Andrew Ridgeley is happy: “Last Christmas” is at the top of the Christmas charts

Andrew Ridgeley is happy
“Last Christmas” at the top of the Christmas charts

The classic from Wham! tops the British charts.

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For the first time, the classic “Last Christmas” is at the top of the British charts. Wham! member Andrew Ridgeley is overjoyed.

“Last Christmas” made it to number one in the UK Christmas charts. After 39 years, the 1984 Wham! classic is at the top of Christmas week for the first time, as the “Official Charts Company” has announced.

Wham! singer considers himself lucky

The song by George Michael (1963-2016) and Andrew Ridgeley (60) lands ahead of “You’re Christmas To Me” by Sam Ryder (34) and Mariah Carey’s (54) “All I Want For Christas Is You”. This week, UK listeners had streamed the song 13.3 million times, something Ridgeley is overjoyed about. “George and I perceived music primarily in terms of the official charts. We always contextualized our success through our chart success,” he says in an interview with “Official Charts”.

Tragic loss at Christmas

The British singer continues: “George would be thrilled to finally get number one at Christmas after all these years. Mission accomplished!” Michael wrote the hit with the intention of getting to first place in the charts. “It was a huge disappointment for both of us when the song didn’t come first because we fully expected it to,” Ridgeley said.

Decades later, this disappointment can be forgotten. However, George Michael did not live to see the success; the singer died unexpectedly at Christmas seven years ago.


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