Sam Ryder hopes The Pogues beat him to Christmas no.1 after Shane MacGowan's death: 'There's a lot of tragedy wrapped up in that song'

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13 Dec 2023, 11:43

Sam Ryder backs The Pogues to beat him to Christmas no. 1 after Shane MacGowan's death

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Sam Ryder is backing The Pogues' Fairytale of New York to beat his own song to number one this Christmas.

The Eurovision superstar, who has his own offering You're Christmas To Me, thinks getting Shane MacGowan's classic hit to the top would be a 'gorgeous moment'.

He told the Daily Star newspaper's Wired column: "I've got love in my heart for the Fairytale of New York situation.

"That's never got to Number One and that would be a gorgeous moment, especially now Shane MacGowan's left us.

"There's a lot of tragedy wrapped up in that song - two gorgeous voices no longer with us and taken too soon. That's me taking a lovely romantic view on it."

He explained about his new tune, which is only available on one platform: "Next year it will be available everywhere.

"Amazon have the exclusive this year as they asked me to write a theme tune for their movie Your Christmas Or Mine 2."

Following MacGowan's death on November 30, fans have been campaigning to get the yuletide favourite to the top of the charts for the first time ever.

Wham!'s Last Christmas is leading the way, followed by Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You, but some music fans are urging for former Christmas number 1s to be taken out of the running.

Sam added: "There's a good discussion to have there! The charts are for listeners to enjoy - it's like any score sheet.

"I'm only sitting here now talking about the chart because we happen to be in it, but when we made the song I had no indication we would be in this position.

"I just wanted to make the best Christmas song I could."