WHAM! LAST CHRISTMAS (1984)
The battle for the prestigious Christmas top spot in 1984 was fought between Wham!, Frankie Goes to Hollywood (with The Power of Love) and Band Aid's Do They Know it's Christmas, with the latter winning out. Frankie made #1 the week before the official Christmas chart was out, with Wham having to settle with #2.
However, Last Christmas was the biggest-selling single in chart history not to have made #1, selling well over 1 million copies. A re-issue in 1985 reached #6 in the UK singles charts, and the song has re-entered many international singles charts many times.
In Germany the song has spent 106 weeks in the singles charts, and has entered the charts every year since 1997. Penned by George Michael, the original 1984 release of the single was a Double-A side featuring the track Everything She Wants.
Personally, I find the jolly video featuring the boys accompanying their "girlfriends" at a ski resort a tad on the cheesy side, and it looks rather dated these days, but I've always enjoyed the song and it's definitely one of the most memorable Christmas tunes.
Update: Wham re-entered the Uk's official music chart in December 2015 and are at #24 as I write (Dec 19th). However, The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl are fairing even better at #15. In 2014, the song spent three weeks in the chart and peaked at #28 and in 2013 peaked at #36, so it appears to be gaining popularity again each year. I look forward to bringing you the 2016 update...
The original sleeve
This is the 2014 30th anniversary vinyl sleeve