Monkey (song)

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"Monkey"
Monkey george michael.jpg
Single by George Michael
from the album Faith
Released 3 July 1988
Format
Recorded 1987
Genre Dance-rock[1]
Length

5:02 (album version)

4:47 (single version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s)
George Michael singles chronology
"One More Try"
(1988)
"Monkey"
(1988)
"Kissing a Fool"
(1988)

"Monkey" is a US number-one hit song by George Michael. It was released as a single in 1988 and reached number-one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. "Monkey" debuted at number 42 on 9 July 1988, reaching number-one for two weeks, beginning on 27 August 1988.

"Monkey" became George Michael's sixth solo single reaching number-one in the US, and the fourth single to do so from the Faith album. George Michael joined Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston as three artists who all had four or more consecutive number one singles during the 1987–88 era, from one album (Michael Jackson scored five number-one hits from a single album (Bad) while Whitney Houston scored seven consecutive number-one hits from two albums).

"Monkey" also reached number-one in the US Hot Dance Club Play chart for two weeks and became his first dance number-one. When the song was released as a single, the single version was remixed by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan[2] and choreographed by Paula Abdul.[3]

Track listing[edit]

7"
  1. "Monkey (7-Inch Edit)" – 4:47
  2. "Monkey (A'Cappella)" – 3:40
US 12" – Columbia Records 44 07849
  1. "Monkey (Extended Version)" – 8:06
  2. "Monkey (A'Cappella)" – 3:40
  3. "Monkey (Extra Beats)" – 3:30
CD
  1. "Monkey (Extended Version)" – 8:06
  2. "Monkey (A'Cappella)" – 3:40
  3. "Monkey (Extra Beats)" – 3:30
  4. "Monkey (7-Inch Edit)" – 4:47

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 22
Canada (The Record)[7] 6
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 6
France (SNEP)[10] 34
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 24
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 8
Italy (FIMI)[13] 13
Japan (Oricon)[14] 90
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[19] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[20] 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - George Michael - "Monkey"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.paula-abdul.net/html/about_paula_abdul.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – George Michael – Monkey". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – George Michael – Monkey" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – George Michael – Monkey" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000). Mississauga, Ont.: Music Data Canada
  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 8543." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – George Michael – Monkey" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – George Michael – Monkey" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – George Michael – Monkey". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Monkey". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  13. ^ The Italy Charts. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  14. ^ George Michael singles sales ranking. Oricon.co.jp Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – George Michael – Monkey". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – George Michael – Monkey". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 1988-07-23" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  18. ^ "George Michael – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for George Michael. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  19. ^ "George Michael – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for George Michael. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  20. ^ "George Michael – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for George Michael. Retrieved March 6, 2016.

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