Last Christmas

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"Last Christmas"
Single by Wham!
from the album Music from the Edge of Heaven
Released 10 December 1984
Format 12", 7", CD single
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop
Length 4:27
6:45 (Pudding Mix)
Label Columbia (US/Canada)
Epic Records
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
Wham! singles chronology
"Freedom"
(1984)
"Last Christmas"
(1984)
"Everything She Wants"
(1984)
Twenty Five track listing
"Careless Whisper"
(1)
"Last Christmas"
(2)
"A Different Corner"
(3)

"Last Christmas" is a song by British pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in 1984, on a double A-side with "Everything She Wants". Originally written and produced by George Michael, it has been covered by many artists since its original release.

Wham! (original) version[edit]

Chart performances[edit]

Wham! had been a dominant force in the UK Singles Chart in 1984 and news that they were planning a Christmas single meant that a battle for the coveted Christmas number one spot in the UK seemed set to be between Wham! and the year's other big act, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, who had achieved a third number one in early December with "The Power of Love". The Band Aid project helmed by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, however, produced the number one single "Do They Know It's Christmas?". Wham!'s offering peaked at number two for much of the period, although George's involvement in Band Aid meant that Wham! still had an input. Wham! subsequently topped the monies raised by Band Aid by donating all of their "Last Christmas/Everything She Wants" royalties to the Ethiopian famine appeal.

"Last Christmas" did reach number one in various other countries.[where?]

The single sold well over a million copies and became the biggest selling single in UK chart history not to reach number one. A year later, it was re-issued for Christmas again (this time without a billed flip-side) and reached number six. A second re-issue at Christmas 1986—by which time Wham! had split—stalled outside the top 40.

The song gradually sold in Japan and became the best-selling single that did not reach that country's top-10 chart, selling more than 600,000 copies and peaking on the chart at number twelve in 1992.

Since 1997, the song has entered the German singles chart every year, even managing to peak at number four in 2007. The song also regularly re-enters the airplay chart within the top five every year.

In 2007, the track re-entered the UK Top 20 and hit the UK iTunes Top 10.

In 2008, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart again, this time at number thirty-six and peaking at number twenty-six.

In 2009, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number thirty-nine. The song also re-entered the Spanish Lista de Canciones (singles chart) at number nine.

On 13 December 2011, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number twenty-six. The song also re-entered the Billboard Holiday Chart, peaking at #10.

In 2013 it was the most streamed single on Christmas Day according to Spotify, http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a540579/whams-last-christmas-is-2013s-most-streamed-festive-song.html

In Germany, the song is the most successful Christmas single of all time, having spent 106 weeks on the German Singles Chart and attained a peak position of number four.[1] In January 2008, the song fell from number four to sixty-four there, also making it the biggest fall out of the top ten on the singles chart.[2]

In the UK, it was the fastest selling single which did not top the UK Singles Chart.

Music video[edit]

The video to "Last Christmas" shows George Michael and partner Andrew Ridgeley accompanying girlfriends to see friends at an unspecified ski resort—although the cable-car that can be seen in two shots is from Saas-Fee, Switzerland. It becomes clear early on that the character of Ridgeley's girlfriend (played by model Kathy Hill) was previously in a relationship with Michael, and that the song is aimed at her. She can easily be spotted throughout the video by the fact that she's usually wearing red, while everyone else is wearing more muted colors.

There is a brief flashback to "Last Christmas" showing Michael's character presenting her with a jewelled brooch. By means of a rapid shift in fabric colors (red to black) and its positioning (stem up, stem down) it is suggested that she's still wearing it, and didn't return it to him when they parted ways. On numerous occasions Michael presents a thoughtful, confused expression, suggesting his conflicting emotions.

Her seeming indifference to Ridgeley's open displays of affection makes the viewer wonder if Ridgeley's heart is the next to be broken. However, at the end of the video everyone leaves properly "paired off," so perhaps it's being suggested that Michael has worked out his conflicts and confusion and now realizes he is after all with the right girl.

The video also featured the duo's erstwhile backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie and Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp, the boyfriend and future husband of Shirlie Holliman. The video also marks the last filmed appearance of a cleanshaven Michael, as he sported a beard (which he has had since then) in the video for "Everything She Wants".

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Other recordings[edit]

Whigfield version[edit]

"Last Christmas"
Single by Whigfield
from the album Whigfield/Whigfield II
Released 3 December 1995
Format CD single, vinyl, cassette, digital download
Recorded 1995
Genre Pop
Length 4:16
Label Various labels internationally
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
Whigfield singles chronology
"Close to You"
(1995)
"Big Time/Last Christmas"
(1995)
"Sexy Eyes"
(1996)

In the UK the following single planned after "Close to You" was "Big Time", however, it was suggested that Whigfield should record a version of "Last Christmas" to go with the release of "Big Time", as a double A-side single. The single was also released as a double A-side single in Germany with "Close to You". In other countries "Last Christmas" was released on its own with various remixes. The single reached #21 in the UK, which was Whigfield's final release on Systematic Records. It also features on various Special Edition versions of her debut album Whigfield and also on Whigfield II. The EP was released 10 November 1995 in Australia. A UK single was released on 3 December 1995.

Official versions[edit]

  1. "Last Christmas" (Major version)
  2. "Last Christmas" (Minor version)
  3. "Last Christmas" (Major Mild EQ version)
  4. "Last Christmas" (K David version)
  5. "Last Christmas" (David version)
  6. "Last Christmas" (MBRG version)
  7. "Last Christmas" (MBRG radio edit)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[21] 38
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 12
Ireland (IRMA) 24
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[23] 34
Spain (AFYVE)[24] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 53
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 21

Billie version[edit]

"Last Christmas"
Single by Billie Piper
Released 1999
Format Airplay, digital download
Genre Pop
Length 4:27
Label Innocent Records
Writer(s) George Michael
Billie Piper singles chronology
"She Wants You"
(1998)
"Last Christmas"
(1999)
"Honey to the Bee"
(1999)

Billie originally recorded a cover of the song as a B-Side of her single "She Wants You". It was released as CD single in limited areas of Europe, and did not chart in any country. The single was also released as a promotional Vinyl Single in the UK, limited to 500 copies and therefore could not chart there.

Track listings[edit]

European CD single
  1. "Last Christmas"
  2. "She Wants You" (album version)
  3. "She Wants You" (Sharp Ballrom Remix)
UK promo vinyl
  1. "Last Christmas" (edit)
  2. "She Wants You" (radio edit)

Jimmy Eat World version[edit]

"Last Christmas"
Single by Jimmy Eat World
Released 10 December 2001
Genre Alternative rock
Length 10:29
Label Better Looking
Producer(s) Jimmy Eat World

Last Christmas was released as a single by Jimmy Eat World in 2001, following the band's breakthrough hit album Bleed American. The B-Side was a cover of "Firestarter," by The Prodigy.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Last Christmas (Wham! cover)"   4:00
2. "Firestarter (The Prodigy cover)"   6:29

Hilary Duff[edit]

Listed as the first track off of her debut album, Santa Claus Lane.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon)[26] 133
Chart (2012) Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon)[27] 68

Ashley Tisdale[edit]

"Last Christmas"
Single by Ashley Tisdale
Released 11 November 2006 (2006-11-11) (U.S. radio)
21 November 2006 (2006-11-21) (digital download)[28][29]
Format Digital download, airplay
Recorded 2006
Genre Christmas pop
Length 3:55 (main version)
3:39 (2007 radio edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) Mark Hammond
Ashley Tisdale singles chronology
"Kiss the Girl"
(2006)
"Last Christmas"
(2006)
"Be Good to Me"

"Last Christmas" was recorded in 2006 for Warner Bros. Records by Ashley Tisdale. The song was released to US radios on 11 November 2006 and as a digital download on 21 November 2006. This song was the first single released by Ashley Tisdale in her deal with Warner Bros. Records and became her official first holiday single. Tisdale performed the single in 2007 on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rockefeller Center, and in 2009 in the Citadel Outlets of Los Angeles, California. The song was one of the B-Sides in the European CD singles of Tisdale's first single "Be Good to Me" and Tisdale's second single "He Said She Said", from the album Headstrong.[30] The song has been included on several compilation albums, including A Very Special Christmas Vol.7 and A Disney Channel Holiday.

Track listings[edit]

Digital download[29]
  1. "Last Christmas" (single version) - 3:55

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs[31] 39
Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Songs[31] 47

Crazy Frog[edit]

"Last Christmas"
Single by Crazy Frog
from the album Crazy Frog Presents More Crazy Hits Ultimate Edition
Released December 2006
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2006
Genre Dance, electronica
Length 4:27
Label Ministry of Sound
Producer(s) George Michael, Henning Reith,
Reinhard Raith
Crazy Frog singles chronology
"We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)"
(2006)
"Last Christmas"
(2006)
"Crazy Frog in the House (Knightrider)"
(2007)

"Last Christmas" was covered in 2006 by Crazy Frog and released as a Christmas single. In Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and France, "Last Christmas" was released 12 months before in other countries.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Last Christmas" (radio edit)
  2. "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
  3. "Last Christmas" (club mix)
  4. "Nellie the Elephant"
  5. "Last Christmas" (video)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[32] 30
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[32] 19
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[32] 6
Dutch Singles Chart[32] 48
French Singles Chart[32] 19
Irish Singles Chart[33] 16
New Zealand Singles Chart[32] 19
UK Singles Chart[33] 16

Cascada version[edit]

"Last Christmas"
Single by Cascada
from the album Perfect Day
Released 21 November 2007
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2007
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:27
Label Zooland Records, Robbins Entertainment, All Around the World
Producer(s) George Michael
Cascada singles chronology
"A Neverending Dream"
(2007)
"Last Christmas"
(2007)
"What Hurts the Most"
(2007)

"Last Christmas" was recorded in 2007 by Cascada. It was released on iTunes in November 2007. The single had only a digital release but 6 days later it was released on the single/EP "What Hurts the Most" which was the first single from their second album.

In the UK, despite it being a B-side track, the song is regularly played throughout music channels during the festive season. The two official music videos got more than 45 million views on YouTube.

It was released as part of their Christmas album, It's Christmas Time.

iTunes download
  • "Last Christmas" – 3:52

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Germany (Media Control Charts)[34] 83
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[35] 63
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[36] 111*
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[37] 22

* Based on downloads alone, but did chart at #10, as it was the B-side to "What Hurts the Most".

Alcazar version[edit]

"Last Christmas"
Single by Alcazar
from the album Disco Defenders – Special Edition
Released 20 November 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Length 3:33
Label Love No Limit Recordings
Writer(s) George Michael
Alcazar singles chronology
"From Brazil with Love"
(2009)
"Last Christmas"
(2009)
"Headlines"
(2010)

The song was covered by Alcazar as the sixth single to be released from their third studio album Disco Defenders. The single was only released digitally in Germany. It was included as a bonus track on the Swedish special edition version of Disco Defenders, released on 18 November 2009.[38]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single.

Track listings[edit]

Digital download[39]

  1. "Last Christmas"
  2. "One Two Three Four"

Joe McElderry version[edit]

"Last Christmas"
Single by Joe McElderry
from the album Classic Christmas
Released 4 November 2011 (2011-11-04)
Recorded October 2011
Genre Pop
Label Decca
Writer(s) George Michael
Joe McElderry singles chronology
"There's a Place for Us"
(2010)
"Last Christmas"
(2011)
"Here's What I Believe"
(2012)
Music video
"Last Christmas" on YouTube

British solo singer Joe McElderry covered the song in 2011. This version was released as a single on 19 December 2011,[40] an EP was also released digitally in Ireland on 4 November 2011, and in the UK on 7 November 2011. Joe McElderry's version is taken from his third studio album, Classic Christmas, released 28 November 2011. 7th Heaven Remix & Production have done a remix for the song.

A short music video was made using footage which was filmed for the Classic Christmas's album advert, it features McElderry outside in the snow, collecting logs and taking them to a large house preparing for a Christmas party, a similar video was made for McElderry's version of "O Come All Ye Faithful". The advert and both videos were directed by Steve Lucker.[41]

Track listings[edit]

EP 1[42]

  1. "Last Christmas" – 4:18
  2. "Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)" – 3:07
  3. "Silent Night" – 3:28

7th Heaven Remixes[43]

  1. "Last Christmas" (7th Heaven Remix) – 6:54
  2. "Last Christmas" (7th Heaven Remix Edit) – 3:47

Ariana Grande version[edit]

"Last Christmas"
Single by Ariana Grande
from the album Christmas Kisses EP
Released 19 November 2013 (2013-11-19)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Christmas pop
Length 3:24
Label Republic
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) Mark Hammond
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Right There"
(2013)
"Last Christmas"
(2013)
"Love Is Everything"
(2013)

"Last Christmas" is a song by American recording artist Ariana Grande.The song serves as the lead single from Grande's Christmas Kisses EP. It was released on 19 November 2013 in the iTunes store.[44]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[45]
  1. "Last Christmas" – 3:24

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[46] 59
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[47] 92
US Billboard Hot 100[48] 96

Other cover versions[edit]

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