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Top 10 Songs of George Michael

Songs of George Michael

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016), known as George Michael, was an English song writer, singer, composer and a renowned music celebrity. George Michael was a leading British pop star of the 1980s. His father was a Greek Cypriot restaurant owner who changed his name from Kyriacos Panayiotou to Jack Michael when he settled in England in the 1950s. When he was in his early teens, he hit up a friendship with one of his schoolmates, Andrew Ridgeley. Both Michael and Ridgeley, in 1979 formed a ska band ‘The Executive’ and in 1981 formed a pop pair called ‘Wham’. In 1985, they became the first Western pop group to tour the People's Republic of China. He was a two time Grammy award winner, three times American Music Award winner, four times MTV moon man trophy winner. He has also won three Brit Awards, and four Ivor Novello Awards in a music career spanning more than two decades.
Michael died of heart failure on December 25, 2016 at his home in England at the age of 53. George Michael's death brought a torrent of anguish from his fans around the world. There are so many hit songs sung by George Michael and we have prepared a list of top ten songs that were not only popular but also were chart toppers.

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Rating: 4.83/5 (6 votes)

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1984)
AlbumMake it big
Release Date14 May 1984
Format7" 12" CD 3" CD
GenreDance-pop
Length3:50
WritersGeorge Michael

Michael and his musical partner Andrew Ridgeley created this wonderful composition. In their career, they produced lots of best-selling singles and also they were the first to perform western pop music in China. This pair created and produced massive hit songs more consistently than any other at that time. The combo had produced four monster hits and top 20 singles in their native U.K. This song is credited as the number one song in George Michael’s music career.
It is widely believed that Ridgeley wrote this song in a drowsy state of mind. Michael once said and laughed that “I think Go-Go is undoubtedly the most remembered Wham! A song as it is, more stupid than other songs”. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” is an unforgettable song in the history of pop music which was so brutally competitive. This song makes every pop lover go crazy in a jiffy. Ridgeley and Michael’s performance in this song resembled the likes of prize fighters in a match.

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Rating: 5.00/5 (4 votes)

Careless Whisper
AlbumMake It Big
Release Date24 July 1984
Format3" CD 7" 12" cassette CD
GenrePop
Length6:30 (album), 5:04 (single)
WritersGeorge Michael Andrew Ridgeley

The song “Careless Whisper” was one of the biggest hits in the career of George Michael. This was the third best single in the album “Make It Big” produced by George Michael. The chorus of this song makes it an all-time favorite for the karaoke lovers Careless Whisper is a soulful song with some exceptional saxophone music.

The track was an instant hit internationally. The lyrics were outstanding. George Michael said in an interview in 2009 that “This song was produced at the very beginning of his career. He was only 17 when it was produced. He does not know about the relationships.” This song rightly captures the sorry state of a life partner who is cheated.

It was released by Epic Records in the United Kingdom, Japan, and other countries. In North America, It was released by Columbia Records. The song became a huge commercial success on both sides of Pacific and Atlantic regions. The success rate of the song was about six million copies worldwide in which two million copies sold in the United States.

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Rating: 4.75/5 (4 votes)

Last Christmas
AlbumMusic from the Edge of Heaven
Release Date3 December 1984
Format7" 12" CD
GenreSynthpop, new wave Christmas
Length4:27, 6:45 (Pudding mix)
WritersGeorge Michael

It is very unusual for a pop song hit to break into Christmas standard, but Last Christmas did it. It was released as a holiday break up Anthem for youngsters. The bittersweet tune of the song was so classic to hear. This was one of the biggest selling singles in U.K. and reached number one in the sale. The song has been covered by artists like Hilary Duff, Ariana Grande, Jimmy Eat World, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Avril Lavigne. It was originally produced and written by George Michael.

Last Christmas was released on Epic records in 1984 along with “Everything She Wants” on another side. Jepson performed the song on December 2, 2015, at the annual NBC television Christmas celebration. She also performed the song on December 16, 2015, in one of the episode of “The Late Late Show with James Corden”.

The video of Last Christmas is very interesting features, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. They both along with their girl friends visited Ski resort. The Ridgeley’sgirlfriend was previously girl friend of Michael. The song is totally aimed at her. The role was played by model Kathy Hill.

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Rating: 4.00/5 (2 votes)

One More Try
AlbumFaith
Release Date11 April 1988
Format7" 12" cassette CD
GenreR&B
Length5:52
WritersGeorge Michael

One More Try was the number one song in the Billboard’s Hot 100 singles and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in the year 1988. It was one of the seven songs from his solo album, Faith which was released in 1987. One More Try was released on 11 April 1988 by Columbia records. It is the fifth singles out of seven singles off the album “Faith”.

Faith was Michael’s debut solo album. The lyric of the song talks about an Young man who hesitates to enter into a new relationships as he got hurt many times before that. The song ends with Michael singing the title only once. This was the second longest running single which was number one in the year 1988. One More Try was in the Top 10 for seven weeks and in the Top 40 for 14 weeks in the Billboard hot 100 singles.

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Rating: 4.00/5 (2 votes)

Faith
AlbumStudio Album by George Michael
Release Date30 October 1987
GenrePop, funk, R&B, Synthpop and Soul
Length58:04 (CD version), 49:37 (LP version)
WritersGeorge Michael

When the British Duo Wham ended their association,  people were in guesses about what would be the best album of Michael. He released the classic album named “Faith”, which was one of the most memorable albums of his career. The song was written and produced by George Michael. The song was a classic rock and roll via Bo Diddley with its inspired beat and Elvis Presley warble. The track was the biggest selling in the year 1988.

Faith is the first studio album released by George Michael. The album was released on 30 October 30, 1987, by Epic records and Columbia records. The selling range of the album was 20 million copies worldwide till date. The album got diamond certification by RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

Rolling Stone magazine explored “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” in the year 2003. Faith got 480th rank in the magazine’s rating. Faith was awarded Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Brit Awards, Ivor Novello Awards, and Japan Gold Disc Awards.

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Rating: 4.50/5 (2 votes)

Everything She Wants
AlbumMake It Big
Release Date10 December 1984 (UK), 5 March 1985 (US)
Format7" 12"
GenrePop, new wave, R&B, and Soul
Length5:01 (album version), 5:30 (7" edit), 6:29 (remix version)
WritersGeorge Michael

Everything She Wants was released in the year 1984 by Columbia records. The single made by George Michael won Gold certification. The single was released on another side of “Last Christmas”. This single got more than one million hits in the United States.

There are two versions of the song. Five-minute song and six and half a minute song. Everything She Wants video mentions about a man who is constantly harassed  by his wife  demanding  material possessions. The story also mentions that the man is not happy when he finds that she is pregnant and that she is not good enough.

Michael performed the song in all his shows and he is very proud of the song. Michael told in one interview that Everything She Wants is his favorite Wham! Song. The song became number one in the Billboard Hot 100 and also it was the third number one song in the 1984’s Make It Big album. George performed this song at the MTV Unplugged concert in 1996. The song was also released in a remixed version again as “Everything She Wants ‘97’”.

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Rating: 4.00/5 (2 votes)

Praying for Time
AlbumListen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
Release Date13 August 1990
Format3" CD 7" 12" cassette CD
GenrePop
Length4:41
WritersGeorge Michael

Praying For Time is a song performed by George Michael in the year 1990. The song was released by Epic records in the UK and Columbia records in the US. This is Michael’s Ninth song on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was there for one week in the number one position. The song occupied the top of the chart in the US. The single remained in top 40 for ten weeks on Billboard Hot 100.

The song also expresses emotional and physical hunger, hypocrisy and poverty. George Michael had refused to appear in the video. A video clip was released for the song with only the lyrics along with blue and black background, which was directed by Michael Borofsky. This was completely different from the style of George Michael’s previous music videos. The video became popular on MTV.

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Rating: 4.50/5 (2 votes)

Father Figure
AlbumFaith
Release Date2 January 1988
Format7" 12" CD Cassette
Genrepop, funk
Length5:40
WritersGeorge Michael

Father Figure is a song written by George Michael. This song is from his debut album “Faith”. The single was released by Columbia records on January 2, 1988. The song reached number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 and also stayed at number 11 on the UK singles chart. Michael has failed to remain in the top 10 list for the first time in his home country. This is the favorite song of Michael and he used to sing this song in many of the concerts. This was played frequently on the radio of United Kingdom.

In the United States, Father Figure got to number 49 on January 16, 1988, but Faith remained in the top ten position on the chart. Then by the Seventh week, Father Figure reached number one, on February 27, 1988. The single remained at number one for 6 weeks, in the top 20 for 9 weeks, and in the top 40 for 14 weeks.

Michael and Andy Morahan won “Best Direction award” for the video version of the song at MTV Video Music Awards in the year 1988. The song also received Gold certification by ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association).

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Rating: 4.50/5 (2 votes)

Freedom! '90
AlbumListen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
Release Date30 October 1990
Format3" CD 7" 12" cassette CD
Genrepop, funk
Length6:29, 4:31 (edit)
WritersGeorge Michael

Freedom ’90 produced and written by George Michael. The Single was released in the year 1990 by Columbia records. ” ’90” was added in order to avoid confusion as there was another song in the album Wham! with the same title. The song was a major hit and got number 8 in the United States chart. Though Michael appears in all his music videos, he refused to take part in the Freedom’s video and  he made a group of models to feature in this video.

During the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, Michael performed this song along with his “White Light” single. Both longer version and shorter version are available for the song. The longer version is 6:30 long. The shorter version is made with cutting down the intro and bridge of the song for radio.

The selling profit of Freedom ’90 is over 500,000 copies. The song has received the Gold certification from RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). It received number 28 on the UK singles chart. Also, the song reached number 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It remained in the top 40 position on Billboard for 12 weeks in the late 90’s and in early 1991.

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Rating: 3.50/5 (2 votes)

I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)
AlbumAretha
Release dateJanuary, 1987
Format7" CD
GenreR&B pop rock dance-rock
Length4:00
WritersSimon Climie and Dennis Morgan

I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me) is a song performed by George Michael and Aretha Franklin as a duet in the year 1987. The song was written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgon. The song was the top most hit of Franklin in the Adult Contemporary chart. The song won Grammy award which is considered to be the greatest award in the music field.

The music video was directed by Andy Morahan. The video begins with Michael entering the dark room along with two body guards. There is a big screen on the wall which shows Franklin. Then both Michael and Franklin perform together in front of the screen and also on the screen. Franklin is one of his favorite artists. The song has reached number one position in Billboard Hot 100 and also in UK Singles Chart.

The song has become his third number one in the UK following “Careless Whisper” and “A Different Corner”. I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)reached number 59 on February 21, 1987. The song has reached number one in the ninth week on April 18, 1987. The song has achieved number one position in Australian Singles chart, Dutch Singles Chart, Irish Single chart, UK singles chart and US Billboard Hot 100. The song has got Gold certification in Netherlands country. The song was performed by CJ Harris and Malaya Watson as a duet in the thirteenth season of American Idol. A cover version of “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” was recorded in the year  2001 as the B-side to single “Everybody” by Hear’Say.

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mercyGuest 9 month ago

I \'m Your Man song should have been in the list

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