CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales – George Michael

I previously mentioned how Wham! joined an elite group of artists that sold more than 10 million physical singles from the same album. As a solo artist George Michael came very close as well with 9,1 million units sold from hits from Faith. As he was on such a long hiatus, we tend to forget he is one of the very rare artists that got 10 or more #1 hits in both the US and the UK.

Both Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 and Older as well as the Orphan Album category own multiple million selling singles too. From his solo material, George Michael sold 23,1 million units in that format – a total almost cracking the 50 million plateau when adding Wham! material.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Faith (1987) – 2,718,000 equivalent albums

Faith – 2,220,000
Father Figure – 1,250,000
I Want Your Sex (Parts I & II) – 2,010,000
One More Try – 1,720,000
Monkey – 1,100,000
Kissing a Fool – 760,000

Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (1990) – 903,000 equivalent albums

Praying for Time – 1,360,000
Freedom! ’90 – 1,060,000
Cowboys and Angels – 70,000
Waiting for That Day – 290,000
Mother’s Pride – 180,000
Heal the Pain – 50,000

Older (1996) – 1,152,000 equivalent albums

Jesus to a Child – 1,360,000
Fastlove – 1,410,000
Older – 180,000
Spinning the Wheel – 410,000
Star People – 270,000
You Have Been Loved – 210,000

Songs from the Last Century (1999) – 0 equivalent albums

No single.

Patience (2004) – 141,000 equivalent albums

Amazing – 150,000
Round Here – 30,000
Shoot the Dog – 50,000
Flawless (Go to the City) – 80,000
Freeek! – 160,000

Orphan – 2,025,000 equivalent albums

I Knew You Were Waiting – 1,510,000
Heaven Help Me – 500,000
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me – 2,240,000
Too Funky – 970,000
Killer/Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – 120,000
If I Told You That – 130,000
Waltz Away Dreaming – 80,000
Outside – 330,000
As – 240,000
Somebody to Love – 380,000
This Is Not Real Love – 100,000
Remaining Singles – 150,000

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Cameron Tracy

Oh umm I remember listen without prejudice being at 2,475,000 not 2,415,000 did MJD Update it?

Nathan Abramson

In Switzerland, the total should be 950,000 not 95,000, right?


hello! i have 2 questions:
1. is the total aes of “don’t let the sun go down on me” including sales generated from duets by elton john and other elton compilations or just sales generated exclusively by michael’s work? if so what is it’s total

2. are physical, digital and streaming sales from the elton john tracks “wrap her up” and “nikita” included into george michael’s total, because i THINK wrap her up officially credits michael, but i don’t think nikita does despite michaels major contribution to the song, like stings contribution to money for nothing ?


i’m suprised “i knew you were waiting (for me)” with aretha franklin didnt reach 1m aes i always thought it was one of his biggest hits


Faith sales was around 20-25 million and Song from the last century was around 4 million.


Yes I thought this too


Coming back to this analysis, I’m still very confused as to why George Michael and Wham’s numbers are combined. This isn’t done for any other artists that can be seen as the face of the group. Saying that “Wham is George Michael” doesn’t prove anything. They’re two separate artists whose sales and charting counts as two separate positions. Just look at their respective discography pages and chart histories on Billboard, OCC, etc…