“Last Christmas” is a Christmas staple for those of us who might be feeling a little heartbroken around the holidays. Written by Wham! in 1984, the track didn’t chart on Billboard’s Hot 100 until January 2017, shortly after George Michael’s passing in December 2016. Now, the track just hit the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 for the first time (on the chart dated Dec. 15).
There are dozens of covers of “Last Christmas” from various artists over the past few decades. From the original Wham! version to Robyn’s live performance, take a listen to the best versions below.
The original version of “Last Christmas” by Wham! is a melancholy ’80s bop that equally captures heartbreak and Christmas cheer. The smooth voices of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley will take you on a chill holiday journey that will make you feel a little sad, but hopeful.
Jimmy Eat World (2001)
Jimmy Eat World’s cover of “Last Christmas” is a pop punk track that carries the perfect amount of angst. The band’s sound works extremely well with the vibe of the original, giving it a entirely new aesthetic that will win over the hearts of alternative music fans.
Hilary Duff (2002)
Hilary Duff’s take on “Last Christmas” is a pure pop gem. Hers is a simple rendition of the original song, with a strong drum opening followed by the singer’s soothing voice.
Cascada’s electronic dance sound meshes perfectly with the original “Last Christmas,” and it’s guaranteed to get you off your feet. If you’re looking for a Christmas song that sounds like you’re partying in a Christmas-themed rave, look no further than this cover.
Taylor Swift (2009)
Taylor Swift’s country pop take on “Last Christmas” is a nostalgic trip for OG fans of the artist. The cover showcases her vocal capabilities with upbeat instrumentals that accurately capture the feeling of heartbreak that Swift is a master at expressing.
Glee Cast (2010)
Lea Michele and Cory Monteith’s adorable duet of “Last Christmas” wholeheartedly preserves the gloomy, but optimistic spirit of the original track. Throughout the cover, the duo is accompanied by fun vocals from other members of the Glee cast, while Michele and Monteith show off their powerful voices.
Ariana Grande (2013)
Ariana Grande’s cover of “Last Christmas” is full of rhythm, strong vocals, and original verses. The only thing the original version of the song and this cover have in common is the chorus, but Grande’s artistic choices breathe new life in a track that has been covered dozens of times.
Carly Rae Jepsen (2015)
Fans of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion will be happy to know that her cover of “Last Christmas” has a similar sound to the album. Jepsen’s version of the song can best be described as the perfect blend of her style with the original’s.
Good Charlotte (2017)
As a part of their three-track holiday rock album A GC Christmas, Pt. 1, Good Charlotte’s cover of “Last Christmas” is a definite standout. The band’s version of the song feels like an improved version of Jimmy Eat World’s, but both are amazing.
Robyn’s recent live performance of “Last Christmas” is the perfect reminder of how unique her voice and style is. The pop icon’s moving acoustic cover of the song fully embraces the melancholy of Wham’s! original, and it needs its own single ASAP.