"Freedom" was #1 in the UK for three weeks and featured on the album Make It Big, which was issued at the same time. "Freedom" was the 10th biggest selling single of 1984. This song also reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US the following year. The music video, coinciding with the 1985 US release, features the band touring around Beijing, China.
The melody of the song was used by George Michael as an introduction to his song, "Faith", played on a church organ.