If There’s One Thing Music Bloggers Can Agree On, It’s That They All Love “New York”

Dec 20th, 2006 // 9 Comments

shanekirsty.jpg Don’t tell this to Phil Spector or the “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” guy, but if the blogosphere has taught us anything in the last two weeks, it’s that Kirsty MacColl and the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” is the most beloved pop song of the holiday season. And rightfully so: While most Christmas anthems have a five-week-long shelf life, “Fairytale” can actually be enjoyed year ’round, as the drunks will always be singing, dancing, and kissing on the corner (this, despite Giuliani’s strict cabaret-license laws).

Alas, the song has become especially poignant in the last few years, as it was right around Christmas 2000 when the 41-year-old MacColl was killed in a boating accident. And so we present two of her finest moments: “Fairytale,” and the 1979 Stiff Records single “They Don’t Know,” which is one of your Idolator’s top-five favorite songs of all time:

Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York [MP3, link expired]
Kirsty MacColl – They Don’t Know [MP3, link expired]


  1. xtianrut

    After being battered by so much xmas dreck, I was excited to hear this one, actually great, xmas tune. Alas, the link ain’t working…

  2. katesilver

    Oh, Idolators, you are so after my own pop-loving heart.

  3. Maura Johnston

    (it’s fixed now, xtianrut. thanks for the heads-up!)

  4. Butch Huskey

    yay for us! “they don’t know” is one of my all-time faves too

  5. mishaps


    When the Pogues played NY in the spring, they did this with Jem Finer’s daughter standing in for the Divine Ms. McColl. Highlight of the show.

  6. Ned Raggett

    I scored the Kirsty box set in the Tower collapse, and lemme tell ya, hearing all that greatness and realizing how it all ended so horribly is something to break your heart.

  7. xtianrut

    Thanks for the fix, Idolaors! I’m gonna start drinking right now.

    What? It’s past noon…

  8. We Don't Live in the 60s

    It is a perfect Christmas song. Such a shame that the people responsible for Kirsty’s death still haven’t been brought to justice.

  9. slutsguts

    the song always makes me misty. best xmas tune of all time.

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