Last Christmas by Wham! No.1 At Last

Last Christmas by Wham! No.1 At Last

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG  Tuesday 5th January 2021

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Last Christmas by Wham! sets new record for the longest climb to Number One as it tops charts after 36 years

ARTICLE #1

Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ has finally reached Number 1 on the official charts a record 36 years after it was released.

The festive favourite has climbed from third to first in the chart after racking up 9.2 million streams over the past week, reaching the summit on the fourth anniversary of George Michael’s death.

On Friday evening, Andrew Ridgeley said: “I am delighted, somewhat amazed and profoundly pleased that Wham!’s iconic Christmas classic, Last Christmas has finally achieved the ultimate accolade of becoming a number 1 – albeit 36 years after its first release which is, perhaps more than anything, a testament to its timeless appeal and charm.

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

Last Christmas has set a new record for the longest time taken for a single to reach Number 1, at 36 years, overtaking Tony Christie’s (Is This The Way To) Amarillo, which took 33 years and 4 months to claim the top spot inMarch, 2005.

Martin Talbot, chief executive, Official Charts Company said: “This is a fantastic record for Last Christmas.

“Just a few weeks after Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas is You reached Number 1 after a 26 year wait, for the Wham! tune to make its own impact after so long really shows how much the British public love their Christmas classics.”

Previously, Last Christmas was the UK’s best-selling single to never reach Number 1, accumulating 1.9 million sales to date across its lifetime.

Released in 1984, Last Christmas spent five weeks at Number 2 that year, pipped to the Official Christmas Number 1 post by Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? It was re-released the following year and reached Number 6.

Since 2007, shortly after downloads were introduced to the Official Chart, Last Christmas has re-entered the Top 40 on a further 13 occasions, reaching Number 2 again in 2018.

 

ARTICLE #2

Wham’s Last Christmas finally reaches Number 1 and sets Official UK Chart record

Last Christmas was previously the UK’s best-selling single to not reach Number 1.

Wham’s Last Christmas finally claims Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart 36 years after its release and breaks a new Official Chart record in the process, the Official Charts Company can confirm.

The festive favourite climbs from 3 to 1 after racking up 9.2 million streams over the past week, reaching the summit on the fourth anniversary of George Michael’s death.

Last Christmas sets a new record for the longest time taken for a single to reach Number 1, at 36 years, overtaking Tony Christie’s (Is This The Way To) Amarillo, which took 33 years and 4 months to claim the top spot (March, 2005).

Celebrating the news, Andrew Ridgeley paid tribute to his bandmate, the late George Michael:

Martin Talbot, chief executive, Official Charts Company, added: “This is a fantastic record for Last Christmas. Just a few weeks after Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas is You reached Number 1 after a 26 year wait, for the Wham! tune to make its own impact after so long really shows how much the British public love their Christmas classics.”

Previously, Last Christmas was the UK’s best-selling single to never reach Number 1, accumulating 1.9 million pure sales to date across its lifetime. That title is now handed over to Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger ft. Christina Aguilera (1.55m pure sales), a Number 2 hit in 2011.

Released in 1984, Last Christmas spent five weeks at Number 2 that year, pipped to the Official Christmas Number 1 post by Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?. It was re-released the following year and reached Number 6.

Since 2007, shortly after downloads were introduced to the Official Chart, Last Christmas has re-entered the Top 40 on a further 13 occasions, reaching Number 2 again in 2018.

Last Christmas is the second festive classic to finally claim chart glory in recent weeks, after Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You reached Number 1 in December, 26 years after its release.

Christmas songs continue to dominate this week’s Official Singles Chart, with 28 festive tracks inside the Top 40, four of which reach new peaks: Kylie Minogue’s Santa Baby (31), Ronettes’ Sleigh Ride (33), Dean Martin’s Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (37), and Jose Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad, which makes its Top 40 debut 50 years after its release at Number 40.

TO ME!

16, YES, 16 (a record number) of this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 20 are Christmas Singles. That really is amazing. It is fantastic! And I really think it sums our nation up as they desperately try to cheer themselves up after such a crap year.

I am so very pleased to see that the Christmas Day No.1 Don’t Stop Me Eatin’ by Ladbaby has nose dived from No.1 to No.78 in one week. I don’t like it as a track. It is very lightweight and not even funny or a novelty record. I do not feel it deserved to be a No.1 let alone a Christmas No.1. – Rant over.

TOP TEN + TEN OF THE DAY

Official Singles Chart Top 20 1st January 2021

                                                               

Pos          LW         Title,                      Artist                                                                                                      Peak     WoC                                                                                                                                                                        Pos         

1              3              LAST CHRISTMAS -WHAM                                                                                          1              72

2              2              ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU – MARIAH CAREY                             1              107

3              4              THIS CHRISTMAS – JESS GLYNNE                                                                            3              6

4              8              ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE – JUSTIN BIEBER                      4              7

5              6              FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK – POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL                     2              106

6              7              MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE – SHAKIN’ STEVENS                                    1              78

7              9              DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS – BAND AID                                                  1              87

8              10           STEP INTO CHRISTMAS – ELTON JOHN                                                                 8              45

9              20           SWEET MELODY – LITTLE MIX                                                                                 3              10

10           12           IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS – MICHAEL BUBLE   7         40

11           11           DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – CHRIS REA                                11           62

12           13           I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY – WIZZARD                          10           63

13           30           AFTERGLOW – ED SHEERAN                                                                                      13           2

14           22           WHOOPTY – CJ                                                                                                                 10           10

15           16           ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE – BRENDA LEE                           6              53

16           14           SANTA TELL ME – ARIANA GRANDE                                                                      11           23

17           15           UNDERNEATH THE TREE – KELLY CLARKSON                                                 15           25

18           17           MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY – SLADE                                                                    1              104

19           21           HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) – JOHN & YOKO/PLASTIC ONO BAND      18           44

20           28           34+35 – ARIANA GRANDE                                                                                             9              9

      

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

— Willie Nelson

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…is finally seeing Last Christmas by Wham! getting to No.1 in the Charts and sending Ladbaby into oblivion!

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

“I went to a Pretenders concert. It was a tribute act.”

LOVE IS…

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to be bottom of the Official Singles Chart…A time to be No.1 of the Official Singles Chart

 

©2021 Phil M Robinson