Last Christmas raggiunge finalmente la vetta della Official Chart britannica

A Capodanno del 2021, trentasei anni dopo la sua prima pubblicazione, Last Christmas degli Wham! ha finalmente raggiunto la vetta della classifica inglese.

La scorsa settimana gli streaming del brano hanno toccato quota 9 milioni e duecentomila. Nel dicembre del 1984, in occasione della sua pubblicazione originaria, Last Christmas fu notoriamente trattenuta sul secondo gradino del podio da Do They Know It’s Christmas? di Band Aid.

Fino a questo momento Last Christmas era il singolo più venduto della storia a non aver mai raggiunto la vetta della classifica britannica accumulando lungo il percorso, dalla sua pubblicazione fino ad oggi, un milione e novecentomila copie vendute.

Lo scettro è ora passato a Moves Like Jagger dei Maroon 5 insieme a Christina Aguilera che, nel 2011, vendette un milione e cinquecentocinquantamila copie fermandosi, analogamente, al secondo posto della classifica.

Ma Last Christmas adesso detiene un nuovo record: quello relativo al lasso di tempo più lungo impiegato da un singolo per raggiungere la vetta della chart.

In precedenza tale record era appannagio di (Is This The Way To) Amarillo? di Tony Christie che nel 2005, a 34 anni dalla sua pubblicazione originale, giunse al primo posto in classifica quando venne pubblicato come singolo in favore del progetto Comic Relief.

2019 marks the 35th anniversary of Last Christmas

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time, a strictly limited edition replica of the original single by Wham!, on collectible white vinyl, is available to buy now.


Also the Last Christmas official video upgraded for the first time in 4K has been uploaded to YouTube reaching after just one day 1.1 million views, and a brand new lyric video is available too.




George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley

in the official programme for ‘The Final’ concert of Wham! on the 28th of June 1986



The Final is effectively the story of 80s pop, and Wham!’s evergreen epitaph.

The story of Wham! is the story of 80s life – fame, making pots of cash and having amazing hair, a willingness to go BIG and wave two fingers at your non-fun contemporaries while you eat the globe in the time it took them to make their own albums. Originally released 25 years ago, The Final is the duo’s definitive album – possibly even their greatest album ever made (even if it is a compilation). To some people, this is their The Queen Is Dead, their Nevermind, their Tago Mago – an album that distils a key era of their life into a glorious whole.
Wham! first entered Planet Pop’s atmosphere in 1982 with their Wham Rap!, a tune extolling what a ROFL it was to be on the dole, where George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley seemed to be using their time to work on dance routines and look manly in culottes, which came as a nice diversion from the more seriousface bards of the day such as Paul Weller and The Specials.
Next up came Young Guns (Go For It!), which warned of shacking up instead of going out and pulling the laydeez, and declaring “Death. By. Matrimony! BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM” as it shoved a shuttlecock down its shorts. They completed that opening trio with Bad Boys, which has always been the slight runt of the Wham! catalogue, and was brushed aside on 1997’s The Best of Wham! – but in truth it has aged the worst of these earliest cuts. Then, the future Wham! – the group of fabulous hair and being screamed at by the world – made its first appearance with Club Tropicana, offering evidence that the pair didn’t exclusively trade in shouty funk bluster. After this, they were an unstoppable chart-topping hit machine.
Come 1984 and Freedom arrives. Released a few months after future school disco cheesefest Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, and just weeks after George’s first solo single Careless Whisper (was the duo founded for this to happen, hmm?), it’s a track that can be occasionally neglected. But Freedom is a stone-cold, Motown-coloured classic, and it’s followed here by the evergreen festive nugget Last Christmas – magical, deathless, and a song that’s installed them into Christmas legend forever. I’m Your Man soon comes along, followed by a second tremendous George solo turn (A Different Corner); then, the collection is rounded off with the three tracks from 1986’s The Edge of Heaven EP, on which the thrill of their imperial phase is lacking.
And then they were gone, splitting at their height so that Andrew could slink away to a life of relative normality and racing cars, while George went on to invent designer stubble and become a solo colossus. The Final remains their epitaph, with the brand dying young and leaving a fantastic Greatest Hits. Amazing.

Source: BBC