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Behind the Lyrics: Last Christmas by Wham!

Last Christmas has a guaranteed place on any festive playlist worth its salt and is consistently voted one of the best yuletide hits of all time.

If you don’t hear it at least thirty times over the month of December, you’re not listening to the right music!


The vast majority of people will be familiar with the beautiful song and the accompanying video – featuring peak 80’s hair and fashion at an idyllic winter resort.

But the story behind the lyrics is one that you may not know…..and it’s fascinating!


1. The song has nothing to do with Christmas

George Michael’s ode to unrequited love is mainly about a failed relationship, and coming face to face with that person a year later. Only the phrase ‘Last Christmas’ – when the relationship comes to a head – actually refers to the festive season.


2. The song, which was released in 1984, was produced, written by and arranged by George Michael If anybody out there thought that George Michael was just a pretty face and a beautiful voice, they need to think again. According to an article in The Guardian, Michael’s engineer Chris Porter said that the then 21-year old “wrote, produced, performed and painstakingly played every single instrument on the track.”


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3. He wrote the song in his bedroom

Andrew Ridgeley, his Wham bandmate, described George playing the opening bars of the song for the first time in his childhood home as ‘a moment of wonder’. He said “George had performed musical alchemy, distilling the essence of Christmas into music. Adding a lyric which told the tale of betrayed love was a masterstroke and, as he did so often, he touched hearts.”


4. The song was the subject of a lawsuit!