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Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie cover Fairytale Of New York

By | Published on Thursday 14 December 2017

Ed Sheeran

‘Fairytale Of New York’ is a Christmas classic. A staple of the season. Possibly the best Christmas song ever recorded. But which version is best? It’s a question we may never answer.

There’s the Shane MacGowan/Kirsty MacColl original, of course. That’s fine. But for nearly two decades now, there has been a fierce debate over whether Ronan Keating’s 2000 cover version with Maire Brennan is better.

Well, prepare to have your Christmas lunch turned upside down this year (not literally, unless this argument gets particularly heated), because Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie have just turned in a version for Radio 1’s ‘Live Lounge’.

Everyone has their own take on the song, of course. Keating’s quirk was to sing it like he was having a poo at the same time. Sheeran and Anne-Marie take things up a level by removing any sense of resentment from even the angriest lines and throwing in a quick blast of ‘Jingle Bells’ at the end.

I guess we will indeed never decide which version is best. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Here’s Ed and Anne-Marie’s entry into the festive ages: