Kissing a Fool (song)

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"Kissing a Fool"
Kissing a fool george michael.jpg
Single by George Michael
from the album Faith
Released 21 November 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre Sophisti-pop[1]
Length 4:34
Label Columbia
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Kissing a Fool"
"Praying for Time"

"Kissing a Fool" is a song written and performed by George Michael and released by Columbia Records in 1988.

A ballad with minimal instrumentation and a jazz feel, the song was written about Michael's insecurities as a soulmate and partner because of the baggage and reputation with which he came. According to Michael, the vocals were recorded in a cappella in one take. "Kissing a Fool" was the working-title for the album, which later was renamed to Faith.

Aside from Michael's vocals, the song employs piano, guitar, bass, drums, and a brass section. It was the seventh and final single to be released from the album Faith. It was also the least successful, making number 18 on the UK Singles Chart and becoming the first single in five not to make number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. However, it reached number one on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and became a number 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] remaining a fan favourite and being regarded critically as one of his most accessible and honest recordings.[citation needed]

"Kissing a Fool" was Michael's last single for almost two years in the United Kingdom. It was later covered by Michael Bublé on his self-titled album and released as a single in the United States and reached number 29 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Track listing[edit]

7": UK / Epic EMU 7[edit]

  1. "Kissing a Fool" – 4:34
  2. "Kissing a Fool" [Instrumental] – 4:34

12": UK / Epic EMU T7[edit]

  1. "Kissing a Fool" – 4:34
  2. "Kissing a Fool" [Instrumental] – 4:34
  3. "A Last Request (I Want Your Sex Part III)" – 3:48

CD: UK / Epic CD EMU 7[edit]

  1. "Kissing a Fool" – 4:34
  2. "Kissing a Fool" [Instrumental] – 4:34
  3. "A Last Request (I Want Your Sex Part III)" – 3:48



  1. ^ Greene, Jayson (17 July 2007). "George Michael – Faith – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 September 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 169. 
  3. ^ "25 Years Ago This Week: January 15, 1989". Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Canadian Singles Chart from Nanda Lwin; Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000)"
  5. ^ Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  6. ^ George Michael - Kissing a Fool (song). Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  7. ^ Single-Chartverfolgung. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  8. ^ The Irish Charts. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  9. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  10. ^ a b c Kissing a Fool - George Michael. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
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Preceded by
"How Can I Fall?" by Breathe
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
26 November 1988
Succeeded by
"Look Away" by Chicago