She is iconic and living for love, she is a material girl and Madame X, and most importantly b*tch she’s Madonna! Almost everyone knows about Madonna and her music she released during her long-lasting career. She has proved several times that she deserves the title Queen of Pop, and it is obvious that she has influenced the popular culture and many singers such as Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and more. Since she is such a great singer and icon, we will be checking 10 Best Songs of Madonna on this list.
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10. Music ( Music – 2000)
Music is the lead single of its namesake album, which is the eighth album of Madonna. It is considered as a disco anthem since it has electro-bounce, campy vocoder chants, and funky keyboard squeals.
9. Hung Up (Confessions on a Dance Floor – 2005)
Every Madonna fan knows that she would go with a dancing career if she had not chose singing. That’s why in this music video of Hung Up, we can see her dancing. Also, the song contains samples of Swedish band ABBA’s Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, for which Madonna personally sought permission to use the songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. You can click here to learn more about ABBA.
8. Frozen (Ray of Light – 1998)
After Madonna gave birth to her daughter Lourdes, in 1996, she enrolled in Kabbalah and started studying Hinduism and yoga, all of which helped her “step outside [myself] and see the world from a different perspective.”. During the same year, she started writing and producing her seventh album Ray of Light, in which her song Frozen is. Also, Madonna’s vocals throughout the song lack vibrato, and have drawn comparisons to medieval music.
7. Material Girl (Like A Virgin – 1985)
Material Girl is about a woman who craves the finer things in life and will manipulate men to get them. Like a Virgin was only Madonna’s second album, and she was still developing her image. Even though “Material Girl” became Madonna’s nickname, over the next few years she was able to establish many new looks, some of which were the opposite of what is a material girl.
6. Express Yourself (Like A Prayer – 1989)
After her material girl look, this time Madonna comes with a song that is totally opposite of the material lifestyle. While Madonna asks for finer things from men in her song Material Girl, she sings about love and feelings in Express Yourself.
You don’t need diamond rings
Or eighteen karat gold
Fancy cars that go very fast
You know they never last, no, no
What you need is a big strong hand
To lift you to your higher ground
Make you feel like a queen on a throne
Make him love you till you can’t come down
5. Papa Don’t Preach (True Blue – 1986)
Papa Don’t Preach is about teen pregnancy and a confused teenager who seeks advice from her father in a difficult time. In a 2009 interview with Rolling Stone, Madonna said: “It just fit right in with my own personal zeitgeist of standing up to male authorities, whether it’s the pope or the Catholic Church or my father and his conservative, patriarchal ways.”. Also, the song contains samples of Beethoven’s Appassionata sonata.
4. Like A Virgin (Like A Virgin – 1984)
Like A Virgin is one of the many songs of Madonna that caused controversy. The reason why it was so controversial back then is that it was too much for some people who watched the music video and saw a songstress singing about virginity in a wedding gown.
3. La Isla Bonita (True Blue – 1986)
Madonna sings about the island of San Pedro in her song La Isla Bonita, which means “The Beautiful Island” in Spanish. Also, Cuban drums and Spanish guitar, maracas and harmonicas are used in the song.
Tropical the island breeze
All of nature, wild and free
This is where I long to be
La isla bonita
And when the samba played
The sun would set so high
Ring trough my ears and sting my eyes
Your Spanish lullaby
2. Vogue (I’m Breathless – 1990)
Vogue is for sure the most iconic song of Madonna that influenced the world with its rhythm, lyrics, and music video. Madonna’s inspiration was the modern house dance style vogueing, which originated in the Harlem underground ballrooms of LGBTi+ community. Later, thanks to Madonna, vogueing became popular and was brought into the mainstream culture. Also, singers like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Azelia Banks, and Ariana Grande adopted vogueing in their performances and music videos. Also, in the bridge part, Madonna references sixteen “Golden Age” Hollywood stars from the 1920s to the 1950s.
1. Like A Prayer (Like A Prayer – 1989)
Like A Prayer is a pop rock song with elements of gospel music and the lead single of its namesake album. Because the music video depicts a church and Catholic symbols such as stigmata, and also features the Ku Klux Klan’s burning crosses and a dream about kissing a black saint; The Vatican condemned the video, while family and religious groups protested against its broadcast.
When you call my name it’s like a little prayer
I’m down on my knees, I wanna take you there
In the midnight hour I can feel your power
Just like a prayer you know I’ll take you there
- Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (Evita – 1996)
- American Life (American Life – 2003)