Radio 2 has launched a vote for listeners to discover the nation’s favourite George Michael song from his time in Wham!, as a solo artist, and when he sang with other stars as a part of a duet.

The vote - part of Radio 2 Celebrates Songwriting season – is now open . It closes at the end of Claudia Winkleman’s Saturday show at 1pm on Saturday 11th December. To be eligible for inclusion on the voting list, the song must have charted in the UK Top 75 and have been composed by George Michael, either on his own or as a co-writer. You can vote and see the full terms and conditions here

A three-hour special, The George Michael Countdown, hosted by Scott Mills, will count down the results of the chart with the Top 40 songs as voted for by listeners on Radio 2 (1-4pm on New Year’s Day). The station also broadcasts George Michael - Older At 25 and George Michael At The BBC, both of which will be available on BBC Sounds from Saturday 1 January. And all the programmes are available on BBC Sounds live and for 30 days after broadcast.

Claudia Winkleman says: “As well as being an amazing performer, George’s songwriting was a thing of beauty. From love to heartbreak, joy to sadness, there’s a song from his extensive catalogue to suit every mood and emotional need.”

Jeff Smith, Head of Music, Radio 2, says: “George Michael is one of Radio 2 listeners’ most loved artists. He was a master lyricist and composer and his music, from the early hits with Wham! in the early 80s through to his later work, continue to have a timeless appeal.”

Wham! had their first UK Singles Chart hit in 1982 with Young Guns (Go For It), written by George, which reached number three in the UK. The artist - born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou - formed Wham! with his friend Andrew Ridgeley in 1981. They had five UK Number One singles and ten Top 10s, with their singles spending a combined total of 203 weeks in the Top 75. George launched his solo career with Careless Whisper and enjoyed seven UK number one singles and 23 UK Top 10s, with his songs spending 309 weeks in the Top 75.

The song selection to vote for are as follows (* Please note, the artist is George Michael except where mentioned in brackets):

1. AMAZING - No.4, 2004

2. BAD BOYS – No. 2, 1983 (Wham!)

3. CARELESS WHISPER - No. 1, 1984

4. CLUB TROPICANA - No. 4, 1983 (Wham!)

5. COWBOYS AND ANGELS - No. 45, 1991

6. DECEMBER SONG (I DREAMED OF CHRISTMAS) - No. 14, 2009

7. A DIFFERENT CORNER - No. 1, 1986

8. AN EASIER AFFAIR - No.13, 2006

9. THE EDGE OF HEAVEN - No. 1, 1986 (Wham!)

10. EVERYTHING SHE WANTS - No.1, 1984 (Wham!)

11. FAITH - No. 2, 1987

12. FAST LOVE - No. 1, 1996

13. FATHER FIGURE - No. 11, 1988

14. FLAWLESS (GO TO THE CITY) - No.8, 2004

15. FREEDOM 90 - No. 28, 1990

16. FREEDOM - No. 1, 1984 (Wham!)

17. FREEEK! - No. 7, 2002

18. HEAL THE PAIN - No. 31, 1991

19. I WANT YOUR SEX - No. 3, 1987

20. I’M YOUR MAN - No. 1, 1985 (Wham!)

21. JESUS TO A CHILD - No. 1, 1996

22. KISSING A FOOL - No. 18, 1988

23. LAST CHRISTMAS - No. 2, 1984 & No.1, 2007 & 2020 (Wham!)

24. MONKEY - No. 13, 1988

25. OLDER - No.3, 1997

26. ONE MORE TRY - No. 8, 1988

27. OUTSIDE - No. 2, 1997

28. PRAYING FOR TIME - No.6, 1990

29. ROUND HERE - No. 32, 2004

30. SHOOT THE DOG - No.12, 2002

31. SPINNING THE WHEEL - No. 2, 1996

32. STAR PEOPLE 97 - No. 2, 1997

33. THE STRANGEST THING 97 - No.2, 1997

34. THIS IS NOT REAL LOVE (WITH MUTYA BUENA) - No. 15, 2006

35. TOO FUNKY - No. 4, 1992

36. WAITING FOR THAT DAY - No. 23, 1990

37. WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO - No. 1, 1984 (Wham!)

38. WALTZ AWAY DREAMING (WITH TOBY BURKE) - No. 10, 1997 (Toby Bourke/George Michael)

39. WHAM RAP! (ENJOY WHAT YOU DO) – No. 8, 1983 (Wham!)

40. WHITE LIGHT - No. 15, 2012

41. YOU HAVE BEEN LOVED - No.2, 1997

42. YOUNG GUNS (GO FOR IT) - No. 3, 1982 (Wham!)

To be broadcast on Radio 2 in the New Year, George Michael - Older At 25 is a two part documentary narrated by Melanie C (9pm-10pm, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 January 2022).

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