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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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Stations Featuring
Wham!

    LGBT Pride

    LGBT Pride
    5 songs

    Classic Hits

    Classic Hits
    3 songs

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    3 songs

    Awesome '80s

    Awesome '80s
    3 songs

    Latin Oldies

    2 songs

    Oldies Holiday

    1 song

    Pop Holiday

    1 song

    Love Songs

    2 songs

    Smooth Vocals

    1 song

    Gay Anthems

    1 song

Albums by
Wham!

Top Songs by
Wham!

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Wake Me up Before You Go-Go
  3.   Everything She Wants
  4.   Last Christmas
  5.   Careless Whisper
  6.   I'm Your Man
  7.   Freedom
  8.   The Edge of Heaven
  9.   Young Guns (Go for It!)
  10.   Bad Boys
  11.   Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)
  12.   Club Tropicana
  13.   Careless Whisper by George Michael
  14.   Everything She Wants '97
  15.   A Different Corner
  16.   A Ray of Sunshine
  17.   Everything She Wants
  18.   Last Christmas
  19.   Where Did Your Heart Go?
  20.   Nothing Looks the Same in the Light
  21.   Love Machine
  22.   Blue (Armed With Love)
  23.   If You Were There
  24.   Like a Baby
  25.   Come On!
  26.   Heartbeat
  27.   Credit Card Baby
  28.   Battlestations
  29.   Wham Rap '86

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