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 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!

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Nathan Abramson

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

ojd

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 ?

oboe

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

GMFlop

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

OJD

Yes I thought this too

Isaiah

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…

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