Everything She Wants

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"Everything She Wants"
Single by Wham!
from the album Make It Big
Released December 10, 1984 (UK)
April 17, 1985 (US)
Format 12", 7"
Recorded 1984
Genre Synthpop, R&B[1]
Length 5:01 (album)
5:30 (single)
6:29 (full)
Label CBS
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
Wham! singles chronology
"Last Christmas"
(1984)
"Everything She Wants"
(1984)
"I'm Your Man"
(1985)
Make It Big track listing
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
(1)
"Everything She Wants"
(2)
"Heartbeat"
(3)
Twenty Five track listing
"Everything She Wants"
(1)
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
(2)

"Everything She Wants" is a million-selling Gold-certified hit by British pop duo Wham!, originally released in 1984 on Epic Records on a double A-side with "Last Christmas". It was written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo.

History[edit]

Upon release, "Last Christmas" took the majority of the attention and airplay as it was appropriate in early December as Christmas approached. However, the presence of an equally-billed flip side meant that radio stations had something else to play once "Last Christmas" had lost its topicality.

A five-minute song (there also exists a six-and-a-half-minute-long version with an added bridge), "Everything She Wants" is written from the angle of a man rapidly approaching desperation at the material demands of his partner which seems to be coming to a head, despite the amount of work he does to keep her happy. In a twist, the second verse takes the story a step further by revealing that the woman is pregnant but the man cannot find any happiness in the announcement because of the extra pressure a baby will put upon him.[2]

The presence of the Band Aid project meant that the double A-side peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart, although in the process it became the biggest selling record not to get to number one. However, in the USA, the song did reach the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, and became the third number-one song in a row from 1984's Make It Big album.

Wham! would go on to have two more number-one hits in the UK before splitting at their height in 1986.

Although Michael bemoaned much of Wham!'s material as he began his solo career, "Everything She Wants" remained a song of which he was proud, and he continued to perform it in his shows. Furthermore, Michael remarked in an interview (to promote 25 Live tour) that "Everything She Wants" is his favourite Wham! song.[citation needed]

In 1997, the song was remixed and re-released as "Everything She Wants '97" for the greatest hits album If You Were There.

Capella group Naturally 7 sampled "Everything She Wants" on their 2011 song "Life Goes On," an arrangement that was personally approved by George Michael.[3]

Court case[edit]

The song was also mentioned in a landmark 1998 sampling copyright decision in the case of Santrayll v. Burrell.[4] Federal Court Judge Peter K. Leisure concluded that MC Hammer had sampled music by another rap group (The Legend). The Legend admitted to sampling Wham!'s "Everything She Wants" (among other songs) and not disclosing the sampled works when filing for copyright registration.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by George Michael

7": Epic / QA 4949 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Everything She Wants" (Remix) 5:31
2. "Last Christmas" (Pudding Mix) 4:24
12": Epic / QTA 4949 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Everything She Wants" (12" Remix) 6:34
2. "Last Christmas" (Pudding Mix) 6:44
  • Also released in a limited edition with a 1985 calendar (WQTA 4949)
7": Epic / 07-5p-336 (Japan)
No. Title Length
1. "Everything She Wants" (Remix)  
2. "Like a Baby"    
3. "Message from Wham!"    
  • Note: Track 1 plays 7" remix but is labelled only as "Remix"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984–85) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 7
Austrian Singles Chart 5
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 1
French Singles Chart 3
Norwegian Singles Chart 4
UK Singles Chart 2
US Billboard Hot 100 1
Preceded by
"Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
25 May 1985 – 1 June 1985
Succeeded by
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears
Preceded by
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears
Canadian RPM number-one single
15 June 1985 – 22 June 1985
Succeeded by
"A View to a Kill" by Duran Duran

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music genre". allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  2. ^ The complete guide to the music of George Michael & Wham!L Ellis… - 1998 - Music Sales Group
  3. ^ POP MUSIC ICON, GEORGE MICHAEL GIVES N7 PERMISSION TO USE ONE OF HIS GREATEST HIT SONGS http://www.naturallyseven.com/tag/let-it-go-life-goes-on/ |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Santrayll v. Burrell, No. 91 Civ. 3166, 1998 US Dist. LEXIS 586.

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