Posts Tagged Madonna’s #1 singles

Crazy for you

(Written by John Bettis & John Lind. Producer: John “Jellybean” Benítez)
Released by Sire Records on March 2, 1985

Home album: Vision Quest Soundtrack Album (1985)

Also found in:
The Immaculate Collection (1990)
Something to remember (1995)
Celebration (2009)

Certification: GOLD (1,000,000 copies)
B-Side: “Gambler

Live performances on Tour:
The Virgin Tour (1985)
The Reinvention Tour (2004)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: March 2, 1985
Peak date: May 11, 1985
Final week on chart: July 20, 1985
Peak: #1 (1 week)
Chart run: 55-42-32-20-9-4-3-2-2-2-1-2-6-13-22-30-46-60-76-84-91-off (21 weeks)

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 (May 11, 1985)
1. “Crazy for you” – MADONNA
2.  “We Are The World” USA For Africa
3.  “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” Simple Minds
4.  “Rhythm of The Night” Debarge
5.  “One Night In Bangkok” Murray Head
6.  “Some Like It Hot” The Power Station
7.  “Smooth Operator” Sade
8.  “Everything She Wants” Wham!
9. “Obsession” Animotion
10.  “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” 
Tears For Fears

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: March 16, 1985
Peak date: April 20, 1985

Final week on chart: June 22, 1985
Peak: #2 (3 weeks)
Chart run: 24-29-14-7-3-2-2-2-4-5-8-14-20-23-28-off (15 weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: March 23, 1985
Peak date: May 11, 1985
Final week on chart: June 8, 1985
Peak: #1 (1 week)
Chart run: 16-6-4-3-2-2-2-1-2-5-14-22-off (12 weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: March 16, 1985
Peak date: May 4, 1985
Peak position: #2
Final week on chart: July 6, 1985
Chart run: 22-18-11-6-5-4-3-2-3-4-4-7-9-18-23-29-?-off (17 weeks)

Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles and Tracks
Debut date: May 11, 1985
Peak date: May 11, 1985
Peak position: #80
Final week on chart: May 25, 1985
Chart run: 80-80-95-off (3 weeks)

UK Singles
Debut date: June 8, 1985
Peak date: June 29, 1985
Peak: #2
Final week on chart: September 14, 1985
Certification: GOLD (400,000 copies)
Chart run: 25-9-3-2-3-3-5-6-12-15-19-24-31-42-59-off (15 weeks)
(Re-entry) March 02, 1991: 2-2-4-14-23-34-55-74-off (8 weeks/23 weeks total)

Rest of the world
Australia: #1
Canada: #1
Japan (International Chart) #4
Belgium: #13
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles: #6
New Zealand: #2
Netherlands: #11
Germany: #26
Ireland: #2
Austria: #23
France: #47
Spain: #17
Sweden: #13
Switzerland: #16
Italy: #15

Worldwide Sales: 2,275,000

Crazy for you is Madonna’s 8th single release and first single from a film’s soundtrack (Vision Quest, where Madonna played a small part as a club singer), which meant at the time the song was not available on any Madonna album, although it was later added to The Immaculate Collection (1990), then Something to remember (1995) and finally on Celebration (2009). “Crazy for you” became Madonna’s second number one single in the USA and also it was her first ballad released as a single. It was a new musical direction for Madonna and showcased a different side of her the general public wasn’t aware of, in that sense it put Madonna in a more adult level compared to her previous recordings.

The popularity of this song was enormous, but even so it took time to hit the top spot, as “We are the world” was parked at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, but it was capable of taking the lead for one week. This song marked also the first Grammy nomination for Madonna, for Best Female Pop Vocal performance in 1986, losing to Whitney Houston. In a time when Madonna wasn’t taken seriously by the industry, this was a big step towards that longed recognition. The video on the other side is made up entirely of film clips, so there’s nothing groundbreaking here.




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Material girl

(Written by Peter Brown & Robert Rans. Producer: Nile Rodgers)
Released by Sire Records on January 30, 1985

Home album: Like a virgin (1984)

Also found in:
The Immaculate Collection (1990)
Celebration (2009)

Certification: None
B-Side: “Pretender

Live performances on Tour:
The Virgin Tour (1985)
The Who’s that girl Tour (1987)
The Blond Ambition Tour (1990)
The Reinvention Tour (2004)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: February 9, 1985
Peak date: March 23 to March 30, 1985
Final week on chart: June 1, 1985
Peak: #2 (2 weeks)
Chart run: 43-34-24-18-5-3-2-2-3-5-13-23-37-50-60-91-100-off (17 weeks)

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 (March 23, 1985)
1. “Can’t fight this feeling” – REO SPEEDWAGON
2. “Material girl” – MADONNA
3. “One more night” – PHIL COLLINS
4. “The heat is on” – GLENN FREY
5. “Too late for goodbyes” – JULIAN LENNON
6. “Lover girl” – TEENA MARIE
7. “Private dancer” – TINA TURNER
8. “High on you” – SURVIVOR
9. “Only the young” – JOURNEY (Vision Quest Soundtrack)
10. “Relax” – FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: March 2, 1985
Peak date: March 23, 1985

Final week on chart: April 27, 1985
Peak: #3
Chart run: 21-18-6-3-4-3-9-12-19-off (9 weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: February 23, 1985
Peak date: March 23, 1985
Final week on chart: April 27, 1985
Peak: #2 (3 weeks)
Chart run: 19-14-5-6-2-2-2-4-11-22-off (10 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Debut date: March 2, 1985
Peak date: March 30, 1985
Final week on chart: April 27, 1985
Peak: #1 (1 week)
Chart run: 42-19-8-3-1-2-13-26-50-off (9 weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: April 20, 1985
Peak date: ?
Peak position: #38
Final week on chart: ?
Chart run: ?

Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles and Tracks
Debut date: March 2, 1985
Peak date: March 23, 1985
Peak position: #49
Final week on chart: May 4, 1985
Chart run: 79-68-60-49-49-54-54-59-65-96-off (10 weeks)

UK Singles
Debut date: March 2, 1985
Peak date: March 16, 1985
Peak: #3 (2 weeks)
Final week on chart: May 4, 1985
Certification: None
Chart run: 24-5-3-3-7-11-16-31-44-66-off (10 weeks)

Rest of the world
Australia: #4
Canada: #4
Japan (International Chart) #2
Belgium: #3
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles: #5
New Zealand: #5
Netherlands: #7
Germany: #13
Ireland: #3
Finland: #5
Austria: #8
France: #47
Norway: #8
Spain: #10
Switzerland: #15
Italy: #18

Worldwide Sales: 1,440,000

Material girl is Madonna’s 7th single release and the second from “Like a virgin”. This single was the perfect match to “Like a virgin” and many critics commented that both songs were so powerful, they overshadow the rest of the album. And in a way there were right, “Material girl” not only would become another signature song for Madonna, it would also became the nickname in which she’s always referred to by the press, and the one Madonna hates the most. She has consistently said how much she regrets recording those songs because of that, but her career would not have been the same without them either, kind of like a can’t live with or without you situation.

The video shot by Borderline and Like a virgin director, Mary Lambert, became another landmark for Madonna, shows her mimicking a scene from Marilyn Monroe’s “Gentlemen prefer blonds”, and it was a brilliant choice for a video. While Madonna has been compared to death to Marilyn, she never denied the comparisons and the inspiration she got from her, but she stated that she was very different from Marilyn, saying that she is in control of herself, and has no plans of becoming a victim like her. The ultimate message of the video is Madonna rejecting all the material things that are given to her and choosing love over posessions.

“Material girl” was Madonna’s third nominated video of her career. It obtained two nominations at the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards and her first Best female video nomination. These were: Best Female Video (lost to Tina Turner, What’s love got to do with it) and Best Choreography (lost to Elton John, Sad songs).






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Like a virgin (Single)

(Written by Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg. Producer: Nile Rodgers)
Released by Sire Records on November 06, 1984

Home album: Like a virgin (1984)

Also found in: The Immaculate Collection (1990) The Confessions Tour (2007) Celebration (2009)

Certification: GOLD B-Side: “Stay

Live performances on Tour:
The Virgin Tour (1985)
The Who’s that girl Tour (1987)
The Blond Ambition Tour (1990)
The Girlie Show (1993)
The Confessions Tour (2006)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: November 17, 1984
Peak date: December 22, 1984-January 26, 1985
Final week on chart: March 23, 1985
Peak: #1 (6 weeks)
Chart run: 48-38-21-11-3-1-1-1-1-1-1-7-9-17-28-43-61-76-100-off  (19 weeks)

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 (December 22, 1984)
1. “Like a virgin” – Madonna 
2. “The wild boys” – Duran Duran
3. “Out of touch” – Hall & Oates
4. “Sea of love” – The Honeydrippers
5. “Cool it now” – New Edition
6. “We belong” – Pat Benatar
7. “I feel for you” – Chaka Khan
8. “No more lonely nights” – Paul McCartney
9. “All I need” – Jack Wagner
10. “Valotte” – Julian Lennon

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: December 1, 1984
Peak date: January 5, 1985

Final week on chart: February 23, 1985
Peak: #1 (4 weeks)
Chart run: 25-12-6-2-2-1-1-1-1-3-5-15-23-off (13 weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: November 24, 1984
Peak date: December 22, 1984
Final week on chart: February 16, 1985
Peak: #1 (5 weeks)
Chart run: 29-19-10-3-1-1-1-1-1-2-6-11-21-off (13 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Debut date: November 24, 1984
Peak date: December 15, 1984
Final week on chart: February 9, 1985
Peak: #1 (4 weeks)
Chart run: 26-9-2-1-1-1-1-2-7-11-32-43-off (12 weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: December 8, 1984
Peak date: January 19, 1985
Peak position: #29
Final week on chart: January 26, 1985
Chart run: ?-?-?-34-34-29-29-?-off (11 weeks)

Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles and Tracks
Debut date: December 8, 1984
Peak date: January 19, 1985
Peak position: #9
Final week on chart: March 9, 1985
Chart run: 78-61-47-34-34-12-12-9-9-10-10-26-29-45-99-off (15 weeks)

Hot R&B Single Sales
Debut date: December 15, 1984
Peak date: January 19, 1985
Peak position: #9
Final week on chart: February 23, 1985
Chart run: 24-27-27-12-13-9-10-10-10-16-24-off (11 weeks)

Hot R&B Airplay
Debut date: December 22, 1984
Peak date: January 26, 1985
Peak position: #8
Final week on chart: February 16, 1985
Chart run: 26-26-13-14-11-8-11-15-26-off (9 weeks)

UK Singles
Debut date: November 17, 1984
Peak date: January 12, 1985
Peak: #3
Final week on chart: March 16, 1985
Certification: GOLD
Chart run: 51-36-27-8-5-4-5-4-3-4-7-9-15-23-31-38-53-68-off (18 weeks)

Rest of the world
Australia: #1
Canada: #1
Japan (International Chart) #1
Belgium: #2
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles: #2
New Zealand: #2
Netherlands: #4
Germany: #4
Ireland: #4
Finland: #5
Austria: #8
France: #8
Norway: #8
Switzerland: #9
Sweden: #15
Italy: #16

Worldwide Sales: 2,250,000

Madonna’s sixth single overall and the first from her sophomore album found instant appreciation among teenage girls by late 1984 and early 1985. The subtle lyrics mixed with the sexual agressiveness Madonna displayed while performing the song on the video, made a profound impact on the younger generation of girls. Here was a woman telling them that it was OK to chase after boys, to be sexually attractive and forward, and not be ashamed of it at the same time, it was a revolution for this girls who many of them came from a generation of very conservative parents, and they quickly followed the trend. Hundreds of thousands of “Madonna wannabe” girls were vying to emulate their idol, making Madonna an icon at the same time.

Personally I find “Like a virgin” to be Madonna’s second signature song after “Holiday” and the song that catapulted her into stardom and global chart domination. The video is also worth watching, no matter how many times you’ve watched it, it’s filled with subtle details and lots of symbolism. As it was becoming customary, Madonna personifies different and opposing characters on the video, the virginal bride and the raunchy slutty woman who dances aboard a gondola in Venice.

It has been performed on five concert tours and many of those have ignited some kind of controversy. The video got three nominations at the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Choreography, losing to Elton John’s “Sad songs”, Best Art Direction losing to Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” and Best Cinematography, losing also to Don Henley. Madonna was one of the biggest pop artists of 1985 and oddly enough, she did not perform on the awards that year.


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