George Michael's Biggest Billboard Dance Chart Hits

George Michael, who passed away unexpectedly at age 53 on Christmas Day, began collecting hits on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart more than 33 years ago, in 1983. Solo and with his Wham! catalog, Michael totaled four No. 1s, 10 top 10s and 20 chart hits during his lifetime.

Wham! (Michael and Andrew Ridgeley) arrived on Dance Club Songs on March 19, 1983, with "Young Guns (Go for It)," which would reach No. 21. "Bad Boys" (No. 28) would follow later that year. Through 1986, Wham! achieved six chart hits, highlighted by its one top 10, "Everything She Wants"/"Like a Baby" (No. 7, June 1985).

As a solo act, Michael continued where Wham! left off, first touching the tally on March 14, 1987 with "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," with soul legend Aretha Franklin. The track hit No. 12 and was the first of three smashes that year for Michael, followed by "I Want Your Sex," from Beverly Hills Cop II (No. 2), and "Hard Day" (No. 5).

Michael's next top 10, "Monkey," would mark his first Dance Club Songs No. 1, reigning for two weeks in September 1988. It was the fifth song to chart from his iconic debut solo album, Faith, following "Sex," "Day," the title track (No. 17, January 1988) and "Father Figure" (No. 13, March 1988).

Nearly a decade later, in April 1997, Michael notched his second Dance Club Songs leader, "Star People." Fast forward to 2004 and Michael scored his final two toppers, "Amazing" and "Flawless (Go to the City)." As with his first solo hit with Franklin, Michael's last chart appearance was a duet: "This Is Not Real Love," with Mutya, which reached No. 8 in May 2008.

Here is a look at George Michael and Wham!'s 10 top 10 Billboard Dance Club Songs hits, ranked by peak position:

Title, Peak Pos., Peak Date
"Monkey," No. 1 (two weeks), Sept. 17, 1988
"Star People," No. 1 (one), April 19, 1997
"Amazing," No. 1 (one), April 24, 2004
"Flawless (Go to the City)," No. 1 (one), Sept. 11, 2004
"I Want Your Sex," No. 2, Aug. 1, 1987
"Outside," No. 3, Jan. 23, 1999
"Hard Day," No. 5, Nov. 21, 1987
"Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," No. 5, Aug. 14, 1993
"Everything She Wants"/"Like a Baby," No. 7, June 1, 1985 (Wham!)
"This Is Not Real Love," No. 8, May 31, 2008 (George Michael & Mutya)


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