Sir Bob Geldof has done it again — Band Aid 30's revamped version of Do They Know It's Christmas? has shot to number one in the UK and 62 other countries.

More than 312,000 copies of the charity single were sold last week, making it 2014's fastest-selling single so far.

Band Aid 30's single is the fourth recording of the festive tune since the original topped the Christmas charts in 1984, thirty years ago.

 We asked Examiner readers which recording of Do They Know It's Christmas? was their favourite — and the results of our poll suggests that sometimes, the original is simply the best.

Which version of Do They Know It's Christmas is the best?

Examiner.co.uk poll

 

The 1984 original recording, featuring George Michael, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, The Boomtown Rats, Culture Club and more, came top with 60 per cent of reader votes.

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In second place, the 1989 release by Band Aid II — with Bananarama, Big Fun, Bros, Cathy Dennis, D Mob, Jason Donovan, Kevin Godley, Glen Goldsmith, Kylie Minogue and others — won 40 per cent of the vote.

Surprisingly, the two newer versions, Band Aid 20 and Band Aid 30, didn't win a single vote between them.

The Band Aid 30 single will raise money to help tackle the Ebola crisis and the original lyrics have been tweaked to reflect the devastation the deadly disease has wreaked across West Africa.

Celebrities including Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, the Bastille Boys and Seal are all featured on the new version.