George Michael could have been a product of his era, but his songwriting talent and amazing voice helped solidify his place in music history. Michael started out as one-half of a bubblegum pop duo called Wham before breaking off on his own and achieving instant success with his debut album Faith. While it looked like Michael was going to be the next major pop star, he chose to move into the world of adult contemporary music and released some of the best songs of his career.
With only five studio albums, as well as 40 singles and numerous collaborations, Michael has not been the most prolific musicians, but has provided a steady flow of quality songs over his career. Check out our list of George Michael’s top 5 tracks and see where your favorites rank.
5. Freedom ‘90
Released on Michael’s second solo album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, “Freedom! ’90” was almost an anthem for Michael declaring his freedom from being typecast as a pop star. The video actually took iconic things from the video for “Faith,” and destroyed them including his jacket and juke box.
4. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
Originally, Elton John released “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” in 1974 but the song reached its greatest success in 1991. That was at a George Michael concert at Wimbley Arena for the Live Aid Concert when Michael was performing the song live and then brought out Elton John to sing with him. The actual video was shot at a concert in Chicago, but the music was from Wimbley.
3. I Want Your Sex
On the album Faith, George Michael released three different “I Want Your Sex” songs, labeled in three parts. The first part of the song is what was released as a single, although on the album it blends into the second part. The third part appears at the end of the album. It was his second solo song to rank on the charts.
2. Praying for Time
Released in 1990 from Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1, “Praying for Time” spent one week at number one on the Billboard charts. The song was Michael’s first single in two years and showed that he was back, stronger than ever.
The second song released by George Michael on the album of the same name was “Faith,” his first single released in 1988, and the bestselling song of the year. The album pretty much defined what George Michael was all about at the time, an image he tried to change when he released his subsequent albums.