George Michael: 20 Essential Songs

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

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"Jesus to a Child" (1996)

Michael paid poignant tribute to his late lover Anselmo Feleppa, who had died from an AIDS-related brain hemorrhage several years earlier, with this slow-burning ballad. "Heaven sent/And Heaven stole/You smiled at me/Like Jesus to a child," Michael sings. The star found himself unable to write for more than a year after Feleppa's 1993 death but reportedly penned "Jesus to a Child" in a sudden burst of inspiration. From the time he came out as homosexual in 1998 up through his final performances, he would dedicate the song to Feleppa.

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