George Michael: 20 Essential Songs

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

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"I Want Your Sex" (1987)

The public's first taste of the proudly risqué star that Michael would become, "I Want Your Sex" was actually conceived as an ode to monogamy. "The media has divided love and sex incredibly," Michael said in response to controversy generated by the first single from his debut LP, Faith. "The emphasis of the AIDS campaign has been on safe sex, but the campaign has missed relationships. It's missed emotion. It's missed monogamy. 'I Want Your Sex' is about attaching lust to love, not just to strangers." Rejected by many U.S. radio stations and banned from daytime airplay by the BBC, the breathy, infectious song nevertheless cracked the Top Five in both the U.S. and the U.K.

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