Ed Sheeran made the brave, some would say foolhardy, decision to cover Fairytale of New York, aka the all-time best Christmas song ever, on the BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge today and the reaction has been decidedly mixed.

The original 1987 track by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl is considered by many to be a festive season classic that should not be messed with.

However, Sheeran was not to be deterred, and before he performed the song live with singer-songwriter Anne-Marie and Irish folk band Beoga, he said: "It’s a cover that you shouldn’t really touch … I’m going to get murdered for doing this cover.

"BUT it’s Christmas!", he added.

Check out their version of the track below.

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Many fans took to Twitter to express their joy at the cover, saying it's made them feel all Christmassy.

Some commentators were not so kind, asking "is nothing sacred" and saying it's "downright offensive". 

We have to say the below reaction has tickled our funny bone.

If you feel like you need to clean your ears out after hearing Ed Sheeran's take on Fairtayle of New York, have a listen to the original below.

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