Wham! Last Christmas: 35th Anniversary

December 3, 2019, marks the 35th Anniversary of the classic hit Last Christmas include the single version. It’s one of my favourite songs that I hear during the Holiday season. It’s a breakup song to which one can relate because this time of year can be difficult for newly single people. 

The music a Brit Pop and Holiday mix. The beat is a combination of a fast and slow rhythm. The sound reminds of a heart beating fast, especially the first time seeing the ex. The composition of Last Christmas uses a Linn 9000 drum machine, a Roland Juno-60 synth and sleigh bells, according to sources. It still has a Christmas vibe, despite the heartbreak felt in the music. I also read that George Michael wrote, performed, produced and played every instrument. That’s impressive. I’ve heard remakes and covers, but the original is hard to beat. 

George Michael’s voice was incredible and soft. He sang with passion and from the heart. The parts where he whispered “Happy Christmas” and “Maybe next time”give the song a fantastic musical touch. George Michael had a terrific vocal range, especially Last Christmas

The lyrics reflect the situation of the subject, which is heartache, sadness, then acceptance. The poetic style of Last Christmas has a mix of freestyle and the structure of AABB. The first verse describes the “shock” of seeing the ex for the first time since the breakup. The words reflect heartbreak and sadness. The second verse, however, focuses on moving on from that separation and telling his ex that he found a real love (mentally or verbally – that’s unknown). The chorus is simple but expresses deep emotions. There’s the use of repetition, including the mention of being a fool. The first verse says, “But if you kissed me now, I know you’d fool me again,” whereas the second verse says, “Now I’ve found a real love, you’ll never fool me again.” The lyrics are well-written.

Happy 35th Anniversary Last Christmas!

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