DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVORITE POP SONGS OF THE 80's!
May 25, 1985 - 'Everything She Wants' by Wham, started a two-week run at No.1 on the Hot 100. This was the duos third US No.1. It was written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo and originally released in 1984 by CBS Records on a double A-side with "Last Christmas". Upon release, "Last Christmas" took the majority of the attention and airplay as it was appropriate in early December as Christmas approached. However, the presence of an equally-billed flip side meant that radio stations had something else to play once "Last Christmas" had lost its topicality.
The presence of the Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" (on which Michael also appeared) meant that the double A-side peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, although in the process it became the biggest selling record not to get to number one in the UK.
Although Michael bemoaned much of Wham!'s material as he began his solo career, "Everything She Wants" remained a song of which he was proud, and he continued to perform it in his shows. Furthermore, Michael remarked in an interview (to promote 25 Live tour) that "Everything She Wants" is his favorite Wham! song.
He told ASCAP in Action in 1985: "It's the only song I've written that successfully came from a backing track first." He went on to explain that he wrote the drum pattern and found a synthesizer that he liked one night, and then the following morning he wrote the vocal part in his hotel room. "Because it was thrown together that way, I never looked at it as a single 'til everybody started saying it was great," said Michael.
Wham! was known for lightweight Pop, but this song has a serious theme, which foreshadowed George Michael's solo work. Said Michael: It's not the kind of thing I usually write about. Our lyrics are usually a lot closer to the kind of pop lightweight lyric we enjoy, but it's a departure, and I think it worked.
When this song topped the Hot 100, Wham! became the first group since the Bee Gees to have three No.1 singles from the same album. "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" and "Careless Whisper" were the previous chart-toppers from Make It Big.