Star People (song)

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"Star People '97"
Star People '97 (George Michael single - cover art).jpg
Single by George Michael
from the album Older
B-side "Everything She Wants" (Wham!)
  • 28 April 1997 (US)
  • 5 May 1997 (UK)
Recorded 1996
Length 5:38
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Star People '97"
"Waltz Away Dreaming"
US CD single cover

"Star People '97" is a single by British singer George Michael, which was released as the fifth single from his album Older. It was written and performed by George Michael and was released by Virgin Records in the UK and DreamWorks Records in the US in 1997. "Star People '97" peaked at number 2 in the United Kingdom and also number one on the US Dance Club Songs chart. The song contains elements of The Gap Band's 1980 hit, "Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)".

"Star People" became George Michael's second of four number one US Dance Club Songs chart singles, after "Monkey".

The lyrics make reference to the materialism and frivolity of certain (not specified) people in the show business, suggesting that those behaviors are derived from some insecurity or a bad childhood (parental neglect, being given up for adoption, etc.).

The single version is referred as "Star People '97" instead of "Star People" (the name of the album version) because the single version is a remixed and re-recorded track.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD (VSCDG 1641)
  1. "Star People '97" (radio edit) – 4:39
  2. "Everything She Wants" (Unplugged)
  3. "Star People" (Unplugged)
EU CD The Dance Mixes (VSCDX 1641)
  1. "Star People '97" (Galaxy Mix) – 8:07
  2. "Star People '97" (Forthright Club Mix) – 9:17
  3. "Star People '97" (Galaxy Dub Mix) – 7:12
  4. "Star People '97" (Forthright Edit) – 4:27
US CD "Star People" (DRMDS-59005)
  1. "Star People" (LP edit) – 4:11
  2. "Star People" (MTV Unplugged edit) – 4:31
  3. "Star People" (Forthright radio edit) – 4:28
  4. "The Strangest Thing" (live) – 6:01
  • "The Strangest Thing" is listed as recorded live at the BBC Radio Theater, 8 October 1996.


Chart (1997) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[1] 37
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[2] 21
Denmark (Tracklisten)[3] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 24
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 15
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 64
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 7
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[8] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 37
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 28
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 2
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[12] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[13] 1


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Preceded by
"Give It Up" by Victor Calderone
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
19 April 1997
Succeeded by
"Havana" by Kenny G