The Best of Wham!: If You Were There...

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The Best of Wham!: If You Were There...
Wham! If You Were There . . . The Best of Wham! CD cover.JPG
Greatest hits album by Wham!
Released 1997
Recorded 1981–1986, 1996
Genre Compilation
Length 70:23
Label Epic
CK-91200
Columbia Records
(CAN)
Producer George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley, Steve Brown
Wham! chronology
The Final
(1986)
The Best of Wham!: If You Were There...
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Best of Wham!: If You Were There... is the second UK-released compilation, released in 1997 to summarize the career of British pop duo Wham!. It peaked at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart. The end of the album features a hidden track that was first heard on their debut album, Fantastic.

Many Wham! fans[who?] consider this compilation vastly inferior to the band's previous compilation, 1986's The Final, not only due to the non-inclusion of "Bad Boys", but also discarding "Careless Whisper" and "A Different Corner".[citation needed] Although the latter two songs were credited as George Michael solo singles, they did appear on official Wham! studio albums. This compilation was compiled by George Michael to present the band as more serious artists and to draw connections with his solo career. As a result of his endorsement of it, it is more widely available than The Final.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by George Michael, except where indicated.

Album[edit]

  1. "If You Were There" (The Isley Brothers) – 3:43
  2. "I'm Your Man" – 4:06
  3. "Everything She Wants" (Remix) – 6:29
  4. "Club Tropicana" (Michael, Andrew Ridgeley) – 4:30
  5. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" – 3:51
  6. "Like a Baby" – 4:16
  7. "Freedom" – 5:20
  8. "The Edge of Heaven" – 4:37
  9. "Wham Rap!" (Michael, Ridgeley) – 6:46
  10. "Young Guns (Go for It!)" (7" Single Version) – 3:41
  11. "Last Christmas" (Pudding Mix) – 6:48
  12. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" (Dave Was, Don Was) – 5:42
  13. "Everything She Wants '97" – 6:01
  14. "I'm Your Man '96" – 4:33

Notes

  • Everything She Wants '97 is a re-recording of the original song
  • I'm Your Man '96 is a re-recording of the original song

Video[edit]

  1. "Wham Rap!" (Michael, Ridgeley) – 3:15
  2. "Club Tropicana" (Michael, Ridgeley) – 4:31
  3. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" – 3:45
  4. "Last Christmas" – 4:20
  5. "The Edge of Heaven" – 4:25
  6. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" (Was, Was) – 5:10
  7. "I'm Your Man" – 5:40
  8. "Everything She Wants" – 6:30
  9. "Freedom" – 6:32

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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