Popular Brit pop duo Wham! hit the charts with its own holiday creation – Last Christmas.
Recorded in 1984, the same year as the powerhouse song by Band Aid Don’t They Know It’s Christmas? , the song was written and produced by George Michael.
Released as a single in December 1994, with the B side Everything She Wants, the single fought for the top of the charts against Band Aid and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s The Power of Love.
The sweetness of the song paired with a snowy music video filmed in Switzerland, helped the song hit number two and spend 13 weeks on the chart in 1984.
But the song kept going, hitting the charts in 1985 and 1987 as well as part of the holiday music celebrations in the UK and the rest of Europe for the rest of the decade.
Consequent versions of the song have been recorded by Whigfield, Billie, Jimmy Eat World, Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale, Crazy Frog, Cascada, Alcazar and Joe McElderry.
And the song exists well into the 21st century, thanks to the pop stylings of Wham! and the latest version by Ariana Grande. But its the original that has been voted one of the 10 best Christmas songs of the past decades in the UK.