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post Aug 12 2018, 12:58 PM
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60 incredible chart facts and feats about Madonna
10 August 2018 | By Justin Myers

To celebrate the pop icon's 60th birthday, we reveal her 60 essential chart facts.

A popstar so famous she only needs one name, Madonna celebrates her 60th birthday this month.

She's had one of the most successful music careers of all time, and to recognise her place as the queen of pop, we delved into the archives and put together some amazing chart facts that no self-respecting Madonna devotee would be without.

Don't just stand there – let's get to it.

1. Madonna has scored an incredible 71 Top 40 singles. Of those, 63 hits went Top 10.

2. From Like A Virgin in December 1984 to Secret in August 1994, Madonna logged a run of 36 consecutive Top 10 hits – no artist has bettered that since. Take a Bow broke the run in December 1994. She had another run of 17 consecutive Top 10s from You Must Love Me in Feb 1996 until Me Against The Music in November 2003. Blame Love Profusion for that one.

3. Madonna has scored 13 UK Number 1 singles – a chart record for a female solo artist. They are: Into The Groove, Papa Don't Preach, True Blue, La Isla Bonita, Who's That Girl, Like A Prayer, Vogue, Frozen, American Pie, Music, Hung Up, Sorry, 4 Minutes.

4. She’s spent 29 weeks at the top of the Official Singles Chart across her career.

5. Madonna singles have spent 516 weeks in the Top 40 since her first hit in 1984 – that’s nearly 10 years!!

6. Madonna’s first ever single was Everybody, the cover of which didn’t even feature a picture of the star. As it didn't get a proper release here, it didn’t chart in the UK.

7. Madonna’s first UK chart entry was Holiday, which was also her first Top 10, peaking at Number 6 – although it wouldn’t be the last we saw of Madonna’s signature song…

8. Holiday was rereleased in 1985 during the height of Madonna fever – she could’ve released an album of burps and gone Top 10 tbh – and reached Number 2.

9. On its second release in 1985, Holiday was stopped going to Number 1 by Madonna herself, making her one of the few artists in chart history to occupy the Top 2 at the same time. And the song that kept Holiday off? See below!

10. Into The Groove was Madonna’s first Number 1 in the UK, spending a month there in summer 1985, and totally top-blocked Holiday from Number 1 – coincidentally, this was the same week of Madonna’s 27th birthday (and her first wedding anniversary to Sean Penn, but let’s not dwell).

11. Into The Groove is also Madonna’s biggest selling single in the UK, helped in part by the fact it was from a hit movie – Desperately Seeking Susan, in which Madonna starred – and that it wasn’t available on any Madonna album. It was added to a reissue of Like A Virgin that year.

12. Madonna, surprisingly, does not have a million-selling single. Into The Groove is closest, as her top seller, with 881,000 copies shifted. Into The Groove is tied for Madonna’s longest stint at Number 1, equalled by the four weeks Vogue managed at the top from April 1990.

13. Interestingly, Madonna’s two hugest Number 1s started life as B-sides. Into The Groove was the B-side to Angel in the US (Angel got a full release here too) and Vogue was originally meant to be the B-side to Like A Prayer albums track Keep it Together but the record label heard it and realised it was a smash.

14. Holiday was released for a third time, by the way, to commemorate her first greatest hits album The Immaculate Collection (more on that later) – Holiday reached Number 5 in 1991.

15. Borderline has been out twice too! Not many people realise it was originally released in 1984 and became Madonna’s first single to miss the Top 40, stalling at 52. Two years later, it was back! And reached Number 2!

16. Her big ballad Crazy For You also came out twice, first in 1985 and then again in 1991, and reached Number 2 both times.

17. Madonna was very prolific in 1985, scoring seven Top 10 hits in that calendar year.

18. Not content with having the most Number 1 singles of any female artist, Madge also has the most Number 2 hits of *any* artist – clocking up 12 of them.

19. Artists who prevented her from getting to Number 1? Sister Sledge, Billy Ocean, Falco, Partners in Kryme, Vanilla Ice, The Simpsons, The Clash, All Saints, S Club 7, Room 5 feat Oliver Cheatham, Beyoncé, and Busted! Quite an eclectic lineup!

20. Madonna holds the record for most Number 1 albums by a female artist – 12 so far! They are: Like A Virgin, True Blue, Like A Prayer, The Immaculate Collection, Evita, Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Confessions on a Dance Floor, Hard Candy, Celebration, MDNA.

21. Second album Like A Virgin took 44 weeks to climb to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart All subsequent chart-topping albums went straight in at Number 1, with the exception of 1996’s Evita, which took 13 weeks to get there.

22. With third album True Blue, Madonna was actually the first US artist ever to go straight in at the top of the Official Albums Chart.

23. Madonna’s True Blue was the biggest selling album of 1986. True Blue spent six weeks at Number 1 and in just under six months on release, sold just shy of two million that year.

24. True Blue is Madonna’s top selling album in the UK, going platinum seven times. In the US, however, Like A Virgin is her big one.

25. Of all Madonna’s albums, True Blue yielded the most Number 1 hits. It has three: Papa Don’t Preach, the title track, and La Isla Bonita.

26. Greatest hits set The Immaculate Collection landed nine straight weeks at Number 1 from November 1990 – her longest stint at the top for any of her albums.

27. The Immaculate Collection is Madonna’s best selling album – and is indeed one of the biggest selling of all time – with 3.73 million copies sold. It’s currently the 13th best selling album ever in the UK.

28. 1994’s Bedtime Stories – her sixth studio set – was her first album since her debut to produce a single that missed the Top 10. The song in question was Take A Bow, which peaked at 16 but, ironically, is her longest run at Number 1 in the US, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks!

29. After Vogue in 1990, Madonna had to wait eight years before her next one – the comeback ballad Frozen in 1998.

30. Frozen was Madonna’s first single to debut at Number 1.

31. Her most recent Number 1 was 4 Minutes in 2008, meaning this is the longest Madonna has gone without a chart-topper in her entire career.

32. Madonna has had Number 1 albums across four decades – '80s, '90s, '00s, and the '10s.

33. Across her 12 Number 1 albums, Madonna has spent 30 weeks at the top of the Official Albums Chart. This was a record until Adele overtook her in 2016.

34. Madonna has never missed the Top 10 with a studio album, and only one didn’t make the Top 5: her self-titled debut, which peaked at 6 when it was reissued as “The First Album” in 1985.

35. Madonna’s longest gap between studio albums is just short of four years, between Hard Candy (2008) and MDNA (2012), although, in fairness, she did whack out both a greatest hits and a live album in between.

36. For the first 19 years of her career, Madonna was credited as sole artist on all her singles – she broke that spell with a cameo on Britney’s Me Against the Music in 2002. Another of her Number 2 hits.

37. Funnily enough, it would be over five years before she allowed another artist to take a feature credit on one of her singles for the first time – 4 Minutes featured Justin Timberlake.

38. Madonna’s lowest selling Number 1 is 2006’s Sorry.

39. Her biggest selling single to miss the top is actually her second biggest selling single of all time: Like A Virgin peaked at 3 in 1984.

40. Madonna’s top selling Number 2 single is Crazy For You.

41. Madonna doesn’t have many cover versions under her belt. She first had a hit with one in 1993, when she reimagined the old-school Peggy Lee classic Fever as a ‘90s house banger. When appearing in Evita, she released two covers of songs from the classic musical, going Top 10 with both.

42. Madonna’s most successful cover version was her do-over of Don McLean’s American Pie – she took it to Number 1 in 2000.

43. Hung Up is Madonna’s longest-running single on the Official Charts, notching up 40 weeks in the Top 100.

44. 2007 was the first year since Madonna’s career began that she didn’t have a single appear on the chart at all – 23 years after her first hit. She’d previously had years without any new entries – 1988 and 2004 – but there had been a couple of songs lingering in the Top 40 from the previous year.

45. Madonna’s most downloaded song is her most recent Number 1, 4 Minutes, which sold 458,000 downloads.

46. Madonna’s most streamed tune – since we started counting in 2014 – is Like A Prayer.

47. Her most streamed video – by a huge margin – is La Isla Bonita.

48. Twelve of Madonna’s hits have featured in films in which she also starred: Crazy For You, Gambler (both from Vision Quest, later renamed Crazy For You for obvious reasons); Into The Groove (Desperately Seeking Susan); Who’s That Girl, Causing a Commotion, The Look of Love (Who’s That Girl); This Used to be my Playground (A League of Their Own); You Must Love Me, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Another Suitcase in Another Hall (Evita); American Pie (The Next Best Thing); and Die Another Day (that Bond theme!). Trick question for a pub quiz: Hanky Panky was on the I’m Breathless album which served as a partial soundtrack to Dick Tracy, which Madonna starred in, but the song wasn’t in the film itself.

49. Additionally, four of Madonna’s hits have been recorded for movies she didn’t star in: Live To Tell (At Close Range, starring then-husband Sean Penn); I’ll Remember (With Honors); Beautiful Stranger (Austin Powers 2); Masterpiece (W.E. which Madonna actually directed)

50. 1993’s Deeper and Deeper was Madonna’s first single to miss the Top 5 in eight years.

51. Hung Up contained a sample of ABBA’s Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! and managed to outchart it – Hung Up was a Number 1 but Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! peaked at 3.

52. Madonna has seen three of her singles peak at Number 10. Spookily, the first one and the last were each the third single off their parent album: Bad Girl (Erotica, 1993) and Drowned World/Substitute for Love (Ray of Light, 1998). You Must Love Me is the other one, lead single off the Evita soundtrack

53. When Confessions on a Dancefloor singles Hung Up and Sorry went to Number 1, it was the first time Madonna had topped the charts with the first two singles from an album. Pub quiz trick question: In theory, she did this with American Pie and Music, from the Music album, but American Pie was only added to European editions of the album and was never part of the Music campaign – and Madonna was raging about it.

54. Madonna had three Top 10 albums in 1990: Like A Prayer (released in 1989 but still big), I’m Breathless, and The Immaculate Collection.

55. Madonna’s most recent Number 1 album was 2012’s MDNA. Rebel Heart was her first studio album to miss the top spot since Bedtime Stories in 1994.

56. Madonna has released live albums of every tour since her Re-Invention jaunt in 2004. Only one has reached the Top 10: The Confessions Tour peaked at 7 in 2007.

57. Madonna’s music has been covered many times, but few of these new versions have made an impression on the charts. Of the most notable: Dutch dance outfit MadHouse reached Number 3 with Like A Prayer in 2002 and Number 24 with Holiday the same year. Kelly Osbourne managed a Top 3 hit with a punky cover of Papa Don’t Preach in 2002, and the cast of Glee hit Number 16 with their version of Like A Prayer in 2010.

58. Madonna is one of very few artists to have occupied every space in the Top 10. It took her 11 years to do. Here’s how:

59. She has 13 Number 1s, 12 Number 2s, 9 Number 3s, Five Number 4s, Seven Number 5s, Four Number 6s, Seven Number 7s, One Number 8 – Human Nature, which completed her set, Two Number 9s, and Three Number 10s.

60. As is very fitting for a huge star who has been very good getting everyone’s attention for over 30 years, the most common word to crop up in the titles of Madonna’s hits is “me”, with seven songs. They are: Rescue Me, You Must Love Me, Don’t Cry for me Argentina, Don’t Tell Me, Me Against the Music, Give it 2 Me, Give Me All Your Luvin’. She also referred to “my playground” and “my love” that she expected you to justify. It is ALL about Madge, and quite right too. Girl is second, with five Top 100 mentions.
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post Aug 13 2018, 02:09 PM
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Love all of these! What a woman, what a career, what a superstar <3
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Deeper and deeper: Madonna's hidden gems and deep cuts you need in your life
16 August 2018 | By Justin Myers

As Madonna turns 60, we go beyond the big hits and unearth some fan favourites and overshadowed classics.

We all know Madonna's huge hits, the 13 Number 1s (a chart record - 59 more incredible chart facts here), and her signature tunes, but what about the rest?

With a collection of work like Madonna's, it's only natural some songs – even those released as singles – would be overlooked. Some will be fan favourites, unheard recordings, or songs you never even knew you couldn't live without.

As the Queen of Pop celebrates her 60th birthday, let's go deeper and deeper into the songs that made Madonna. We've compiled the songs into a playlist at the bottom of the page.

Is Angel Madonna's most underrated single? Very possibly. Despite being a Top 5 hit in 1986, this Like A Virgin cut never had a video, doesn't make it into her live shows, and is generally forgotten by even the most devoted stans. This is a travesty. Showing a softer side to Madonna, Angel's lyrics perfectly describe overpowering, all-consuming adoration for a lover. The 12" version features disco legend Nile Rodgers, who produced the album, among a crowd chanting "Madonna! Madonna!" and is a thing of wonder.

Till Death Do Us Part
Often, and justifiably, lauded as the best Madonna single that never was, on first listen the raw and heartbreaking lyrics seem at odds with the upbeat, frenetic, jumpy and urgent backing track, until you realise that's what Madonna is trying to convey: the outer veneer of the perfect, happy marriage with the murky, violent truth lurking beneath the surface. It's harrowing and haunting, yet a total tune, which makes it all the more unsettling. A must-listen for anyone who thinks Madonna can't do "deep".

Madonna's first ever single doesn't get that much attention these days, but when she revived it at a live performance to mark the release of Confessions on a Dance Floor in 2005, the song had just as much energy as it first did over 20 years earlier.

I'm Addicted
This noisy, stilted electronic bruiser is the result of Madonna and Benny Benassi locking horns. Madonna has said this was the most difficult to write of all the songs on MDNA, and it shows, but she pulled it off: she demonstrates a lyrical flair here that's maybe missing from a lot of the rest of the album.

Dress You Up
Yet another overlooked single from Like A Virgin, Madonna seems to be making amends – she included it on her third greatest hits album Celebration and has performed it live in recent years after over 20 years of ignoring it. Comparing her love to a shopping trip to Topman, its lyrics are smart and sexy and very Madonna, and it went Top 5 in 1986. Again, no official video, just a live performance. Sigh.

Express Yourself (original version)
We can hear your necks snapping back in horror at this one, but stay with us! The Like A Prayer album version of Express Yourself never gets the credit it deserves. Shep Pettibone's (very good) housey remix nabbed its place in history when it accompanied the iconic video, and of course was the inspiration for the brilliant Vogue. But the album version was a note-perfect '80s soul KC and the Sunshine Band pastiche that kind of matches the song's motivational message better.

This B-side shows Madonna contemplating having sex with, and becoming pregnant by, a ghost. What's not to like? Originally heavy on guitars, it was remixed into a very '90s housey hip-hop bop by Sly & Robbie for the Red, Hot & Dance charity album.

Future Lovers
All the Confessions singles went Top 10, but as an album it's pretty much unique among Madonna's back catalogue that pretty much every track had single potential. Of them all, Future Lovers seems like the hit that never was. It's an intoxicating rush of motivational disco, which takes its cue from Donna Summer's I Feel Love. In fact, the version of the song which opened Madonna's Confessions Tour and interpolates Donna's hit should be considered definitive.

Body Shop
Madonna's Rebel Heart album contained her poppiest efforts in a long while, and while the album may have lacked cohesion, it certainly threw out some excellent curveballs, including this mystic BloodPop-produced tune. Madonna tries out all her best automobile metaphors on this summery song.

Nope, not a typo! We all know Erotica, of course, with that infamous video of Madonna hitchhiking with no clothes on, but did you know about this version, which was included with her controversial SEX book? It features rather different lyrics to the album version – mostly about Madonna hinting she's going to tie you up with bin bags and bang the crap out of you – and the backing track is stripped back and wonderfully gloomy. It's also worth checking out William Orbit's remix, which predates their work together on Ray of Light.

Promise to Try
Madonna's ballads often get short shrift, Crazy for You and Live to Tell aside, but Promise to Try shows off her talents. It's mainly just a piano, Madge, a whole bucket of emotions and the eerie presence of her late mother. Don't listen to it drunk: it will destroy you.

Rescue Me
This song got to Number 3 in 1991! 3! And who remembers it? Nobody. And that's a shame because it's really great. Madonna does her best talk-singing in the verses – with some of her most impressive lyrics – like she's reciting poetry, before letting rip in the chorus of this Immaculate Collection track. It's made all the better by the fact she's clearly a bit hoarse from her gruelling Blond Ambition Tour the year before.

Thief of Hearts
Back in 1992, repeating the word "bitch" throughout a song was quite shocking, and Madonna really goes for it here, by kidnapping and possibly maiming a woman who stole her man. Added bonus is the sound effect of Madonna chewing her way through a whole packet of Juicy Fruit.

Back in Business
Madonna was certainly unpredictable in 1990. By the end of the year she'd be tearing about hotel corridors in her lingerie for Justify My Love, but during the summer she reinvented herself as a big band singer from the 1930s, thanks to her role in Dick Tracy. Of the songs "inspired by" the movie on her album I'm Breathless, this tale of mobster revenge is the best. The backing vocals trilled in perfect gangster parody accents are priceless.

I'm Going Bananas
Another one from I'm Breathless that she definitely wouldn't get away with today. It uses some rather problematic terms for impaired mental health, and features Madonna singing in an accent that is at the very least culturally insensitive. And yet, despite being a garbage fire on paper, I'm Going Bananas is a riotous, Latin explosion that shows off Madonna's kooky side. Thankfully, it's short.

Bad Girl
Third single off Erotica, this got to Number 10 and shows off Madonna's storytelling abilities in its (rather depressing) lyrics. Her performance of Bad Girl on Saturday Night Live is widely thought to be one of her very best live vocals.

Love Tried to Welcome Me
Madonna is great at doing miserable, even though she doesn't wheel out the melancholy that often. From one of her most overlooked albums, Bedtime Stories, Love Tried to Welcome Me is almost a sequel to Bad Girl, an atmospheric, epic, emotive ballad. It also demonstrates Madonna's clairvoyant skills: the lyric "Instead of spring, it's always winter" is a clear reference to 2018's "Beast from the East" weather phenomenon which froze the UK out of our minds until April.

Substitute for Love
A Number 10 hit in 1999, and released in very few countries, this is yet another of Madonna's overlooked slowies. She looks amazing in the video and it's one of the few songs about the perils of fame that doesn't have you reaching for the tiniest violins in the world.

This zingy bonus track from the Confessions era features Madge musing on what it would be like to be President, among other fantasies. Maybe she'll do it one day, and during her inauguration can vogue out of the White House to this bop.

Mer Girl
Trippy electronica! Death! Madonna on top vocal form! More death! The closing track of the Ray of Light album is a brilliant downer.

Be Careful
This laidback, atmospheric duet with Ricky Martin mixes acoustic and electronic and its abrupt finish leaves you wanting more – just the way Madonna likes it.

Like an Angel Passing Through My Room
Yes, that's right. We said it. Rarer than hen's teeth – although a leaked demo is online – Madonna tackled the closing track of ABBA's final studio album The Visitors in the sessions for Music. And you know what? It's good. William Orbit's lullaby-esque production and Madonna's restrained vocals (she sounds a bit nervous, actually) certainly do the song justice.

Impressive Instant
It still hurts, tbh, that this Music album track was never an official single. It's a pulsating, sweaty, relentless dance banger in which Madonna compares herself to a bird, using the most perfect couplet in pop: "singy singy singy/wingy wingy wingy". It would've been Number 1 for centuries, right?

Paradise (Not For Me)
Madge got French and moody on this Mirwais-produced atmospheric tune. She did a great version of it on her Confessions Tour – not long after leaping down from a huge crucifix, you know what she's like – and it remains one of her better midtempos.

Easy Ride
Yes, OK, she's banging on about fame again but this is a kind of hopeful, wistful tale of motherhood, ageing and still having more to give. When Mirwais and Madonna get together, there are always fireworks, but it does seem they gel best on contemplative tracks like this.

Hard Candy gets a bad rap as an album, and seemed like something of a misstep after the euphoric and floor-filling Confessions, but Madge hates to repeat herself. Among the best songs is this Pharrell-produced bop, on which Madonna regains her youthful innocence and sounds much freer than she does on any other song on Hard Candy.

Beautiful Scars
Some would argue the leaked demo version of the song – which was like Madonna doing vulnerable ABBA-esque pop – was the better version. And they are right. However, the Rebel Heart final edit has its pluses, and carries off the '90s house throwback vibe rather more successfully than the album's lead single Living for Love did.

As collaborator Diplo said, this song should've been a hit and may well have been had another artist been singing it. She looked epic in the video too.

Listen to a playlist of our selection of Madonna's hidden gems, plus some you suggested! Let's go FULL MADGE.
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Let’s hope they give us her best 60 selling songs . I’d love an update .
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