George Michael: 9 Classic Music Videos, From ‘Faith’ to ‘Last Christmas’ (Videos)
The British pop star who helped innovate the music video in the 1980s died on Christmas Day 2016 at age 53
Thom Geier | December 25, 2016 @ 4:45 PM
Last Updated: December 25, 2016 @ 5:33 PM
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (1984)
Wham!'s first No. 1 hit featured a bouncy video with Michael and Andrew Ridgeley performing in front of teens at London's Brixton Academy.
Wham!'s second big hit featured another eye-catching video.
"Careless Whisper" (1984)
Michael's first solo single -- though it appeared on Wham!'s "Make It Big" album -- helped to launch him, boosted by this Miami-set video.
"Last Christmas" (1984)
A clean-shaven Michael appears in the video for the 1984 holiday hit -- which has been covered many times since and provides a spooky memorial to the songwriter-singer who died on Christmas Day 2016.
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" (1984)
Bob Geldof co-wrote and organized an all-star lineup of '80s stars -- including Michael -- to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
The title song from Michael's debut solo album, a No. 1 hit, had a video that launched him as a male sex symbol complete with sunglasses, stubble, and a pair of Levi's blue jeans with cowboy boots.
"I Want Your Sex" (1987)
Michael co-starred with then-girlfriend Kathy Jeung for this video -- in which he tried to play up the stability of his relationship by writing "monogamy" on her back in lipstick.
"Father Figure" (1988)
Michael and Andy Morahan shared the MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction of a Video for this clip from the "Faith" album.
Michael's video plays with an early version of virtual reality -- and also tweaks the singer's contract dispute with Sony by featuring headphones with "FONY" in a very familiar looking font.