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Open your heart

(Written by Madonna/Gardner Cole/Peter Rafelson. Producer: Madonna/Patrick Leonard)
Released by Sire Records on December 12, 1986

Found in:
True blue (1986)
The Immaculate Collection (1990)
Celebration (2009)

Certification: None
B-Side: Lucky star

Live performances on Tour:
The Who’s that girl Tour (1987)
The Blond Ambition Tour (1990)


Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: December 6, 1986
Peak date: February 7, 1987
Final week on chart: April 4, 1987
Peak: #1 (1 week)
Chart run: 51-38-27-22-22-15-7-4-2-1-2-8-19-27-40-67-80-98-off (18 weeks)

BILLBOARD HOT 100: (February 7, 1987)
#1 ”Open your heart” MADONNA (10 weeks/4 weeks at Top 10)  
#2 ”At this moment” BILLY VERA
#3 ”Livin on a prayer” BON JOVI
#4 ”Change of heart” CYNDI LAUPER
#5  “Touch me (I want your body)” SAMANTHA FOX
#6 ”Land of confusion” GENESIS
#7 “Keep your hands to yourself” THE GEORGIA SATELLITES
#8  “Someday” GLASS TIGER
#9 “Will you still love me” CHICAGO
#10 “We’re ready” BOSTON

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: December 27, 1986
Peak date: January 31, 1987
Final week on chart: February 28, 1987
Peak: #2
Chart run:  25-?-?-?-?-2-?-?-?-?-off (10 weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: December 6, 1986
Peak date: January 31-February 7, 1987
Final week on chart: March 14, 1987
Peak: #1 (2 weeks)
Chart run: 39-28-20-14-?-?-?-2-1-1-?-?-?-?-?-off  (15 weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: December 27, 1986
Peak date: February 21, 1987
Peak position: #12
Final week on chart: March 28, 1987
Chart run: ?-?-38-32-24-21-16-13-12-13-16-20-27-?-off  (14 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Debut date: December 27, 1986
Peak date: February 14, 1987
Peak position: #1 (1 week)
Final week on chart: March 14, 1987
Chart run: 36-36-19-13-6-4-4-1-2-7-19-34-off (12 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
Debut date: December 12, 1986
Peak date: February 28, 1987
Peak position: #3
Final week on chart: March 21, 1987
Chart run: 51-13-13-9-5-4-5-4-4-3-4-10-15-off (12 weeks)

UK Singles
Debut date: December 13, 1986
Peak date: December 20-27-January 3, 1987
Peak: #4 (3 weeks). Certification: None
Final week on chart: February 7, 1987
Chart run: 8-4-4-4-6-12-31-40-58-off (9 weeks)

Rest of the world

Australia: #16
Austria #18
Canada: #8
Belgium: #4
France: #24
Netherlands: #7
Germany: #17
Ireland: #2
Italy: #6
New Zealand: #12
Switzerland: #11

Worldwide Sales: 1,500,000

“Open your heart” is Madonna’s 16th overall single and 14th in the United States. The fourth single from “True blue”, it became another big hit for Madonna, the 5th number one single in the United States, and only fourth single to reach the top. Originally written for Cyndi Lauper, which also had a single charting on the top 10 along with “Open your heart”, coincidentally named “Change of heart”, it was offered to Madonna and she ended up changing some songs lyrics and transformed the rock and roll demo into a pop-dance song to fit her style. The song was well received, not so much for the video, which raised a few eyebrows. Madonna’s personification of a peep-show dancer who plays the object of desire for men hidden in booths and her kissing on the lips to a young boy, made a few headlines. The ultimate message of the video is again, female empowerment and that she can have a sexual persona but also enjoys it in a free manner. Either way, it’s among Madonna’s classic videos, and it had a nomination for the Best Female Video at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards,  losing to “Papa don’t preach”, also by Madonna.

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