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10 tracks to mark... Christmas

There's a distinctly festive feeling in the air as the countdown to Christmas continues.

With less than a week to go until the big day, the time has come to crank up your favourite Christmas tunes.

So whether you're already prepared or still putting the finishing touches in place for the big day, here are the 10 most streamed songs in the UK on Christmas Day 2012 to get you in the festive mood.

It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas

Michael Buble

Appearing on Buble's Christmas album, this track was written in 1951 by Meredith Willson and was originally titled 'It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas'. It's been covered by artists including Perry Como and Bing Crosby.

Fairytale in New York

The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl

This Christmas classic was originally supposed to be a duet between Shane McGowan and Pogues bassist Cait O'Riordan. McColl was brought in to provide vocals after Riordan left the band in 1986.

All I Want for Christmas is You

Mariah Carey

Written by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, this track is the 19th best selling digital single of the 20th century. It was ranked fourth in Rolling Stone's list of the Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs.

Do They Know it's Christmas?

Band Aid

Inspired by a BBC report on the Ethiopian famine, this 1984 track was the biggest selling single in UK chart history until 1997 when Elton John's Candle in the Wind Princess Diana tribute took the title.

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday


Despite its long-lasting popularity, this track only reached number four in the UK charts when it was released in 1973. It was beaten to the Christmas number one spot by Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody.

Driving Home for Christmas

Chris Rea

Released in 1988, this track reached number 63 in the UK chart. It was inspired by a car journey from London to Middlesborough. Rea said: "Driving Home for Christmas is a car version of a carol'.

Last Christmas


Written and produced by George Michael, this track was released as a double A-side with Everything She Wants in 1984. The song reached number two in the UK charts, being beaten by Band Aid.

White Christmas

Bing Crosby

Crosby's version of this Irving Berlin track is the best-selling single of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records., with estimated sales of over 50 million copies worldwide.

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Dean Martin

Written in 1945, this track is about making the most of a snowy day by spending it with loved ones. Despite being associated with the festive season, there's no mention of Christmas in the lyrics.

Step into Christmas

Elton John

Released in 1973, this track included the festive b-side Ho, Ho, Ho (Who'd be a Turkey at Christmas). Despite only reaching 24, in 2009 this song was the ninth most played Christmas song in the UK.

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