is the latest to cover Wham!
‘s goopier-than-egg-nog “Last Christmas,”
which was released nearly a decade
before Grande was born. The track is the first in a series of holiday songs Grande will release
each Tuesday up until Christmas. This one was produced by Babyface
(!) and The Rascals
, who’ve obliterated the Casio keyboards of the original, giving this rendition a snappy pop-trap beat with horn blasts and background “ay, ay” chants during the chorus. (Those sleigh bells survived the makeover, though!)
Grande even added her own update to the lyrics — “I hate that I remember / I wish I could forget / What you did last December / You left my heart a mess/ Boy, you blew it / How could you do it” — so it’ll be a little harder to sing along. But that just means you can spend more time listening to those flawless vocals: her falsetto near the end could almost be mistaken for the strings, and that key change!
Hear the track below.
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