Her Madge releases a live album, The Confessions Tour, on January 29. Where to next for the queen of controversy and reinvention? It’s anyone’s guess. As this top 10 demonstrates, she has covered a lot of bases, but key principles remain at the core of her work: attitude, danceability, savvy, elusiveness and tunes to die for.
1 Cherish – Quite simply one of the greatest pop songs ever. “Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way, I bet”?, indeed.
2 Papa Don’t Preach – Her best vocal, and the most musically rewarding of her early songs.
3 Material Girl – The defining anthem of the greed-is-good decade?
4 Vogue – Did anyone ever master the dance steps? Maybe not, but we sang along all the same.
5 Into the Groove – The moment when, with the Desperately Seeking Susan tie-in, she went stratospheric.
6 Like a Prayer – The video was condemned as blasphemous, overshadowing this hair-raisingly good song.
7 Ray of Light – Always at her best when written off, Madonna discovered rave here, and blazed back into contention.
8 Borderline – Impossibly addictive 1980s electro, back when she pretty much owned the genre.
9 Music – A return to her dancefloor roots reductive, in your face, unmistakable.
10 Like a Virgin – A helium-voiced come-on, touching the world for the very first time.
Source: The Times.