Borderline

(Written by Reggie Lucas. Producer: Reggie Lucas)
Released by Sire Records on February 15, 1984

Home album:
Madonna-The first album (1983). It can also be found on

The Immaculate Collection (1990) and Celebration (2009).
Certification: GOLD

Live performances on Tour:
The Virgin Tour (1985)
The Sticky and Sweet Tour (2008)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: March 10, 1984
Peak date: June 16, 1984
Final week on chart: September 29, 1984
Peak: #10 (1 week)
Chart run: 76-62-54-50-46-40-37-35-29-25-22-18-12-11-10-11-12-15-19-30-52-56-61-66-83-86-88-91-94-98-OFF (30 weeks)

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 (June 16, 1984)
1. CYNDI LAUPER, Time after time
2. DURAN DURAN, The reflex
3. DENIECE WILLIAMS, Let’s hear it for the boy
4. STEVE PERRY, Oh Sherry
5. NIGHT RANGER, Sister Christian
6. HUET LEWIS AND THE NEWS, The heart of rock n roll
7. LAURA BRANIGAN, Self control
8. THE POINTER SISTERS, Jump (for my love)
9. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, Dancing in the dark
10. MADONNA, Borderline

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Debut date: March 24, 1984
Final week on chart: June 30, 1984
Peak: #4 (May 12, 1984)
Chart run: 67-43-20-14-10-8-5-4-9-19-30-?-?-?-?-OFF (15 weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: June 2, 1984
Peak date: July 14, 1984
Peak position: #23 (2 weeks)
Final week on chart: September 15, 1984
Chart run: ?-?-?-35-31-28-28-25-23-23-28-28-27-?-?-?-OFF (16 weeks)

UK Singles
Debut date: June 2, 1984
Peak: #2
Certification: GOLD
Chart run: 74-70-56-58-OFF (4 weeks)
Re-entry January 25, 1986: 15-4-3-2-6-11-23-41-63-off (9 weeks/13 weeks total)

Rest of the world
Australia: #12
Belgium: #4
Canada: #25
Netherlands: #3
Ireland: #1
New Zealand: #47
Switzerland: #23


Worldwide Sales: 1,350,000

After the success of Madonna’s previous effort, “Holiday”, and the album charting close to the Top 40 in Billboard, a fourth single was released to keep pushing sales. This single written by the album’s producer Reggie Lucas, proved to be even more successful than Holiday, this time entering the Top 10 for the first time. The reviews for the song were positive, most critics calling it the best track of “Madonna”, filled with soul and magnetism, thus leading to a good response by the general public.

This time MTV embraced the video for Borderline. Shot in Los Angeles and directed by Madonna’s long time collaborator Mary Lambert, it deals with an interratial relationship between Madonna and her hispanic lover, in the setting of a hispanic neighborhood as well. Everything shakes up when Madonna meets a fashion photographer who puts her on the “cover of a magazine”. I can only imagine the inspiration for this video, a street wise Madonna, living without a penny suddenly attains fame and everything in her world is affected by it, probably the same things were happening in real life for her, so for me, “Borderline” in a way is Madonna’s first autobiographical video.

The video was instrumental in increasing Madonna’s popularity and her “boy-toy” look, one of her first incarnations, although that was the way she really used to dress in those days. Madonna earned her first nomination with “Borderline” on the first edition of the VMA’s in 1984, for Best New Artist on a video, losing to Eurythmics’s “Sweet dreams (are made of these)”.


Something in the way you love me won’t let me be
I don’t want to be your prisoner
So baby won’t you set me free
Stop playing with my heart
Finish what you start
When you make my love come down
If you want me let me know
Baby let it show
Honey don’t you fool around
Just try to understand
I’ve given all I can
‘Cause you got the best of me
Borderline
Feels like I’m going to lose my mind
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline
Borderline
Feels like I’m going to lose my mind
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline
Keep on pushing me baby
Don’t you know you drive me crazy
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline
Something in your eyes is makin’ such a fool of me
When you hold me in your arms you love me til I just can’t see
But then you let me down
When I look around
Baby you just can’t be found
Stop driving me away
I just wanna stay
There’s something I just got to say
Just try to understand
I’ve given all I can
‘Cause you got the best of me
Borderline
Feels like I’m going to lose my mind
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline
Borderline
Feels like I’m going to lose my mind
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline
Keep on pushing me baby
Don’t you know you drive me crazy
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline
Look what your love has done to me
Come on baby set me free
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline
You cause me so much pain
I think I’m going insane
What does it take to make you see
You just keep on pushing my love
Over the borderline
Keep pushing me, keep pushing me
Keep pushing my love
(You just keep on pushing my love)
Common baby
(Over the borderline)
Common darling
Yeah

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