Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is the most played song at Christmas in the U.K. over the past decade, according to collecting societies PRS for Music and PPL.

The single featured on the 1994 Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment holiday album "Merry Christmas."

Data was analyzed from shops, radio airplay, television, international performance and live music over the decade.

Carey was followed by "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl in second place, Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" at No. 3, Jona Lewie's "Stop the Cavalry" at No. 4 and 1984 charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid at No. 5.

Both PRS For Music, which collects for songwriters and composers, and neighboring rights organization PPL say they have seen an increase in Christmas-themed music played in retail stores as businesses look to music to boost sales.

Research carried out for MusicWorks, a joint research project by PPL, PRS for Music and Entertainment Media Research, found that 95% of people say they prefer shopping in stores that play music.

Meanwhile, Australian pop act Gabriella Cilmi's "Sweet About Me" (Island/Universal) was the top played song of 2009 in the U.K., according to PRS for Music. Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" (Parlophone/EMI) was in second place followed by dance act Moloko's "The Time Is Now" (Echo), which benefited from regular plays on the Sky Sports channel.

The data is taken from number of plays and performances on-line, live, on TV and Radio.