Best Of Madonna Songs

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The film informed both the song's love-under-pressure theme and its Moroccan-influenced beats. Is there something you need? While we hotly debated the placement of several singles on this list, there was no doubt about which song would take the top spot. Madonna's second Number One single was a carbonated ballad with propulsive production by Jellybean Benitez.

Actually, she had a lot to say about it. Arrow Created with Sketch. Scott Fitzgerald novel or a story that I heard once. But all her risks were validated when it became her third Number One hit.

As Madonna announces a performance at Eurovision, we all wonder what will be her choice for song number two. But Madonna wasn't telling. The song showed Madonna beginning to address more mature themes on her third album, jadoo film and it remains a quintessential part of her button-pushing oeuvre.

The song became a huge hit, breaking her tie with Whitney Houston to become the female singer with the most Number One singles at the time. The melancholy tune about a girl confessing her unplanned pregnancy to her father pushed the boundaries of pop lyrics for its time. It hit Number Two in the U. But her trip-hop-indebted spoken word ode to sadomasochism is alluring, mesmerizing and unforgettable. But Madonna and Patrick Leonard flipped the arrangement, added a bass line and turned it into a quintessential clipped-beat Eighties dance-pop jam.

The Temptations were also in the running to cut the track. The singer had married Sean Penn the year before, and she named this girl-group-steeped song and the album it appeared on after a favorite expression of Penn's. Brimming with sexual innuendo, Madonna yearns for a man to open her lock with his key. It was a deal for three singles and an option for albums afterward. At that point, I wasn't a person who went on holidays to beautiful islands.

But none of that stops it from being a total banger. Gospel and pop join forces here, forming a praiseworthy confection of sexual and religious ecstasy. But what makes the tune a standout is Madonna's vocals, which producer Mirwais chose to leave unsullied by digital processing.

Can she sing a song like that? It's the place to go get distracted from what's really important in life. The song's assertive feel jelled well with the movie's theme, especially the story of its hard-to-get heroine played by Linda Fiorentino.

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Calendar Created with Sketch. Sharon Stone should play the Marilyn Monroe part, and I'm gonna play the bandleader. He in turn polished it off with a funky, jittering guitar line. And yes, that means exactly what you think it does. Madonna surprised listeners with this twangy take on electro pop.

In its instantly recognisable video, Madge dances in a neon-pink leotard while people do some parkour in London. But the song originated in another genre entirely. It could be about something in an F. The song was written by Lenny Kravitz and Prince-collaborator Ingrid Chavez, who culled most of the original lyrics from a love letter she wrote but didn't mail to Kravitz. And no surprise, it sounded just as grand.

This flirty early track offered a subtle suggestion of the more provocative statements she had in store. Do you like to boogie-woogie? They call her the Material Girl. Part of a four-song one fateful New York night, this club banger was re-recorded with producer Reggie Lucas and then remixed by Eighties club genius Jellybean Benitez. It's true, but it's not necessarily autobiographical.

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. King, Malcolm X, freedom of speech is as good as sex. After years spent making albums that bridged boundaries of race, gender and sexual orientation, Madonna finally wrote a tune explicitly devoted to the democratizing power of music itself. Check out the Billboard staff's ranking of Madonna's albums from least to most adored.

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4 Minutes (2008)

Ever since her early days, Madonna has been obsessed with the taboo connection between sex and spirituality. Madonna wrote the song with Patrick Leonard and Bruce Gaitsch.

Liam Gallagher reveals the name of his new album. It's a cleavage-and-blasphemy cocktail where Madonna visits a Catholic church, has hot sex with a black-saint statue, dances in front of burning crosses and experiences stigmata. Introducing the video on the U. The movie even features Madge belting it out in her first screen appearance. When I feel any kind of extreme.

Madonna's stories were getting a lot more serious and intense, driving the creative direction of the songs into deeply personal territory. By her own account, it came from a pure place. She locks the melody into her head and memorizes the words immediately. Try not to get up and dance to this sparkly, uptempo beat. The curiously earnest Music track couples searching lyrics with acoustic strumming and increasingly dissonant keyboards.

4 Minutes (2008)

That lasts longer than emotions. Shape Created with Sketch. The show is over, say good-bye.

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Some kind of sexual abuse? For a nightly highlight of her tour, Madonna picked up an electric guitar to crash out a punk rock version.

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The unorthodox song seemed like commercial suicide when it was released as the lead single from True Blue. At first it sounds like a comparison between a broken relationship and a curtain call, but the video pivots the story to paint the bad guy as a deadly matador. But that's what she wanted, so that's what she got.

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While her voice aches with unfulfilled desire, it's still peppered with playfulness. This lush standout from Rebel Heart is about sticking with a partner after civilization has fallen apart. Bad times are officially forgotten. So after hanging out with the Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Madonna didn't seem particularly avant-garde. She'd written the song herself and recorded it with Jellybean Benitez around the time her debut album was being released.

This song is four minutes of pure happiness. The song was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, who were told they might have to change the title to get it recorded.