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Last Christmas

by

Wham!



Songfacts®:  You can leave comments about the song at the bottom of the page.

This song is actually about a failed relationship; only the phase "Last Christmas," when the relationship came to head, refers to the festive season. Despite this it has become an annual Christmas standard on UK radio stations.
This was a charity record with its proceeds going to famine relief in Ethiopia. Apart from "Do They Know It's Christmas," which prevented this from reaching #1, it is the biggest selling Christmas song in the UK. (George Michael features on both songs).
Numerous artists have covered this song including Ashley Tisdale, Coldplay, Jimmy Eat World and Taylor Swift, who reached #28 on the Billboard country with her version. In 2009 a version by the cast of Fox-TV's Glee finally took the song into the Hot 100 when their rendition debuted at #63.
The song never charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 as it was released only as a promotional, not commercially-available, 7-inch single in 1984.
Two chart facts: "Last Christmas" is the biggest selling single in UK chart history not to reach #1.
In Japan it has sold over 600,000 copies making it the best-selling single that did not reach that country's top-10 chart.
The song's music video sees George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley accompanying girlfriends to see friends at their home in a ski resort. The duo's backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie also star in the clip along with Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp, the boyfriend and future husband of Shirlie Holliman.
The songwriters of Barry Manilow's hit single "Can't Smile Without You" sued George Michael for plagiarism in the mid-'80s, claiming that this song lifted its melody from their tune. The case was settled out of court with Michael giving his first year's royalties to Band Aid.
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Comments (5):

Every major artist makes at least one Christmas release. This one is pretty ordinary.
- Mike, Santa Barbara, CA
Darren from Hull is correct. Last Christmas was NOT the first song to sell a million copies without reaching #1. Though Last Christmas IS the biggest selling single to not top the charts.
- Martin, London, United Kingdom
Actually, Edward is wrong with his fact about this being the first ever song to sell a million copies in the UK without reaching number 1. That accolade goes to Stranger On The Shore by Acker Bilk which was in the charts for 55 weeks and only peaked at #2
- Darren, Hull, England
This song is the best! It makes me a little sad to hear. I gave a girl my heart one Christmas and she gave it away the very next day just like this song.
- Mike, Chicago, IL
This is such a great song. I can't believe no one else has commented on it. George Michael's voice is absolutely beautiful here, resonant and evocative. No one has ever sung a heartbreak song with more emotion. Just as the trivia says, the holiday season is only incidental to the storyline. The only significant part is that the break up occurred at Christmas time. Well, the bells do give it a holiday sound, but I don't care. I listen to it year round. During the holidays I can't go into a mall without hearing it. Not that I am complaining. It's a great standard. And I'd comfort George Michael any time of the year!
- Carrie, Roanoke, VA
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