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Last Christmas by Wham!

Album: Music From The Edge Of HeavenReleased: 1984Charted:
  • Written and produced by George Michael, this song actually has very little to do with Christmas - it's about a failed relationship. Only the phase "Last Christmas," when the relationship comes to a head, refers to the festive season. Despite this, it has become an annual Christmas standard, especially in the UK.
  • This was released as 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, Kim Wilde, Jimmy Eat World, The xx, Kylie Minogue, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Taylor Swift, who reached #28 on the US Country chart 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 didn't chart on the US Hot 100 after its initial release in 1984, as it was only available as a promotional, not commercially available, 7-inch single.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The song's music video was the last time that George Michael was filmed without a beard.
  • Antenne Carinthia presenter Joe Kohlhofer started his 8 a.m. show on December 18, 2015 by telling his Austrian listeners that he felt people in the area were not in the Christmas spirit. He then proceeded to play "Last Christmas" on loop for almost two hours as a "Christmas protest."

    Kohlhofer blockaded the studio door with a wooden chair, locking out his co-host Patricia Jordan and the station producers. The Austrian DJ eventually stopped playing the Wham! tune only after his 4-year-old daughter was put on the line. She told her father that she didn't like the song.
  • Wham!'s festive song finally charted following the unexpected death of George Michael on Christmas Day 2016, when it debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 on the listing dated January 7, 2016.
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Comments: 7

RIP to George Michael who passed away on Christmas morning at the age of 53.
This song about a break-up resonates with many because it occurs at the inopportune time during the Christmas holiday. A break-up is bad enough, but the singer is saying, wow, just when I thought everything was going my way, and at a beautiful time of year, you dumped me; basically saying his lover is heartless to be so thoughtless. A lot of people have had a similar experience. George Michael's voice is easy to listen to, the song has a breeziness to it even tho it is about lost love and I think that is another reason people like it, sad but not depressing. The singer is hopeful to find someone new to love.
Camille - Toronto, Oh
I'll comment!!
Horrible song.
Fake, plastic, sickeningly repetitious.
Only mention of the season is the word 'Christmas.'
Who hasn't given their heart away only for it to be given away the next day? Get over it.
But it seems to keep the slavering public happy - hearing it 35 times a day on the radio.
Well- I guess Trans-Siberian Orchestra or Taylor Swift will be up next.
Thanks, IHeartRadio.
Mason - Here
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 #2Darren - 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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