Last Christmas

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"Last Christmas"
Last Christmaswham.jpg
Artwork for the original 1984 UK 7-inch vinyl single, also used for Australian, Japanese and continental European releases [1] [2]
Single by Wham!
from the album Music from the Edge of Heaven
B-side
Released3 December 1984
Format
RecordedAugust 1984
Studio Advision, London [3]
Genre
Length
  • 4:27
  • 6:45 (Pudding mix)
Label
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
Wham! singles chronology
"Freedom"
(1984)
"Last Christmas"
(1984)
"Everything She Wants"
(1984)
Music video
"Last Christmas" on YouTube
Alternative cover
Last Christmas 1985 cover - 7" single.jpeg
Artwork of the 1985 UK vinyl re-release, also used for subsequent vinyl and CD re-releases

"Last Christmas" is a song by English pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in December 1984, on a double A-side with "Everything She Wants". It was written and produced by George Michael, and has been covered by many artists since its original release.

Wham! English pop duo

Wham! were an English pop duo consisting of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, formed in London in 1981.

Epic Records American record label

Epic Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, Inc., the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. The label was founded predominantly as a jazz and classical music label in 1953, but later expanded its scope to include a more diverse range of genres, including pop, R&B, rock, and hip hop. Epic Records has released music by artists including Glenn Miller, Tammy Wynette, George Michael, The Yardbirds, Donovan, Shakin Stevens, Europe, Cheap Trick, Meat Loaf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ted Nugent, Shakira, Sly & the Family Stone, The Hollies, Celine Dion, ABBA, Culture Club, Boston, Dave Clark Five, Gloria Estefan, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and Michael Jackson. Along with Arista, Columbia and RCA Records, Epic is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels.

A-side and B-side the two sides of 78, 45, and 33 1/3 rpm phonograph records and cassette capes

The terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 78, 45, and 33​13 rpm phonograph records, or cassettes, whether singles, extended plays (EPs), or long-playing (LP) records. The A-side usually featured the recording that the artist, record producer, or the record company intended to receive the initial promotional effort and then receive radio airplay, hopefully, to become a "hit" record. The B-side is a secondary recording that has a history of its own: some artists released B-sides that were considered as strong as the A-side and became hits in their own right. Others took the opposite approach: producer Phil Spector was in the habit of filling B-sides with on-the-spot instrumentals that no one would confuse with the A-side. With this practice, Spector was assured that airplay was focused on the side he wanted to be the hit side.

Contents

The song reached No. 1 in Denmark, Slovenia and Sweden and No. 2 in eight countries; Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, New Zealand and United Kingdom. Wham! donated all of their royalties to the Ethiopian famine. [4]

1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia

A widespread famine affected Ethiopia from 1983 to 1985. The worst famine to hit the country in a century, it had a death toll of "1.2 million dead, 400,000 refugees outside the country, 2.5 million people internally displaced, and almost 200,000 orphans".

Origin

"Last Christmas" had its beginnings in 1984, while George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley were visiting Michael’s parents. It was written by Michael in his childhood bedroom. [3] Michael played Ridgeley the introduction and chorus melody to "Last Christmas", which Ridgeley later called "a moment of wonder". [5]

In music, a chorus effect occurs when individual sounds with approximately the same time, and very similar pitches converge and are perceived as one. While similar sounds coming from multiple sources can occur naturally, as in the case of a choir or string orchestra, it can also be simulated using an electronic effects unit or signal processing device.

Recording

The song was recorded in August 1984, at Advision Studios, London, England. George Michael had written, performed, produced and played every single instrument on the track. With a Linn 9000 drum machine, a Roland Juno-60 synth and sleigh bells, they began recording the song in the summer. The only people in the studio were engineer Chris Porter and two assistants. According to Porter, lyrically "you’ve got the happiness of the rhythm track, but against that you’ve got the sadness of the unrequited love". [3]

Advision Studios was a recording studio in Fitzrovia, Central London, England.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

Record producer individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Wham! (original) version

Commercial performance

United Kingdom

Wham! already had two No.1 songs in the UK Singles Chart in 1984 and news that they were planning a Christmas single meant that a battle for the coveted Christmas No. 1 spot in the UK seemed set to be between Wham! and the year's other big act, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, who had achieved a third No. 1 in early December with "The Power of Love". However, the Band Aid single written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, produced the No. 1 single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", while Wham!'s offering peaked at No. 2 for much of the period. Wham! donated all "Last Christmas/Everything She Wants" royalties to the Ethiopian famine. [4]

UK Singles Chart British singles sales chart

The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC), on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upon physical sales, paid-for downloads and streaming. The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15,000 retailers and digital services daily, capturing 99.9% of all singles consumed in Britain across the week, and over 98% of albums. To be eligible for the chart, a single is currently defined by the Official Charts Company (OCC) as either a 'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence. The rules have changed many times as technology has developed, the most notable being the inclusion of digital downloads in 2005 and streaming in July 2014.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood British band

Frankie Goes to Hollywood is a British band formed in Liverpool, England in the 1980s. The group was fronted by Holly Johnson (vocals), with Paul Rutherford (vocals), Peter Gill, Mark O'Toole, and Brian Nash (guitar).

In subsequent years, the song reached the middle echelons of the UK Singles Chart on a regular basis (excluding 1985, 1986, 2016, 2017 and 2018, where the song reached the upper echelons of the chart):

  • 1985: Reached No. 2 (13 weeks) [6]
  • 1986: Reached No. 6 (7 weeks)
  • 1989: Reached No. 45 (4 weeks)
  • 2007: Reached No. 14 (5 weeks)
  • 2008: Reached No. 26 (5 weeks)
  • 2009: Reached No. 34 (4 weeks)
  • 2010: Reached No. 53 (4 weeks)
  • 2011: Reached No. 26 (4 weeks)
  • 2012: Reached No. 34 (4 weeks)
  • 2013: Reached No. 36 (4 weeks)
  • 2014: Reached No. 28 (3 weeks)
  • 2015: Reached No. 18 (5 weeks)
  • 2016: Reached No. 7 (5 weeks)
  • 2017: Reached No. 2 (6 weeks)
  • 2018: Reached No. 3 (5 weeks)

"Last Christmas" has sold over 1.88 million copies as of January 2017 and is the biggest-selling single in UK chart history not to reach No. 1. [7] [3] It was certified 2 times multi-platinum in December 2018. [8]

Other countries and territories

Japan

"Last Christmas" was originally released in two different formats in Japan: 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl (Long version) with "Credit Card Baby" as their B-side. The former entered the top 20 of the Oricon Singles Chart peaking at No. 15, while the latter reached No. 47. [9] The single was reissued in 1993 on CD single in the country and peaked at No. 17, selling nearly 40,000 copies that week. [10] The single was reissued as a 2-track CD single in 2001 and again in 2004. [11] [12] As a result of the success, "Last Christmas" is the eighth best-selling single of all time in Japan released by a non-Japanese act, with total physical sales of 683,000 units. [13]

Spain

In 2009, the song re-entered the Spanish Lista de Canciones (singles chart) at No. 9.

Germany

In Germany, the song is the most successful Christmas single of all time, having spent 134 weeks on the German Singles Chart and attained a peak position of No. 3 on 28 December 2018. [14] It has charted every year since 1997. [15] In January 2008, the song fell from No. 4 to No. 64 there, also making it the biggest fall out of the top 10 on the singles chart. [16]

Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the song never reached No. 1, peaking at No. 2 in January 1985 (behind Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?"). In the Dutch Singles Top 100 (one of three charts in the Netherlands that claims to be the "official" chart, but it is the only one that is not broadcast and remains unpublished except on its own official web page), the song has now entered on 16 different occasions, including every year since 2006. Its highest position after 1984 was No. 5 (during the 2007 Christmas season). [17] In the Dutch Mega Top 50 (which was first published in 1993), the song re-appeared in 1997, 2000, 2007, 2008, and 2013.

United States

The original 1984 version was never commercially released as a single in the United States and therefore did not enter the main charts. It was released for the first time as a 2-track physical single on 12" vinyl as an exclusive Record Store Day release in November 2014. [18] In the United States, the song has also re-entered the Billboard Holiday Songs Chart on a regular basis with it peaking at #5 on 20 December. [19] [20] [21] As of 25 November 2016, total US sales of the digital track stand at 751,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan, placing it 10th on the list of all-time best-selling Christmas/holiday digital singles in US SoundScan history. [22] The song debuted at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the chart dated 7 January 2017, after George Michael died. [23]

In December 2018, the song re-entered the Hot 100, eventually peaking at No. 25 in January 2019. [24]

Sweden

In December 2017 and 28 December 2018, "Last Christmas" reached No. 1 in the Swedish singles chart. [25]

Music video

The video to "Last Christmas" shows Wham! members George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley accompanying girlfriends to see friends at an unspecified ski resort: the cable-car that can be seen in two shots is from Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where the video was filmed. [3] It becomes clear early on that the character of Ridgeley's girlfriend (played by model Kathy Hill) [3] was previously in a relationship with Michael and that the song is aimed at her. She can be spotted throughout the video by the fact that she is usually wearing red, but everyone else is wearing more muted colors.

There is a brief flashback to "last Christmas", showing Michael's character presenting her with a jewelled brooch. In the present time, Ridgeley is wearing the brooch, suggesting that the girl gave the same gift (perhaps by regifting it) to her new love after she and Michael parted ways. When the girl wears the brooch from Michael's character, it is "right side up", and when Ridgeley's character wears it, he wears it "upside down". On numerous occasions, Michael presents a thoughtful expression, suggesting his conflicting emotions.

Her seeming indifference to Ridgeley's open displays of affection makes the viewer wonder if Ridgeley's heart is the next to be broken. At the end of the video, everyone leaves properly "paired off", so perhaps it is suggested that Michael has worked out his confusion and now realizes he is after all with the right girl.[ original research? ]

The video also featured the duo's erstwhile backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie and Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp, the boyfriend and future husband of Shirlie Holliman. [3]

As of March 2019, the music video has received 432 million views on the official Wham! YouTube channel. [26] The second official music video titled: "Last Christmas (Pudding Mix)" on Wham!’s official channel also has 9.0 million views. [27]

Versions and mixes

The full original mix and vocal of "Last Christmas" has never been released in its entirety. In 1984 it was two edits of the song that were released: one (the shorter of the two) on the regular (4:24) 7" format and the other (the longer of the two, though missing a verse) on the original (4:45) Japanese 12" and promotional Spanish 7".

A remixed version with partly re-recorded and additional vocals was used for the regular 12" format and entitled the "Pudding Mix". When the single was re-released in 1985, an edited version of the Pudding Mix was used for the regular 7" and this version has been used on all subsequent re-releases.

It is the 1985 7" version (the edit of the 1984 12" Pudding Mix) that is now the most common to find on "various artists" compilation albums (as well as George Michael's Twenty Five hits compilation) and the most widely known version.

The full Pudding Mix has been featured on several compilations (including the Wham! hits compilation albums The Final and If You Were There (The Best of Wham) ). The edits of the original 1984 recording are less widely available, although the longer version was used in early 1985 on the second regular 12" format of the "Last Christmas/Everything She Wants" double "A" sided single (once the latter started becoming the focus of promotion, following the end of the Christmas season) and has occasionally been used on "various artists" compilation albums. The shorter edit (as used on the original 7") has not been released since and therefore has never appeared on the compact disc format.

Track listings

Original 1984 release

First 7": Epic / GA 4949 (UK)

  1. "Last Christmas" (Original 1984 7" mix) – 4:24
  2. "Everything She Wants" (Album version) – 5:07

First 12": Epic / TA 4949 (UK)

  1. "Last Christmas" (Pudding mix) – 6:47
  2. "Everything She Wants" (Album version) – 5:07

Second 7": Epic / QA 4949 (UK)

  1. "Everything She Wants" (Remix) – 5:32
  2. "Last Christmas" (Original 1984 7" mix) – 4:24

Second 12": Epic / QTA 4949 (UK)

  1. "Everything She Wants" (12" remix) – 6:34
  2. "Last Christmas" (Pudding mix) – 6:47

Note: "Last Christmas" and "Everything She Wants" were a double "A" side for these releases.
The second 7" and 12" were released in early 1985.
In some countries, the longer edit of "Last Christmas" from 1984 (duration listed as 4:34) was used on side two of the second 12".

1985 reissue

7": Epic / WHAM 1 (UK)

  1. "Last Christmas" (1985 edit of Pudding mix) – 4:24
  2. "Blue (Armed with Love)" (Live in China) – 5:43

12": Epic / WHAM T1 (UK)

  1. "Last Christmas" (Pudding mix) – 6:47
  2. "Blue (Armed with Love)" (Live in China) – 5:43
  3. "Everything She Wants" (Remix) – 5:31

1986 reissue

7": Epic / 650269 7 (UK)

  1. "Last Christmas" (1985 edit of Pudding mix) – 4:24
  2. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" – 5:45

12": Epic / 650269 6 (UK)

  1. "Last Christmas" (Pudding mix) – 6:47
  2. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" – 5:45

1988–89 reissues

7": Epic / EPC 653185 7 (UK)

  1. "Last Christmas" (1985 edit of Pudding Mix) – 4:24
  2. "Everything She Wants" (Album version) [Mislabelled as "Recorded live in China"] – 5:07

12": Epic / EPC 653185 6 (UK)

  1. "Last Christmas" (Pudding mix) – 6:47
  2. "Everything She Wants" (Album version) – 5:07

Note: The only difference between the 1988 and 1989 reissues is the text on the back of the record sleeves which reads "Christmas '88" and "Christmas '89" respectively.

2007 reissue

7", 12", CD:Tent / PD45579

  1. "Last Christmas" (Remix) – 5:13
  2. "Everything She Wants" (Remix) – 6:01
  3. "Last Christmas" (Pudding mix) – 6:47
  4. "Everything She Wants" – 6:29

2014 – 30th anniversary

12": Columbia / 88875042911 (US)

  1. "Last Christmas" (1985 edit of Pudding mix) – 4:27
  2. "Last Christmas (Instrumental)" – 4:27

Charts and certifications

Plagiarism allegations

On behalf of the writers of the song "Can't Smile Without You", made popular by Barry Manilow, publishing company Dick James Music sued Michael for plagiarism in the mid-1980s, claiming that "Last Christmas" lifted its melody from the former. The case was thrown out when a musicologist presented 60-odd songs from the past century that had a comparable chord sequence and melody. [3] [78]

Whigfield version

"Last Christmas"
Whigfield - Last Christmas.png
Single by Whigfield
from the album Whigfield and Whigfield II
Released3 December 1995
Format
Recorded1995
Genre Pop
Length4:16
Label Various labels internationally
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
Whigfield singles chronology
"Close to You"
(1995)
"Last Christmas"
(1995)
"Sexy Eyes"
(1996)
Music video
"Last Christmas" on YouTube

In the UK, the following single planned after "Close to You" was "Big Time"; however, it was suggested that Whigfield should record a version of "Last Christmas" to go with the release of "Big Time", as a double A-side single. The single was also released as a double A-side single in Germany with "Close to You". In other countries, "Last Christmas" was released on its own with various remixes. The single reached number 21 in the UK, which was Whigfield's final release on Systematic Records. It also features on various Special Edition versions of her debut album Whigfield and also on Whigfield II . The EP was released on 10 November 1995 in Australia. A UK single was released on 3 December 1995.

Music video

The music video for "Last Christmas" was directed by Italian director Giacomo De Simone.

Official versions

  1. "Last Christmas" (Major version)
  2. "Last Christmas" (Minor version)
  3. "Last Christmas" (Major Mild EQ version)
  4. "Last Christmas" (K David version)
  5. "Last Christmas" (David version)
  6. "Last Christmas" (MBRG version)
  7. "Last Christmas" (MBRG radio edit)
  8. "Last Christmas" (Dua Lipa explicit version)

Charts

Chart (1995)Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) [79] 38
Denmark (IFPI) [80] 6
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)38
Europe Eurochart Hot 100 61
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [81] 12
Ireland (IRMA)24
Netherlands (Tipparade) [82] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [83] 34
Scotland (Official Charts Company) [84] 21
Spain (AFYVE) [85] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [86] 53
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)21

Billie Piper version

"Last Christmas"
Single by Billie Piper
Released1999
Format
Genre Pop
Length4:27
Label Innocent
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s)
  • Jim Marr
  • Wendy Page
Billie Piper singles chronology
"She Wants You"
(1998)
"Last Christmas"
(1999)
"Honey to the Bee"
(1999)

Billie Piper originally recorded a cover of the song as a B-side of her single "She Wants You". It was released as CD single in limited areas of Europe, and did not chart in any country. The single was also released as a promotional vinyl single in the UK, limited to 500 copies and therefore could not chart there.

Track listings

European CD single
  1. "Last Christmas"
  2. "She Wants You" (album version)
  3. "She Wants You" (Sharp Ballrom Remix)
UK promo vinyl
  1. "Last Christmas" (edit)
  2. "She Wants You" (radio edit)

Jimmy Eat World version

"Last Christmas"
Single by Jimmy Eat World
Released10 December 2001
Genre Alternative rock
Length4:00
Label Better Looking
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s) Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World singles chronology
"The Middle"
(2001)
"Last Christmas"
(2001)
"Sweetness"
(2002)

"Last Christmas" was released as a single by Jimmy Eat World in 2001, following the band's breakthrough hit album Bleed American . The B-side was a cover of "Firestarter", by The Prodigy.

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Last Christmas" (Wham! cover)4:00
2."Firestarter" (The Prodigy cover)6:29

Hilary Duff Version

"Last Christmas" was covered by Hilary Duff as part of her debut album, Santa Claus Lane.

Charts

Chart (2011)Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon) [87] 133
Chart (2012)Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon) [88] 68

Ashley Tisdale version

"Last Christmas"
Promotional single by Ashley Tisdale
Released
  • 11 November 2006 (2006-11-11)(US radio)
  • 21 November 2006 (2006-11-21)(digital download) [89] [90]
Format
Recorded2006
Genre
Length
  • 3:55(main version)
  • 3:39 (2007 radio edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s) Mark Hammond

"Last Christmas" was recorded in 2006 for Warner Bros. Records by Ashley Tisdale. The song was released to US radios on 11 November 2006 and as a digital download on 21 November 2006. This song was the first single released by Ashley Tisdale in her deal with Warner Bros. Records and became her official first holiday single. Tisdale performed the single in 2007 on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Christmas in Rockefeller Center , and in 2009 in the Citadel Outlets of Los Angeles, California. The song was one of the B-sides on the European CD singles of Tisdale's first single "Be Good to Me" and Tisdale's second single "He Said She Said", from the album Headstrong . [91] The song has been included on several compilation albums, including Disney Channel Holiday and A Very Special Christmas 7 .

Track listings

Digital download [90]
  1. "Last Christmas" (single version) – 3:55

Charts

Chart (2011)Peak
position
US Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Songs [92] 47

Crazy Frog version

"Last Christmas"
Crazy Frog - Last Christmas.png
Single by Crazy Frog
from the album Crazy Frog Presents More Crazy Hits Ultimate Edition
ReleasedDecember 2006
Format
Recorded2006
Genre
Length4:27
Label Ministry of Sound
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s)
Crazy Frog singles chronology
"We Are the Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)"
(2006)
"Last Christmas"
(2006)
"Crazy Frog in the House (Knightrider)"
(2007)

"Last Christmas" was covered in 2006 by Crazy Frog and released as a Christmas single. In Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and France, "Last Christmas" was released 12 months before in other countries.

Track listings

CD single
  1. "Last Christmas" (radio edit)
  2. "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
  3. "Last Christmas" (club mix)
  4. "Nellie the Elephant"
  5. "Last Christmas" (video)

Charts

Chart (2006)Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart [93] 30
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart [93] 19
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart [93] 6
Dutch Singles Chart [93] 48
French Singles Chart [93] 19
Irish Singles Chart [94] 16
New Zealand Singles Chart [93] 19
UK Singles Chart [94] 16

Cascada version

"Last Christmas"
Cascada - Last Christmas.png
Single by Cascada
from the album It's Christmas Time
Released21 November 2007
Format
Recorded2007
Genre
Length3:27
Label
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Cascada singles chronology
"Ready for Love"
(2006)
"Last Christmas"
(2007)
"What Hurts the Most"
(2007)

"Last Christmas" was recorded in 2007 by Cascada. It was released on iTunes in November 2007. The single had only a digital release but six days later, it was released on the single "What Hurts the Most" which was the first single from their second album.

In the UK, despite it being a B-side track, the song is regularly played throughout music channels during the festive season. The two official music videos got more than 60 million views on YouTube combined.

It was released as part of their Christmas album, It's Christmas Time .

iTunes download

Charts

Chart (2007)Peak
position
Germany (Official German Charts) [95] 83
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [96] 63
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [97] 111*
UK Dance (Official Charts Company) [98] 22

* Based on downloads alone, but did chart at number 10, as it was the B-side to "What Hurts the Most".

Alcazar version

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Alcazar version

"Last Christmas"
Single by Alcazar
from the album Disco Defenders – Special Edition
Released20 November 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded2009
Genre Pop
Length3:33
Label Love No Limit
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Alcazar singles chronology
"From Brazil with Love"
(2009)
"Last Christmas"
(2009)
"Headlines"
(2010)

The song was covered by Alcazar from Sweden as the sixth single to be released from their third studio album Disco Defenders , released in 2009. The single was only released digitally in Germany. It was included as a bonus track on the Swedish special edition version of Disco Defenders, released on 18 November 2009. [99]

Dua Lipa version

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Music video

A music video was produced to promote the single.

Track listings

Digital download [101]

  1. "Last Christmas"
  2. "One Two Three Four"

Joe McElderry version

"Last Christmas"
Single by Joe McElderry
from the album Classic Christmas
Released4 November 2011 (2011-11-04)
RecordedOctober 2011
Genre Pop
Label Decca
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Joe McElderry singles chronology
"There's a Place for Us"
(2010)
"Last Christmas"
(2011)
"Here's What I Believe"
(2012)
Music video
"Last Christmas" on YouTube

British singer Joe McElderry covered the song in 2011. This version was released as a single on 19 December 2011, [102] an EP was also released digitally in Ireland on 4 November 2011, and in the UK on 7 November 2011. Joe McElderry's version is taken from his third studio album, Classic Christmas , released 28 November 2011. 7th Heaven Remix & Production have done a remix for the song.

A short music video was made using footage which was filmed for the Classic Christmas's album advertising, it features McElderry outside in the snow, collecting logs and taking them to a large house preparing for a Christmas party, a similar video was made for McElderry's version of "O Come All Ye Faithful". The advert and both videos were directed by Steve Lucker. [103]

Track listings

EP 1 [104]

  1. "Last Christmas" – 4:18
  2. "Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)" – 3:07
  3. "Silent Night" – 3:28

7th Heaven Remixes [105]

  1. "Last Christmas" (7th Heaven Remix) – 6:54
  2. "Last Christmas" (7th Heaven Remix Edit) – 3:47

Ariana Grande version

"Last Christmas"
Ariana Grande - Last Christmas (Official Single Cover).png
Single by Ariana Grande
from the album Christmas Kisses
Released19 November 2013 (2013-11-19)
Format Digital download
Recorded2013
Genre
Length3:24
Label Republic
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s)
Ariana Grande singles chronology
"Right There"
(2013)
"Last Christmas"
(2013)
"Love Is Everything"
(2013)

"Last Christmas" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande. The song serves as the lead single from Grande's Christmas Kisses . It was released on 19 November 2013 in the iTunes Store. [106]

Composition

Grande's cover draws primarily from pop music, contemporary R&B, and Soul and also includes newly-written lyrics in place of some of the originals. [107] [108] The verses have been described as "bouncier" than the original melody. [107]

Track listing

  1. "Last Christmas" – 3:24

Charts

Chart (2013–19)Peak
position
Japan (Japan Hot 100) [109] 73
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [110] 59
South Korea International Chart (Gaon) [111] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [112] 92
US Billboard Hot 100 [113] 96
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [114] 26
US Holiday 100 ( Billboard ) [115] 32
US Holiday Digital Song Sales ( Billboard ) [116] 1
US Holiday Streaming Songs ( Billboard ) [117] 22

Carly Rae Jepsen version

"Last Christmas"
Carly Rae Jepsen - Last Christmas single cover.jpg
Single by Carly Rae Jepsen
Released20 November 2015 (2015-11-20)
Format Digital download
RecordedNovember 2015 [118]
Genre
Length3:32
Label
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s) Ben Romans
Carly Rae Jepsen singles chronology
"Your Type"
(2015)
"Last Christmas"
(2015)
"It Takes Two"
(2017)

"Last Christmas" was covered by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen in 2015 and was released to digital retailers on 20 November 2015 through 604 Records (in Canada) and Interscope Records and School Boy Records (internationally). [119] [120] Jepsen's rendition was praised by critics for combining stylistic elements similar to the original with modern production. [121]

Track listing

Digital download – single [120]

  1. "Last Christmas" – 3:32

Critical reception

Bianca Gracie of Idolator described the song as "quintessential Carly" for highlighting Jepsen's unique vocals and synth production and wrote that her cover will "charm your... socks off." [122] Nolan Feeney of Time echoed those sentiments, noting that "Last Christmas" is "the kind of brokenhearted yet warm and sweet song [Jepsen] excels at." [123] Jackson McHenry of Vulture applauded Jepsen for her straightforward approach to the song and avoiding the "vocal gymnastics" that bog down some Christmas covers. [124]

A more critical review came from music blog Popcrush, who deemed the cover overproduced. "The slick production is a disservice to both Carly’s vocals and the original’s emotional heft," writes Samanth Vincenty. [125]

Live performances

Jepsen performed the song live at the annual NBC television special Christmas in Rockefeller Center, which aired on 2 December 2015. [126] She also performed the song on the episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden airing on 16 December 2015. [127]

Charts

Chart (2015–16)Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) [128] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) [129] 40
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [130] 100
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [131] 80
US Holiday Digital Songs (Billboard) [132] 43

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