Wham!’s “Last Christmas” goes to number one for the first time

Wham!’s “Last Christmas” has topped the UK singles chart for the first time, 36 years after it was first released.

The festive classic was streamed 9.2 million times over the holidays, knocking LadBaby’s “Don’t Stop Me Eating” off the top spot.

First released in December 1984, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s song was held off the top spot by Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

Ridgeley said he was “somewhat amazed” the record had now reached number one.

He said he was “delighted” and “profoundly pleased” at the news, “albeit 36 years after its first release which is, perhaps more than anything, a testament to its timeless appeal and charm.”

He added, “It is a fitting tribute to George’s song-writing genius and one of which he would have been immensely proud and utterly thrilled.”

Since the song was released in 1984, it has returned to the top 10 a further six times. It reached number two in 2017, but was thwarted by Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.”

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55509575

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