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August 22, 2018



In 84, on the Sire label, arrived ‘Holiday’ –

a UK gold seller, giving Madonna a No.6 slot.

‘Lucky Star’ and ‘Borderline’ followed,

then ‘Like A Virgin’, a US No.1,  also gained a UK Top 3 spot.


In 85 came seven consecutive Top Tens –

the first two being ‘Material Girl’ and ‘Crazy For You’,

then ‘Into The Groove’ for four weeks at No.1,

with ‘Holiday’ and ‘Angel’ next in the queue.


‘Gambler’ came next on the Geffen label

(as was ‘Crazy For You’)

Then gold-seller – ‘Dress You Up’ -(back on Sire),

and in 86, ‘Borderline’ returning at No.2.


Next, at No.2, came ‘Live To Tell’, (also a US No.1),

and ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ – for 3 weeks – a UK No.1

followed by ‘True Blue’ and ‘Open Your Heart’,

and in 87, ‘La Isla Bonita’, for 2 weeks – a UK No.1.


‘Who’s That Girl’ – the next US & UK No.1,

followed by ‘Causing A Commotion’ at No.4,

and ‘The Look Of Love’ closing this year,

but 89 had 4 UK Top Tens in store.


At No.1 for 3 weeks was ‘Like A Prayer’,

then ‘Express Yourself’ at No.5 and ‘Cherish’ at No.3,

before ‘Dear Jessie’ closed the decade, and in 90 –

US No.1 -‘Vogue’ – for 4 weeks a UK No.1, was to be.


‘Hanky Panky’ and ‘Justify My Love’,

in 90, both made the UK No.2,

and in 91, now on the Sire label,

also making No.2 was ‘Crazy For You’.


‘Rescue Me’ and ‘Holiday’ – the last Top Tens of 91,

and in 92, ‘This Used To Be My Playground’ –

a US No.1, reached the UK Top 3,

and on Maverick, came ‘Erotica’ –  also a Top 3 sound.


‘Deeper and Deeper’ ended this year,

with ‘Bad Girl’, the first Top Ten of 93,

then ‘Fever’ and ‘Rain’, and in 94 – ‘I’ll Remember’,

before ‘Secret’, and then US No.1 – ‘Take A Bow’, we see.


‘Bedtime Story’ and ‘Human Nature’,

two more Top Tens to arrive,

and ‘You’ll See’  also included,

in Madonnas’ UK hits of 95.


Opening 96 came ‘Oh Father’,  followed by

‘One More Chance’ and ‘You Must Love Me’,

and closing this year ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’,

on Warner Brothers, reached No.3.


Also on Warner Brothers (as was ‘You Must Love Me’),

next came ‘Another Suitcase In Another Hall’,

and in 98 at No.1 on Maverick was ‘Frozen’,

and ‘Ray Of Light’ had a UK No.2 call.


Then came ‘Drowned World’ (Substitute For Love),

and ‘The Power Of Goodbye’/’Little Star’, also a Top 10.

and ‘Nothing Really Matters’ and ‘Beautiful Stranger’ –

two Top Tens of 99,  to follow on then.


‘American Pie’ and ‘Music’ – two Millennium number ones,

and included in this year -‘Don’t Tell Me’ – at No.4 in the UK,

and at No.7 in 01 – ‘What It Feels Like For A Girl’,

and in 02, on Warner Brothers came ‘Die Another Day’.


In 03, ‘American Life (Import) at No.57,

followed by ‘American Life’ at No.2.

and also at No.2 came ‘Hollywood’,

from this Goddess of Invention, so true.


Also in 03, ‘Me Against The Music’  on Jive,

by Britney Spears featuring Madonna – a UK No.2

then came ‘Nothing Falls’/’Love Profusion’,

making No.11, as 03 was through.


In 05, ‘Hung Up’ and in o6 ‘Sorry’

both UK number ones,  with Madonna at her best.

‘Get Together’ and ‘Jump’ ending the year,

both UK Top Tens to add to the rest.


In 08,  ‘4 Minutes’  featuring Justin Timberlake –

a UK No.1 for 4 weeks in the charts.

Also in this year ‘Give It 2 Me’ and ‘Miles Away’,

and in 09 ‘Celebration’ – a No.3 for this Queen of Hearts.


written by

Harriet Blackbury

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