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35 years since ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ ruled the Hot 100

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Wham! was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 35 years ago with “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.”

In his new memoir, band member Andrew Ridgeley describes the inspiration for the song as a note he stuck on his parents' fridge one night before going to bed. The note asked his mom to "wake me up up before you go go." The song George Michael eventually wrote using that line would became the band's biggest hit.