Standard artwork (UK vinyl single pictured)
|Single by Wham!|
|from the album Music from the Edge of Heaven|
|Released||10 December 1984|
6:45 (Pudding mix)
|Wham! singles chronology|
"Last Christmas" is a song by English 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.
- 1 Wham! (original) version
- 1.1 Chart and sales performances (UK)
- 1.2 Chart and sales performances (Rest of the world)
- 1.3 Music video
- 1.4 Track listings
- 1.5 Charts and certifications
- 2 Other recordings
- 2.1 Whigfield version
- 2.2 Billie Piper version
- 2.3 Jimmy Eat World version
- 2.4 Hilary Duff
- 2.5 Ashley Tisdale
- 2.6 Crazy Frog
- 2.7 Cascada version
- 2.8 Alcazar version
- 2.9 Joe McElderry version
- 2.10 Ariana Grande version
- 2.11 Carly Rae Jepsen version
- 2.12 Other cover versions
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Wham! (original) version
Chart and sales performances (UK)
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.
In subsequent years, the song managed to reach the middle echelons of the UK singles chart on a regular basis:
- 1985: No. 2 (13 weeks) (backed with "Everything She Wants")
- 1986: No. 6 (7 weeks)
- 1987: No. 45 (4 weeks)
- 2007: No. 14 (5 weeks)
- 2008: No. 26 (5 weeks)
- 2009: No. 34 (4 weeks)
- 2010: No. 57 (4 weeks)
- 2011: No. 26 (4 weeks)
- 2012: No. 34 (4 weeks)
- 2013: No. 36 (4 weeks)
- 2014: No. 28 (3 weeks)
- 2015: No. 18 (5 weeks)
"Last Christmas" has sold 1.8 million copies as of June 2016 and is the biggest selling single in UK chart history not to reach number one.
Chart and sales performances (Rest of the world)
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.
In 2009, the song re-entered the Spanish Lista de Canciones (singles chart) at number nine.
The song also re-entered the Billboard Holiday Chart on a regular basis.
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. It has charted every year since 1997. 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.
In the Netherlands, the song never reached number one, peaking at number 2 in January, 1985 behind Band Aid. In the Dutch Singles Top 100 (one of three charts in the Netherlands that claims to be the "official" chart, but it's the only one that is not broadcast and remains unpublished except on its own official web page), the song has now entered on 16 different occasions, including every year since 2006. Its highest position after 1984 was number 5 during the 2007 Christmas season.
In the Dutch Mega Top 50, which was first published in 1993, the song re-appeared in 1997, 2000, 2007, 2008 and 2013.
The video to "Last Christmas" shows Wham! members George Michael and 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. In the present time, Ridgeley is wearing the brooch, suggesting that the girl gave the same gift (perhaps re-gifting it!) to her new love after she and Michael parted ways. It is also interesting to note that when the girl wore the brooch from Michael's character it was "right-side up" and when Ridgeley's character wears it, he wears it "upside down". On numerous occasions Michael presents a thoughtful 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 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".
Original 1984 release
7": Epic / GA 4949 (UK)
12": Epic / TA 4949 (UK)
7": Epic / WHAM 1 (UK)
12": Epic / WHAM T1 (UK)
1991 solo version (Extra verse)
[A] Same as the 1984 Wham! original, but with an extra verse at the end. This version is largely forgotten, and does not appear on subsequent recordings by Michael or Wham!.
7", 12", CD: Tent / PD45579
Charts and certifications
Certifications and sales
|Single by Whigfield|
|from the album Whigfield/Whigfield II|
|Released||3 December 1995|
|Label||Various labels internationally|
|Whigfield singles chronology|
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.
- "Last Christmas" (Major version)
- "Last Christmas" (Minor version)
- "Last Christmas" (Major Mild EQ version)
- "Last Christmas" (K David version)
- "Last Christmas" (David version)
- "Last Christmas" (MBRG version)
- "Last Christmas" (MBRG radio edit)
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||38|
|Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)||38|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||12|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||34|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||21|
Billie Piper version
|Single by Billie Piper|
|Producer(s)||Jim Marr and Wendy Page|
|Billie Piper singles chronology|
Billie Piper 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.
- European CD single
- "Last Christmas"
- "She Wants You" (album version)
- "She Wants You" (Sharp Ballrom Remix)
- UK promo vinyl
- "Last Christmas" (edit)
- "She Wants You" (radio edit)
Jimmy Eat World version
|Single by Jimmy Eat World|
|Released||10 December 2001|
|Producer(s)||Jimmy Eat World|
|1.||"Last Christmas (Wham! cover)"||4:00|
|2.||"Firestarter (The Prodigy cover)"||6:29|
Listed as the first track off of her debut album, Santa Claus Lane.
|South Korea (Gaon)||133|
|South Korea (Gaon)||68|
|Single by Ashley Tisdale|
|Released||11 November 2006
21 November 2006 (digital download)
|Ashley Tisdale singles chronology|
"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 Christmas in 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. The song has been included on several compilation albums, including A Very Special Christmas 7 and Disney Channel Holiday.
- Digital download
- "Last Christmas" (single version) - 3:55
|U.S. Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs||39|
|U.S. Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Songs||47|
|Single by Crazy Frog|
|from the album Crazy Frog Presents More Crazy Hits Ultimate Edition|
|Label||Ministry of Sound|
|Crazy Frog singles chronology|
"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.
- CD single
- "Last Christmas" (radio edit)
- "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
- "Last Christmas" (club mix)
- "Nellie the Elephant"
- "Last Christmas" (video)
|Australian Singles Chart||30|
|Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart||19|
|Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart||6|
|Dutch Singles Chart||48|
|French Singles Chart||19|
|Irish Singles Chart||16|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||19|
|UK Singles Chart||16|
|Single by Cascada|
|from the album It's Christmas Time|
|Released||21 November 2007|
|Cascada singles chronology|
"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 "What Hurts the Most" which was the first single from their second album.
It was released as part of their Christmas album, It's Christmas Time.
- iTunes download
- "Last Christmas" – 3:52
|Germany (Official German Charts)||83|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||63|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||111*|
|UK Dance (Official Charts Company)||22|
* Based on downloads alone, but did chart at #10, as it was the B-side to "What Hurts the Most".
|Single by Alcazar|
|from the album Disco Defenders – Special Edition|
|Released||20 November 2009|
|Label||Love No Limit Recordings|
|Alcazar singles chronology|
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.
A music video was produced to promote the single.
- "Last Christmas"
- "One Two Three Four"
Joe McElderry version
|Single by Joe McElderry|
|from the album Classic Christmas|
|Released||4 November 2011|
|Joe McElderry singles chronology|
British solo singer Joe McElderry covered the song in 2011. This version was released as a single on 19 December 2011, 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.
7th Heaven Remixes
- "Last Christmas" (7th Heaven Remix) – 6:54
- "Last Christmas" (7th Heaven Remix Edit) – 3:47
Ariana Grande version
|Single by Ariana Grande|
|from the album Christmas Kisses|
|Released||19 November 2013|
|Ariana Grande singles chronology|
"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.
Grande's cover draws primarily from pop music and contemporary R&B and also includes newly-written lyrics in place of some of the originals. These lyrics reinterpret the song as a "woman done wrong" breakup song. The verses have been described as "bouncier" than the original melody.
- Digital download
- "Last Christmas" – 3:24
|Japan (Japan Hot 100)||73|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||59|
|South Korea International Chart (Gaon)||38|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||92|
|US Billboard Hot 100||96|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||26|
|US Holiday 100 (Billboard)||32|
Carly Rae Jepsen version
|Single by Carly Rae Jepsen|
|Released||November 20, 2015|
|Carly Rae Jepsen singles chronology|
"Last Christmas" was covered by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen in 2015 and was released to digital retailers on November 20, 2015 through 604 Records (in Canada) and Interscope Records and School Boy Records (internationally). Jepsen's rendition was praised by critics for combining stylistic elements similar to the original with modern production.
Digital download - single
- "Last Christmas" – 3:32
Bianca Gracie of Idolator described the song as "quintessential Carly" for highlighting Jepsen's unique vocals and synth production and wrote that her cover will "charm your... socks off." Nolan Feeney of Time echoed those sentiments, noting that "Last Christmas" is "the kind of brokenhearted yet warm and sweet song [Jepsen] excels at." Jackson McHenry of Vulture applauded Jepsen for her straightforward approach to the song and avoiding the "vocal gymnastics" that bog down some Christmas covers.
A more critical review came from music blog Popcrush, who deemed the cover overproduced. "The slick production is a disservice to both Carly’s vocals and the original’s emotional heft," writes Samanth Vincenty.
Jepsen performed the song live at the annual NBC television special Christmas in Rockefeller Centre, which aired December 2, 2015. She also performed the song on the episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden airing December 16, 2015.
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||21|
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||40|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||100|
|US Holiday Digital Songs (Billboard)||43|
Other cover versions
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- The Braxtons for his album Braxton Familly Christmas (2015)
- All About Eve
- Arctic Monkeys (2009, sung by drummer Matt Helders)
- Ashley Tisdale
- Atomic Kitten
- Atomic Tom
- Birgit Õigemeel
- The BossHoss
- Brite Futures
- Britt Nicole
- Carrie Underwood Live at the White House for Christmas in Washington
- Carole King on her 2011 album A Holiday Carole
- Celtic Thunder's Keith Harkin (2010)
- The Cheetah Girls
- Christian Bautista
- The Collective recorded a cover version of "Last Christmas" and released it as their second single on 14 December 2012. It is also included on their self-titled debut mini album, The Collective.
- In 1984, Dalida performed "Last Christmas" in French language as "Reviens-Moi" (Dali (album)).
- Darren Hayes (of Savage Garden; from Rosie O'Donnell's 1999 Christmas album A Rosie Christmas; also includes the lyrics, "Guilty feet have got no rhythm", near the end of the song, a reference to Wham!'s smash hit single "Careless Whisper")
- Dexter Freebish
- The Dutch group Djumbo sang "Last Christmas" at "Het Grote Kerstfeest" in 2008
- Eleventyseven (on their 2012 Christmas EP, Regifted)
- Erlend Øye
- Exile (lyrics translated to Japanese)
- Florence and the Machine (on BBC Radio 1)
- Frank Turner
- Future Islands
- Glee Cast - led by Lea Michele, Cory Monteith with Amber Riley (peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first time a cover version of the song appeared on the chart, and at #27 on the Adult Contemporary chart).
- Gregory Douglass in 2009 on the Merry EP.
- Hawk Nelson
- Helene Fischer featuring Ricky Martin
- Human Nature
- I Like Trains
- Jan Johansen
- Jennifer Love Hewitt
- Jesse Labelle
- Jimmy Eat World on Last Christmas and Christmas
- JLS, also on an X Factor UK final (2008).
- John Holt
- Keshia Chanté
- Kids United, a group of French children aged between 8 & 15, covered the song on their album Un Monde Meilleur (A Better World) with profits going to Unicef
- Kim Wilde recorded an acoustic version of the song on her 2015 Deluxe edition of her 2013 holiday album Wilde Winter Songbook.
- Kimberley Locke
- Laura Pausini & Irene Grandi, in Laura's special Christmas show from her "Inedito World Tour" on 25 December 2011 at Milano, Italy (See video)
- Leigh Nash
- Little Boots, formerly of Dead Disco
- Marcus Collins, on The X Factor UK series 8 final (2011); the theme was 'Christmas songs'.
- The Maine
- Manic Street Preachers, a version by James Dean Bradfield appears on the 2003 compilation Lipstick Traces
- Max Raabe, a German version in a 1920s style.
- Metro Station recorded a cover version as included on their double A side single "Kelsey/Last Christmas" in the UK in 2009, accompanied by a video.
- Michie Tomizawa (1996)
- Miranda Cosgrove
- Nicole, the Winner of Eurovision Song Contest 1982, on her Christmas Songs CD (2006)
- Olly Murs for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge (this version later appeared on the special edition of Murs's fourth album Never Been Better).
- The Only Way is Essex Cast
- The Ordinary Boys
- Pauline Wilson
- The Preluders
- The Parenthetical Girls, formerly The Swastika Girls
- PAS/CAL on their "Seasons Greetings" 12" single with Asobi Seksu, 2004.
- Phaksy from Idols (South African TV series) 
- Polish version with Polish lyrics – "Kolęda dwóch serc" performed by Andrzej Piaseczny, Mietek Szcześniak, Kuba Badach & Andrzej Lampert (from the album Święta, Święta II)
- Piccolo Coro dell'Antoniano, as "Questo Natale"
- The Puppini Sisters
- Q;indivi (on Winter Celebration, credited as "Q;indivi feat. Rin Oikawa")
- Richard Cheese covered this on his Christmas album, Silent Nightclub. The song begins but is quickly halted by Cheese, who states he's changed his mind on performing the cover because "that song sucks".
- Richard Poon (from his 2011 Christmas album, Christmas with Richard Poon)
- Romina Power
- Roses Are Red (for the album based on the Taste of Chaos tour: Taste of Christmas)
- The Rubber Band
- Rumble Fish
- Hong Kong singer Sammi Cheng in her 2009–2010 tour Love Mi, duet with noted composer and producer Hanjin
- Croatian singer Saša Lozar covered the song as part of the 2003 Story Supernova Music Talents talent show.
- Savage Garden
- Spagna for her 2010 holiday album Buon Natale
- South Korean idol group Shinee for the compilation winter album 2011 Winter SMTown – The Warmest Gift. The album by S.M. Entertainment artists was released on December 13, 2011.
- Taylor Swift (Peaked at #28 on U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2007)
- Taiwan band F.I.R for the concert in Hong Kong in 2008
- The Three Degrees
- Thirteen Senses, recorded for BBC Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley in early December 2004.
- Thomas Anders
- Michie Tomizawa as Sailor Mars (for Sailor Moon album Sailor Stars Merry Christmas)
- Travis (Live @ Alexandra Palace DVD)
- South African group Tweak (band)  as "Last Xmas"
- 2-4 Family under the moniker, Rap Allstars.
- Victoria Asher
- Victoria Duffield
- Victoria Justice
- The Ventures
- The Violet Burning
- We The Kings
- Yuji Oda (with Butch Walker)
- The XX (live on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge)
- Nogizaka46 (Japanese idol group), Merry X'mas Show 2014
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