In the 1980s, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou—better known as George Michael—was one of the most popular singers in the world. His hit songs still resonate with us today, and even though kids of today may not know who George Michael was, they no doubt have heard his songs which are often played on TV and in movies till this day.
The Best 80s George Michael Songs
George Michael gave us some of the most sultry hits of the 1980s. So what were his most iconic songs that we should immediately add to our playlist today?
Listed below are the most popular George Michael songs from the 1980s:
1. Faith (1987)
This was George Michael’s first solo album. It contained four US Top 10 singles and seven UK Top 30 singles. It also made George Michael a global star and won numerous music awards, which added to his popularity during this decade.
The song “Faith” is about a relationship someone has with another person who doesn’t share their level of commitment or belief; hence they cannot make love because there is no faith between them.
2. Father Figure (1987)
This dance song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 after its debut on December 27, 1987. It did not stay there long because it was number two for four more weeks before finally hitting the pinnacle of the music industry once again in March 1988. The song also peaked at number six in the UK.
George Michael wrote this song about longing to understand and be held by his father, who died when he was just 14-years old, which caused him much heartache throughout his life after that happened. The video clip for this song features supermodel Christy Turlington dancing with him while wearing an evening dress around her waist and then cutting off into different camera angles.
3. One More Try (1985)
“One More Try” was released as a single in 1985 and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. It has been performed by several other artists, for example, Luther Vandross, who made it into an R&B hit that topped the chart for three weeks in January 1989. The song “One More Try” is about forgiving your lover even though you feel like you cannot stay any longer because it breaks your heart every time she walks away from you.
4. Careless Whisper (1984)
This was a solo song for George Michael, and it came from his first album called “Featuring George Michael,” which was released in 1984. This single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 within five weeks of its debut, making it the fastest rising number-one single in US chart history at that time. It achieved this feat due to the lack of competition from other hit records because this song was so successful.
It remains his most famous track to date, even though several more to follow after 1984, which made him an icon among 1980s music lovers. The song is about a man who has had an affair with another woman and regrets letting it happen and now his lover is gone.
5. I Want Your Sex (1987)
“I Want Your Sex” was George Michael’s second number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it made him even more popular around the world. This song was banned in a few countries because of its sexually explicit lyrics, but that only helped make it an even bigger hit. The song is about two people who are attracted to each other and want to have sex with one another, hence the title.
So those are our picks for the best George Michael songs from the 1980s. Even in death, he still has a handful of popular songs that are still heard today on the radio, including “Careless Whisper” and “Faith.”