06 Dec The 10 Greatest George Michael Songs
The Music magazine Rolling Stone has recently reviewed the best songs of British male singer George Michael which made his famous music career. Let’s discover the list.
1, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1984)
This is a hit that is considered to have made an important breakthrough, building the reputation for WHAM!’s duo George Michael and Andrew Ridgely in America. The single was certified Platinum in the US, which at the time commemorated sales of over two million copies.
2, Careless Whisper (1984)
This is a pop ballad written by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley which was released on 24 July 1984 on the Wham! album “Make It Big”.It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about 6 million copies worldwide—2 million of them in the United States.
3, Everything She Wants (1984)
It was written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo, becoming their third consecutive million-selling number-one hit in the United States.
4, Last Christmas (1985)
It’s rare for a modern pop track to reach the standards of Christmas music, but Wham! and later Mariah Carey did it.
Over the years, the song Last Christmas has been covered by many artists since its original release,such as: Jimmy Eat World, Hilary Duff, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne and Carly Rae Jepsen.
5, The Edge of Heaven (1986)
The single was seen as a farewell single by Michael and Andrew Ridgeley when they announced the disbandment of the Wham!
Wham! performed this song at their farewell concert that took place on June 28, 1986. The music show attracted 72,000 viewers to Wembley Stadium.
6, A Different Corner (1986)
After the success of “Careless Whisper”, Michael went on to test his solo career again in 1986 with the song “A Different Corner”.
The song reached number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming the first single credited solely to Michael to become an American top-ten hit which was enough to make American executives at Epic Records confident that Michael would be viable as a solo artist and helped get the gears in motion for his solo album debut Faith. It was the first song to reach number one in the UK charts to be written, performed and produced by the same person.
7, I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (1987)
This song was released by American singer Aretha Franklin and English singer George Michael as a duet in 1987.It was a number one hit in the United States and the United Kingdom and listed as Franklin’s all-time biggest Hot 100 single by Billboard. Franklin and Michael won a 1987 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”
8, I Want Your Sex (1987)
The song’s radio airplay on the BBC was restricted to post-watershed hours due to concerns that it might promote promiscuity and could be counterproductive to contemporary campaigns about AIDS awareness. However, it peaked at number two in the US and number three in the UK, and was a top five single in many other countries.
9, Faith (1987)
After the Wham! was disbanded a year earlier, many people did not know what Michael, aged 24, was going to do next, but then he released a classic album called “Faith”. It is a song written and performed by George Michael, from his 1987 debut solo album of the same name. It held the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks and, according to Billboard magazine, it was the number-one single of the year in the United States in 1988. The song also reached number one in Australia and Canada and number two on the UK Singles Chart. In 2001, it placed at number 322 on the Songs of the Century list.
10, Father Figure (1988)
This song is from George Michael’s debut studio album, Faith (1987). It was released on 28 December 1987 as the album’s fourth single by Columbia Records. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. Additionally it was a top 5 hit in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain.