Freedom (Wham! song)

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For the later solo song by George Michael, see Freedom! '90.
Single by Wham!
from the album Make It Big
Released August 13, 1984 (UK)
August 1985 (US)
Format 12", 7"
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop
Length 5:01 (album version)
5:20 (single version w/ alternate ending)
Label CBS
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
Wham! singles chronology
"Wake Me Up Before You Go Go"
"Last Christmas" / "Everything She Wants"
Make It Big track listing
"Like a Baby"
"If You Were There"
Twenty Five track listing
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"

"Freedom" is a song by British pop duo Wham! in 1984, becoming the group's second No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] It was written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo.[2]


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". Then after, Wham! had their second American number one song with Everything She Wants.

"Freedom" was No. 1 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. This song also reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in September 1985. 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 songs written and composed 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

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984/1985) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 9
Swiss Singles Chart 5
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart 3
Italian Singles Chart 6
Austrian Singles Chart 23
German Singles Chart 14
French Singles Chart 16
Belgian Singles Chart 2
Australian Singles Chart 3
New Zealand Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart[1] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 3
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[3] 4


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 441–2. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Amy Hanson. "Freedom - Wham! | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  3. ^ a b Billboard (Retrieved 11 December 2007)
Preceded by
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder
UK number-one single
20 October 1984 - 3 November 1984
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