Madonna Songs Ranked

Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Referred to as the “Queen of Pop”, she is regarded as one of the most influential figures in popular culture. Madonna is noted for her continual reinvention and versatility in music production, songwriting, and visual presentation. She has pushed the boundaries of artistic expression in mainstream music while remaining completely in charge of every aspect of her career. Her works, which incorporate social, political, sexual, and religious themes, have generated both critical acclaim and controversy. Madonna is often cited as an influence by other artists. With sales of over 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is certified as the best-selling female music artist of all time by Guinness World Records. She is the most successful solo artist in the history of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and holds the record for the most number-one singles by a female artist in Australia, Canada, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Here are all of Madonna’s songs ranked.

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20. 4 Minutes (Hard Candy, 2008)

“I came across that list, after I watched Glee’s episode dedicated to Madonna. “4 minutes” would probably be my favorite song from her, just because I love the drive, the style, the vocals and the energy that song wanna pass!”

19. You’ll See (Something to Remember, 1995)

“Though this song was a big hit, it seems to often get forgotten. One of her greatest ballads. Emotional and poignant. One of the greatest vocal performances from Madge. Seriously, she sounds amazingly beautiful here.”

18. Take a Bow (Bedtime Stories, 1994)

“Most of all I love Madonna’s fantastic performance of this song. The way she changed her voice was impressive. This is definitely one of her most powerful tracks”

17. Music (Music, 2000)

“Music was probably Madonna’s most mature work, unfortunately, it has been forgotten by most fans. My only complaint is how short it is, even though I can’t picture any other track being added. If you like electronic music, this is a must-listen. My favorite tracks are Paradise (Not for me), Gone and Music.”

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16. Ray of Light (Ray of Light, 1998)

“This song showed me how wonderful Madonna is as an artist, the same with like a prayer. This song is timeless and is it deserves to be recognized as one of Madonna’s best singles EVER”

15. Crazy for You (Vision Quest, 1985)

“The best love song I have heard till date. Madonna is the best. Excellent song…superb music…just listen to it…then you will realize…Her best song and vocal performance. 80s trademark.”

14. Open Your Heart (True Blue, 1986)

“Open Your Heart was the fourth single of five to be released from Madonna’s multi-million selling No.1 third album True Blue. Released in the UK in December 1986, the song peaked at No.4 in the UK where it spent only 9 weeks on the chart and was the lowest charting single from the album. The song is criminally underrated because of this and deserved a lot more attention around the time of its release. It did, however, go to No.1 in the US, becoming her fifth US No.1 single.”

13. Express Yourself (Like a Prayer, 1989)

“I do think it is one of her greatest. Very meaningful and powerful while still being extremely fun. No matter the version/mix of this song, it still always holds up and is a great anthem to encompass her career.”

12. Holiday (Madonna, 1983)

” “Holiday” was released to The Immaculate Collection however it was a single edit version, not the album version. When this EP was released in 1991 the only other place to find this version of “Holiday” was on Madonna’s 1983 self-titled debut. “

11. Material Girl (Like a Virgin, 1984)

“Fun, catchy and ironic. Rightfully deserves a higher position. Reflects the materialistic society we are living in where money runs the world. Don’t let the lyrics fool you. Madonna is not actually encouraging materialism in this song. Instead she is mocking girls who run after men with money.”

10. Live to Tell (True Blue, 1986)

“The way the song evolves and opens up, similar to the stairway to heaven, its almost hypnotizing. Very thought-provoking. The way that the song takes away all of the layers towards the end, and brings it back with the “if I ran away” section, really adds to the depth of the song. I’m struggling to do this song justice, it’s hard to put in words.”

9. Papa Don’t Preach (True Blue, 1986)

“Poignant yet robust. Rebellious yet vulnerable. Kudos to Madonna for highlighting the plight of pregnant teens in a judgmental society. True blue is one of my favorite Madonna albums. May god give more power to her.”

8. Hung Up (Confessions on a Dance Floor, 2005)

“There is only one word to describe hung up amazing. It is a great hit from 2005. I love it I am a massive fan of Madonna she is great and I was glad she released this tune! I listen to it daily. Madonna is the best”

7. Into the Groove (Like a Virgin, 1984)

“I’ve been dancing this song since high school and every time it gets me Into The Groove! It’s the most addictive song of Madonna with a hypnotic bassline and an incredibly catchy melody.”

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6. La Isla Bonita (True Blue, 1986)

“It has a great melody and nice lyrics. Unlike most ‘controversial’ songs of Madonna, this one is tolerable, but is also so much more. Nice and sad, but also a great party song when heard on the beach.”

5. Borderline (Madonna, 1983)

“The song that introduced me to the Queen of Pop, and still one of her best of all time. This is by far my favorite Madonna song. Such true lyrics, I love it.”

4. Like a Virgin (Like a Virgin, 1984)

“When you released “Like A Virgin” there were no going back, you headed to become the most succesful female artist in the world. You have ruled the world for 30 years, and you did it all because of this single!”

3. Frozen (Ray of Light, 1998)

“A brilliant song. The album was a masterpiece, and this song is different from what Madonna usually sings. It’s catchy, groovy, calming and New Age. I love you Madonna, and wish you all the best.”

2. Vogue (I’m Breathless, 1990)

“Only a star such as Madonna could perform such a bold and iconic (both in lyrics and rhythm) song. The coolest, true dancefloor burner! Love this song so much! Has lots of different parts and great background music! She is one of the greatest performers ever and makes the most out of every performance!”

1. Like a Prayer (Like a Prayer, 1989)

“Like A Prayer” is one of my favorite Madonna albums. On this album, she showed real artistic growth. She broadened her horizons considerably, both musically and thematically, including many personal revelations. The title song, with its spiritual references and gospel choir, remains one of Madonna’s best-known hits.”