With only 4 minutes remaining (at least in Eastern Standard time) in the 2013 edition of Christmas day, I think it’s safe to say that Wham!’s chart topping holiday jingle, “Last Christmas”, remains the quintessential Christmas tune. Now I’m not ruling out the possibility that some musical artist somewhere out there could release a comparable jam in the next few minutes, but it seems unlikely at this point. Plus who could top “Last Christmas”? Unless Wham! reunites for the sequel (which I assume would be entitled either “This Christmas” or “Next Christmas”), I don’t think anyone’s taking down those two British lads.
According to Wikipedia (aka the website where only factually correct statements make it into print), “Last Christmas” has entered the Germans singles chart every year since 1997, and even managed to peak at #4 on the chart in 2007 (23 years after the song was originally released!). What does that tell me? It tells me that Germany knows what’s up! It also tells me that Germany is a bit slow on the uptake. Seriously, the song is released in ’84 and isn’t hitting the German charts until ’97? Well, at least they’re recognizing its timeless and transcendent qualities now!
So again, thank you George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley for penning such a holiday masterpiece and for laying down the killer vocals that shall echo in time forever.