“Last Christmas” is a holiday pop song by the British pop duo Wham!, consisting of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. The song was first released on December 3, 1984 internationally and as a double A-side via Epic Records with “Everything She Wants” in several European countries. Later it was included on the duo’s third and the final album “Music from the Edge of Heaven” and on their greatest hits album, “The Final.” “Last Christmas” has become one of the most iconic and enduring Christmas songs of all time.
The song is characterized by its catchy melody, festive instrumentation, and George Michael’s emotive vocals. It tells the story of a past romantic relationship that fell apart during the holiday season, and the narrator reflects on the bittersweet memories associated with that time. “Last Christmas” has become a holiday classic and is widely played during the Christmas season on radio, in stores, and at festive gatherings. Its timeless appeal and relatable theme of love and heartbreak have contributed to its enduring popularity.
In 1984, “Last Christmas” spent five consecutive weeks at number two in the UK Singles Chart. It was held off the #1 spot by Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” “Last Christmas” reached number one in the UK on New Year’s Day 202, 36 years after its release.
The music video for “Last Christmas” was directed by British director Andrew Morahan. The video featured Wham’s backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie.
Overall, “Last Christmas” is celebrated as one of the quintessential Christmas songs, cherished by audiences of all ages for its memorable melody and emotional resonance.