At last, Last Christmas is Christmas number one


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Oct 9, 2004

Wham!'s Last Christmas has been crowned this year's Christmas number one, 39 years after it was first released.

The festive classic beat Sam Ryder to the top spot after one of the most open races in years. Mariah Carey was third, with Noah Kahn's Stick Season fourth.

It's the first time George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley's song has been number one in Christmas week.

"It's marvellous and humbling to have got there," Ridgeley told the BBC. "Top of the pile is a great place to be."

He added that Michael, who died in 2016, had always wanted the song to be a Christmas number one.

"He felt any great songwriter should be able to write a Christmas hit to order.

Unfortunately, it's taken too long for George - but he'd be absolutely over the moon.

First released in 1984, Last Christmas was originally held off the top spot by Band Aid's charity single Do They Know It's Christmas?

But this week, UK fans streamed the song 13.3 million times, making it the most-played song ever during Christmas week.

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