1988: ‘Faith’ by George Michael


Already synonymous with hit songs like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” singer George Michael proved he was far more than a synth-pop star by unleashing “Faith,” his solo debut. It spent six non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart and won the Grammy for Album of the Year. Somewhat overwhelmed the album’s reception—not to mention his newfound status as a bona fide sex symbol—Michael quickly tried to distance himself from the work.