Monkey (7" Edit Remastered)
George Michael's solo debut is a perfect slice of '80s pop: diamond-crusted synths and decadent dance beats entwine his smooth, salty tenor and lyrics that bridge his teenybopper past and the sexier, adult future he hoped to build. Beyond its mainstream commercial potential, however, Faith showed off Michael's artistic range: He could break your heart with a sappy ballad, work it as a torch singer ("Kissing a Fool"), make adult contemporary sound sleek, and sling enough soul to make him the first white artist to hit No. 1 on the R&B charts. All the songs you love are here. Go listen.