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Wham!'s "Last Christmas" sleeve

Wham!’s “Last Christmas” returns to number 2

The online campaign to mark the first anniversary of George Michael’s passing by sending Wham!’s Last Christmas to number 1 has fallen just short of its target – but the track has returned to number 2 in this week’s official singles chart.

On its first release in 1984, the double A-side of Last Christmas and Everything She Wants entered the chart at number 2. Despite spending five weeks in second place and selling over a million copies it was denied the top spot by Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? which became the UK’s biggest selling single of all time. A reissue of Last Christmas reached number 6 in 1985 and the song has regularly returned to the listings at the end of the year since 2007 when download sales were integrated into the singles chart. Despite this, it wasn’t until George’s death on Christmas Day 2016 that the song made it back into the top ten, reaching number 7 in the week after his passing.

As well as the online campaign, the track’s return to the number 2 position this year is due in part to the inclusion of streaming data in the singles chart, which has also driven numerous other Christmas singles to their highest chart position in decades. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl climb to number 5 in this week’s chart with Fairytale of New York, its highest position since 2007, while Wham!’s former vanquishers Band Aid reach number 7, the first time the original recording of Do They Know It’s Christmas? has been in the top ten since 1985. Shakin’ Stevens achieves a similar feat, with Merry Christmas Everyone returning to number 10 and entering the top ten for the first time since it was 1985’s festive chart topper.

Further down, two Christmas classics are enjoying their first ever visits to the top twenty: Elton John’s Step Into Christmas achieves a new peak of #11 (it only reached 24 on its original release in 1973), while Chris Rea reaches #14 with Driving Home For Christmas, having peaked at #53 when first released in 1988. Surprisingly though, Jona Lewie’s Stop the Cavalry only reaches #61 (it got as high as #58 in 2016) and the Waitresses’ Christmas Wrapping – voted second favourite Christmas hit of the entire decade in our recent poll – re-enters at a lowly #87.

Off The Sleigh: the Off The Chart Christmas Special 2017

Off The Sleigh

Remember voting for your favourite ’80s Christmas hits back in November? Finally Steve and Julian can reveal the results in this special festive edition of Off The Chart! Find out how your favourites fared as we count down all twenty-two … read more

Off The Chart: 29 April 1989

Join Steve and Julian as they spend two hours dismantling the UK singles chart of 29 April 1989! They’re playing lots of hits you don’t hear all that often, three tracks from the week’s featured album, a song from this … read more

Off The Chart: 7 January 1988

Off The Chart: 7 January 1988

A new year, a new jingle, a new feature (because we’ve run out of films) but lots of old records as usual on Off The Chart as we go back to the first chart of 1988! Steve and Julian play … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 16 December 2016

Visage - The Wild Life

It seems the Christmas single rush has already peaked, as Fairytale of New York slips 2 places 18, Last Christmas drops a place to 20 and Merry Christmas Everyone also falls one position to 29. Still looking good for Chris … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 9 December 2016

Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome

Amazon.co.uk Widgets The Rolling Stones’ new blues album Blue & Lonesome enters the chart at number 1 this week with over 100,000 sales, the second biggest opening week total this year after Bowie’s ★ shifted 146,000 in January. It’s also … read more

Virtual C90: December 2016

Virtual C90 - December 2016

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from ABC, UB40, The Rolling Stones, Jean-Michel Jarre and Cliff Richard, plus a mix of festive and not-so-festive ’80s hits, misses and mixes. Enjoy! read more

Off The Chart: 3 December 1983

Off The Chart: 3 December 1983

Back to 1983 on this week’s Off The Chart! It’s not quite Christmas but Steve and Julian have unearthed some of the overlooked hits of the week including a very famous TV star, a forgotten single by one of the … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 2 December 2016

ABC - Christmas... With Love

It’s officially Christmas as The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl embark on their annual climb up the single chart, Fairytale of New York re-entering this week at 66, stealing a march on Wham!’s Last Christmas at 75 and Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry … read more

“In this great future you can’t forget your past” – Top of the Pops, 9 July 1981

The Specials

Time for a celebration, as Michael Hurll has got his abacus out and decided that we’ve reached the 900th edition of Top of the Pops. Blow up the balloons! Break out the streamers! Bring on the dancing girls! And then … read more

Off The Chart: 2 July 1981

Off The Chart: 2 July 1981

Revisiting the chart of 2 July 1981. Steve and Julian play the records you don’t normally hear on a chart show, as well as three tracks from a featured album of the week and the entire top five singles, whether … read more