George Michael: 20 Essential Songs

The best of the pop icon's hits, duets and reinventions

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"A Different Corner" (1986)

After the success of "Careless Whisper," Michael tested the waters for his solo career again in 1986 with the ethereal ballad "A Different Corner," which appeared on the "cool side" of Wham!'s third and final album, Music From the Edge of Heaven. It was a Number One hit in the U.K. – the first ever for an artist who wrote, produced, arranged and performed a song by him or herself – and it charted in the Top 10 in the U.S.; a little over a year later, he'd become a solo megastar. On a BBC One special, Michael would later tell an audience that the song was the "sound of a man whose heart’' been broken." "I was 19 and the best critique I ever heard of that song was from a friend of mine who said, 'It's beautiful, pathetic, but beautiful,'" he said.

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