Wham! song ‘Last Christmas’ reaches top spot on UK Christmas chart almost 40 years after release

Wham! song ‘Last Christmas’ reaches top spot on UK Christmas chart almost 40 years after release

By Alipate Narawa
Saturday 23/12/2023
Photo: The Guardian

It turns out the Christmas chart is a real thing in the United Kingdom – not something made up for the classic film “Love Actually” – and a certain beloved band has topped it this year with one of their most popular hits.

“Last Christmas” by Wham! – the duo formed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley – has been named the top song on the Official Charts Christmas list by BBC 1 Radio.

In a social media post shared both by the Wham! official account as well as that of Official Charts on Friday, Ridgeley was seen reacting to the news, saying in a video, “George would be beside himself, after all these years, to finally attain the Christmas no. 1 (spot).”

Ridgeley went on to say it felt like a “mission accomplished,” adding that Michael wrote the song with the intention of it reaching the milestone.

The love for Wham! and “Last Christmas” has been palpable this year.

“Last Christmas” was originlly released by Wham! in December of 1984.

At the time, it spent five consecutive weeks at the number two spot on the UK Singles Chart.

The song has since been covered by many artists, including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Jimmy Eat World and the Backstreet Boys.

Ridgeley is the surviving member of Wham!, after Michael died on Christmas day almost seven years ago, in 2016.

Source: CNN

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