George Michael Back To #1 On The Charts For Christmas

Posted December 22, 2023 by with 9 comments

Finally, a good Christmas song that everyone isn’t totally sick of makes it to #1 on the charts. Well, in the UK, at least.

George Michael (technically, it’s a Wham! song, but George wrote it) is at the top of the charts with “Last Christmas,” 39 years after its release. Via DailyMail:

Wham!’s “Last Christmas has scored a first — by shooting to the top of the charts to enjoy its first ever year as Christmas Number 1 single in the UK.

The 1984 perennial favourite, penned by George Michael, has topped the charts in the past, but never in the last week before Christmas. It was denied the top spot in the year of its release by Band Aid’s barnstorming Do They Know It’s Christmas?.

George Michael wrote the song as a Christmas number one contender — but it was a feat he would never see after dying at the age of 53 in 2016. But bandmate Andrew Ridgeley said on Friday: ‘George would be beside himself. It’s mission accomplished.

Speaking about Wham!’s historic achievement, Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts, said: ‘Having claimed the top spot for the first time last year, it is fantastic that WHAM! have claimed the Christmas Number 1 honour at last.

In the U.S., “Last Christmas” is at #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for this week, as zombie Americans can’t stop listening to that horrific Mariah Carey song, which is at #1. (I liked it in the 90’s, but it’s time to move on.) It should be noted that none of these charts really mean anything anymore, given that they’re largely based on streaming numbers, and no one is specifically buying these songs as singles, like we used to do when we actually went to music stores like Sam Goody, Wherehouse, Music Plus, Tower Records, etc. Thanks to Spotify and other streaming apps, talentless trash like Taylor Swift can claim bogus chart achievements like “most top 10 singles,” thanks to deranged fans pushing play over and over and over again.

The “Last Christmas” video:

The only other Christmas song that I like: