“Last Christmas” is a song by English pop duo Wham! It was released in December 1984 on a double A-side with “Everything She Wants” It was written and produced by George Michael, and has been covered by many artists. The song reached No. 1 in Denmark, Slovenia, and Sweden and No. 2 in nine countries. It is the biggest-selling single in UK chart history not to reach No.1.
About Last Christmas in brief
“Last Christmas” is a song by English pop duo Wham! It was released in December 1984 on a double A-side with “Everything She Wants” It was written and produced by George Michael, and has been covered by many artists. The song reached No. 1 in Denmark, Slovenia, and Sweden and No. 2 in nine countries: Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, New Zealand and United Kingdom. It was the most-played Christmas song of the 21st century in the UK until it was overtaken by “Fairytale of New York” in 2015. The single was originally released in two different formats in Japan with different cover art, a 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl both with \”Credit Card Baby\” as their B-side. It has sold over 1. 90 million copies as of February 2020 and is the biggest-selling single in UK chart history not to reach No.1. In Germany, the song is the most successful Christmas single of all time, having spent 144 weeks on the German Singles Chart and attained a peak position of No.2 on 27 December 2019. In the Dutch Singles Top 100, the song has now entered on 16 different occasions, including every year since 2006. In a UK-wide poll in December 2012, it was voted eighth on the ITV television special The Nation’s Favourite Christmas Song. In December 2019, it peaked at No. 1 on both the UK Official Vinyl Singles chart and on the Official Video Streaming Chart.
As a result of the success of the single, the single is the eighth best- selling single in Japan released by a non-Japanese act, with total physical sales of 683,000 units. The former entered the top 20 of the Oricon Singles charts peaking at No 15, while the latter reached No 47 in 1993 on CD single in the country and sold nearly 40,000 copies that week. In January 2008, it fell from No. 4 to No. 64 there, also making it the biggest fall out of the top 10 on the singles chart. In November 2001 and 2004 as a 2-track CD with the single edit and the “Pudding Mix”, the song was re-issued as a CD single with the 2- Track Mix and the result was a No. 3 hit in the Netherlands. Wham!’s royalties from the song were donated to relief efforts for the Ethiopian famine. The track was recorded in August 1984, at Advision Studios, London, England, with a LinnDrum drum machine, a Roland Juno-60 synth and sleigh bells, they began recording the song in the summer. The only people in the studio were engineer Chris Porter and two assistants. According to Porter, lyrically lyrically \”you’ve got the happiness of the rhythm track, but against that you’vegot the sadness of the unrequited love\”. The song was written by Michael in his childhood bedroom.