Careless Whisper - George Michael (1984)
Release on Wham!'s album Make It Big, this was George Michael's first solo single in the UK, and showed beyond the shadow of a doubt that Andrew Ridgeley was completely expendable. Michael would go on to craft some of the greatest contributions to the recorded British legacy, but none would ever match the excitement that this recording demonstrated to all 21 countries where it topped the charts: This is a major talent that we almost slept on. No one would surprise us this much until Justin Timberlake's solo debut.
This is kinda perfect!