The second song from Make it Big to reach #1 in the UK, the song fared slightly worse in the U.S., resting at a paltry #3 when it followed a string of chart toppers in early 1985. Light and most certainly of its era, this story of love and loss and love’s rebirth saw Michael pull out all the stops. Continuing his penchant for purer pop, the vocalist once again left out the pointed political and social barbs of his earlier efforts, favoring innocuous patter that was then swept aside by the music. Here, Michael’s multi-tracked vocals and Ridgeley’s guitar are awash with elements of 60’s girl group pop, Queen-ish turns and piano riffing rolls. Lush, luxurious and feel-good all the way, ”Freedom” swept the band, and their fans into the stratosphere for one more romp.