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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 Chart: 30 December 1982

Off The Chart: 30 December 1982

Before we jump forward into 2018, come back to 1982 with Off The Chart as Steve and Julian look at a week when time stood still – or, more accurately, a week between Christmas and New Year when there was … read more

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: 16 December 1985

Off The Chart: 16 December 1985

This week Steve and Julian take you back to 1985 on Off The Chart for another two hours of hits, headlines and hysteria. As always there’s a brace of forgotten hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week, … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 3 March 2017

The Fall - Grotesque (After the Gramme)

Obviously a high proportion of viewers watched the Brit Awards on catch-up last week as George Michael’s Ladies & Gentlemen returns to the top ten at number 8, followed by Twenty Five leaping twenty-seven places to 45 and The Final … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 24 February 2017

David Bowie "No Plan" EP

Little ’80s-related action in this weeks charts, although budget Status Quo compilation Keep ‘Em Coming enters the album chart at 70 and a new 40th anniversary edition of The Damned’s début album Damned Damned Damned arrives at 84. Follow the … read more

Off The Chart: 11 February 1983

Off The Chart: 11 February 1983

Back to 1983 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the less remembered hits of the week, plus three tracks from a featured album with an unfeasibly long name and the top five singles … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 20 January 2017

Marillion - Marbles in the Park

It’s as you were on the album chart as George Michael clings on to the number 4 spot with his 1998 best-of set Ladies and Gentlemen; Twenty Five, Symphonica and Faith all fall heavily but Wham!’s The Final is still … read more