Wham! is a British pop duo that took the Eighties by storm. Their music was influenced by funk and soul and they resonated strongly with the youth culture at the time. Here are the duo’s top songs.
Easily one of the most recognizable Wham! songs, “Wake Me up Before You Go-Go” dropped as a single in the UK circa 1984. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” was Wham!’s first Number 1 hit in the US and UK. It eventually went Platinum in the States.
The song was originally inspired by a note Andre Ridgeley left for his parents. He intended to write “wake me up before you go,” but accidentally wrote “up” twice so he added an extra “go” just for kicks.
Freedom was released as a single in 1984. It spent three weeks as Number 1 on the UK charts making it their second Number 1 hit on the singles chart.
Freedom also reached Number 3 on the US charts. The album Make It Big featured the song and coincided with its run as the tenth biggest selling single of 1984. Freedom was written and produced by George Michael.
“Last Christmas” cemented Wham!’s legacy. This song was originally released as a single in 1984. When Last Christmas first dropped, it peaked at #Number 2 on the UK charts competing with Band Aid’s wildly popular “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
It finally got its chance to shine recently when Last Christmas spent two weeks at Number 1on the UK charts in 2021. “Last Christmas” is currently Wham!’s most-streamed song on Spotify with over 800 million listens.
“Club Tropicana” is the second song ever written by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. It offers a satirical take on the cheap packaged vacation economy.
Peaked at Number 4 on the UK charts, Club Tropicana withstands the tests of time and sits as Wham!’s Number 3 most-streamed song on Spotify.
“Everything She Wants” is composed of straightforward, and rather spiteful, lyrics set over a moody drum beat. This single was released alongside “Last Christmas” and reached Number 2 on the UK charts.
It did hit Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. George Michael himself claims this is his favorite Wham! song and continued to perform it during his solo career.
6. I’m Your Man
“I’m Your Man” is a stand-alone single that never made it onto an album. This track became Wham!’s third Number 1 on the UK charts and peaked at Number 3 on the US charts. “I’m Your Man” addresses more mature themes than Wham!’s previous discography.
It’s clear George Michael is looking to solidify his place beyond the youth scene. This song is one of the last singles as Wham! split six months after its release.
“The Edge of Heaven” dropped in 1986 after the announcement of Wham!’s impending break-up.
This single is noticeably edgier than most of Wham!’s discography. It speaks to Michael’s aims to break into a more mature era. The song is Wham!’s fourth Number 1 hit in the UK and ranked within the Top 10 on US charts.
Releases in 1982 this was Wham!’s first hit. “Young Guns (Go For It)” debuted at Number 73 on UK charts.
After the band’s performance on British music show Top of the Pops, the track skyrocketed to Number 3. Wham!’s appearance on Top of the Pops was purely coincidental, they were filling in for a last-minute cancellation but surely jumpstarted their career.
9. Bad Boys
“Bad Boys” is one of the most endearing songs from Wham!. One of their early hits, this song tells a simple story of a misbehaving teenager and concerned parents.
The music video features a rebellious Michael dancing with his leather-clad friends in the streets. It peaked at Number 2 on the UK charts and was the first Wham! song to make it on the States’ Billboard Hot 100 at Number 60.
10. Wham Rap
“Wham Rap” is the epitome of good vibes and communicates the band’s connection to youth culture in their early years. The track encourages listeners to be themselves and do what they enjoy regardless of societal pressure.
This is the band’s first song. Michael was heavily inspired by “Rapper’s Delight” which shows in the beat. The single peaked at number Number 8 on UK charts.