Britain’s biggest coffee chain, Costa Coffee, has banned Sir Cliff Richard’s seasonal hit Mistletoe and Wine.
They made the announcement this week following a survey that revealed it to be the most hated Christmas song in a poll of 3,000 Britons.
In a statement they said of the 1988 Christmas hit: “Costa has taken the drastic measure of banning the song from all of its outlets during the Christmas period, in order to keep its customers and staff happy. Even the added accolade of it being the UK’s best selling single of that year is not enough save Sir Cliff’s melodic tune from Costa’s cull!”
However, the song is already one of the most played this year. It has already earned £98,000 in royalties, but that is far behind the top-ranking song, Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, which has earned £512,000. The next most popular was Fairytale of New York by The Pogues, earning £386,270.
Top 10 most hated Christmas songs:
1. Mistletoe and Wine, Sir Cliff Richard (1988)
2. Blue Christmas, Shakin’ Stevens (1985)
3. Christmas Wrapping, The Waitresses (1981)
4. Little Saint Nick, The Beach Boys (1963)
5. All I Want For Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey (1994)
6. When A Child Is Born, Jonny Mathis (1972)
7. Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End), The Darkness (2003)
8. Do The Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid 20 (2004)
9. Merry Christmas Baby, Mae West (1960)
10. Wonderful Christmas, Paul McCartney (1979)
The Top 10 Christmas songs by royalties, 2013
10. Stop the Cavalry, Jona Lewie (£13,258)