Freedom (Wham! song)

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"Freedom"
Wham-freedom-1984-UK-single.jpg
Standard European artwork (UK vinyl single pictured)
Single by Wham!
from the album Make It Big
Released
  • 13 August 1984 (UK)
  • July 1985 (US)
Format
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop
Length
  • 5:01 (album version)
  • 5:20 (single version w/ alternate ending)
Label CBS
Songwriter(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
Wham! singles chronology
"Careless Whisper"
(1984)
"Freedom"
(1984)
"Last Christmas" / "Everything She Wants"
(1984)
"Careless Whisper"
(1984)
"Freedom"
(1984)
"Last Christmas" / "Everything She Wants"
(1984)
Make It Big track listing
"Like a Baby"
(4)
"Freedom"
(5)
"If You Were There"
(6)
Twenty Five track listing
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
(2)
"Freedom"
(3)
"Faith"
(4)

"Freedom" is a hit song by British pop duo Wham!. It became the group's second number one hit on the UK Singles Chart and reached number three in America.[1] It was written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo.[2]

History[edit]

Wham! had already enjoyed a successful 1984 by the time "Freedom" was released in August of the year. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" had given them their first UK number one and had then reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. George had then gone to number one with a solo single, "Careless Whisper". Then after, Wham! had their second American number one song with "Everything She Wants".

"Freedom" was number one in the UK for three weeks,[1] and featured on the album Make It Big, which was issued at the same time. Unusually for the time, it was released in mono sound. "Freedom" was the 10th biggest-selling single of 1984.[3] This song also reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in September 1985.[4] The music video, coinciding with the 1985 US release, features the band touring around Beijing, China.

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

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by George Michael.

7": Epic / A 4743 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Freedom" 5:08
2. "Freedom" (Instrumental) 5:10
7": Columbia / 38-05409 (US)
No. Title Length
1. "Freedom" 5:00
2. "Heartbeat" 4:42
12": Epic / TA 4743 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Freedom" (Long Version) 7:14
2. "Freedom" (Instrumental) 5:10
  • Note "Long Version" is mislabeled as "Long Mix"
12" maxi single: Columbia / 44-05238 (US)
No. Title Length
1. "Freedom" (Long Mix) 6:16
2. "Hearbeat" (Instrumental) 4:42
3. "Freedom" (Instrumental) 5:10

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Gold 700,000[35]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b 1984 in British music#Best-selling singles
  4. ^ a b "Wham! – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Wham!. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  5. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
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  21. ^ CHART NUMBER 1499 – Saturday, September 14, 1985 at the Wayback Machine (archived 7 November 2006). CHUM.
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  26. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending SEPTEMBER 28, 1985 at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 September 2012). Cash Box magazine.
  27. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts - 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 28 August 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
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  30. ^ "Dutch Charts Jaaroverzichten Single 1984". Single Top 100 (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 14 October 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
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  32. ^ a b "Volume 97 No. 52, DECEMBER 28. 1985" (PDF). Billboard. New York, NY, USA. 28 December 1985. p. TA-21,TA-28. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
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  34. ^ "British single certifications – Wham! – Freedom". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Freedom in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  35. ^ "George Michael on the charts". Music Week. Intent Media. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
Order of precedence
Preceded by
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
17 November 1984 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder
UK number-one single
20 October 1984 - 3 November 1984 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Feel for You" by Chaka Khan
Preceded by
"The War Song" by Culture Club
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
27 October 1984 - 10 November 1984 (3 weeks)