I got to thinking after my last "Guest Blogger" post 2 weeks ago that I hadn't seen anything in the MMMM discussion about Christmas or holiday songs. How could that be-these are some of the best-loved songs of our culture! It's not so much about the quality of the music (and there is an abundance of that), but the memories we associate with them-worship, parties, shopping, family, and friends. One of the most festive (in its own way) is "A Fairytale of New York", by the Pogues and the late Kirsty MacColl.
Shane MacGowan and MacColl trade lines, as two lovers (or ex-lovers) reminisce about their hopes and failures, and their arguments, on Christmas Eve in New York City. It's a rollicking romp, with a nice contrast between their voices, singing some often bittersweet lyrics.
"A Fairytale of New York" became an instant hit in the U.K. upon its release in December 1987, and has consistently been ranked in polls as one of the best Christmas songs.
Here's the video:
UPDATE: Here's how the post looked on the XPN site: