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"One More Try" is a U.S. number-one hit song written and performed by George Michael and released by Epic Records in 1988 as the fourth single from Faith.


The song was the fourth of six singles to be released from George's debut solo album Faith. A ballad at six minutes in length, the song lyrically explored Michael's unwillingness to return to a new relationship because he had been emotionally hurt so many times previously. The song concludes with temptation taking over, and Michael ends by singing the title for the only time.

"One More Try" remained a live favourite at Michael's concerts in the years which followed, although its radio airplay tends to be restricted to specific "Love Song"-esque features because of both the tempo and the length.

Chart performance

It reached #8 in the UK Singles Chart but became his seventh #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USAmarker. Four of the six singles issued from Faith went to number one in America, while by comparison, none managed to do so in the UK.

"One More Try" was the third consecutive #1 single from the Faith album. "One More Try" debuted at an impressive #40 the week of April 16, 1988, and matching the speed of "Father Figure", reached #1 by its seventh week, May 28, 1988, this time staying there for three consecutive weeks. "One More Try" was the second-longest running #1 of 1988, tied with "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison, and behind the four-week run of Steve Winwood's "Roll With It".In total, "One More Try" spent 7 weeks in the Top 10 and 14 weeks in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100."One More Try" was the last number-one single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart by a white male artist until Robin Thicke's "Lost Without U" (2007).

In total, "One More Try" hit number one on:
  • U.S. Hot 100
  • U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  • U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks

which made it the first single in the history of Billboard to reach #1 on three different charts in the United Statesmarker.

Peak positions

Chart (1988) Peak

Dutch Top 40 4
United States Hot 100 1
United States Hot Dance Club Songs
United States Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
United States Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
UK Singles Chart 8

Track listing

"One More Try" Maxi CD
  1. "One More Try" (7" version) – 5:54
  2. "One More Try" (12" version) – 6:25
  3. "One More Try" (More 7" Remix Style) – 3:41

Official remixes and versions

  • Album version – 5:50
  • Instrumental – 5:49
  • More 7" Remix Style – 5:35
  • More 7" Remix version – 5:41
  • 12" version – 7:20

Divine remake

In 1999, R&B teen trio Divine recorded the song as their second single off their debut album Fairy Tales.

Chart performance

Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B UK Album
1999 "One More Try" 29 13 Fairy Tales


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