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Faith (George Michael song)

George Michael
from the album Faith
Released October 12, 1987
Format CD single, 7" single
Recorded 1987
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:16
Label Columbia
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Hard Day"
"Father Figure"

"Faith" is a song written and performed by Faith album. It reached number one in the United States and, according to Billboard magazine, was the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1988.


  • History 1
  • Music video 2
  • Chart performance 3
  • Track listing 4
  • Mixes 5
  • Personnel 6
  • Charts and certifications 7
    • Charts 7.1
    • Year-End charts 7.2
    • Certifications 7.3
  • Limp Bizkit cover 8
  • Other covers 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Having disbanded Wham! the previous year, there was a keen expectation for Michael's solo career and "Faith" would go on to become one of his most popular and enduring songs, as well as being the most simplistic in its production. It was the second of six singles released from the well-received album.

As with the rest of the album, the track was written, arranged, and produced by Michael.[1] It is claimed that the idea came from producer Dick Leahy's suggestion that Michael write a rock and roll pastiche.[2] The song incorporates the famous

External links

  1. ^ Simpson, Paul (2003). The Rough Guide to Cult Pop. Rough Guides. p. 144. 
  2. ^ a b Lucy Ellis, Bryony Sutherland (1998). The Complete Guide to the Music of George Michael & Wham!. Music Sales Group. pp. 38–39.  
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Faith (album review)". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Garcia, Alex S. """ - George Michael - "Faith. Music Video DataBase. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ Bob Batchelor, Scott Stoddart (2007). The 1980s. Greenwood. p. 125. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f George Michael - Faith (song). Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Canadian Singles Chart from Nanda Lwin; Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000)"
  9. ^ Top Singles - Volume 47, No. 11, 19 December 1987. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  10. ^ Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  11. ^ Single-Chartverfolgung. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  12. ^ The Irish Charts. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  13. ^ Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  14. ^ George Michael singles sales ranking. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  15. ^ Listas de Afyve. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  16. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  17. ^ a b c Faith - George Michael. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  18. ^ Canadian Certifications. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  19. ^ Goud/Platina Muziek. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  20. ^ Gold & Platinum: Searchable Database. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  21. ^ a b Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martin's. pp. 21–49.  
  22. ^ Bell, Carrie (1999-02-13). "The Modern Age". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-09-27. 
  23. ^ DeSalvo, Kathy (25 September 1998). "Tool of North America signs Peter Berg". Shoot 39 (39).  
  24. ^ a b Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martin's. pp. 51–78.  
  25. ^ "Harris Jayaraj - A Kollywood Copycat?".  


Other covers


Despite the success of the song in Limp Bizkit's live performances, producer Fred Durst told Billboard. "I didn't expect him to get busted in that bathroom but his misfortune actually helped us. We couldn't ask for more of a buzz."[22]

American nu metal group Limp Bizkit covered the song "Faith" in their live performances, using the cover to attract attention to the band. Word of mouth attendance and energetic live performances in which guitarist Wes Borland appeared in bizarre costumes increased the band's cult following. Audiences, in particular, were attracted to Borland's guitar playing and appearance.[21]

Single by Limp Bizkit
from the album Three Dollar Bill, Yall$
Released October 31, 1998
Format CD single
Recorded May 1997 at Indigo Ranch Studio in Malibu, California
Genre Nu metal, alternative metal
Length 2:26
Label Flip/Interscope/MCA
Producer(s) Fred Durst
Ross Robinson
DJ Lethal
Limp Bizkit singles chronology

Limp Bizkit cover

Preceded by
"Beds Are Burning" by Midnight Oil
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
4 December 1987 – 15 January 1988
Succeeded by
"I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
Preceded by
"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" by Belinda Carlisle
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
12 December 1987 – 2 January 1988
Succeeded by
"So Emotional" by Whitney Houston
Preceded by
"Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles
Billboard Hot 100 Year-End number-one single
Succeeded by
"Look Away" by Chicago
Preceded by
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
19 December 1987 - 9 January 1988
Succeeded by
"George Harrison
Preceded by
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
18 January 1988

Charts and certifications

  • Vocals: George Michael
  • Bass: Deon Estus
  • Guitars: Hugh Burns
  • Cathedral Organ: Chris Cameron


  1. Album version – 3:16
  2. Instrumental – 3:07


  1. "Faith" – 3:14
  2. "Faith" (Instrumental) – 3:07
  3. "Hand to Mouth" – 4:36

12": UK / Epic EMU T2

  1. "Faith" – 3:14
  2. "Hand To Mouth" – 4:36

7": UK / Epic EMU 2

Track listing

On the Hot 100 chart, "Faith" rocketed from number 54 to number 37, the week of 31 October 1987, reaching number 1 on 12 December 1987 and remaining there for 4 consecutive weeks, easily becoming the longest running chart topper of 1987. Altogether, "Faith" lingered in the Top 10 for 9 weeks, the Top 20 for 11 weeks & the Top 40 for 15 weeks.

The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number two on the UK Singles Chart.

Chart performance

The music video also features parts of two other songs by George Michael. The jukebox starts by playing "Freedom" before starting into the song.

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan.[5] It features Michael in shades, stubble, and a pair of Levi's blue jeans with cowboy boots, playing a guitar near a classic-design Wurlitzer jukebox. Writers Bob Batchelor and Scott Stoddart say the music video positions him as a "masculine sex object", breaking him up into individual body parts such as "stubbled" [sic] chin and butt.[6]

Music video

The song was featured in the film Bitter Moon, directed by Roman Polanski.[4]


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