By Mark Nobes, chief editor

"Last Christmas" has now spent a total of 75 weeks in the UK Top 100 singles chart. It has reappeared in the Official UK Singles chart every year since 2007. Since 2016, the yuletide favourite has reached the top 10 each year. In 2020, it reached No.1 for the first time in history, and then reached No.2 in 2021. In 2022 the song topped the chart for a second time on 16th Dec 2022, in the same week that The Pogues and Kirsty Maccoll reached No.9 with "Fairytale of New York". Wham! faces stiff competition from many other old classics which also re-emerge each year.

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.

The song re-entered the UK charts for the first time in 21 years in 2007, reaching No.14.
Wham! Last Christmas 20th anniversary vinyl sleeve

This is the 2014 30th anniversary vinyl sleeve 

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".

Okay, so the jolly video featuring the boys accompanying their "girlfriends" at a ski resort a tad on the cheesy side, and it looks very much of its time, but I like 80s cheese, its cosy and fun, and I've always enjoyed the song - it's definitely one of the most memorable Christmas tunes.

Last Christmas vinyl sleeve ft. George Michael

Last Christmas Vinyl Sleeve

Wham! Last Christmas - Vinyl Sleeve ft. Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael

The original sleeve 

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