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The world is mourning pop genius George Michael's untimely passing on Christmas Day at age 53, and the loss has prompted fans to revisit his catalog and marvel at his incredible vocal and songwriting abilities. Of the five albums he released as a solo artist, 'Faith' and 'Listen Without Prejudice' garnered the most hits, awards, and critical acclaim—but which of these two albums is really the greatest? 

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1987's "Faith" was Michael's debut solo studio album, and proved once and for all that he was no featherweight teen pop star. Michael wrote and produced every track on the recording save one; his new sound blended pop, gospel, funk, and R&B, and his songs were much more brazenly sexual (the track "I Want Your Sex" and the video that accompanied it created massive controversy).

"Faith" won the Grammy for Album of the Year, spawned six top five singles, and sold over 25 million copies worldwide. It was the first album by a White artist to enter the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at number one (In an 1988 interview, Michael told Rolling Stone "I was much happier with "Faith" being number one Black album than I was when it became number one pop album.") 

Nearly 30 years later, "Faith" holds up as an amazing record that has stood the test of time, and many fans argue it's the best thing Michael ever did.

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"Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1" blew the minds of George Michael fans in a whole different way than "Faith" had. Liberation anthem "Freedom '90" is not only one of the greatest dance tracks ever written, but also features Michael's declaration of independence from his past image and his desire to be taken seriously as an artist.

Moodier, more introspective, and more socially conscious than "Faith," most of the record is ballads and folk-styled rock songs, and it didn't sell nearly as well as its predecessor. Michael refused to appear in any videos for songs off the album, famously inviting supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz, and Cindy Crawford to lip-synch in the "Freedom '90" video.

But "Praying For Time" did hit number one, and Michael demonstrated on "Listen Without Prejudice" Billboard's avowal that "few songwriters of his era were as capable of writing heart-wrenching torch ballads speaking to the essential isolation at the core of the human condition." The strings and harmonies on "Something to Save" alone could change your life.

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Which is George Michael's greatest album: 'Faith' or 'Listen Without Prejudice'?
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