Did Madonna Ciccone know she would be the best-selling female recording artist of all time when she set off for New York City back in the late s? Probably not. Her immediate goal was to make it as a dancer. Stints with various dance troupes, dance classes, working as a backup singer and dancer, going to dance clubs — it was all about dance. That is until she joined a band as the drummer for Breakfast Club. Then it was about creating music. Madonna made her image just as important as the music, unapologetically using and owning her sexuality, capitalizing on the increasing popularity of MTV. She asserted her power in a male-dominated music industry that initially dismissed her as a one-hit-wonder. She was both idolized and criticized, her music videos became events, she set fashion trends and cultural benchmarks. Yes, there are many hit singles but her albums themselves are journeys through empowerment, love and loss, spiritual conflict, and the freedom of a dance beat.
The best album credited to Madonna is Ray Of Light which is ranked number in the overall greatest album chart with a total rank score of 3, Madonna is ranked number in the overall artist rankings with a total rank score of 13, This may not be a complete discography for Madonna. This listing only shows those albums by this artist that appear in at least one chart on this site. If an album is 'missing' that you think deserves to be here, you can include it in your own chart from the My Charts page! Showing latest 5 ratings for this artist. Show all ratings for this artist. Rating metrics: Outliers can be removed when calculating a mean average to dampen the effects of ratings outside the normal distribution. This figure is provided as the trimmed mean. A high standard deviation can be legitimate, but can sometimes indicate 'gaming' is occurring.
She has become one of the most notable, controversial, public and famous artists of any genre to grace the music scene. The pop-synth tunes, paired with her young, melodic and high-pitched voice were able to make two-generational anthems. Nevertheless, it became the first solo female album to reach 5 million copies, hitting number one in Spain, the UK, the US, Netherlands, Germany and a plethora of other countries. Second on our list has to be the iconic Like a Prayer album. The song masterpiece received critical acclaim, both positive and negative. On the other hand, the Vatican banned the entire album. It featured strong Catholic undertones and was heavily introspective about her youth and past. It also marked the first change in her music, something that would happen across time as she continued to reinvent herself. Sincere, heartfelt and with the melodies and sounds to back it up, True Blue is still to this day her best-selling album of all time, reaching 25 million copies worldwide and hitting number one across the globe. The album is a testament to how versatile Madonna was as a singer, performer and songwriter.
In addition to entertaining and thrilling us for going on 40 years, Madonna has been outspoken about LGBTQ rights in her work and life since long, long before it was trendy, or even acceptable.
To celebrate the Queen of Pop, Instinct has ranked all 14 of her albums, from least memorable to most unforgettable. Note: we are only pulling from studio LPs— no soundtracks, compilations or greatest hits packages. That checks out: there is very little to connect to here, so unusual when Madonna albums are generally such spirited affairs. Though there are still too many, the relatively fewer collaborators and guest appearances is a plus.
The album that got this whole thing going is, not unlike Like a Virgin , uneven overall but with sky-high highs. How about the rest of the tracks, though? True Blue is the highest-selling album by a female artist of the s, and one of the best-selling records of all time. This is when Madonna took the reins and reinvented herself head-to-toe for the first time.
She wrote all of the words herself. Who else could rock a pop song about child neglect? Madonna got on the horse after the disappointment of American Life but quick, with an all-dance record that has unlimited replay value.
It is just fantastic every time she performs it live. Unfairly dismissed 26 years ago, Erotica now at long last seems to finally be getting some of the respect it deserves.
Rolling Stone can pride themselves on getting it right; awarding Erotica one of its only glowing reviews at the time. This is Madonna The Artist at her most uncompromising and vital. God knows this thing was ahead of its time. This writer is I was two years old when this was released.
Even I say this thing is damn required listening for all the young gays. Know your history. Two years later, Music is Madonna the musician at her most confident and instinctive.
That track still feels as funky and fresh as it did 18 years ago. After ruling the airwaves and the Billboard Hot for 15 years, Madonna finally won her first Grammys, a total of four, for Ray of Light.
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