Faith (3:15)

Cover of Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael

From Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael and 76 other releases

“Faith” was a number-one song, written and performed by George Michael, released as a single on Columbia Records, from his 1987 Faith album. According to Billboard magazine, it was the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1988.

Having disbanded Wham! the previous year, there was a keen expectation for Michael’s solo career and “Faith” would go on to become one of his most popular and enduring songs, as well as being the most simplistic in its production. It was the second of six singles released from the well-received album.

“Faith” is just over three minutes long, the first 37 seconds of which is taken up by a straightforward, fade-up music on organ introduction based on the Wham song “Freedom”. Eventually, a two chord progression takes up the song with Michael singing an extremely mature and meaningful lyric about having the “faith” to leave a relationship that he knows is not working, and not giving into to the temptation of going back to his partner no matter how much he desires her as someone better is out there and does not want to be trapped in a situation that is not working. This shows true faith and strength of character in Michael and his ability to deal with really deep emotional issues. Interestingly this song appears to resolve the ‘dilemma’ which Michael talks about in the original ‘Freedom Song’, while on the surface this appears to be a fizzy pop song


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