George Michael’s Careless Whisper Tops Favorite Songs Radio Poll

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Careless Whisper by George Michael retained the title of most liked song in a poll of radio listeners.

For the fourth year in a row, the 1984 track – written by the late singer and Andrew Ridgeley – topped Smooth Radio’s All-Time Top 500, an annual poll of the nation’s favorite songs.

Michael was also crowned the poll’s most popular artist with 23 songs, including 17 solo, making the list.

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George Michael leads the Smooth Radio poll again (Ryan Phillips/PA)

Michael’s estate and family said: “We are absolutely delighted that given the freedom to vote for the songs they love the most, George’s fans and Smooth Radio listeners have once again shown their faith and voted Careless Whisper number one.”

Michael died on Christmas Day 2016 at the age of 53.

Public interest surrounding his life remains and a new documentary about the late singer, titled George Michael: Freedom Uncut, is due out June 22.

His third studio album Older is also set to be reissued this summer to mark 25 years since its release.

Meanwhile, Whitney Houston was voted the most popular female artist with 12 songs in the top 500.

The late singer’s version of I Will Always Love You is her highest-charting song, at number 22.

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Whitney Houston was voted the most popular female artist in the radio poll (Ian West/PA)

Pop superstar Adele came second with nine chart entries, while Madonna slipped to third with seven songs.

Abba were voted the most popular group of all time following the release of Voyage last October, their first album of new material in 40 years.

The Swedish group has 12 entries in the countdown, led by Dancing Queen at number 10 and The Winner Takes It All at number 40.

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s collaboration on The Joker And The Queen, which was released in February, is the most recent song to be voted into the chart.

Angie Greaves, presenter of Smooth, who announced the number one song on air, said: “Each year, Smooth’s All-Time Top 500 gives us unprecedented insight into the country’s favorite songs and artists.

“George Michael’s music clearly stands the test of time and it’s wonderful to see him maintain the No. 1 spot with Careless Whisper, ahead of his highly anticipated documentary released this year.

“For many of us, music continues to be a sanctuary and a place of solace – and it’s wonderful to see the special place Smooth’s lineup of iconic musical artists continue to hold in the hearts of the nation.”

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