Chart History

Here are the complete chart histories for a selection of Kirsty’s releases (if anyone out there has a Master of the Anorak degree, we would of course welcome chart figures for all other Kirsty releases!)

Singles Stats

Kirsty’s UK Top 75 chart placings:

  1. Fairytale of New York (2) with the Pogues original release in 1987
  2. Fairytale of New York (3) with the Pogues reissued in 2005
  3. Fairytale of New York (4) with the Pogues in 2007 (first year of the downloads included policy)
  4. Fairytale of New York (6) with the Pogues reissued in 2006
  5. A new England (7)
  6. Fairytale of New York (11) with the Pogues in 2014
  7. Days (12)
  8. Fairytale of New York (12) with the Pogues in 2008
  9. Fairytale of New York (12) with the Pogues in 2009
  10. Fairytale of New York (12) with the Pogues reissued in 2012
  11. Fairytale of New York (13) with the Pogues in 2011
  12. Fairytale of New York (13) with the Pogues in 2015
  13. There’s a guy works down the chip shop swears he’s Elvis (14)
  14. Fairytale of New York (14) with the Pogues in 2013
  15. Fairytale of New York (15) with the Pogues in 2016
  16. Fairytale of New York (17) with the Pogues in 2010
  17. Walking down Madison (23)
  18. Fairytale of New York (36) with the Pogues reissued in 1991
  19. Days (42) reissued
  20. Free World (43)
  21. My Affair (56)
  22. Caroline (58)
  23. Perfect Day (75) with Evan Dando

Of course, Kirsty’s “Bay-bee” vocal was sampled and dropped into Tracey Ullman’s cover of “They don’t know” which reached No. 2 so feel free to count that as well.

Weeks in the Top 75

  1. Fairytale of New York (83 according to UK singles site) with the Pogues (includes all reissues)
  2. Days (10+)
  3. A new England (10)
  4. There’s a guy works down the chip shop swears he’s Elvis (9)
  5. Walking down Madison (7)
  6. Free World (6)
  7. My Affair (1) & Caroline (1) & Perfect Day (1)

Chart Positions

Caroline

Highest 04.03.1995        58-61-91-114-156-200.

BP notes, “Caroline reached no.38 in the airplay chart. It went 95-53-42-40-38! It was B listed by Radio One and the week of 18th March it was played a total of 295 times, 10 of which were on Radio One. How times have changed.”

Galore

Highest 18.03.1995, Total sales (BPI): 100,000

Galore chart history
Galore chart history

6-11-10-13-14-16-18-20-29-42-46-53-62-15-14-19-22-20-22-21-22-28-30-29-37-51-68-112-115-133-134-149-159-121-122-131.

The first resurgence would tie in with the release of ‘Perfect day’ or perhaps the reissue of ‘Days’. The second smaller recovery would tie in with the arrival of Christmas. Analysis by Kirstatto.

Days (1995 reissue)

Highest 29.07.1995          42-61-74-91-117-153-149-188.

Fairytale of New York

Highest 25.12.2005          3-5-12-41-63
Highest 23.12.2007          12-8-4

Perfect Day

Highest 24.06.1995          75-84-147-196.

Mambo De La Luna

Highest 20.11.1999        No. 119

Tropical Brainstorm

March 17, 2001, re-entered the chart at No. 18

From Croydon to Cuba

Highest April 2005. No. 98

From Croydon to Cuba

Highest April 2005. No. 16

The Best of Kirsty MacColl

Entered chart 7 August 2005.
17-12-15-23-30-34-45 (7 weeks on chsrt)
(sold 12,585 copies in first week. Source: Music Week)
Gold Disc

ALSO

Billboard playlist chart placings (Modern Rock Tracks):

  1. Walking down Madison (4)*
  2. Can’t stop killing you (20)
  3. Angel (26)

*also No. 18 on Hot Dance Music/ Club Play and No. 36 on Maxi-Singles

Best-selling seasonal song of the 00s

‘Fairytale of New York’ was the third best selling “Christmas song” between 2000 and the end of the decade, according to the Official UK Chart Company. Top was Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ and second was the forgettable but briefly famous Darkness. Considering Fairytale was first released in 1987 that is pretty amazing. The figures were compiled from the decade’s physical and digital sales.

Chart positions for Fairytale (with many thanks to Phil!):
1987 9 weeks: 40 (5-12-1987), 19, 8, 2, 2, 4, 19, 39, 68 (30-1-1988)
1991 5 weeks: 64 (14-12-1991), 49, 38, 36, 69 (11-1-1992)
2005 5 weeks: 3 (31-12-2005), 5, 12, 41, 63 (28-1-2006)
2006 5 weeks: 46 (9-12-2006), 23, 10, 6, 13 (6-1-2007)
2007 6 weeks: 81 (1-12-2007), 33, 12, 8, 4, 9 (5-1-2008)
2008 7 weeks: 62 (30-11-2008), 44, 19, 13, 12, 19, 91 (10-1-2009)
2009 5 weeks: 58 (5-12-2009), 31, 18, 18, 12 (2-1-2010)
2010 6 weeks: 75 (27-11-2010), 51, 27, 26, 19, 17 (1-1-2011)
2011 5 weeks: 47 (3-12-2011), 23, 15, 13, 13 (25-12-2011)
2012 6 weeks: 59 (25-11-2012), 27, 15, 18, 12, 32 (30-12-2012)
2013 6 weeks: 81 (30-11-2013), 53, 16, 15, 14, 24 (29-12-2013)
2014 5 weeks: 80 (23-11-2014), 67, 18, 11, 11, 17 (28-12-2014)
2015 5 weeks: 58 (04-12-2015), 20, 15, 13, 46 (1-1-2016)
2016 4 weeks: 66 (02-12-2016), 16, 18, 15 (23-12-2016)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *