It's hard to imagine music without Madonna. It seems like she's always been there, changing the game and reinventing herself. But the Material Baby — born Madonna Louise Ciccone — arrived as a gift from the pop heavens over 60 years ago on Aug. Twenty-four years later she released her first single, "Everybody," and then dropped her self-titled debut album in
Madonna made it on to the Billboard Hot for the first time with "Borderline" in No artist has amassed more top 10 pop hits in the rock era than Madonna. This is a complete list of her top 10 pop singles from "Borderline" through the present. Released in February , " Borderline " became Madonna's first top 10 pop single. It remains one of the top favorites among fans and critics of her singles. The song was written and composed by Reggie Lucas who was the primary producer of Madonna's self-titled debut album. A remix by Madonna's boyfriend at the time John "Jellybean" Benitez added to "Borderline's" popularity in dance clubs. MTV's heavy rotation of the accompanying video is given credit for helping the song climb the pop charts. The accompanying video caused a stir by showing Madonna writhing on the floor and showing off her belly button.
4. ‘Take a Bow’
The history of pop music can essentially be divided into two eras: pre-Madonna and post-Madonna. Michael Jackson sold more albums and Prince was more prolific, but of the three singular musical icons born in , Madonna is still the one who most set the template for what a pop star could and should be: bold, brilliant, ambitious, consistently innovative and constantly evolving. Before Madonna, artists could be considered daring if they reinvented themselves with each new album; she sped up the pace to where she was doing so practically with each music video, defining "iconic" so many times over she eventually had to make a song about it. Unlike many of her superstar predecessors and peers, there is no one true definitive Madonna sound or album -- rather, there are a couple dozen definitive Madonna eras, which could last as long as four years or as short as, well, four minutes.
Madonna has sold over million records worldwide behind only The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson , and has morphed with the times over the decades. To celebrate her 60th birthday on August 16, we've picked our 20 all-time favourite Madonna tunes. Is yours in there? This song was originally composed by Patrick Leonard for the score of the film Fire with Fire. Madonna wrote the lyrics, co-composed the melodies, and co-produced it with Leonard, and it was released as the lead single from True Blue. Written by John Bettis and Jon Lind for the soundtrack album to Vision Quest, they decided to use the then-unknown Madonna after listening to her previous songs. The song was written about the situation in which the lead characters meet at a nightclub. The song was nearly dropped from the soundtrack, but it ended up becoming one of Madonna's biggest hits and arguably the most famous thing about the film!