Don't go for second best, baby. Put your ILM ARTIST POLL #31: MADONNA to the test.

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i'm just as excited for the images used as the results right now, they look awesome!

prolego, Thursday, 7 March 2013 15:50 (five years ago) Permalink

WHOA GREAT IMAGES

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 March 2013 15:53 (five years ago) Permalink

omg booming start. I love Words! and yeah AWESOME work with the images JF, rollout does not disappoint.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 March 2013 15:54 (five years ago) Permalink

I've done my stretches, got my legwarmers and my leotard on, let's DO this

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 March 2013 15:55 (five years ago) Permalink

psyched for this. we not having links tho? i suppose it's just as easy to search regardless.

So: The Answers (or something), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

this is an all-Spotify list, see the opening post of the thread

"Bellini." (DJP), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Doesn't mean people can't link to youtube. I'm not doing it, but feel free to take it upon yourselves.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:04 (five years ago) Permalink

i can only apologise. xp.

So: The Answers (or something), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Totally, ironically, forgot "I'll Remember." Nice. I'm guessing this will be the poll with the most movie soundtrack cuts.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I almost voted for "I'll Remember" but only bcz the Orbit remix is the best thing he's ever done and I realized I don't like the album cut of the song all that much.

ferreira rocher (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:04 (five years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/3OaF7C3.jpg

48. "THE POWER OF GOOD-BYE" from Ray of Light (1998) [8 votes, 144 points]

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:05 (five years ago) Permalink

One thing you may end up noticing is that Madonna is photographed a shit ton with her arms raised.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:05 (five years ago) Permalink

oof yes, booming images, keep it up

Ismael Klata, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:06 (five years ago) Permalink

she has really great eyes

prolego, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:08 (five years ago) Permalink

the image for 'words' will be hard to top already.

So: The Answers (or something), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:11 (five years ago) Permalink

I don't remember anyone citing "The Power of Goodbye" in the other thread. Prototypical "deep single." The sonics are a warm bath.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:11 (five years ago) Permalink

really like how aqueous and majestic "the power of goodbye" sounds

prolego, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:14 (five years ago) Permalink

I also forgot "I'll Remember" from my ballot, but it would have been near the bottom. I was only reminded a couple days ago by my roommate mentioning it as one of his favorite M songs. Then I had to frantically double-check that I hadn't forgotten all of her soundtrack songs for my ballot (I hadn't).

Vinnie, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:14 (five years ago) Permalink

JF, great work w/ the stills - love the typeface arrangement, colors & subtle halftone pattern!

rocky dennis horror show (Pillbox), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink

wow I forgot all about I'll Remember.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:23 (five years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/WMyto5q.jpg

47. "KEEP IT TOGETHER" from Like a Prayer (1989) [9 votes, 148 points]

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:30 (five years ago) Permalink

YES

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:31 (five years ago) Permalink

^^^

prolego, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:32 (five years ago) Permalink

can't decide whether I prefer the single mix

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Madonna sez Prince played on the album version.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I absolutely prefer the single mix but the album version is also good

"Bellini." (DJP), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I think KiT was like #21 for me :-( it really is a great song

ferreira rocher (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:35 (five years ago) Permalink

loving these images sfm

Roz, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:36 (five years ago) Permalink

I deliberated over KiT, I so wanted it on my ballot. Glad it made it into the 50. So good!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:41 (five years ago) Permalink

she made it into an amazing closing number for blond ambition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhndzqzmstc

prolego, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:44 (five years ago) Permalink

"I'll Remember" image should've been bearded Joe Pesci, is my only complaint

some dude, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:45 (five years ago) Permalink

I forgot "I'll Remember" too--a convince-store staple for a few years back there. Good song.

your fretless ways (Eazy), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

i never paid attention to "the power of good-bye" till I heard the mashup of it and "bittersweet symphony," which remains one of my favorite examples of the form. the sonics are indeed a warm bath; that's a great description. the vocal is another matter. she sounds like she's trembling all the way through, as if the breakup she's singing about happened the morning she recorded it. she's sure of herself, absolutely sure, and yet she's not at all over it.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/GdnmJDd.jpg

46. "DIE ANOTHER DAY" from the motion picture soundtrack Die Another Day (2002) [7 votes, 149 points]

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Didn't see that one coming.

"Power of Good-bye" on my ballot (only thing to place so far).

"Keep It Together" one of very few LAP tracks to *not* make my ballot (though I really like it).

And yes! Great images!!

Public Brooding Closet (cryptosicko), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:56 (five years ago) Permalink

1) stoked 4 this
2) not stoked that it's started just as i have to leave the house and be offline til tomorrow morning
3) fantastic images
4) DIE ANOTHER DAY!!!! - happy it placed obv but SO SO SO TOO LOW

r&b morcilla (lex pretend), Thursday, 7 March 2013 16:57 (five years ago) Permalink

lol so happy "Die Another Day" placed

some dude, Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:05 (five years ago) Permalink

please explain the love for this song bcz idgi

I am asking genuinely

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:06 (five years ago) Permalink

I had no idea it was well regarded until today.

Public Brooding Closet (cryptosicko), Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:07 (five years ago) Permalink

i just think "Die" and "American Life" are the apex of the total awkward strangeness of the Madonna/Mirwais collaboration, with the latter edging a little too far into outright bad but the former aging pretty well

some dude, Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:09 (five years ago) Permalink

the appeal is that it sounds like a ringtone?

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Die has aged/is better than AL, that's for sure, but I still think its kinda rigid and hook-free in much the same way a lot of her stuff has been in the 00's and onward.

Really curious to see if any other AL tracks will post, though I doubt it.

Public Brooding Closet (cryptosicko), Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:11 (five years ago) Permalink

idgi either, they're the nadir of the awkard strangeness. blank in a bad way.

So: The Answers (or something), Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:12 (five years ago) Permalink

i feel ppl would like it a lot more if it wasn't tied to an awful bond film and had just been a first single for a studio album

the production is insane and "sigmund freud analyse this" is obv an all-time line

prolego, Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Don't love this, or even really like it much. Was surprised when it made a late push to crack the top 50.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:13 (five years ago) Permalink

People like "Live and Let Die" and its tied to a (marginally) worse Bond film.

xpost

Public Brooding Closet (cryptosicko), Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:13 (five years ago) Permalink

American Life was the only LP from the last 15 years on my albums ballot, it's obviously kind of a fiasco but imo a really unique and interesting one, a lot of her later music has the same rigidity and blandness but without the strangeness and personal twists that made the AL era a source of fascination for me.

some dude, Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:16 (five years ago) Permalink

"die another day" was in my top three, it's completely unfuckwithable as totally bizarre-sounding experimental pop that still conveys the essence of the singer successfully and has a ton more hooks than its awkwardness should allow for

the tense, ominous intro and clip-clopping beats, strings sharp like knives, that "UH." like a full stop mid-verse, an android prickling with panicky sweat, the entire conceit that she can achieve immortality by shutting her body down - it's insane sonically and lyrically and is everything i'd want for a slightly mad pop star on top of the world

r&b morcilla (lex pretend), Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:17 (five years ago) Permalink

and it's so seriousfaced - like you actually believe that she does think she can achieve mortality via metaphysics, and the weird vocal treatment is her in the process of actually doing that

also: "i need to lay down"

r&b morcilla (lex pretend), Thursday, 7 March 2013 17:18 (five years ago) Permalink

the name puts me off

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:22 (two years ago) Permalink

LOL, have you had that screenname for the last 2.5 years?

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:25 (two years ago) Permalink

she sounds terrific, and the repetition of the twirl so awkward in an endearing way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffjlH4xHfWw

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:26 (two years ago) Permalink

boy do I miss her lower range drag queen voice

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:26 (two years ago) Permalink

I think she took it out for a spin during "Like a Virgin" on the MDNA tour.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:32 (two years ago) Permalink

xxpost I changed it a few weeks back when Johnny Fever revived the thread :)

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 17:44 (two years ago) Permalink

!!

"I'm feeling very nostalgic tonight," she told the crowd. "Do you people understand I played Madison Square Garden 30 years ago?" She kissed a fan in a 1985 Virgin Tour shirt who claimed he was there — for all we know, he might have been the goth club kid doing the cobweb dance in the "Into The Groove" video. It led to the emotional highlight of the night, when she picked up her acoustic guitar for one of her saltiest and best Number One hits, a song she hasn't performed since the Eighties: "Who's that Girl," leading the audience in the question "¿Quien es esa niña?" The question hung in the air. "I still don't know," Madonna said after the song. "I still don't know. I think I'm not supposed to know — maybe that's what life's about, figuring out who the fuck you are."

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 September 2015 20:10 (two years ago) Permalink

:D

Johnny Fever, Friday, 18 September 2015 20:13 (two years ago) Permalink

omg

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 18 September 2015 20:19 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

http://fasterlouder.junkee.com/inside-madonnas-intimate-tears-of-a-clown-show-in-melbourne/858982

this sounds like a fascinating show, i hope someone filmed it

ODD FUTURE WOLFGANG VAN HALEN ON BASS (some dude), Friday, 11 March 2016 03:50 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Vogue her greatest or close - greatest video, certainly - with Open Your Heart its closest/only rival. So great it subsumed the album that even if (or because) not entirely hers rivals its successor as her second-best after the not-quite-immaculate one that has so many hits on it who cares. So great it spun off a sequel in the very good but at least a little overrated Deeper and Deeper, which is probably not the best on that deep-benched album, which should have stolen Justify My Love from the collection as its capstone, and well behind Lucky Star and Express Yourself, to name some of the better ones that in turn probably place behind Holiday and Material Girl highest among the runner-ups that I insist also include Mandy's More, Sooner or Later, and Where's the Party, all of which I'll take most days over the well-named Borderline (Bipolar might be more like it), too-faux Like a Virgin (which shares a very particular room with other pre-adolescent sonic annoyances like Beat It), or even the somewhat-rut-bound Into the Groove, to say nothing of the Christian (Catholic, whatever) one I have no use for (not the anti-abortion one; I kinda like that one) or nearly all of the power "ballad" dreck early and late. I like a lot of the second-career EDM stuff well enough or better, but, except for the more interpretive and therefore auteurist stuff like Don't Tell Me, much of it doesn't register in the same fashion (maybe because less New York?). I'm fairly immune, for instance, to the purported glories of Beautiful Stranger, which feels a lot more disposable than, say, Independent Women, Pt. 2.

Many if not most of the above preferences vary at least marginally by mixing I couldn't identify offhand.

normcore strengthening exercises (benbbag), Tuesday, 24 May 2016 05:19 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

oh wow "Jimmy Jimmy" is actually p great? and so is "True Blue"??

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:13 (one year ago) Permalink

fuck "La Isla Bonita" and "Live to Tell" forever tho

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:14 (one year ago) Permalink

[oh wow "Jimmy Jimmy" is actually p great? and so is "True Blue"??

um, yes. and yes.

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:22 (one year ago) Permalink

I TOLD U

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:33 (one year ago) Permalink

fuck..."Live to Tell" forever tho

you mad

Wimmels, Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Get the fuck out, Stevie.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:44 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm ecstatic enough about Stevie (or anyone) acknowledging the greatness of "Jimmy Jimmy" to overlook the "Live To Tell" diss.

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Saturday, 4 February 2017 23:46 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah stevie u still need srs help tho

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 5 February 2017 00:24 (one year ago) Permalink

"Live To Tell" is the greatest

Wimmels, Sunday, 5 February 2017 00:37 (one year ago) Permalink

My favorite ILM poll: the level of commitment, the writing.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 February 2017 01:06 (one year ago) Permalink

it was the best of times

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 5 February 2017 01:18 (one year ago) Permalink

I like to think Patrick Leonard said "OK, we're done" and Madonna saying, "No, wait -- I have an idea. 'If I ran away...'" and Leonard losing his shit.

― the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, March 11, 2013 3:43 PM (three years ago

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 February 2017 01:27 (one year ago) Permalink

can we do this again

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 5 February 2017 01:54 (one year ago) Permalink

YES

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 February 2017 02:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Fuck me, my favorite thing she's ever done, her cover of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" (off the Something to Remember comp) wasn't even nominated?!?!?!

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 5 February 2017 02:33 (one year ago) Permalink

There are no nominations in artist polls.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 5 February 2017 05:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh.

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 5 February 2017 10:19 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Flamenco drop.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Sunday, 16 July 2017 02:25 (one year ago) Permalink

The best kind of drop

Tim F, Sunday, 16 July 2017 03:32 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

My least favorite major single.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 03:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

It sucks, but "American Life" still exists.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 04:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, Madonna put out music after 2001... I keep forgetting! Now I shall forget again.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 20:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Found the second greatest-hits CD at a garage sale last week, been playing it in the car. A kind of sameness creeps into the first few tracks because of the remixing. "Ray of Light" and "Beautiful Stranger" (which took some abuse in this poll) sound as amazing as ever; I think her career peaks were very early ("Holiday," "Borderline," "Into the Groove") and then later with those two songs--lot of greatness between, with some silliness, but they're the best. The one song that jumped out at me that I didn't vote for above was "Drowned World"/"Substitute for Love." I should have.

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:03 (one month ago) Permalink

If she ever writes her memoirs--particularly of the early '80s--I'd read them.

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:07 (one month ago) Permalink

"Beautiful Stranger" (which took some abuse in this poll)

Not enough, iirc.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:19 (one month ago) Permalink


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