Unbelievable! I actually just wrote a blog on Christmas Day in regards to some of the notable musicians that you might hear played by DJs at weddings in Charleston that have passed away in 2016. And now, I have to go back and update that blog entry as of late Christmas Day. The passing of George Michael continues what has been one of the darkest years in terms of the loss of celebrities and musicians. Being a former radio announcer who hosted numerous 80s request shows on air in Charleston, I can say we lost a huge part of the 80s with the passing of icon George Michael.
No 80s playlist would be complete without Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" or even "Faith" from George Michael's first solo effort. "Wake Me Up" is a great song to throw as the wedding reception is getting ramped and the fun is beginning for the evening. There have been numerous times where that song serves as a great dancing experience for the bride and her bridesmaids. Even "Freedom" puts a smile on my face and it's hard tot hink about not smiling when a lot of Wham's hits are playing. Sprinkling your wedding playlist with 80s music is sure to add another dimension of fun into the evening and make you and your guests smile. Out of respect for the super talented George Michael, this blog post will be dedicated to him as I list 15 of my favorite Wham / George Michael songs. Please take a listen and smile and remember some of the iconic 80s and early 90s hits and jot down some of those you'd want your wedding DJ to play as you get ready for your wedding in Charleston.
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"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
One of the most recognizable and most requested 80s songs at a lot of my weddings. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" was released back in the summer of 1984 and would become the first Number 1 song in America for Wham.
"Careless Whisper" was the first ballad that Wham would release back in the summer of 1984. "Careless Whisper" would eventually make it all the way to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stay there for 3 weeks. "Careless Whisper" would enter a rotation on adult contemporary radio stations through out the 80s and 90s. For more 80s Soft Rock Songs For Your Wedding Playlist, click on over now.
"Freedom" was the follow-up single to "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", and to be honest, I always thought was equally as fun and upbeat.
The song was originally released in the UK in the fall of 1984, but would not be released until July 1985 in America. "Freedom" would peak at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Everything She Wants"
"Everything She Wants" was actually released as a double A side in the fall of 1984, along with the iconic Christmas "Last Christmas". "Everything She Wants" would make it all the way to #4 on the adult contemporary chart, and #1 on the Hot 100 chart. It's got the perfect vibe for a song to be thrown on during cocktail hour at your wedding.
"Last Christmas" was released just in time for the Christmas of 1984 and has since then become one of the most requested Christmas songs during the holiday season. "Last Christmas" would peak all the way at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
After George Michael would leave Wham, he would release his much anticipated solo album in 1987. 'Faith" was released in October 1987 and would peak at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and become one of the biggest singles of the year in 1988.
"Father Figure" would be the fourth song to be released to radio from George Michael's Faith album in 1987. The song would make it all the way to Number 1 on the Hot 100, and make it into the Top 5 on the adult contemporary chart. To check out Volume 2 Of some of the Best Soft Rock Of The 80s, be sure to check out this post.
Released on July 4, 1988, "Monkey" would become the 4th single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from the album Faith. You can also find "Monkey" on my Best Era Of Dance Music Wedding Playlist Volume 1.
"Kissing A Fool"
"Kissing A Fool" would the last song to be released as a single from George Michael's Faith album. The song has a very nice jazz and "soft rock" feel to it, which would make it perfect for the music during dinner at your wedding reception.
"I Want Your Sex"
By today's standards, "I Want Your Sex" is quite tame, but in 1987 when it was released, radio stations would not be play until late at night and MTV would not air the video until after 10pm. While it's not likely that this song would be requested at a wedding, I placed it on this post as part of the body of work by George Michael. The song would be featured on the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop II and peak at #2 on the Hot 100 chart.
"I Knew You Were Waiting For Me"
"I Knew You Were Waiting For Me" would be the first song that George Michael would record after his exit from Wham. He'd team up the Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin and score a Number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. For more of the best Aretha Franklin songs for your wedding, be sure to click over to the preceding link.
If you are a fan of James Brown, you can probably see the sampling of "Funky Drummer" on this classic George Michael Song. "Freedom '90" can be found on the album Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1" released in 1990. The song would make it all the way to Number 8 on the Hot 100 chart.
"Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
Originally written and recorded by Elton on his 1974 album, Caribou, George Michael would cover the song with Elton John in November 1991. The cover of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" would exceed the success of the original by peaking at #1 on the Hot 100 and adult contemporary charts.
In the spring of 1996, George Michael would release his album Older. "Fast Love" would be the first single to be released of this album and would peak at #8 on the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary charts.
Back in the summer of 1992, George Michael would release the album Red Hot & Dance. "Too Funky" would be released in July of 1992 and would reach Number 1 in Denmark, but only #10 on Billboard Hot 100.
"I'm Your Man"
"I'm Your Man" can be found on the labum Music from the Edhge Of Heaven. The song was released back in September of 1985 and would make it all the way to Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would be the last song that Wham would play at their final show at Wembley Stadium in 1986.
"The Edge Of Heaven"
Released right after the announcement that would Wham would split up in 1986, "The Edge Of Heaven" was released to radio. The song would peak at #1 on the UK singles chart, and become a Top 10 song on the Hot 100 chart.
"Heaven Help Me"
Deon Estus was the bass player for Wham, and actually played bass on George Michael's first two solo records. In 1989, he'd release "Heaven Help Me" with George Michael on the backing vocals. The song would reach #5 on the Hot 100 chart and is featured on my Soundtrack To A Charleston, SC Summer. I put this song on my summer soundtrack because I envisioned hearing it on some of the most beautiful roof top bars in Charleston.
"Jesus To A Child"
In 1996, George Michael would release the album Older, which would spark 6 singles. "Jesus To A Child" would be released in January of 1996 and peak at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"A Different Corner"
One of the last singles by Wham as pop duo in 1986. "A Different Corner" would peak at #1 on the UK singles charts, but only #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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