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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
All-Time Top 5: Most Underrated Madonna Songs Ever!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MADONNA!!!
In honor of a human being so iconic she needs no explanation! Last year Liz and I shared our all-time fave Madonna moments; this year, I thought I'd share the five most underrated songs in her canon ever (IMHO), 'cause you know, Madonna has some great songs and no one ever talks about her music and how happy-making so much of it is and that upsets me. The truth of the matter is that I'd choose to listen to a Madonna song over most things any day. MADONNA, WE LOVE YOU FOREVER! XOXOXO NOGOODFORME.COM
"I'll Remember" is oddly of one of my favorite Madonnsky songs ever. Every time I hear those opening keyboards, I get all happy, and usually keyboards never make me happy when it comes to music. "I'll Remember" is kind of a nice bridge between that whole cold arty-Erotica thing and the romantic Bedtime Stories vibe. Apparently Madonna and Patrick Leonard were going for an early 80s AOR feel when they were working on this--you know, like Boston or Foreigner or something like that. I love that.
This is Madonna doing her best Sade impression and it's pretty hot. One of her few true makeout songs, it's hushed and mellow and relaxed. Those are not adjectives you usually apply to Madonna, right? It makes me want to ride in white Mercedes and date a drug dealer, or something randomly Miami Vice like that.
"Causing A Commotion"
I LOVE CUTE LITTLE "WHO'S THAT GIRL" ANIMATED MADONNA! I never get tired of posting this:
It's sometimes hard to be a Madonna fan lately, what with the Kabbalah stuff and the fashion line and the whole veins thing and the weirdness that was the Hard Candy record. Still, there are always some gems even on her most throwaway albums. This track and "Devil Wouldn't Recognize You" were mine on Hard Candy. This song is so about Guy Ritchie, right? "You always love me more miles away/You're not afraid to tell me miles away"? OH MADONNA :-(
I think the whole True Blue record is entirely underrated. I've been listening to it lately and it's SO GOOD. Please believe me! Me and Chloe Sevigny think so! I have superfond memories of saving up my allowance for this record and buying the cassette at Musicland and thinking I was a hot shit kid. This wasn't my favorite song on the record when it first came out, but decades later and now it is. It's just such a sweet little ditty, plus the video has a pretty fantastic color scheme and I kind of dig those back-up singers' sweaters if they'd cover my midriff. Midriff coverage is very important to me, but it was not really to Madonna back in the day. She was a midriff-showing queen! That's why she's Madonna. Her belly button was a source of power, not angst!
And just for a bonus, I think this is the most existential Madonna song ever, even more than "Live To Tell":
You can usually count on Madonna for some fun, but fun was hard to find on American Life. But if you forget this is Madonna, this song is pretty deep. Madonna can be deep and earnest! So take that, Joni Mitchell, you Madonna hater!
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