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Readers’ Poll: 5 Best Solo George Michael Songs

See where favorites like “Faith” and “Careless Whisper” ranked

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We asked our readers to vote for their favorite solo George Michael songs. Here are the results.

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On Christmas Day, the world was blown away by the news of George Michael's passing. The singer left behind a memorable, self-made body of work that defined an entire decade and led the charge for what it mean to be a pop star shedding their teen idol past. In honor of his life, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite songs from his solo career. Here are the results.

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“Father Figure”

Subversively sensual, "Father Figure" became the most elusive and haunting of Michael's early solo hits. In the song, he croons about an all-consuming romantic relationship, and the ambiguity and coded messages of many lyrics made it clear to many listeners that the song was one of his earliest public addresses of his private relationships and sexuality. 

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“Freedom! ’90”

"Freedom" remains one of the most self-reflective, self-aware pop singles of all time, with Michael directly addressing his rise, his appeal and his desire to stick around while being able to expressive himself creatively with no restrictions. The song even shares a title with a Wham! song, but so as to not confuse listeners, the year is added. The David Fincher-directed video served as a piece of legendary art from his history with supermodels like Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford lip-synching to the song. 

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