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Loads of Spotify users are being caught out by Ronan Keating's cover of Fairytale of New York

“I love this song! Wait… what?”

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EVERYONE KNOWS THAT Fairytale of New York is a certified Christmas banger. After all, who among us hasn’t roared, “You scumbag, you maggot,” with your arms slung over the shoulders of fellow Christmas revelers?

It’s also universally accepted that there’s only one acceptable version of Fairytale of New York and that’s by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl.

But there’s a rogue version of Fairytale of New York that’s catching people out this year.

Sadly, we are talking about Ronan Keating’s much-maligned cover of the song.

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Back in 2000, Ronan Keating and Moya Brennan recorded a cover of Fairytale of New York that was released as a B-side to Keating’s single The Way You Make Me Feel.

It featured modified lyrics like, “You’re cheap and you’re haggard” and it’s just… not great.

Thanks to Spotify, loads of people are listening to it this year.

Albeit unintentionally.

It’s featured on loads of Christmas compilations, you see.


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Surely most of these seven million plays were accidental, right?

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And it’s not just Spotify. Apple Music are also insisting on including Keating’s Fairytale of New York on their Christmas playlists


Be careful out there, everybody.

And make sure you’ve got the ~correct~ Fairytale of New York on your Christmas playlist.

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