By Lara Walsh
Updated Dec 26, 2016 @ 2:30 pm
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If Michael Jackson was the king of pop, George Michael was certainly its prince, charting the Billboard Hot 100 with eight number-one hit songs and earning honors with two Grammy awards during his incredible career. While the '80s heartthrob was certainly known for his catchy beats and lyrics, Michael was also lauded for his ground-breaking music videos, which won him four MTV VMAs.

On the heels of the sad news that the talented musician passed away at the age of 53 on Sunday, we celebrate his legacy by looking back on his incredible music legacy and the hits we still can't stop dancing to today.

"Last Christmas"

While the pop star passed away on Christmas Day, he was certainly one of the kings of holiday music, penning the 1984 hit "Last Christmas" that's become a festive staple today.

"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"

This hit jump-started Wham!'s path to stardom as one of its first tracks to make it big, and the song is still a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.

"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"

Michael paired up with Elton John for this duet, which was originally released on John's album Caribou. The chart-topping track with Michael's vocals hit the no. 1 spots on the both the US and UK billboards.

"I Want Your Sex"

Michael's steamy tune "I Want Your Sex" was an instant hit with its provocative lyrics, but the single was initially banned from many major radio stations due to its risque nature.

"Careless Whisper"

Michaels gazes into the camera in the music video for "Careless Whisper," the sultry chart-topper that would go on to make the young musician a superstar—and an '80s heartthrob.