Andrew Ridgeley has said Last Christmas finally going to number one 36 years after its release is a “fitting tribute” to his Wham! bandmate George Michael’s “songwriting genius”.
The ballad sets a new record for the time taken for a single to reach the top spot, the Official Charts Company said.
It has notched up 9.2 million streams over the past week, four years after Wham! frontman turned solo singer Michael died.
The track spent five weeks at number two and was the UK’s best-selling single to not reach the top of the singles chart.
It has re-entered the Top 40 several times since downloads were introduced to the Official Chart, but never reached number one.