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Wham! sparked something of a pop revival in the mid-'80s and could arguably be held responsible for sparking off the boy band trend of the '90s. They were unashamedly pop, to the point of padding the front of their trousers for television appearances. At the heart, however, was a string of catchy singalong singles written by George Michael (born Georgios Kyrriacos Panayiotou in London to a Greek restauranting family). George met Wham!'s other half, Andrew Ridgeley, at school in the London suburb of Bushey, and in 1979 they started performing together as part of the ska-based band the Executive. When that group dissolved, they wrote songs, made demos, and rushed into a recording contract with the equally eager independent label Innervision, scoring an instant hit with "Wham Rap!" (they thought that "wham" was the sound they made when Michael and Ridgeley performed together). In order to move to a recording contract with Sony label Epic, Wham! was forced to walk away from most of the royalties from their debut album, Fantastic. None of that mattered when their 1984 single, "Wake Me up Before You Go Go," became a worldwide hit, accompanied by a video of the pair cavorting in their sportswear. Almost immediately, George Michael started thinking of a solo career, and released "Careless Whisper," issued in the U.S. under George Michael of Wham! Wham!'s end came suddenly two years later, in 1985, reputedly when the group's manager, Simon Napier-Bell (later to manage Take That), decided to sell a share of his management to a South African entertainment conglomerate. Supposedly, as part of a stand against South African politics, George Michael immediately announced Wham!'s breakup. They gave their farewell performance before a sold-out audience of 72,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium. George Michael comfortably stepped straight into his own highly successful solo performing and recording career. Andrew Ridgeley's post Wham! album, Son of Albert, sold poorly and produced just one minor hit, "Shake." ~ Ed Nimmervoll
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    Lite Hits
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    Classic Hits
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    Awesome '80s
    4 songs

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    Oldies Holiday
    1 song

    New Wave

    2 songs

    Pop Holiday

    1 song

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    Smooth Vocals

    1 song

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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Wake Me up Before You Go-Go
  3.   Last Christmas
  4.   Everything She Wants
  5.   Careless Whisper
  6.   Freedom
  7.   I'm Your Man
  8.   Young Guns (Go for It!)
  9.   The Edge of Heaven
  10.   Club Tropicana
  11.   Careless Whisper by George Michael
  12.   Bad Boys
  13.   Everything She Wants '97
  14.   Last Christmas featuring Andrew Ridgley
  15.   Battlestations
  16.   A Ray of Sunshine
  17.   Everything She Wants featuring Andrew Ridgley
  18.   A Different Corner
  19.   Wham Rap '86
  20.   If You Were There
  21.   Like a Baby
  22.   Love Machine
  23.   Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)
  24.   Nothing Looks the Same in the Light
  25.   Credit Card Baby
  26.   Come On!
  27.   Blue (Armed With Love)
  28.   Where Did Your Heart Go?
  29.   Heartbeat
  30.   I Want Your Sex
  31.   Let's Dance, Don't Stop
  32.   Runaway
  33.   Bady Boys by George Michael
  34.   Nothing Looks the Same In
  35.   Club Tropincana
  36.   A Different Corner by George Michael
  37.   I'm Your Man '96
  38.   Edge Odf Heaven
  39.   Carles Whisper

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