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Clash of the tunes

Londoners reveal their favourite festive party songs

 

Christmas party season is well and truly upon us, with people across the capital dusting off their dancing shoes in preparation for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. And, if you’re not fortunate enough to be embarking on your own Fairytale [in] New York, you’ll likely be searching for Mistletoe and Wine a little closer to home. But, new research by Landsec has revealed that when it comes to picking our favourite festive tunes, the decision is far from harmonious. It appeared to be a case of the West versus the rest when Londoners across the capital’s five regions (North, South, East, West and Central) were asked to select their favourite Christmas song. And, while Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You came out on top (17%) for West Londoners, their Central and East-end rivals fought back. They deemed the diva’s hit their second-least favourite (6%) and third-least favourite song (5%) respectively.

London’s favourite Christmas song by region:

Central London

  1. Fairytale of New York, The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl (18%)
  2. All I Want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey (14%)
  3. Last Christmas, Wham! and White Christmas, Bing Crosby (both 8%)

North London

  1. Fairytale of New York, The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl (14%)
  2. Last Christmas, Wham! (11%)
  3. All I Want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey (9%)

South London

  1. Fairytale of New York, The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl (19%)
  2. All I Want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey (10%)
  3. Last Christmas, Wham!; White Christmas, Bing Crosby and It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the year, Andy Williams (all 7%)

East London

  1. Fairytale of New York, The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl (13%)
  2. All I Want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey (12%)
  3. Last Christmas, Wham! (7%)

West London

  1. All I Want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey (17%)
  2. Fairytale of New York, The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl (11%)
  3. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the year, Andy Williams (10%)

Based on a sample of 1,027 UK adults living in London. Survey conducted from 13th to 15th November 2018.

 

The battle of the boroughs continued when it came to Band Aid’s 1984 charity smash-hit Do They Know It’s Christmas?, with those living in Central London selecting it as their fourth favourite Christmas song (7%), while Southern belles and East-end hipsters demoted the charity classic to second-last place (6% and 9% respectively). The polling, which included a selection of 20 of the nation’s most popular Christmas songs for Londoners to choose from, also revealed separation between the sexes, with 16% of women wanting to warble with Mariah, while 15% of men would prefer to party with The Pogues’ classic Fairytale of New York. But, the competition is only just beginning. Londoners will be able to party with the best tunes around at Cardinal Place’s La Folie Deuce-inspired silent disco, hosted by radio’s favourite DJ, Scott Mills. Tickets cost just £10 per person and include entry to an after party at Greenwood in Nova, Victoria, where the festivities will continue long into the evening.

So, what are you waiting for? If you need us, we’ll be Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree…