George Michael was one of the most influential musical icons of his era. Spanning four decades, his career was laden with countless hits that garnered both critical and commercial acclaim. With his signature voice, brilliant lyrics, and undeniable charisma, George enchanted generations of fans. Sadly, he left us all too soon, passing away on Christmas Day 2016 at the age of 53. However, his legacy continues to thrive through his unforgettable music, as evidenced by the following list of his best songs.
10. Praying for Time
A poignant track reflecting on the inequalities and injustices of the world. Its deep and emotional lyrics make it a universal masterpiece that resonates with us all.
Who can forget that iconic guitar riff? “Faith” is a catchy song that gets everyone dancing and singing. George’s brilliant fusion of pop and rock made this a global hit.
8. Father Figure
With its sensual rhythm and melody, “Father Figure” delves into the complexities of love and desire. It’s both seductive and poignant, a signature combination of George’s talent.
7. Freedom! ’90
A celebration of self-expression and reinvention, “Freedom! ’90” is George’s musical statement about shedding his earlier pop image. The catchy melody and powerful message make it an essential track.
6. A Different Corner
A beautiful song about love and vulnerability. “A Different Corner” offers an honest reflection from George on how a relationship can transform a person. It’s raw, genuine, and simply beautiful.
5. Cowboys and Angels
A complex masterpiece that explores the intricate nature of love relationships. “Cowboys and Angels” is lyrically ingenious, showcasing George’s ability to tell stories through his music.
4. Jesus to a Child
This is a heartbreaking tribute to his late partner. The sincere emotion in “Jesus to a Child” makes it one of his most touching and unforgettable songs.
3. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me
Originally by Elton John, but elevated to new heights in a duet with George. Their harmonious vocals create a magical musical experience.
2. Somebody to Love (with Queen)
A powerful rendition that does justice to both Queen’s and George’s musical prowess. Their collaboration on “Somebody to Love” during the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is nothing short of legendary.
1. Careless Whisper
And at number one, we have the iconic “Careless Whisper”. From the unforgettable saxophone intro to its heartbreaking lyrics, this song is a timeless masterpiece that will enchant generations to come.