She laid down the blue print for modern pop, music videos, theatrical concerts and cyclical reinvention.
She was the first million+ selling female artist and although she’s been overshadowed by others on individual album sales, her consistency has made her one of the top artists in chart history.
For over three decades she’s remained a dangerous woman because she’s never been shy to express her opinions.
So what’s left for #madonna60 to do?
Master social media?
Get back onto the radio and back into the charts?
There’s new music on the way. Whether it can make it to the masses free and unfettered (without leaks and with radio play) remains to be seen.
But this is a woman whose veins gush pop. She has had so many global smashes (and more recently, should’ve-beens) and singalongs that if you haven’t already tipped your hat then GTFOH.
In addition to the colossal hits on the other lists consider the impact of hits like:
- Holiday (Madonna, 1983)
- Don’t Tell Me (Music, 2000)
- Hung Up (COADF, 2005)
- Miles Away (HC, 2007)
- Rebel Heart (RH, 2015)
- Like a Virgin
- Material Girl (both Like a Virgin, 1985)
- Papa Don’t Preach (TB, 1986)
Creamy and timeless as she may be, when words fail her, let’s not forget she’s not immune to a bit of Latin fever every now and then. Hell, she’s probably to blame for the Spanglish songs that you still hear on the radio even today: chief offenders (and brilliant moments) being
- La Isla Bonita (TB, 1986)
- Deeper and Deeper (E, 1992)
- Veras/You’ll See (STR, 1995)
And with that- we’ve reached the milestone of 60 musical moments to rediscover or listen to for the very first time (as if!).
Have I overlooked anything?
Let me know! C’mon, I’m waiting...