Wham!

Freedom

Composed by George Michael

Song Review by

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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Make It Big 1984 BMG / Columbia / Sony Music Entertainment 5:02
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 2 1990
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:04
12" Mixes 1992 Sony Music Distribution
The Final 1994 K2 / Sony Music 5:20
The Best of Wham!: If You Were There... 1997 Sony Music Distribution 5:20
The Best 80's Album In the World Ever 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Les Indispensables De 2001 Sony Music Distribution
School Reunion: The 80's 2003
Various Artists
Virgin 5:02
I Love 2 Party 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 5:19
Now That's What I Call Music Years 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 5:19
80's Navi 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony/Columbia
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Sony/CBS
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 5:18
The Pop Years: 1984-1985 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions / Demon Music Group 5:15
Forever Friends: A Song for You 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 5:21
Essential: Girls Night In 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 5:04
The Pop Years: The 80s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 5:15
Haynes Ultimate Guide to the 80s 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 5:16
100 Hits: 80s Essentials 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 5:22
The Golden Years: 1984 2014
Various Artists
Crimson
Now That's What I Call Legends 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 5:19
Original Album Classics 2015 Epic
100 Hits: Ultimate Number Ones
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon / Edsel 5:03
101 80's Anthems
Various Artists
EMI TV 5:19
No Image
Various Artists
Virgin
Dance into the Beat: Wham Collection
Various Artists
Strength
De Pre Historie: 1984, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 5:02
Pride
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
No Image
Various Artists
Legacy
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