George Michael, sadly passed away on 25 December of 2016 due to heart- and liver-issues, will surely be remembered. First as part of the succesful duo WHAM! and later as a solo artist. He’s got 11 hit songs in the Year-end charts of the Billboard hot 100. His top year being 1988 with 5 songs and topping the list with ‘Faith’:
Billboard Year-end Charts results of George Michael:
|11||1988||One More Try|
|24||1987||I Want Your Sex|
|51||1990||Praying for Time|
|91||1988||Kissing a Fool|
|98||1986||A Different Corner|
In late 1987, Michael released his debut solo album: “Faith”. It became one of the best selling albums of all time, it sold 20 million copies worldwide. The single with the same name was released on 6 October 1987 and ended up the most successful single of 1988 in Billboard Year-end chart. It stayed on number one for four weeks and it got to number two in the UK Singles Chart. It also reached number one in the following countries: Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, Italy and New Zealand.
The official music video featured Michael, with stubble on his face, wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses and a pair of Levi’s jeans with cowboy boots, playing a guitar near a classic jukebox.
The music video also features parts of two other songs by George Michael. The jukebox plays “I Want Your Sex” and a pipe organ plays Wham!’s “Freedom” before starting the song.
The lyrics of the song are hinting in the direction of the wait for the perfect person to love:
Before this river
Becomes an ocean
Before you throw my heart back on the floor
Oh oh baby I reconsider
My foolish notion
Well I need someone to hold me
But I’ll wait for something more
Official Video for “Faith”
2: One More Try
“One More Try” was released on 11 April 1988 as the fifth single from the album. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It also got to number one in Canada and Ireland. It is a ballad about a man that hesitates to enter a new relationship, because he had been hurt so many times before:
There are things that I don’t want to learn
Oh the last one I had
Made me cry
So I don’t want to learn to
Hold you, touch you
Think that you’re mine
Because it ain’t no joy
For an uptown boy
Whose teacher has told him goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
3: Father Figure
This number one song was released on 2 January 1988 and ended up being number 27 in the 1988 Billboard Year-end charts.
George is involved in a relationship with a model (Tania Coleridge) in the music video. It won a MTV Video Music Award: “Best Direction of a Video”. The song became his sixth number one single as a solo artist. It remained a live favorite at the concerts for years and is still a frequently aired song on the radio.
“Monkey” is another number one single for George, released on 3 July 1988. It stayed two weeks on that position. The single was mixed by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
The official music video for this song contains footage of George Michael’s 1988 tour and him performing the song in a white t-shirt and black hat.
5: Kissing a Fool
Last but not least is the song “Kissing a Fool”. It is a ballad with a jazzy feel, it is about the insecurities as a soulmate and a partner. “Kissing a Fool” was the working-title for the “Faith” album.
The single was released on 21 November 1988. It reached number 5 in the Billboard Hot 100 and barely making the Year-end charts on position 91. The song is the first of 1988 that didn’t make it to number one, but it reached number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.