CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

Before This River Becomes An Ocean

Biggest tracks – Wham! & George Michael

The list of most successful songs is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each of them. It includes the song own physical singles sales with a 0,3 weighting, its download and streaming sales with appropriate weighting too plus its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

1 1987 George MichaelFaith [Faith] – 12,440,000
2 1984 Wham!Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go [Make It Big] – 11,530,000
3 1984 George Michael – Careless Whisper [Make It Big] – 11,430,000
4 1986 Wham!Last Christmas [Music from the Edge of Heaven] – 7,430,000
5 1990 George MichaelFreedom! ’90 [Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1] – 5,700,000
6 1987 George MichaelFather Figure [Faith] – 5,160,000
7 1996 George MichaelJesus to a Child [Older] – 3,810,000
8 1983 Wham!Club Tropicana [Fantastic] – 3,300,000
9 1987 George MichaelOne More Try [Faith] – 3,100,000
10 1996 George MichaelFastlove [Older] – 2,960,000
11 1992 George MichaelSomebody To Love [Orphan] – 2,540,000
12 1987 George MichaelI Want Your Sex (Parts I & II) [Faith] – 2,330,000
13 1987 George MichaelKissing a Fool [Faith] – 2,280,000
14 1992 George MichaelDon’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me [Orphan] – 1,940,000
15 1990 George MichaelPraying for Time [Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1] – 1,680,000
15 1984 Wham!Everything She Wants [Make It Big] – 1,680,000
17 1986 George Michael – A Different Corner [Music from the Edge of Heaven] – 1,370,000
18 1984 Wham!Freedom [Make It Big] – 1,330,000
19 1996 George MichaelYou Have Been Loved [Older] – 1,280,000
20 1990 George MichaelCowboys and Angels [Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1] – 1,080,000

6 thoughts on “CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis”

  1. Thank you very much for those figures. “Make it big” is very underrated, it’s crazy.
    There’s another reason why no one should doubt about Wham!’s figures being included into George Michael’s total sale numbers : he wrote and co-produced 90% of each Wham! album. Unfortunately, most people tend to think Wham! was a teen-pop band a la Spice Girls whereas they were closer to bands like Take That for the leading singer (that was George Michael) was a real artist who wrote and produced the band’s songs. Sadly enough, his death is the occasion to consider the quality and real dimension of George Michael’s talent.

  2. Thanks for those interesting figures. May I dare to think that Wham Japanese sales are underestimated.
    From oricon’ stats alone “Music From The Edge Of Heaven” is over 180.000 in 2004.

    1. Hi Grendizer,

      Thanks for spotting out! Going across my Excel spreadsheet, someway I glitched out non-LP sales for its original run. I’ll update the article as it should be 🙂

      Thanks again!

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