Best Madonna #2 Single

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Tied with Elvis Presley for the most number two songs on the Hot 100.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Cherish 21
Express Yourself 18
Material Girl 6
Frozen 5
I'll Remember 2
Causing a Commotion 0


the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 July 2017 14:48 (four months ago) Permalink

"express yourself"

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 14 July 2017 14:50 (four months ago) Permalink

I think CCR had five #2s and no #1s. Has anyone beat that?

Anyway, of these ... Express Yourself or Frozen, but probably the former. What kept Express Yourself from no. 1?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 July 2017 14:52 (four months ago) Permalink

Cherish
I'll Remember
Frozen

any of these

"cherish" is a perfect fake scritti song

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 14 July 2017 14:53 (four months ago) Permalink

I clicked the thread knowing "I'll Remember" only got to #2, and knowing I would vote for it, but not realizing it would be in a field without a single weak link.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 14 July 2017 14:53 (four months ago) Permalink

But, really, "I'll Remember" is a ballad for the ages.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 14 July 2017 14:53 (four months ago) Permalink

and often forgotten when thinking about her best songs

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 July 2017 14:55 (four months ago) Permalink

'Cherish' with zero hesitation.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 14 July 2017 14:57 (four months ago) Permalink

5/6 of these are great, but if I had to rank them:

1. Cherish
2. Express Yourself
3. I'll Remember
4. Material Girl
5. Frozen

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Friday, 14 July 2017 14:58 (four months ago) Permalink

As Eric knows from Facebook arguments, "Causing a Commotion" has its loud partisans.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:01 (four months ago) Permalink

It is great! Was stunned that people took issue with it being the Night of 1,000 Madonnas song for the RPDR S8 lip sync. Much preferable to the S9 selection: "Music."

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:07 (four months ago) Permalink

I'll Remember
Express Yourself
Cherish
Causing a Commotion
Frozen
Material Girl

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:08 (four months ago) Permalink

"Cherish" sucks so, so, so much.

This is "Frozen" vs "Express Yourself" for me.

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:17 (four months ago) Permalink

"Cherish" is an instant anti-depressant.

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:17 (four months ago) Permalink

It's a cloying, saccharine mess.

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:19 (four months ago) Permalink

the "Domino Dancing" of her career?

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:21 (four months ago) Permalink

The only "Madonna does throwback pop in an aggressively chirpy voice" song I can stand is "True Blue"; all the others can die in a fire.

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:21 (four months ago) Permalink

lol

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:21 (four months ago) Permalink

'Cherish' is one of her best ever songs.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:22 (four months ago) Permalink

it's the one we used to remind Dan ooffffff

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:23 (four months ago) Permalink

it wouldn't be a madonna thread on ilx if dan didn't express his hatred of "cherish"

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:26 (four months ago) Permalink

It's a shame "Deeper and Deeper" didn't hit #2.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:27 (four months ago) Permalink

voted frozen

nxd, Friday, 14 July 2017 15:29 (four months ago) Permalink

Cherish. the Herb Ritts (RIP) video is a masterpiece.

piscesx, Friday, 14 July 2017 15:36 (four months ago) Permalink

Express Yourself. Might be my favourite single of Madge's, although it could have been edited a little tighter.

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:48 (four months ago) Permalink

"Cherish" is one of my favorite songs ever. Also "underestimate" = best use of a five-syllable word in a pop song (tied with "conditionally" in "Flesh Without Blood").

geoffreyess, Friday, 14 July 2017 15:52 (four months ago) Permalink

I love "Express Yourself" as long as its the album version. If The Immaculate Collection has any flaw, it is the inclusion of the crappy single/remix versions of it and "Like a Prayer."

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Friday, 14 July 2017 15:53 (four months ago) Permalink

That's funny. I was about to say the single mix of Express Yourself is probably the only Madonna/Shep concoction thing I will hard stan for over its associated LP version.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 14 July 2017 16:15 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah those Immaculate Collection versions.. man what a mess.

piscesx, Friday, 14 July 2017 16:21 (four months ago) Permalink

The Immaculate Collection version of 'Like a Prayer' sucks - that song was made for having a huge production.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 14 July 2017 16:23 (four months ago) Permalink

Where was I reading recently about the making of the "Like a Prayer" album? It's basically the (or a) last gasp of the big budget total session pro band, with a lot of the songs cut live (that is, all the musicians together) in a room, including Madonna's vocals. I was really impressed, and came away with a new respect for Madonna, whose genius I think gets unfairly discredited a lot by the many shortcut imitators that followed in her wake.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 July 2017 16:31 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm trying a) figure out instances where Madonna during her cultural apex was being discredited and b) which imitators you're talking about that I don't still listen to on a regular basis.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 14 July 2017 16:34 (four months ago) Permalink

(If you want to drag her for "Bitch, I'm Madonna" be my guest. That shit stinks.)

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 14 July 2017 16:35 (four months ago) Permalink

...most #2's...

...I cannot resolve the appropriate fecal reference...

...Look What I Did! - Madonna's half-dozen brownie masta-mix (w/ corn)

bodacious ignoramus, Friday, 14 July 2017 16:37 (four months ago) Permalink

On the recording of LAP:

Pratt recalled that after the middle chorus was recorded, she notified the musicians of some changes in the production. "Jonathan, do less of the high-hat in the middle eight, and more of a fill towards the end. Guy, I want duck eggs [semibreves] on the end, and Chester, bring in your guitar on the second verse," she instructed.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 July 2017 16:42 (four months ago) Permalink

Material Girl didn't hit #1??????? easy choice for me

flappy bird, Friday, 14 July 2017 17:07 (four months ago) Permalink

It's kind of ridiculous that "Material Girl" and "Express Yourself" didn't hit #1 considering how huge they were. But this was pre-Soundscan and it was pretty much Billboard's decision what made it to the top.

LeRooLeRoo, Friday, 14 July 2017 17:17 (four months ago) Permalink

Express Yourself

UK version of this poll would be:

Crazy For You (twice!)
Holiday
Borderline
Live To Tell
Hanky Panky
Justify My Love
Ray Of Light
Beautiful Stranger
American Life
Hollywood
Me Against The Music

nashwan, Friday, 14 July 2017 17:18 (four months ago) Permalink

oh man

on a UK version of this poll I'd probably have to go "Live To Tell" but damn there are some good songs on here

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:22 (four months ago) Permalink

Ugh live to tell is the worst

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:24 (four months ago) Permalink

OK now this thread is just getting crazy...

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:25 (four months ago) Permalink

I hate pretty much all slow Madonna songs. GTFO of here with This Used to be my Playground/Rain etc.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:29 (four months ago) Permalink

>:(

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:30 (four months ago) Permalink

But I also hate La Isla Bonita so idk. Probably don't listen to me.

My UK version choice with be Borderline which I love more than I can say.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:30 (four months ago) Permalink

Seriously, downtempo Madonna can be the best thing ever. "Live to Tell," "Take a Bow," "Inside of Me," "Rain." All fantastic.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:35 (four months ago) Permalink

I remember how split people were over Oh Father in the big Madonna poll, but it will eternally be one of my favorites.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:36 (four months ago) Permalink

No. Horrible. All of those.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:36 (four months ago) Permalink

If you don't feel "Inside of Me" GTFO

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:38 (four months ago) Permalink

Remind me not to buy you the Something to Remember cd for xmas. It's ALL BALLADS. xp

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:39 (four months ago) Permalink

I thought about the British hits, but the concision of this list impressed me.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 July 2017 17:41 (four months ago) Permalink

'Justify My Love' would be my pick from the UK #2's...

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 14 July 2017 18:00 (four months ago) Permalink

I generally like Madonna's slowies... love 'Live to Tell', 'Take a Bow' and particularly 'Oh Father' ...

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 14 July 2017 18:01 (four months ago) Permalink

Live To Tell
Justify My Love
Borderline
Hanky Panky
Holiday
Ray Of Light
Me Against The Music
Beautiful Stranger
Hollywood
American Life
Crazy For You

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 14 July 2017 18:40 (four months ago) Permalink

I think I like "Cherish" more than probably anybody on ILX simply cos it was a refreshing song to me in 3rd grade and I still like to spin it to remember that warmth.

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Friday, 14 July 2017 19:14 (four months ago) Permalink

I'll Remember can get fucked w/ a bubonic plague encrusted chainsaw tho

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Friday, 14 July 2017 19:14 (four months ago) Permalink

Thank you, Charles "Butt" Stanton.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 14 July 2017 19:19 (four months ago) Permalink

that's my name don't were it out

Charles "Butt" Stanton (Neanderthal), Friday, 14 July 2017 19:22 (four months ago) Permalink

omg I'll Remember

NOPE

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 14 July 2017 19:24 (four months ago) Permalink

I totally don't remember "Causing a Commotion" but I really like it! It's not really instant ear-worm but that synth bass rules.

Neanderthal, Friday, 14 July 2017 19:25 (four months ago) Permalink

I will stan for "Live to Tell" though its chorus is muuuuch stronger than its verse.

Neanderthal, Friday, 14 July 2017 19:26 (four months ago) Permalink

"Live To Tell" is all about that bridge

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Friday, 14 July 2017 19:29 (four months ago) Permalink

Causing a Commotion is great. :)

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Friday, 14 July 2017 19:29 (four months ago) Permalink

xpost ahh yes the bridge is great too. it's only the verse I'm somewhat 'meh' about, but once the chorus kicks in it kinda feels connected so I don't care.

Neanderthal, Friday, 14 July 2017 20:11 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm surprised "Causing a Commotion" got as high as #2. I remember it being kind of a blip at the time (ditto "Who's That Girl"). Proof that Madonna could do no wrong at that time, I guess.

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Friday, 14 July 2017 20:40 (four months ago) Permalink

Cherish and I'll Remember are two of my top 3 Madonna songs

the underground is pass-agg (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 17 July 2017 11:07 (four months ago) Permalink

FYI I am voting for every option in this poll.

Tim F, Monday, 17 July 2017 11:54 (four months ago) Permalink

I think that the Express Yourself video...changed my life

horseshoe, Monday, 17 July 2017 12:35 (four months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:01 (four months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 21 July 2017 00:01 (three months ago) Permalink

YES! \o/

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Friday, 21 July 2017 00:06 (three months ago) Permalink

lol @ CAC's points

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 21 July 2017 01:35 (three months ago) Permalink

LOL at "Material Girl" getting points

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Friday, 21 July 2017 12:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Many of those LAV tracks get their propulsion from the Chic production and playing; it's not even in a top fifteen of her best, but "Material Girl" sounds great.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 21 July 2017 12:13 (three months ago) Permalink


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