What can I say, I’m a sucker for 80’s pop hits.
The song went platinum in the UK, selling more than “Wake me up before you go-go” (which went platinum in the US but only gold in the UK), so you could probably say this is their most popular single, though it doesn’t compare to George Micheal’s later solo career.
I’m not really sure why I like it so much; it seems to be nothing special on paper, but the song is, in my opinion, extraordinarily well executed. Compare, for example, with a dud of a 90’s pop christmas song, N’sync’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”
There’s a hint of interesting syncopation in the chorus, but otherwise it’s technically bland, lacking altogether the interesting harmonies that characterize Last Christmas.
And of course, the ubiquitous Glee version exists:
Notice they do it “acapella-style” — there’s instruments but also vocalizations. However, the rampant sexualization and solo-ization of their arrangements make it sound more like the singer is trying to win back the former lover by playing hard to get than actually rejecting them. The sustained “show-off” notes, however, make the song harder to listen to for me. I just want the leads to shut up so I can hear the background singers, you know?
Who here likes mashups? I can’t get enough Gangnam Style this year:
It falls apart by the chorus, but it made me smile.