George Michael: 20 Essential Songs

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

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"One More Try" (1988)

Michael's rawest vocal performance on Faith comes in this ballad, which has the tentative pace of a gospel song penned by someone terrified of walking down a church's aisle. A Number One song on Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot Black Singles in the late spring of 1988, "One More Try" comes from the perspective of someone burned by an elder's love, but forever enticed by the heat emanating from its flame. Michael's carefully measured vocal performance, from his hesitant singing at the song's outset to the wounded wail he lets fly on its chorus, gives the listener an up-close perspective on the heart-rending trip.  

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