Express Yourself: The 10 Best Deep Tracks of Madonna's Career

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Daniel Kramer
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Madonna is one of those artists that does it all: she sings, dances, acts, and occasionally writes. The main thing that keeps her fans begging for more is that she always seeks to reinvent herself - whether it be her 'Borderline'-era '80s street-style or the sleekness that defined her videos in the late '90s. Her albums have sold millions worldwide. Also, she has influenced many female artists including Britney Spears, Deborah Gibson, Katy Perry, and countless others.

Madge has also been a rather controversial figure too since ever since she performed her wedding night dance routine to "Like A Virgin" in a wedding dress at the 1984 MTV VMA Awards. She's continued this controversy well into her career with such controversial videos as "Justify My Love," "Like A Prayer," and "What It Feels Like For A Girl," among others. Heck she still is a polarizing figure among some conservative circles.


10. Buenos Aires

In 1996 Madonna took on the role of Eva Perón in the film version of the hit broadway musical Evita. The film itself was nominated for many Oscars in 1997 including "Best Sound," among others.


9. Live To Tell

Written for the movie At Close Range starring then-husband Sean Penn, this is Madonna at her most honest and poignant. During her 2006 "Confessions" tour, she performed this while suspended on a cross with a crown of thorns. This became a source of much controversy among Christians who viewed it as sacrilegious. She told Rolling Stone in 2009 that "when I performed "Live to Tell" on a cross, I was supporting Jesus, paying homage to his message, which is to love your neighbor as yourself, to treat people with dignity. The Christians didn't like that."


8. Cherish

"Cherish" is a throwback to Madonna's early work from her 1983 self-titled debut album. With the release of Like A Prayer in 1989, her overall sound and lyrics matured considerably. However this was a small reminder that this is the same Madonna people made popular from 1984.


7. Love Song (w/Prince)

Once upon a time, the Queen of Pop teamed up with the one and only Prince. They briefly dated in 1985. "Love Song" was featured on her 1989 release Like A Prayer. Kind of hard to believe considering the fact they recently patched up an ages old dispute according to a 2011 article by Rolling Stone.


6. Think of Me

This is Madonna pre-"Like A Virgin" era from 1983 from her self-titled debut album. "Think of Me" has a disco-infused sound, making it more of a dance track.


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Madonna's Frozen is one of the best songs that i like from her all albums....

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Good article and great analysis.

I still can't figure out if she is part of musical theater genre or popular music where musical talent is the name of the game.

The adagio dancers, fireworks and costumes seem to plant her right in the middle of the musical theater crowd.

Who knows, perhaps music theater is where it's all going.

Christina Hildebrand
Christina Hildebrand

you maybe right. If you have ever noticed, GREAT artists use theatrics in their performances. Take for example Kate Bush. If you have ever seen her perform, she uses many costume changes as well as various facial expressions and interpretive dance. Same goes for Madonna and even Stevie Nicks. This is what makes them memorable if you ask me. 

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