George Michael: 20 Essential Songs

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

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Wham!, "The Edge of Heaven" (1986)

Michael and Andrew Ridgeley announced they were disbanding in Wham! In the spring of 1986, with the upbeat Motown-style stomper "The Edge of Heaven" serving as their farewell single. Inspired by what Michael called a week of “wildly good sex,” he set out to write a song that was "deliberately and overtly sexual, especially the first verse: 'You know I wouldn't hurt you - unless you wanted me to." Wham! performed the song at their farewell gig, on June 28th, 1986, which drew 72,000 to Wembley Stadium. 

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