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20 Best Songs By Madonna – Iconic Hits

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At the age of 24 a young aspiring singer, Madonna Ciccone, stepped into the world of pop music with her very first single “Everybody” and since then she never failed to amaze the world with her electrifying voice and performances. Making her name in the music industry was not an easy gig for her but her talent and vibes made her win million hearts out there.

The best part about this iconic pop singer is her imaginative thoughts and the messages she tries to convey through her songs. Each and every song of hers has a unique story and issue to portray. This makes her one of my personal favorites. Listening to her long-drawn-out musical hits and comparing and contrasting the audience reviews, here we are covering you with the list of 20 best Songs By Madonna.

The Top 20 best songs by Madonna till date that left an everlasting impact on the fans are Material Girl, Vogue, Papa Don’t Preach, La Isla Bonita, Borderline, Justify My Love, 4 Minutes, Take a Bow, Express Yourself, Live to Tell, Oh Father, Hung Up, Dress You Up, Into the Groove, Everybody, Burning Up, Living for Love, Ghosttown, Iconic, and Like a Prayer. 

From Material Girl to Living For Love, all these songs are tremendously hit album songs by Madonna. The lyrics of every song are so magical that you just fall in love with them. Like I fell in love with her “Express Yourself” when I heard it for the first time. 

20 Best Songs By Madonna

In this post, I have overviewed about these 20 best Songs by Madonna. Here you will get to know the release dates of these songs, the writers of these beautifully composed songs, the stories by which these songs are inspired, the song length, the hit albums, and much more. So without waiting further let’s get straight to the tempting list of best songs by Madonna.

Material Girl

Material Girl is a song from Madonna’s second studio album called “Like a Virgin”. Peter Brown and Robert Rans are the writers of this song. And Nile Rodgers is the producer of this song. This song was liked worldwide by Madonna fans and received mixed remarks from the critics.

Genre: Dance Pop

Album: Like a Virgin

Length: 4:01 minutes

Released on: November 30, 1984

Vogue

This wonderful song by Madonna is written and produced by Madonna herself and Shep Pettibone. This song was made keeping the Vogue dancers and choreographers in mind as Madonna was inspired by them. This song got positive reviews from its critics. This is one of the best songs of Madonna and one of the biggest hits globally. 

Genre: House

Album: I’m Breathless

Length:4:50 minutes

Released on: March 27, 1990

Papa Don’t Preach

This song is one of the most liked songs of Madonna. The song was made on the story of a pregnant girl and about the choices she has to make at that stage. Madonna and Brian Elliot are the writers of this song and Stephan Bray is the producer of this song.

Genre: Dance Pop

Album: True Blue

Length: 4:29 minutes

Released on: June 11, 1986

La Isla Bonita

This is Madonna’s first Latin song that includes a mix of Maracas, Spanish Guitar, Drumming and Harmonicas. This song was a tribute to Latin beauty(especially the beautiful islands in Latin). Madonna, Patrick Leonard, and Bruce Gaitsch are the songwriters and Leonard is the producer.

Genre: Latin Pop

Album: True Blue

Length: 4:02 minutes

Released on: February 25, 1987

Borderline

This song is the very first song from the album “Madonna”. Reggie Lucas is the writer and producer of this song. This song is about an unfulfilled love story. The track of this song is quite complex and hence received applause from its critics.

Genre: Dance Pop, Pop-Disco

Album: Madonna

Length: 5:18 minutes

Released on: February 15, 1984

Justify My Love

Justify my Love is one of the best songs of Madonna from her first hit album “The Immaculate Collection”. Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, and Ingrid Chavez are the writers of this song and Lenny Kravitz and Anre Belts are producers. This is a love song involving scenes of sex and pleasure.

Genre: Trip-Hop

Album: The Immaculate Collection

Length: 4:58 minutes

Released on: November 6, 1990

4 Minutes

4 Minutes is one of the finest songs by Madonna which is from her 11th studio album. This song is about saving the environment and loving the process of taking care of the environment. Madonna, Tim Mosley, Justin Timberlake, and Nate Hills are the writers of this hit music piece by Madonna.

Genre: Dance-Pop

Album: Hard Candy

Length: 4:04 minutes

Released on: March 17, 2008

Take A Bow

Bedtime is Madonna’s sixth studio album. Take a Bow is a song from this particular album. This song is about an incomplete love story where Madonna chooses to walk away from her love. This song is the final goodbye to her love. Madonna and Kenneth Edmonds are the songwriters of this soul-pop music piece.

Genre: Pop,R&B,Soul

Album: Bedtime Stories

Length: 5:21 minutes

Released on: December 6, 1994

Express Yourself

This is Madonna’s second single track from the album “Like a Prayer”. Like a prayer is Madonna’s fourth one of the best studio albums. This song urges the women to express themselves and make themselves the first priority. This song is dedicated to women empowerment. Madonna and Stephen Bray are the writers and producers of this song.

Genre: Dance-Pop, Deep Funk

Album: Like a Prayer

Length: 4:39 minutes

Released on: May 9, 1989

Live To Tell

True Blue is the third-best studio album of Madonna. And the song “Live to Tell” is one of the best songs by Madonna. This song is dedicated to the relationship of Madonna with her parents. Madonna and Patrick Leonard are the writers and producers of this song. The song includes the usage of many instruments like guitars, drums, soft and rock melodies, and synthesizers.

Genre: Pop, Soft Rock

Album: True Blue

Length: 5:51 minutes

Released on: March 26, 1986

Oh Father

Another hit from the fourth studio album of Madonna is Oh Father. Also, this song is one of the best songs of Madonna. This song is about the male authoritativeness faced by her throughout her life, especially from her father’s side. This song also shows the relationship between her and her father and the life with her second husband. This song is a total description of the sadness Madonna was going through at that time when her mother died.  Madonna and Patrick Leonard are the writers and producers of this song.

Genre: Baroque Pop

Album: Like a Prayer

Length: 4:57 minutes

Released on: October 24, 1989

Hung Up

Confessions on a Dance floor is Madonna’s tenth best studio album. Hung Up is a hit song from this album. This song is a perfect dance number. The song is about the lives of independent women who face relationship troubles with their partners. Madonna, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Stuart Price, and Benny Andersson are the songwriters. This song received amazing reviews from its critics.

Genre: Dance-pop,Disco,Nu-Disco

Album: Confessions on a Dance Floor

Length: 5:37 minutes

Released on: October 17, 2005

Dress You Up

Dress You Up is a well-known song from Madonna’s second hit studio album “Like a Virgin”. Andrea LaRusso and Peggy Stanziale are the writers of the song and Nile Rodgers is the producer. This song was recorded in 1984 and got released in 1985. This dance-pop song is made on the fashion and lusty lifestyle. The song received great reviews from its critics.

Genre: Dance-Pop

Album: Like a Virgin

Length: 4:01 minutes

Released on: July 31, 1985

Into The Groove

This is one of the best songs by Madonna from her second album “Like a Virgin”. This song was composed after being inspired by the dance floor. Madonna and Stephen Bray are the writers and producers of this song. Instrumentation from drums and machines can be found in this track.

Genre: Dance-Pop

Album: Like a Virgin 

Length: 4:44 minutes

Released on: July 15, 1985

Everybody

Everybody is a hit track from the debut album of Madonna of her own name. This song failed to make its spot in the top 100 Billboard chart but this song is worth the praise. Although being underrated this song got positive reviews from its fans. Madonna herself wrote this song and Mark Kamins is the producer of the song.

Genre: Post-Disco, Dance

Album: Madonna

Length: 5:56 minutes

Released on: October 6, 1982

Burning Up

Another hit song from the debut album of Madonna is “Burning”. It is one of the best songs by Madonna. It’s a famous dance hit by Madonna. There is a lot of musical drama in the song like guitar riffs, drums, synthesizers, and backing vocals. This is a love song that doesn’t fail to express Madonna’s love for her lover without any shame. Madonna herself wrote this song and Reggie Lucas produced it.

Genre: Dance-Rock, Post-Disco

Album: Madonna

Length: 3:45 minutes

Released on: March 9, 1983

Living For Love

Rebel Heart is Madonna’s thirteenth studio album that gave many great hits. One of the best songs by Madonna from this album is Living for Love. With so many genres included in it, this song received tremendous love and praise from fans and critics. Madonna, Thomas, Wesley, Maureen McDonald, Ariel Rechtshaid, and Toby Gad are the writers of this song. This is more of a breakup song.

Genre: EDM, Diva House, Disco, Electropop

Album: Rebel Heart

Length: 3:38 minutes

Released on: December 20, 2014

Ghosttown

Rebel Heart is the thirteenth song album of Madonna. And Ghosttown is one of the best songs by Madonna from this album. Madonna Ciccone, Jason Evigan, Evan Bogart, and Sean Douglas are the writers of this song. This song is inspired by the scene of a destroyed city and its struggling people and how they manage to come out of that situation through love. Madonna, Billboard, and Jason Evigan are the producers of this song.

Genre: Pop,Electropop,Electro

Album: Rebel Heart

Length: 4:09 minutes

Released on: March 13,2015

Iconic

Another great song from the thirteenth music album of Madonna is “Iconic”. “Chance the Rapper” is an American rapper who got featured in this song. This is a motivational song that tells people to have dreams and fulfill them and encourages them to take charge of their own life. Madonna, Toby Gad, Chancellor Bennett, Michael Tucker, Maureen McDonald, and Larry Griffin Jr. are the writers of this song.

Genre: EDM, Hip Hop, Dance-Pop

Album: Rebel Heart

Length: 4:33 minutes

Released on: February 9, 2015

Like A Prayer

This is one of the best songs by Madonna from her fourth music album Like A Prayer. This song is about the devotion of a young girl towards the only male figure in her life, God. This song achieved worldwide success and got wonderful reviews from fans and critics as well. Madonna and Patrick Leonard are the writers and producers of this song. This song was recorded in 1988 and was released in 1989.

Genre: Pop Rock

Album: Like a Prayer

Length: 5:19 minutes

Released on: March 3, 1989

Frequently Asked Questions About Madonna:

Which are the best love songs by Madonna?

The best love songs by Madonna are:
Justify My Love
Crazy For You
Borderline
Love Song
Lucky Star
Living For Love
Open Your Heart
Drowned World
Cherish
You Must Love Me
Love Profusion
Forbidden Love, etc

Which are the best 90’s songs by Madonna Ciccone?

The 20 best songs from the ’90s by Madonna are:
Vogue
Drowned World
Justify My Love
Take A Bow
You Must Love Me
I’ll Remember
The Power of Good-Bye
Frozen
More
I Want You
Rescue Me
In This Life
Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
Survival
Forbidden Love
Mer Girl
Hanky Panky
Rainbow High
Nothing Really Matters
Goodbye To Innocence

Which are Madonna’s most liked songs?

Although the list of Madonna’s best songs is really long, some of the most liked songs of all time are listed here:
What It Feels Like A Girl
Crazy For You
Erotica
Justify My Love
Open Your Heart
Burning Up
Into The Groove
Music
La Isla Bonita
Frozen
Live To Tell
Borderline
Material Girl
Papa Don’t Preach
Hung Up Everybody

Conclusion

We all are Madonna’s fans for a reason. Her energy, her imagination, her voice, her lyrics, her choice of words, her choice of topics, everything is just amazing. All the above-mentioned songs are the best songs by Madonna according to our research and personal choice. If you feel like we skipped any other song that fits in this top 20 list then do let us know in the comments section below.

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