Wham! traditional Final Christmas is lastly the place it deserves to be: at primary within the charts (Image: Wham!/YouTube)
Wham! traditional Final Christmas has lastly topped the UK chart after practically 40 years, so there’s a minimum of some excellent news to kick off the brand new yr.
Not solely is the festive hit the primary quantity one among 2021 on the Official Singles Chart, but it surely has additionally damaged a report with its newest success.
Final Christmas has set the brand new report for the longest time for a music to achieve primary at 36 years, beating Tony Christie’s (Is This The Method To) Amarillo, which took 33 years and 4 months to achieve the chart summit in March 2005.
The epic tune, which has obtained us all by way of many a festive interval, was first launched in December 1984 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s pop duo.
Till now, it was the UK’s best-selling single by no means to achieve primary with 1.9 million gross sales up to now.
Within the yr of its launch, Final Christmas spent 5 weeks at quantity two, lacking out on the Christmas primary spot because of Band Help’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?.
Following a re-release in 1985, the Wham! belter then solely reached quantity six.
Nonetheless, over the previous week the music racked up a formidable 9.2 million streams following the fourth anniversary of Michael’s demise on Christmas Day, which means it has secured the highest spot finally.
It follows Mariah Carey’s All I Need For Christmas additionally finally making it to number one in December, 26 years after its launch.
Carey’s festive pop tune is at present at quantity two on the UK singles chart, forward of Jess Glynne’s This Christmas at quantity three, Justin Bieber’s Rockin’ Across the Christmas Tree at quantity 4, and The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York with Kirsty MacColl in fifth place.
The Official Charts Firm’s chief government Martin Talbot celebrated the excellent news on Friday, saying: ‘This can be a improbable report for Final Christmas.
The music video nonetheless provides us all of the feels (Image: Wham!/YouTube)
‘Just some weeks after Mariah Carey’s All I Need For Christmas is You reached primary after a 26-year wait, for the Wham! tune to make its personal impression after so lengthy actually reveals how a lot the British public love their Christmas classics.’
Over on the albums chart, it’s an identical(ish) festive story, with Michael Buble’s Christmas reaching primary once more after 9 years.
The singer’s assortment of Christmas hits was launched in October 2011 and went to primary that yr.