Madonna's music has been big part of my life since at least 1983, when I was in elementary school and heard "Borderline" for the first time. Since I had older sisters, MTV was always on when our parents were out and I caught all those early classic Madonna videos. It's hard to put into words how much of an impact Madonna has had on pop music over the past 35 + years. She is very worthy of her title of "Queen Of Pop", with over 300 million + albums sold, and she has also been proclaimed the greatest solo act of all time. During my radio career when I hosted my 80s Request shows, Madonna was always in the Top 5 of 80s artists receiving requests for airplay by my listeners. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I can tell you that Madonna is still in heavy rotation at weddings all around town. "Holiday" is still a favorite song to throw on when brides and their bridesmaids want to get a little crazy and get things started on the dance floor early in the evening.
The Shep Pettibone Remix of "Like A Prayer" is a personal favorite of mine for later in the evenings at Charleston weddings when it's on the request list and you'd like to keep guests on the dance floor.. From the 80s to now, Madonna's music has evolved and she continues to reinvent herself. In today's post, I take a special look at an (A-Z) listing of how her career started back in the 80s along with some other of my favorite tracks too as she extended into the 90s and the 2000s. Enjoy this salute back on one of the greatest women in music ever.
Oh, I almost to forgot mention, we'll talk more about it when I get to it, but "La Isla Bonita" is also a personal favorite of mine during a cocktail hour, especially when I am playing down near the water at one of Charleston's most beautiful venues. Ok, time for me to shut up. You'll probably want to turn up those speakers and headphones and grab those fingerless gloves so you can bring out your inner material girl.
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During my radio career, I remember dedicating an entire night to Madonna and actually was able to all of the 80s tracks you see on this post during an entire 5 hour period. Perhaps you are a huge Madonna fan from the 80s and want to add some of these songs to your playlist? Head over to Spotify right now and begin to follow one of the top Charleston Wedding DJs. Just search for DJ Mike Bills.
"Angel" | 1985
"Angel" was released back in the spring of 1985. It was the third single released from her second album "Like A Virgin". It would end up reaching Number 5 on the Hot 100 by the summer of 1985.
"Borderline" | 1984
"Borderline" would be the 5th single to be released from her self-titled album in February 1984. Madonna had been dating DJ / producer Jellybean Benitez at the time who would remix the song. "Borderline" would be her first Top 10 song, reaching that mark in June of 1984.
Madonna With First Husband Sean Penn | Photo Credit: AP / Craig Mathew
"Burning Up" | 1983
"Burning Up" was the very first time we saw Madonna on MTV. The song was released in March of 1983 and wouldn't chart on the Hot 100, but would climb all the way to #3 on the Dance Club charts. You can find the song on Madonna's self titled album from 1983.
"Causing A Commotion" | 1987
"Causing A Commotion" appeared in the soundtrack to "Who's That Girl", the third movie during the 80s that Madonna would play a part in. The song would reach Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1987.
"Cherish" | 1989
During the late summer of 1989, Madonna was rolling around on the beach in the music video for what would be the 3rd song to be released from her Like A Prayer album. The song would be the 8th song to reach Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by the queen of pop.
Madonna | "Cherish" video - Summer 1989
"Crazy For You" | 1985
Madonna would play a brief part in what would be her first movie appearance in 1985's "Vision Quest". She would play a singer at a bar and sing this lovely ballad reaching Number 1 in the spring of 1985. Check it out down below. It's a beautiful ballad from the 80s that might be able to be thrown on for a slow dance at your wedding reception over at Harborside East or Alhambra Hall
"Dress You Up" | 1985
"Dress You Up" would end up being the last single to be released from Madonna's second album "Like A Virgin" back during the summer of 1985. It would become her 6th straight Top 5 hit in September of 1985.
"Everybody" | 1982
"Everybody was the very first single to be released from Madonna's self-titled album. Released in the fall of 1982, "Everybody" was more or less a hit on the club charts, making it all the way to #3 on Hot Dance charts.
"Express Yourself" | 1989
Released in the spring of 1989, "Express Yourself" would be the 2nd single to be released to radio off one of her biggest records "Like A Prayer". It was a great dance song that talks about female empowerment and would reach Number 2 back in July of 1989. Check out the video down below as it was the third most expensive of all time with a budget of close to $5 million.
"Express Yourself" album single cover - 1989
"Holiday" | 1983
Ah yes! We've reached a moment in this blog post where I imagine all a lot of my brides kicking off the dancing portion of the evening at their Charleston wedding reception with all their bridesmaids dancing around them. She would perform the song on Dick Clark's American Bandstand back in early 1984. Check out the video down below.
"Into The Groove" | 1985
"Desperately Seeking Susan" would be the second film during the 80s that we would see Madonna play a part. "Into The Groove" was the B side to "Angel" and later would be included on a reissue of her "Like A Virgin" album.
Photo Credit: Pena
"La Isla Bonita" | 1987
Madonna was dabbling in a little Spanish culture back during the recording of her 1986 album "True Blue". The song would become her 2nd Number 1 on the adult contemporary charts. If I had to choose a favorite song by Madonna, this would be it. Be sure to check out the music video down below.
"Like A Prayer" | 1989
"Like A Prayer" would be a controversial moment for Madonna (for the 80s). Released in March of 1989, the title track to this very successful album would become her 7th Number 1 song.
"Like A Virgin" | 1984
The title track to her 1984 album would be released in the fall of 1984 and would reach Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 just before Christmas. Check out the music video down below for a possible honeymoon idea after your wedding in Charleston as Madonna floats downs the canals of Venice in a gondola.
Madonna - "Like A Virgin" video | 1984
"Live To Tell" | 1986
Madonna was first married to actor Sean Penn. This song was the first single to be released from her 1986 album "True Blue" and was featured in the movie "At Close Range", starring Sean Penn. It would be her first Number 1 song on the adult contemporary chart.
"Lucky Star" | 1984
"Lucky Star" was another song from her debut album that was remixed by her boyfriend Jellybean Benitez. The song would be the 4th song to be released from her self titled album and would go all the way to Number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Material Girl" | 1985
"Material Girl" would be the second song to be released from her "Like A Virgin" album. You might remember it being featured in the movie "Moulin Rouge!" back in 2001. The song would hit Number 2 for 2 weeks back in the spring of 1985.
Madonna from the "Material Girl" music video in 1985
"Open Your Heart" | 1986
Released in the fall of 1986, "Open Your Heart" would become Madonna's 5th number song on the Hot 100 by February of 1987. "Open Your Heart" was one of the more danceable tracks on her album "True Blue"
"Papa Don't Preach" | 1986
"Papa Don't Preach" would be the second single to be released off her 1986 album "True Blue" behind the song "Live To Tell". It was one of the biggest songs of the summer of 1986 and would become her 4th Number 1 song on the Hot 100.
Madonna - "Papa Don't Preach" video - 1986
"True Blue" | 1986
The title track to her 1986 album was one of the many love songs she wrote to her boyfriend Sean Penn. "True Blue" would peak at Number 3 on the Hot 100 charts, and Madonna and Sean Penn would eventually be married.
"Who's That Girl" | 1987
"Who's That Girl" is the title track to her 1987 album, and movie released in the summer of 1987, which she starred in. The movie would be a commercial failure, but the song would become her 6th song to hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
Other Notable Madonna Songs
Here are a few more post 80s tracks that are some of my personal favorites, and some of which have seen some rotation at recent Charleston weddings.
"Vogue" | 1990
Madonna started the 90s with a bang. You simply could not go anywhere without striking a pose in 1990. "Vogue" appeared on the album "I'm Breathless", which was the soundtrack to the film "Dick Tracy" where she starred alongside Warren Beatty.
"This Used To Be My Playground" | 1992
Madonna starred in the film "A League Of Their Own", which was released in the summer of 1992. The film was a portrayal of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League also starring Geena Davis and Rosie O'Donnell. The song would become her 10th Number 1 single. If you are looking for a wonderful 90s soft rock song to add to your dinner music playlist, this song would be perfect. For more 90s Soft Rock Songs, click this link.
"Take A Bow" | 1994
"Take A Bow" was released at the end of 1994 and is featured on her album Bedtime Stories. The song would become her 11th Number 1 song on the Hot 100 charts and is still in heavy rotation on adult contemporary stations around the country.
"Secret" | Madonna | 1994
"Secret" was the first single to be released to radio in the fall of 1994 from Madonna's album "Bedtime Stories". She was up to her old tricks looking very sexy and seductive in her music video. "Secret" would peak at #3 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult contemporary charts.
"Beautiful Stranger" | 1999
One of my favorite songs from Madonna in the 90s comes from the soundtrack of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. The song was released in the spring of 1999 and would become a summertime hit in the clubs reaching #1 on the Dance club chart.
"4 Minutes" | 2008
"4 Minutes" was the lean single from her 2008 album "Hard Candy" and features Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. It would become one of the biggest songs from 2008 and her 37th Top 10 hit.
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Welcome to my musical world. Please take an opportunity ot get lost in my musical world. Wow. What an incredible career Madonna has had! Something tells me that there is certainly still more to come from her in the coming years. If you saw the video up above when she performed "Holiday" on American Bandstand, Dick Clark asked her what she wanted to do in 1984 and beyond. She said she wanted to rule the world. She certainly did the rule the world and the charts giving her the title of Queen Of Pop. Her music will continue to be an integral part of dancing and celebration at Charleston weddings for many years to come. Music is my passion and I want to share that passion with all of my clients in helping them create the best mix of music for their Charleston weddings and events. If you are just visiting my website for the very first time, I invite to click over to other sections to see what it is I am all about. If you are recently engaged and are seeking one of the top wedding DJs in the Charleston, SC area, click the link up above to tell me a little more about your upcoming big day. I love to talk music with newly engaged couples. Let's talk soon!