Artwork for the U.K. 7-inch single and continental European release

The melody of the song's chorus was used by George Michael as an introduction to his song, "Faith", played on a church organ.

- Freedom (Wham! song)

The intro of "Faith" is the chorus of Wham!'s song "Freedom", played on a church organ.

- Faith (George Michael song)

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George Michael

English singer, songwriter and record producer.

Michael in 2011
Michael (left) and Andrew Ridgeley as Wham!, c. 1984–1985
Michael performed at Live Aid at the old Wembley Stadium (exterior pictured) on 13 July 1985, and Wham! played their last concert, The Final, at the same venue on 28 June 1986.
Michael onstage during The Faith Tour in 1988
Garth Brooks and Michael at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, 29 April 2000
Michael performing in Antwerp, Belgium, 2006
Michael onstage in Munich, 2006
Michael performing "Outside" at the Olympic Stadium, Athens in 2007
5, The Grove, Michael's home in Highgate, north London, is a grade II listed building.
Grave of Michael alongside his mother and sister in Highgate Cemetery
Unofficial memorial garden outside Michael's home in Highgate, 29 July 2017
Elton John performing a tribute to Michael at Twickenham, London, in June 2017

Globally it sold 25 million copies, and four singles from the album—"Faith", "Father Figure", "One More Try", and "Monkey"—reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

1 in the UK and US), "Freedom", "Everything She Wants", and "Careless Whisper" which reached No. 1 in nearly 25 countries, including the UK and US, and was Michael's first solo effort as a single.


Wham! (briefly known in the US as '''Wham!

Wham! in 1985: George Michael (left) and Andrew Ridgeley (right)

The next single was "Freedom" and was simply promoted as a Wham!

Faith (George Michael album)

Debut solo studio album by the English singer George Michael, released on 30 October 1987 by Columbia Records and Epic Records.

Michael during a Faith Tour concert in 1988. The album propelled him to solo stardom and one of the most successful English acts of the 1980s.

Faith spawned four number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100: "Faith", "Father Figure", "One More Try", and "Monkey", making Michael the only British male solo artist to have four number one hits from one album on the Billboard Hot 100.

The title track began with an organ fanfare that was actually the music to Wham!'s "Freedom" played as if in a cathedral.

Cover to Cover tour

The second solo concert tour by English recording artist George Michael.

Tour book cover

12) "Faith"

22) "Freedom"

Freedom! '90

Song written, produced, and performed by George Michael, and released on Columbia Records in 1990.

David Fincher directed the music video for "Freedom! '90".

The "'90" added to the end of the title is to prevent confusion with a hit by Michael's former band Wham!, also entitled "Freedom".

Each model was assigned a verse to lip-synch, while for the song's chorus, Fincher envisioned the three iconic items from Michael's 1987 music video "Faith" that had come to symbolize his public image at the time: his leather jacket, a Wurlitzer jukebox, and guitar, exploding in a ball of flame, except the leather jacket, at each occurrence of the word "freedom" during the chorus.

List of performances on Top of the Pops


The 19th century singer Jenny Lind depicted performing La sonnambula

Wham! – "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", "Freedom"

Limp Bizkit – "Faith"

Twenty Five (album)

Greatest hits album by George Michael released in the UK on 13 November 2006, celebrating the 25th anniversary of his music career.

track "Freedom", and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (from Songs from the Last Century) replaced "Round Here", a track from Patience that was not released as a single in the US.

4) "Faith" – 3:15 from Faith

Last Choir Standing

2008 talent show-themed television series produced by the BBC in the United Kingdom.

Alleycats: "Freedom/Faith/Valerie Medley" (Wham!/George Michael/The Zutons)

Fred Durst

American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, and film director.

Durst performing in 2021
Durst at the premiere of Baby Mama at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Durst with Limp Bizkit at Sonisphere 2011
Durst performing in 2013

Limp Bizkit developed a cult following in the underground music scene when its covers of George Michael's "Faith" and Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" began to attract curious concertgoers.

Limp Bizkit

American rap rock band from Jacksonville, Florida.

Limp Bizkit performing at Festival of the Lakes 2021
John Otto studied jazz drumming and played in local avant garde bands before joining Limp Bizkit.
Following the release of Three Dollar Bill, Yall, vocalist Fred Durst was appointed senior vice president of A&R at Interscope
Beginning with Significant Other (1999), DJ Lethal expanded his role as sound designer for the band.
Borland, Otto (background) and Durst performing live
Limp Bizkit performing at Hellfest in 2015
Fred Durst and Wes Borland performing at KROQ Weenie Roast 2019
DJ Lethal and Fred Durst performing at Quebec Agora Fest 2019
Guitarist Wes Borland is known for his visual performance style, and often performs wearing costumes or body paint.

Attracting crowds by word of mouth, the band gave energetic live performances, covering George Michael's "Faith" and Paula Abdul's "Straight Up", and featuring Borland in bizarre costumes.