the story of a troubled couple in New York City, but it remains an anthem of holiday hope. Here's hoping that its spirit finds a place in the heart in every generation.

We're pleased to present it here via Rhino UK on YouTube.

So Happy Christmas and happy holidays.