Song Spotlight: Wham! – Last Christmas

14.12.2023
By superadmin

Let’s face it; you can’t get through December without hearing this beloved Christmas classic! So much so that the cult game, Whamageddon, was born – challenging people to avoid hearing the song for as long as possible before Christmas Eve. Join us this Christmas as we delve into the history of Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’. 

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Despite being a Christmas song, ‘Last Christmas’ actually has little to do with Christmas, with its lyrics centering around a failed relationship and coming face to face with that person over the festive season. The song emerged whilst George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley were visiting George’s parents in 1983, with George writing the song in his childhood bedroom, and then playing the introduction and chorus to Andrew, who recalls it as a “moment of wonder”.  

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The pair then recorded the song during the height of summer at Advision Studios, London, in August 1984, hanging up Christmas decorations in the studio to set the mood. George wrote, produced and played every single instrument on ‘Last Christmas’ – in addition to singing on the track! 

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With two UK number one singles already under their belt that year, Wham! were contending with Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’ over the battle for the UK’s Christmas number one spot with ‘Last Christmas’. Ultimately, it was the Band Aid single, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ (which features George), that took the top spot, with ‘Last Christmas’ peaking at number two. For 36 years, it remained the best-selling UK single to not hit the top of the charts, before finally reaching number one in 2021!

 

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Today, ‘Last Christmas remains a perennial yuletide hit, and has been covered multiple times by many artists, from the likes of Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift to Jimmy Eat World and Backstreet Boys. We can certainly say this won’t be our last Christmas playing it on repeat!    

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