What's your favorite Christmas song ever? Well, I'm willing to bet it's not "The Little Drummer Boy," but beyond that, there's a lot to go with. If you're from one of the largely English-speaking island-nations off the west coast of continental Europe, though, there's not a bad chance
it's the ballad "Fairytale of New York," by the great Irish punk / celtic-traditionalist band The Pogues
and the (still-heartbreakingly) late British singer Kristy MacColl
, from The Pogues' 1988 album If I Should Fall From Grace With God
. In the event you don't know this track, Merry Christmas .... In the event you do, Merry Christmas to you, too -- and here's a re-edit you probably haven't heard before.