CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

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Biggest tracks – Wham! & George Michael

The list of most successful songs is compiled in equivalent album sales generated by each of them. It includes the song’s 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 1984 – Careless Whisper [Make It Big] – 13,110,000
2 1987 – Faith [Faith] – 11,890,000
3 1984 – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go [Make It Big] – 10,670,000
4 1986 – Last Christmas [Music from the Edge of Heaven] – 6,920,000
5 1990 – Freedom! ’90 [Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1] – 5,880,000
6 1987 – Father Figure [Faith] – 5,220,000
7 1987 – One More Try [Faith] – 3,730,000
8 1996 – Jesus to a Child [Older] – 3,580,000
9 1996 – Fastlove [Older] – 3,170,000
10 1983 – Club Tropicana [Fantastic] – 2,820,000
11 1987 – I Want Your Sex (Parts I & II) [Faith] – 2,340,000
12 1987 – Kissing a Fool [Faith] – 2,130,000
13 1991 – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me [Orphan] – 1,790,000
14 1984 – Everything She Wants [Make It Big] – 1,770,000
15 1993 – Somebody To Love [Orphan] – 1,720,000
15 1990 – Praying for Time [Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1] – 1,720,000
17 1986 – A Different Corner [Music from the Edge of Heaven] – 1,400,000
18 1984 – Freedom [Make It Big] – 1,300,000
19 1996 – You Have Been Loved [Older] – 1,230,000
20 1990 – Cowboys and Angels [Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1] – 1,010,000

If you feel inspired by this list, we just created this CSPC George Michael & Wham! playlist on Spotify!

16 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!

  3. Older was certified 7x platinum in Denmark recently. Do you know if this means 350,000 (since many associations certify according to the release date) or 140,000 (looks like IFPI Denmark are certifing platinum when records sold 20,000 since 2012…)? Thank You. 😉

      1. Exactly, George did 90% of the wham work on his own therefore makes it HIS, even Billboard counts the wham hits as George’s, so even they the tea.

  4. I hope you combine genesis/phil collins ………….and
    Rod Stewart/Faces/Jeff Beck (Truth/Beck Ola albums)
    Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac (starting in 1975 with “Fleetwood Mac”) the same way 🙂

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