Coming Around Again Podcast: How George Michael Proved Himself One of His Era's Greatest With 'Faith'

George Michael photographed in London in 1987.
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George Michael photographed in London in 1987. 

Welcome back to the Coming Around Again podcast, part of the Pop Shop family, where host Andrew Unterberger and a variety of guests discuss notable anniversaries being celebrated in the music world.

This week, we take another look at George Michael's world-conquering 1987 solo debut LP Faith, which turns 30 on Monday (Oct. 30). Though Michael was already a superstar at the team of its late-'80s release, thanks to his chart-slaying work as one half of U.K. pop duo Wham!, Faith brought Michael to a whole new level of gloabl renown, eventually selling in the eight digits and landing an astounding six singles in the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- including four No. 1s.

Billboard deputy editor, digital Joe Lynch stops by the podcast first, to help run down those six Hot 100 smashes, discussing our favorites and least favorites, and the little things about the singles that made them unique, not just within Michael's catalog but among all late-'80s pop music. Then, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson of the Chart Beat podcast stop by to deep-dive into the album's many stunning chart achievements, and also to debate whether Michael is likely to ever get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Listen below, and if you haven't already, make sure to check out our series of essays commemorating those six classic Faith singles, each penned by a different writer. And be sure to check back every week, to see which classic artists, albums and songs are Coming Around Again!

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