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Quiz: How well do you remember these Christmas number ones?

Let them know it’s Christmas time … by doing this quiz.

fleadh-music-festival The Pogues' frontman Shane MacGowan performing in London in 2002. Source: Andy Butterton/PA Archive/PA Images

YOU CAN PROBABLY sing along to a lot of Christmas number ones without even thinking about it.

But how much do you actually remember about the songs that topped the Irish chart over the festive seasons in years gone by?

Test yourself.

1. The Band Aid classic Do They Know It's Christmas? was the 1984 number one. Which line does Bono sing?
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Here's to them underneath that burning sun
Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you

Where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow
I am not a pox
2. The Spice Girls had two Christmas number ones in Ireland (in 1996 and 1998), what were they?
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2 Become 1 and Goodbye
Goodbye and Say You'll Be There

2 Become 1 and Stop
Never Ever and Pure Shores
3. Complete the lyric in the Mario Rosenstock/Gift Grub version of Leave Right Now (the 2005 number one): I think I better leave right now...
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Won't do Fergie any favours
Leave all the prawns and the blazers

I hate all the Glazers
The facilities in Saipan were actually fine
4. The original Leave Right Now, by Will Young, was also a Christmas number one. In what year?
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2001
2002

2003
2004
5. Where was the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York (the 1987 number one) recorded?
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New York
London

Dublin
LA
6. What was the name of Zig and Zig’s 1990 number one?
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The Christmas Number 1
The Christmas Song

The Christmas Tree
Never Been to Meath
7. Complete the lyric in Kate Winslet’s 2001 Christmas number one, What If: And still this question keeps on spinning in my mind...
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What if I had never told you so?
What if I had never met my foe?

What if I had never let you go?
Was there enough room on the door for both of us?
8. Which boxer did Mr (Barney) Eastwood in Dermot Morgan’s 1985 Christmas number one manage?
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Barry McGuigan
Steve Collins

Dave McAuley
Bernard Dunne
9. Which Thin Lizzy song was the 1972 Christmas number one?
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Dancing in the Moonlight
Sarah

Whiskey in the Jar
The Boys Are Back in Town
10. How much do Slade reportedly make in royalties for Merry Christmas Everybody (the 1973 number one) every year?
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€250,000
€500,000

€750,000
Over €1 million
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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Top dog
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Clever cat
Almost purrfect!
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Fintastic dolphin
Good job!
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Ewe must be joking
Baaaaaad!
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Turtley awful
A shell of a bad effort
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