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 No. 1 and had then reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. George had then gone to No. 1 with a solo single, "Careless Whisper".
"Freedom" was No. 1 in the UK for three weeks, and featured on the album Make It Big, which was issued at the same time. "Freedom" was the 10th biggest selling single of 1984. This song also reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US the following year. 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.