It’s not about Christmas, it’s about a broken heart that happened to be broken in Christmas! It was written and produced by George Michael, it became a Christmas standard song. The royalties from the first year of this song were donated to Band Aid.
In the music video, it shows George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley with their girlfriends. Model Kathy Hill, who played Ridgeley’s girlfriend, was Michael’s ex, so there are speculations that the song is about her. She’s the only one wearing red throughout the video.
Michael presented a jeweled brooch to Kathy in a flashback during the video, then footage showing Ridgeley wearing the same brooch suggesting that Kathy gave it to him as her new boyfriend.
The couples leave at the end each with their new girlfriends, maybe indicating that George Michael has gotten over Kathy and realized that he is after all with the right girl.
Release Date: December 3, 1984
Songwriter/s: George Michael
Label: Columbia – Epic Records
UK – 2
Germany – 4
Ireland – 2
In the UK, the song became the biggest selling single that didn’t reach number 1 on the charts!. As of June 2016 ‘Last Christmas’ has sold over 1.8 million copies. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Platinum. In the US, it sold over 751.000 copies and peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. In Japan, it sold over 600.000 copies and didn’t top the charts, it peaked at number 12 on the charts. The song reached number 3 in Australia, Number 2 in Netherlands and peaked at number 2 in Ireland. It reached the top 10 charts in countries including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. ‘Last Christmas’ was certified Platinum in Australia, Germany and Italy. In Denmark and Greece it was certified Gold.
Artist’s age on Release Date: The band Wham! was active for 3 years when they released this song.
Cover Versions: Whigfield – Billie Piper – Jimmy Eat World – Ashley Tisdale – Crazy Frog – Cascada – Alcazar – Joe McElderry – Ariana Grande – Carly Rae Jepsen – Glee – Taylor Swift – Avril Lavigne – Coldplay – Kim Wilde – The xx – Kylie Minogue – Jasmine Thompson – Beth – Olly Murs – Amanda Law – PostmodernJukebox – Leo Morachioli – Amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.