In Memory: Five Essential George Michael Songs

BY Ella Alexander / Dec 26 2016 / 21:41 PM

We celebrate the life of the immeasurably talented singer

In Memory: Five Essential George Michael Songs
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2016 just can't help itself – George Michael died yesterday, aged just 53. In a year of musical losses, David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen among them, the passing of the former Wham! singer was particularly shocking. Although he'd struggled with his health in the past, spending stints in rehab, his wellness – to the public knowledge at least – was said to be improving. A new album and tour were apparently in the pipeline.

However, his legacy can't be overstated. He transitioned seamlessly from teenage pop star heartthrob to revered, respected solo artist – a move that few, bar Paul McCartney, have managed to make successfully. He worked with music's greats, Aretha Franklin and Elton John, and, mercifully, gave Christmas a soundtrack that wasn't Mariah Carey. He wrote perfect pop songs; in his lifetime, he sold 100 million records.

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Boundary-pushing, immeasurably talented and brilliantly candid, let's celebrate the life of George Michael by listening to 10 of his greatest songs.

And remember, yes, this year's been a dud, but as George said, "You gotta have faith."

CLUB TROPICANA, 1983

WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO, 1984

CARELESS WHISPER, 1984

LAST CHRISTMAS, 1986

FAITH, 1987


Via Harper's Bazaar UK