80s Song of the Day: Burning Up by Madonna

Burning Up by Madonna was released on March 9, 1983. It was the second single from her eponymous debut album. Burning Up was featured on the “fast side” and Physical Attraction on the “slow side.” Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: True Blue by Madonna

I’ve heard all the lines
I’ve cried oh so many times
Those tear drops they won’t fall again
I’m so excited ’cause you’re my best friend

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True Blue by Madonna was released on September 29, 1986, with Ain’t No Big Deal as the B side. The song, about Madonna’s then-husband Sean Penn, was the third single from her third studio album of the same name.

The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. Continue reading

80s Song of the Day: Lucky Star by Madonna

You must be my lucky star
‘Cause you make the darkness seem so far
And when I’m lost you’ll be my guide
I just turn around and you’re by my side

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Lucky Star by Madonna was released in the United Kingdom on September 8, 1983, with I Know It as the B side. It was the fourth single from her eponymous debut album.

The song reached No. 14 on the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, it was Madonna’s first Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 4. It became the second single in her record-breaking string of 17 consecutive Top 10 hits. Continue reading

45 RPMs: Madonna Into the Groove

And you can dance
For inspiration

The song that inspired this blog’s name seemed like a good place to start. Madonna‘s Into the Groove, released in 1985, was arguably the greatest gift that the movie Desperately Seeking Susan gave to the free world. (That, and the revelation that you can use a hand dryer on your armpits simply by turning up the nozzle.) I was obsessed with Madonna in the 80s, and this easily ranks in my top 5 of her songs.Madonna Desperately

Inspired by the underground dance scene – which loved Madge just as hard as she loved it back – Into the Groove was Madonna’s first No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom. Never released as a single in the United States, the song was relegated to the B side of Angel, which, other than Madonna’s laugh track at the beginning of the song, doesn’t hold up as well after 30-plus years. And while Into the Groove was featured in Desperately Seeking Susan, it didn’t appear on the soundtrack due to licensing restrictions. It later appeared on the 1985 European reissue of Like a Virgin and on compilation albums like Celebration and You Can Dance. Continue reading