George Michael

1963 - 2016

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George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou; 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an English singer-songwriter, record producer and philanthropist. Regarded as a pop culture icon, he is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, with his sales estimated at between 100 million to 125 million records worldwide. Michael was known as a creative force in songwriting, vocal performance, and visual presentation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Michael has received more than 42,125,125 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia. George Michael is the 62nd most popular singer (down from 53rd in 2019), the 288th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 284th in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Singer.

George Michael is most famous for being a singer-songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide.

Memorability Metrics

  • 42M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 68.35

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 86

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.46

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.17

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of George Michaels by language

Over the past year George Michael has had the most page views in the with 6,518,509 views, followed by Spanish (740,256), and German (729,462). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (348.06%), Kurdish (Kurmanji) (143.54%), and Korean (133.68%)


Among singers, George Michael ranks 62 out of 4,381Before him are Víctor Jara, Ella Fitzgerald, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Nilsson, Salvatore Adamo, and Kate Bush. After him are Marianne Faithfull, Kurt Cobain, Anthony Kiedis, Rod Stewart, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Sarah Vaughan.

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Among people born in 1963, George Michael ranks 9Before him are José Mourinho, Whitney Houston, Quentin Tarantino, Jet Li, Michael Jordan, and Viktor Orbán. After him are Mohammed VI of Morocco, Garry Kasparov, Till Lindemann, Sergey Bubka, Ronald Koeman, and Peter Schmeichel. Among people deceased in 2016, George Michael ranks 21Before him are Andrzej Wajda, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Islam Karimov, Cesare Maldini, Carlos Alberto Torres, and João Havelange. After him are Prince, Abbas Kiarostami, Jerome Bruner, Nancy Reagan, Bernardo Provenzano, and Gabriele Amorth.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, George Michael ranks 288 out of 8,785Before him are Henrietta of England (1644), Timothy Dalton (1946), Kate Bush (1958), David Suchet (1946), Richard Cromwell (1626), and Edward Gibbon (1737). After him are John Logie Baird (1888), Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943), Marianne Faithfull (1946), Charlie Watts (1941), Ritchie Blackmore (1945), and William Morris (1834).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, George Michael ranks 8Before him are David Bowie (1947), Brian Johnson (1947), Joe Cocker (1944), Ozzy Osbourne (1948), Phil Collins (1951), and Kate Bush (1958). After him are Marianne Faithfull (1946), Rod Stewart (1945), Ian Gillan (1945), Bonnie Tyler (1951), Morrissey (1959), and Robert Plant (1948).