The Best of Madonna: 1982-Forever


I’m a big fan of Madonna. She is creative, outspoken, and constantly in reinvention.

She has come a long way from “Everybody” from her album, Madonna.

It wasn’t until “Borderline” that her career began to take off, with this first top-ten hit on the Billboard Top 100.

“Lucky Star” would reach the top five.

“Like a Virgin,” from her album, Like a Virgin, remains one of my favorite early songs by her.

“Material Girl” another great chart topper. Madonna has said about this song: “I liked them both because they were ironic and provocative at the same time but also unlike me. I am not a materialistic person, and I certainly wasn’t a virgin, and, by the way, how can you be like a virgin? I liked the play on words, I thought they were clever. They’re so geeky, they’re cool.”

“Crazy for You” was a different direction, one of many, for her, having not done ballads before, from the Vision Quest soundtrack.

“Into the Groove” was another great dance hit from Like a Virgin, and the Desperately Seeking Susan soundtrack.


“Dress You Up” also from Like a Virgin.

“Live to Tell” was from the album, True Blue, and the At Close Range soundtrack.

“Papa Don’t Preach” has been a relateively OK song for me, if it wasn’t for the antiabortion content. It is also from True Blue.

“True Blue” was a retro video as an ode to the girl groups of the late 1950s/early 1960s. Also from True Blue.

“Open Your Heart” was also relatively OK from True Blue.

“La Isla Bonita” is much better improvement from True Blue.

“Who’s That Girl” was also from True Blue, and the Who’s That Girl soundtrack.

“Like a Prayer” is an epic, fantastic video which never really gets old. It’s the debut song from Like a Prayer.


“Express Yourself” is nearly as good from Like a Prayer. (It’s no “Material Girl.”)

“Cherish” is also a fairly decent song from Like a Prayer.

Does much compare to “Vogue”? It’s a fantastic song from the I’m Breathless soundtrack.

“This Used to Be My Playground” was another great ballad from A League of Their Own soundtrack.

“Deeper and Deeper” was from Erotica.

“Secret” is another great song from the album, Bedtime Stories.

“Take a Bow” is comparably another great song from Bedtime Stories.

“Bedtime Story” is a personal favorite from the album, Bedtime Stories.

“Human Nature” remains yet another personal favorite from Bedtime Stories.

“You’ll See” is a sequel from “Take a Bow” from Something to Remember.


“You Must Love Me” was one of several fantastic songs from the Evita soundtrack.

“Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” was fantastic from the Evita soundtrack.

“Anothert Suitcase in Another Hall” was equally fantastic from the Evita soundtrack.

Many songs from Ray of Light remain some of my top favorties, including this one, “Frozen.”

“Ray of Light” is just so damned good from Ray of Light.

“Drowned World/Substitute for Love” remains a great song from Ray of Light.

“The Power of Goodbye” is another fantastic song from Ray of Light.

“Nothing Really Matters” also remains fantastic from Ray of Light.

“Shanti/Ashtangi” remains a favorite song from Ray of Light.


“Beautiful Stranger” is quite a fun video from the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack.

“American Pie” from the album, Music, and The Next Best Thing soundtrack, is another personal favorite song of mine. I used to love listening to the original version by Don McLean.

“Music” was a very good song from Music.

“Don’t Tell Me” was another favorite from Music.

“What It Feels Like for a Girl” was also a great song from Music.

“Die Another Day” is an awesome song from the Die Another Day soundtrack.

“Me Against the Music” with Britney Spears from Britney’s album, In the Zone.

“Love Profusion” was one of the few songs I ever liked from American Life.


Many of the songs from Confressions on a Dance Floor were considered for me a far improvement from American Life, beginning with “Hung Up.”

“Sorry” was also quite fantastic from Confressions on a Dance Floor.

“Jump” remains another quite fantastic song from Confressions on a Dance Floor.

“4 Minutes” with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland was an decent song from Hard Candy.

“Miles Away” was a song that really grew on me from the album, Hard Candy.

“Celebration” was a fantastic song from Celebration.


“Give Me All Your Lovin’ ” with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj was a really fun song from MDNA.

“Girl Gone Wild” is a fantastic from MDNA.

“Ghosttown” is a great track from the album, Rebel Heart.

“Bitch I’m Madonna” is also a fantastic song from Rebel Heart.


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