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Make It Big
Studio album by Wham!
Released 23 October 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Post-disco, blue-eyed soul, pop
Length 38:02
Label Epic
Columbia (US & Canada)
Producer George Michael
Professional reviews
  • AllMusic Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar half[1]
  • Robert Christgau B[2]
  • Rolling Stone Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty[3]
Wham! chronology
Make It Big
Music from the Edge of Heaven

Make It Big is the second album from British pop duo Wham!, released in 1984. The album was a critical and commercial success, hitting No. 1 in both the UK and the US and spawning four singles, all topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Outside the US "Careless Whisper" was credited as a George Michael solo effort upon its release as a single, while "Everything She Wants" was released as a double A-side with "Last Christmas" which would later appear on the following album Music from the Edge of Heaven.

It was certified 6× Platinum in the US within weeks of the album's tenth anniversary.[4]

Track listingEdit

All songs written and composed by George Michael, except where indicated. 
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"   3:50
2. "Everything She Wants"   5:01
3. "Heartbeat"   4:42
4. "Like a Baby"   4:12

Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Freedom"   5:05
6. "If You Were There" (The Isley Brothers) 3:38
7. "Credit Card Baby"   5:08
8. "Careless Whisper" (Michael, Andrew Ridgeley) 6:30


  • Lead vocals: George Michael
  • Additional vocals: George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, Pepsi & Shirley
  • Acoustic guitar: Hugh Burns and Andrew Ridgeley
  • Bass guitar: Deon Estus
  • Drums: Trevor Morrell
  • Electric guitar: Hugh Burns and Andrew Ridgeley
  • Keyboards: Tommy Eyre, George Michael, Andy Richards, Anne Dudley
  • Percussion: Danny Cummings
  • Saxophone: David Baptiste and Steve Gregory
  • Trumpet: Colin Graham and Paul Spong
  • Arranger: George Michael
  • Assistant engineer: Paul Gomersall
  • Engineer: Chris Porter
  • Photography: Tony McGee
  • Producer: George Michael


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