Archive for category 11. Dress you up

Dress you up

(Written by Andrea LaRusso and Peggy Stanziale. Producer: Nile Rodgers)
Released by Sire Records on July 24, 1985

Found in:
Like a virgin (1984)
Celebration (2009)

Certification: NONE
B-Side: “Shoo-Bee-Doo”

Live performances on Tour:
The Virgin Tour (1985)
The Who’s that girl Tour (1987)
The Sticky and Sweet Tour (2008-2009)


Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: August 17, 1985
Peak date: October 5, 1985
Final week on chart: November 30, 1985
Peak: #5
Chart run: 36-31-23-17-14-10-6-5-10-14-28-41-56-68-84-100-off (16 weeks)

BILLBOARD HOT 100: (October 5, 1985)
#1 “Money for nothing” DIRE STRAITS
#2 “Cherish” KOOL
#4 “Take on me” A-HA
#5 “Dress you up” MADONNA (8 weeks)
#6 ”Saving all my love for you” WHITNEY HOUSTON
#7 ”Freedom” WHAM!
#8 “Lonely Ol night” JOHN MELLENCAMP
#9 “Dancing in the street” MICK JAGGER
#10 “Part-time lover” STEVIE WONDER

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: SEptember 7, 1985
Peak date: October 5, 1985
Final week on chart: October 26, 1985
Peak: #12
Chart run: 21-17-19-15-12-13-13-26-off (8 weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: August 24, 1985
Peak date: August 28-October 5, 1985
Final week on chart: October 19, 1985
Peak: #3
Chart run: 25-18-13-10-6-3-3-7-14-off (9 weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: September 21, 1985
Peak date: October 5, 1985
Peak position: #32
Final week on chart: October 26, 1985
Chart run: ?-?-32-?-?-?-off (6 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Debut date: September 7, 1985
Peak date: October 5, 1985
Peak position: #3
Final week on chart: November 2, 1985
Chart run: 31-16-9-5-3-4-6-13-28-off (9 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
Debut date: September 7, 1985
Peak date: October 5-26, 1985
Peak position: #1 (4 weeks)
Final week on chart: November 23, 1985
Chart run: 36-10-4-2-1-1-1-1-7-17-19-34-off (12 weeks)

UK Singles
Debut date: December 7, 1985
Peak date: December 14, 1985
Peak: #5
Final week on chart: February 15, 1986
Chart run: 12-5-8-9-7-6-21-32-47-61-68-off (11 weeks)

Rest of the world

Australia: #5
Canada: #10
Belgium: #4
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles: #6
France: #18
Netherlands: #7
Germany: #26
Ireland: #3
Italy: #16
New Zealand: #7
Spain: #11
Switzerland: #20

Worldwide Sales: 1,000,000

“Dress you up” is Madonna’s 11th single release and was the fourth and final single from “Like a virgin”. It was another hit for Madonna, as it became her 6th consecutive Top 5 single, and 7th top 10 single, but had a short longevity, spending only 3 weeks at the Top 10. This was one of the omitted hit singles in the Immaculate Collection, but ended up getting its place in Madonna’s last greatest hits package “Celebration”. It didn’t get a proper video and the live performance of the song in the Virgin Tour was used to promote it.

It had a big cultural impact, as the lyrics to the song were deemed unsuitable for minors, and was included in the infamous “Filthy Fifteen” list, created by Tipper Gore of the Parents Music Resource Center. These people of course had nothing better to do than to spend their time listening to pop and rock music and according to their conservative criteria, judging what was suitable or not for minors, thus leading to the “Parental Advisory” sticker, found in many future Madonna albums and singles. The video is the living proof of the rampant Madonnamania at the time.


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