George Michael’s most iconic musical creations till date
- December 26 18:07 PM
‘Last Christmas’ took altogether a new meaning with the death of pop icon George Michael. The 53-year-old star was known for his explicit views on gay rights, and supermodel-centric music videos. His stylish depiction, use of fashion, and performances by models made him a master of music videos. George, launched his career with ‘Wham!’ in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer.
He ‘passed away peacefully’ on 25th December, 2016 Christmas Day in Goring, Oxfordshire. His manager said he had died of heart failure. Former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley said he was "heartbroken at the loss of his beloved friend". Shocked fans and the music industry from all over the world poured their hearts on social media to pay tribute to this much overlooked musical genius.
Here’s a list of his most popular creations of all time-
‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ (1984)
Though they already had four monster hits and even a Top 20 single, ‘Megamix,’ in their native UK, George Michael and Andrew Ridgely made a breakthrough in the United States with this giddy, finger-snapping, jitterbugging chart-topper.
‘Careless Whisper’ (1984)
Before Wham! disbanded, Michael began planting the seeds for his even-more thriving solo career with ‘Careless Whisper’, a soulful, saxophone-laden ballad. It was co-written by his bandmate Andrew Ridgeley when they were teenagers and before their duo took off. The track was a hit internationally, thanks in large part to the deep pathos of the infidelity-themed lyrics.
‘Last Christmas’ (1985)
This bittersweet tune is a seasonal classic and one of the biggest-selling singles in the UK. Over the years, the song has been covered by a range of artists, including Jimmy Eat World, Hilary Duff, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne and Carly Rae Jepsen.
‘The Edge of Heaven’ (1986)
‘The Edge of Heaven’ served as the farewell single of Michael and Andrew Ridgeley after which Wham! was disbanded. Inspired by what Michael called a week of “wildly good sex,” he set out to write a song that was "deliberately and overtly sexual, especially the first verse: ‘You know I wouldn't hurt you - unless you wanted me to’.
‘A Different Corner’ (1986)
After the success of ‘Careless Whisper’, Michael tested the waters for his solo career again in 1986 with the ethereal ballad ‘A Different Corner’. It was a number one hit in the UK – the first ever for an artist who wrote, produced, arranged and performed a song himself and it charted in the Top 10 in the US
‘I Want Your Sex’ (1987)
Michael gave a glimpse to his fan of the risqué star that he would become with, ‘I Want Your Sex’. Michael said in response to controversy generated by the first single from his debut LP, ‘Faith’. ‘The emphasis of the AIDS campaign has been on safe sex, but the campaign has missed relationships. It's missed emotion. It's missed monogamy. 'I Want Your Sex' is about attaching lust to love, not just to strangers.” Though it was rejected by many US radio stations and banned from daytime airplay by the BBC, the infectious song reached the top 5 in both the US and the UK.
At 24, he ended up releasing a classic album, named for one of his most memorable and enduring hits, ‘Faith’. Written, produced and arranged by Michael himself, the track was a landmark for the pop star, becoming the biggest-selling single of 1988.
‘One More Try’ (1988)
A number one song on Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot Black Singles in the late spring of 1988, ‘One More Try’ manifests someone burned by an elder's love, but forever enticed by the heat emanating from its flame.
Freedom ’90 (1990)
The music video for ‘Freedom! '90’ literally set his past ablaze by burning the jukebox, leather jacket and guitar made famous by his ‘Faith’ video.
‘Too Funky’ (1992)
For the 1992 HIV/AIDS awareness compilation Red Hot + Dance, George Michael helped to assemble a formidable cast of performers and remixers including Crystal Waters, EMF and PM Dawn. But the standout jam was his own club monster ‘Too Funky’, originally composed for the abandoned follow-up to ‘Listen Without Prejudice’.
‘Jesus to a Child’ (1996)
Michael paid poignant tribute to his late lover Anselmo Feleppa, who had died from an AIDS-related brain hemorrhage several years earlier, with this slow-burning ballad.
Following his 1998 arrest for lewdness in a public lavatory, Michael responded in biting, unrepentant fashion with ‘Outside’ – the lead single from his greatest hits collection Ladies & Gentlemen.
Michael's final Top 10 single in the US was this soft-rock number about how love changed the singer's life, and it was based on his relationship with Kenny Goss, his partner from the mid-90s through 2009. He also drew inspiration from his days dancing at clubs in the London suburbs before he was famous and claimed that the song reminded him of his time as a pop idol.