Festive favorite knocked off the No. 1 spot by Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas in 1984?
Via Wham last Christmas! 36 years after its initial release, it reached No. 1 in the British singles chart for the first time. In 1984, the song was bumped from No. 1 by the Band Aid charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas?, considered one of the best Christmas songs of all time. It was held at No. 2 last Christmas for five weeks that year and was also a Top 10 success in 1985. It resurfaced in 2007, reaching #14 with the introduction of downloads and streaming, which meant that any album could return to the charts.
He has reached the Top 40 almost every year since then, including reaching the Top 3 over the past four years, setting a new record for the period that elapses between the release of an album and reaching #1. Tony Christie previously kept this with his song Amarillo, which reached No. 18 when it was first released in 1971, but did not reach No. 1 until more than 33 years later in 2005, after being re-released for Comic Relief with Peter Kay. Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! He said he was “delighted, somewhat amazed and deeply pleased” that the single had finally reached No. 1 and paid tribute to George Michael, his late bandmate and songwriter. He said the chart placement was “a testament to the timeless appeal and charm of the song.” He added, “It’s a fitting tribute to George’s songwriting genius … He would have been immensely proud and thrilled. “Until now, Last Christmas was the best-selling single not to hit No. 1, a record moved to Maroon 5 and the 2011 single Moves Like Jagger by Christina Aguilera. Mariah Carey vs. Wham! Who’s actually going to get their festive No. 1? Read more This week, at #2 is Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You, which also hits #1 for the first time this holiday season – it was knocked off the top spot by Stay Another Day of East 17 when it was first published in 1994. This Christmas at No. 3, the cover of Donny Hathaway’s Jess Glynne, Justin Bieber’s version of Rockin ‘Around the Christmas Tree at No. 4 and the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York make a total of 28 Christmas songs in the Top 40, boosted during the holiday season by streams. Feliz Navidad of Jose Feliciano is at #40, achieving a Top 40 spot for the first time 50 years after its initial release – for the first time in December, it also entered the Top 10 in the U.S.
Christmas No. 1, Ladbaby’s charity single Don’t Stop Me Eating from last week, falls to No. 78.
For the first time since that year, Michael Bublé’s 2011 multi-platinum album Christmas is back at No. 1 on the album chart, and there was a push to get Comin ‘Over Here, a humorous collaboration between the Asian Dub Foundation and Stewart Lee, to No. 1 on the day the U.K. He is quitting the EU. In the track, the comedian narrates a stand-up routine in which, backed by industrial music, he pokes fun at intolerant views on immigration.
It only reached #65 on the charts this week despite a spirited effort.