George Michael: 20 Essential Songs

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

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Queen feat. George Michael, "Somebody to Love" (1992)

The Freddie Mercury Concert for AIDS Awareness, held at Wembley Stadium in the spring of 1992, invited pop stars of all stripes – Axl Rose, Annie Lennox, David Bowie – to fill in for the deceased Queen frontman, who passed away from AIDS-related pneumonia the previous year. Michael took on one of Mercury's most bravura vocal performances and, backed by Queen's surviving members as well as the London Community Gospel Choir, he lived up to the "tribute" promise, his voice soaring where Mercury's did. His all-in performance lit up the Wembley crowd in a way that recalled the man of honor's show-stopping performance seven years prior. A masterful show that proved Michael's meticulous pop scholarship and formidable instrument.   

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