Wham!'s Official Top 20 most-streamed songs in the UK revealed for the first time

The biggest streaming hits by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley's effervescent pop duo, revealed for the first time.

Every time Christmas comes around, Wham! dominate both conversation and the Official Singles Chart. 

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley made each other's dreams come true. As the duo Wham! they fought to make British pop music harder, faster, brighter, younger

Of course, one of the biggest legacies of their career was the set-up for George to eventually go solo and create some of the most definitive music of the late 80s and early 90s, but every year as the nights get darker and winter approaches, you know that the time to play Last Christmas is coming.

Across three studio albums, Wham! kept challenging themselves to make their singles bigger and better, in the process creating classics like I'm Your Man, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Freedom.

But what comes out on top as their biggest-ever hit on streaming? Let's check out the Top 3 before getting into the full Top 20 below.

Note: Careless Whisper is not included here, as it was released as a solo single by George Michael in the UK.

MORE: See where every Wham! song and album has charted in the UK

3. Club Tropicana

Released: 1983
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 4
Total UK streams: 66 million

Club Tropicana drinks are free...

This effervescent burst of summer was actually the second song George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley ever wrote together at Wham!, with Club Tropicana being composed just after the duo came up with Wham Rap (!) and formed part of a three-song demo that first got them signed (alongside Careless Whisper). 

Club Tropicana is Wham!'s third most-streamed song ever in the UK, with total streams totalling up to 66 million. And the track's influence lives on to this day; its music video served as direct inspiration for the visuals to Lewis Capaldi's 2022 Number 1 single, Forget Me.

2. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Released: 1984
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 1
Total UK streams: 157 million

Wham!'s first UK Number 1 single, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go's intriguing yet non-sensical title apparently has its roots in a note Andrew Ridgeley left for his mum, where he asked her to 'wake me up before you go,' but had accidentally written 'up' twice so, thinking it was quite funny, did the same to 'go'.

Wham! really hit their stride with Wake Me Up...which was the first single released from their definitive second album (and self-fulfilling prophecy) Make It Big, which saw George Michael take control of the band's sound. One of the most enduring images from the band's entire career is George and Andrew, clad all in white and wearing Choose Life t-shirts, as they perform the track on Top of the Pops. 

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go ranks as the boys' second-biggest song on streaming.

1. Last Christmas

Released: 1984
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 1
Total UK streams: 375 million

What is there to say that hasn't already been said about Last Christmas? Wham!'s most successful song in the UK, and a song that only seems to get more popular with each year.

Case in point: famously being blocked from Number 1 by Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? in 1984, Last Christmas bided its time, and finally reached the summit of the Official Singles Chart on New Year's Day 2021. At the time it set a UK chart record for the longest time a single has ever taken to reach Number 1, with 36 years - although this record was broken by Kate Bush and Running Up That Hill in 2022.

As things stand, Last Christmas is Wham!'s most-streamed song in the UK with its streams levelling out to 375 million. Last year, it was also named the third best-selling single from the 1980s, and is also one of the best-selling songs in UK chart history to boot.

Image: Michael Putland/Getty Images

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