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Broken Wings (Mr. Mister song)

“Broken Wings” is a song recorded by American pop rock band Mr. Mister. It was released in September 1985 as the lead single from their second album Welcome to the Real World. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1985, where it remained for two weeks. It was released as the band was just about to embark on a US tour opening for Tina Turner. The song peaked at number four in the United Kingdom, the highest chart position the group ever achieved in Britain. Broken Wings became the first of two consecutive number ones of the band on the American charts, the other top single was “Kyrie”.

Separate Lives

“Separate Lives” is a 1985 song recorded by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin and featured on the soundtrack to the motion picture White Nights. It reached No. 1 in November, 1985 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts as well as in Canada.[3] It reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry.[1]

Songwriter Stephen Bishop received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 1986. It lost to Lionel Richie’s “Say You, Say Me” from the same film.

We Built This City

“We Built This City” is a song written by Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, and Peter Wolf, and originally recorded by US rock group Starship and released as their debut single 1 August 1985.

The single version reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 16 November 1985, and also number one on the US Top Rock Tracks chart and number twelve in the UK.

Miami Vice Theme

“Miami Vice Theme” is a musical piece created and performed by Jan Hammer as the theme to the television series Miami Vice. It was first presented as part of the television broadcast of the show in September 1984 and released as a single in 1985, peaking at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the last instrumental to top the Hot 100 until 2013, when “Harlem Shake” by Baauer reached number one.[1] It also peaked at number five in the UK and number four in Canada. In 1986, it won Grammy Awards for “Best Instrumental Composition” and “Best Pop Instrumental Performance.” This song, along with Glenn Frey’s number-two hit “You Belong to the City”, put the Miami Vice soundtrack on the top of the US album chart for 11 weeks in 1985, making it the most successful TV soundtrack of all time until 2006 when Disney Channel’s High School Musical beat its record.

Part-Time Lover

“Part-Time Lover” is a 1985 single by Stevie Wonder, from his album In Square Circle. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B, dance, and adult contemporary charts. The song’s simultaneous chart success made him the first artist to score a number-one hit on four different Billboard charts. It is Wonder’s most recent Hot 100 number-one single, with the exception of his appearance on “That’s What Friends Are For” which also featured Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight and Elton John, and was number one for 4 weeks from January to February, 1986.

“Part-Time Lover” also reached number three on the UK Singles Chart thanks in large part to a performance by Wonder on Top of the Pops in late 1985.

The song featured R&B singer Luther Vandross humming at the end of Stevie’s verses and on backing vocals in addition to Wonder’s ex-wife and fellow singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright and Philip Bailey of R&B/funk band Earth, Wind and Fire. Wonder earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1986, for the song. Wonder is noted in the liner notes of the 4-CD set Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection Volume 2 1972-1992 as describing the music for the song as an ode to “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “My World Is Empty Without You”, both by The Supremes, former Motown label mates of Wonder.

Saving All My Love for You

“Saving All My Love for You” is a song written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin with arrangement by Gene Page. It was originally a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 on their album Marilyn & Billy. A cover of the song was done by American recording artist Whitney Houston, for her debut, self-titled album, which was released on February 14, 1985, by Arista Records. The song was the second single from the album in the United States and third worldwide.

The song received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who picked it as one of the album’s highlights and praised her vocals on the song. Whitney also earned her first Grammy Award with the song, on the category Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Commercially, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100, being her first number one on the charts; it also went to number one in the UK and Ireland, and was her first song to chart in those countries. In the United States, it was awarded a Gold certification from the RIAA.

Take On Me

“Take On Me” is a song by Norwegian synthpop band A-ha. Written by the band members, the original version was produced by Tony Mansfield and remixed by John Ratcliff. The second version of the song was produced by Alan Tarney for the group’s debut studio album Hunting High and Low (1985). The song combines synthpop with a varied instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars, keyboards and drums.

The original “Take On Me” was recorded in 1984 and it took two versions and three releases[clarification needed] to finally chart in the United Kingdom, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart in October 1985. In the United States in October 1985, the song became the only A-ha song to reach the top position of the Billboard Hot 100, due in no small part to the wide exposure on MTV of its innovative music video, directed by Steve Barron. The video features the band in a pencil-sketch animation method called rotoscoping, combined with live action. The video won six awards and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.

Oh Sheila

“Oh Sheila” is a 1985 single by Ready for the World. The song went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot Black Singles and the Hot Dance Club Play charts.[1] It was the first of two chart toppers for the band on the Billboard R&B chart, preceding their 1986 number-one R&B hit, “Love You Down”.

The song is commonly misattributed to Prince, due to similarity to his vocal and musical style, as well as the belief that the song’s lyrics allude to frequent Prince collaborator Sheila E.[2][3] Ready for the World’s Melvin Riley denied any connection with the two artists, stating that the subject of the song was a fictional character. However, the song’s backbeat was inspired by the Prince song “Lady Cab Driver.”

Money for Nothing (song)

“Money for Nothing” is a single by British rock band Dire Straits, taken from their 1985 studio album Brothers in Arms. The song’s lyrics, considered controversial at the time of the song’s release, are written from the point of view of a working-class man watching music videos and commenting on what he sees. The song featured a cameo appearance by Sting singing background vocals, as well as the signature falsetto introduction and backing chorus, “I want my MTV.” The groundbreaking video was the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network launched on 1 August 1987.[1]

It was Dire Straits’ most commercially successful single, peaking at number 1 for three weeks in the United States, number 1 for three weeks on the US Top Rock Tracks chart and number 4 in the band’s native UK. “Money for Nothing” won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1986 at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards[2] and the video won Video of the Year at the 3rd MTV Video Music Awards.

St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)

“St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” is a song recorded by John Parr. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 7, 1985, remaining there for two weeks. It was the main theme for Joel Schumacher’s 1985 film St. Elmo’s Fire.

The song also peaked at number six in the UK, Parr’s home country.[1] and became a number-one hit for John Parr around the world and provided many awards and a Grammy nomination.

The song was originally written by David Foster and John Parr for the Canadian athlete Rick Hansen, who at the time was going around the world in his wheelchair to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries. His journey was called the “Man in Motion Tour.”[2][3]

The song did not initially feature on Parr’s studio albums, only appearing on the London Records re-release of his self-titled debut album in the UK[4] and on a very rare 1985 West German CD re-release of the album.

Several members of Toto appear on the recording.

The Power of Love (Huey Lewis and the News song)

“The Power of Love”, also called “Power of Love”,[2] is a 1985 single by Huey Lewis and the News, written for and featured in the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future. It gave the band their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,[3] their second number-one hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart, and was a top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart, where it appeared on UK editions of the band’s fourth studio album, Fore!. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 58th Academy Awards, but lost to Lionel Richie’s “Say You, Say Me”.

Shout (Tears for Fears song)

“Shout” is a song by the British band Tears for Fears, written by Roland Orzabal and Ian Stanley and sung by Orzabal (with Curt Smith duetting on the chorus). First released in the UK on 23 November 1984,[3] it was the band’s eighth single release (the second taken from their second album Songs from the Big Chair) and sixth UK Top 40 hit, peaking at no. 4 in January 1985. In the US, it reached no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 3 August 1985 and remained there for three weeks. “Shout” would become one of the most successful songs of 1985, eventually reaching the Top Ten in 25 countries.[citation needed] “Shout” is regarded as one of the most recognisable songs from the mid-eighties and is also recognised as the group’s signature song.[4]

Everytime You Go Away

“Everytime You Go Away” is a song written and composed by Daryl Hall. It was first recorded in 1980 by the American duo Hall & Oates but was not released as a single. The song became an international hit when covered by English singer Paul Young in 1985.[2] There have also been several other versions of this song.

The original version of “Everytime You Go Away” appeared on Hall & Oates’s 1980 studio album, Voices, although it was not released as a single. Hall & Oates also recorded it for their 1985 concert album Live at the Apollo. In 2009, the original Hall & Oates song appeared in the film The Rebound.

A View to a Kill (song)

“A View to a Kill” is the thirteenth single by the English new wave band Duran Duran, released on 6 May 1985. Written and recorded as the theme for the 1985 James Bond movie of the same name, it became one of the band’s biggest hits. It remains the only James Bond theme song to have reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100; it also made it to number 2 for three weeks on the UK Singles Chart.[1][2]

In 1986, composer John Barry and Duran Duran were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “A View to a Kill”. The song was the last track recorded by the most famous five member lineup of Duran Duran until their 2001 reunion. It was performed by the band at Live Aid in Philadelphia, their final performance together before their first split. Following Barry’s death, the band paid tribute as their encore at the 2011 Coachella Festival, Simon Le Bon reappearing in a tuxedo for a pared-down version backed by an orchestra, before launching into the full, upbeat track. Bassist John Taylor told the crowd: “We lost a dear friend of ours this year – English composer John Barry. This is for him.”

Sussudio

“Sussudio” is a song by English singer Phil Collins, released as a single in January 1985. The song is the first track on Collins’ third solo studio album, No Jacket Required, released in January of the same year. The song entered frequent rotation on MTV in May: by 6 July both single and album reached No. 1 on their respective U.S. Billboard charts.[2]

Collins has said that he “improvised” the lyric.[3] Collins was just playing around with a drum machine, and the lyric “su-sussudio” was what came out of his mouth.[3] “So I kinda knew I had to find something else for that word, then I went back and tried to find another word that scanned as well as ‘sussudio,’ and I couldn’t find one, so I went back to ‘sussudio'”, Collins said.[3] According to Collins, the lyrics are about a schoolboy crush on a girl at school.[3]

The synthesizer, rhythm and synth bass arrangement, sound design, and programming was done by David Frank of The System and the horn arrangements were done later based on the motif from the bassline.

The music video for the song was filmed at a pub owned by Richard Branson (The Princess Victoria in Shepherds Bush) in London.[4] The accompanying music video features Collins, as well as long-time collaborators Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson.[5] It begins with an outdoor shot of a pub, then cuts to Collins and his band playing for an uninterested crowd.[5] The crowd slowly migrates toward the band as the song progresses, leaving them cheering at the end.[5] Bass player Lee Sklar also appears in the video; however, neither Sklar nor Thompson played on the studio recording.[5]

Heaven (Bryan Adams song)

“Heaven” is a song by Canadian singer and songwriter Bryan Adams, originally recorded in 1983, co-written by Adams and Jim Vallance. It first appeared on the A Night in Heaven soundtrack album in the same year and was later included on Adams’ album Reckless in 1984. It was released as the third single from Reckless and reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in June 1985, over a year and a half after the song first appeared on record. The single was certified Gold in Canada in 1985.[1]

Heavily influenced by Journey’s 1983 hit “Faithfully”, the song was written while Adams served as the opening act on that band’s Frontiers Tour, and features their drummer, Steve Smith.[2] The song provided Adams with his first number one single and third Top ten hit on the American charts; according to Billboard magazine the song also entered the Top 25 of the most successful singles of 1985 in the U.S.[3]

Everybody Wants to Rule the World

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” is a song by the English band Tears for Fears. Originally released in the UK on 22 March 1985[1][verification needed] it was the band’s ninth single release in the United Kingdom and the third from their second LP Songs from the Big Chair. It was their seventh UK Top 30 chart hit, peaking at number two in April 1985. In the US, it was the lead single from the album and gave the band their first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit on 8 June 1985, remaining there for two weeks. It also reached number one on both the Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts in the US. The song has since become the pinnacle of Tears for Fears’ chart success.

In 1986, the song won “Best Single” at the Brit Awards.

Everything She Wants

“Everything She Wants” is a million-selling Gold-certified hit by British pop duo Wham!, originally released in 1984 on Epic Records on a double A-side with “Last Christmas”. It was written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo.

Upon release, “Last Christmas” took the majority of the attention and airplay as it was appropriate in early December as Christmas approached. However, the presence of an equally-billed flip side meant that radio stations had something else to play once “Last Christmas” had lost its topicality.

A five-minute song (there also exists a six-and-a-half-minute-long version with an added bridge), “Everything She Wants” is written from the angle of a man rapidly approaching desperation at the material demands of his partner which seems to be coming to a head, despite the amount of work he does to keep her happy. In a twist, the second verse takes the story a step further by revealing that the woman is pregnant but the man cannot find any happiness in the announcement because of the extra pressure a baby will put upon him.[2]

The presence of the Band Aid project meant that the double A-side peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart, although in the process it became the biggest selling record not to get to number one. However, in the USA, the song did reach the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, and became the third number-one song in a row from 1984’s Make It Big album.

Wham! would go on to have two more number-one hits in the UK before splitting at their height in 1986.

Although Michael bemoaned much of Wham!’s material as he began his solo career, “Everything She Wants” remained a song of which he was proud, and he continued to perform it in his shows. Furthermore, Michael remarked in an interview (to promote 25 Live tour) that “Everything She Wants” is his favourite Wham! song.[citation needed]

In 1996, the song was performed at the MTV Unplugged concert.

In 1997, the song was remixed and re-released as “Everything She Wants ’97” for the greatest hits album If You Were There.

Capella group Naturally 7 sampled “Everything She Wants” on their 2011 song “Life Goes On”, an arrangement that was personally approved by Michael.[3]

Don’t You (Forget About Me)

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is a 1985 song performed by the Scottish band Simple Minds. The song is best known for being played during the opening and closing credits of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. It was written by producer Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff (guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen band).

Forsey asked Cy Curnin from The Fixx, Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol to record the song, but all three declined; Idol later performed a cover of it on his 2001 compilation album Greatest Hits. Schiff then suggested Forsey ask Simple Minds who, after refusing as well, agreed under the encouragement of their label, A&M. According to one account, the band “rearranged and recorded ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ in three hours in a north London studio and promptly forgot about it.”[1]

Continuing the rock direction recently taken on Sparkle in the Rain but also glancing back at their melodic synthpop past, it caught the band at their commercial peak and, propelled by the success of The Breakfast Club, became a #1 hit in the U.S.[2] and around the world. It is the band’s only #1 hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart, staying atop for three weeks. While only reaching #7 in the UK, it stayed on the charts from 1985 to 1987, one of the longest time spans for any single in the history of the chart.

The song did not appear on the band’s subsequent album Once Upon a Time but appeared on the 1992 best-of Glittering Prize 81/92. It has since been a fixture of the band’s live sets – with an extended audience participation section during its inclusion on the 2015 tour to promote the band’s Big Music album.[3]

Two versions were created for release. A short version of 4:23 appeared on the single and the original motion picture soundtrack album of The Breakfast Club. A longer version of 6:32 was released on 12” single. This version contains longer breakdowns and drum fills, a second appearance of the bridge and a longer ending.

John Leland from Spin wrote that “‘Don’t You Forget About Me,’ a romantic and melancholy dance track, therefore cuts ice both in the living room and on the dance floor.”[4]

Crazy for You (Madonna song)

“Crazy for You” is a song by American singer Madonna from the soundtrack album to the 1985 film Vision Quest. It was released on March 2, 1985 by Geffen Records as the first single from the soundtrack. The song appears remixed on the greatest hits compilation The Immaculate Collection (1990) and was re-released on February 24, 1991 by Sire Recordsto promote the album. The song was also included on the ballads compilation Something to Remember (1995) and the greatest hits compilation Celebration (2009). Producers Jon Peters and Peter Guber, along with music director Phil Ramone, decided to use Madonna after listening to her previous recordings, employing John Bettis and Jon Lind to write the song. After reading the script of the film, Bettis and Lind wrote the song about the situation in which the lead characters meet at a nightclub. Initial recording sessions did not impress Bettis and Lind, and they felt that “Crazy for You” would be dropped from the soundtrack. However, a new version was recorded to their liking.

John “Jellybean” Benitez was the producer for the song, and it was a challenge for him, as previously he was associated with recording dance-pop songs only. Initially Warner Bros. Records did not want the song to be released as a single, since they believed that it would take away the attention from Madonna’s second studio album Like a Virgin (1984). In the end, Peters and Guber convinced Warner officials to greenlight its release. “Crazy for You” ushered a new musical direction for Madonna, as she had not previously released a balladas a single. The track features instrumentation from snare drums, harp, bass synthesizer and electric guitar. Lyrically, the song speaks of sexual desire between two lovers and consists of innuendos.

“Crazy for You” received positive response from music critics and earned Madonna her first Grammy Award nomination in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category in 1986. The song became Madonna’s second number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and reached the top position in the charts of Australia and Canada as well. It also peaked at number two in Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, where it was released twice, once in 1985 and again in 1991. Madonna has performed “Crazy for You” in three of her concert tours, The Virgin Tour in 1985, Re-Invention World Tour in 2004 and in some dates of Rebel Heart Tour in 2016. The performance from The Virgin Tour was included in the home video releases on VHS and LaserDisc whereas the Re-Invention World Tour remains unreleased. “Crazy for You” has been covered by a number of artists.

We Are the World

“We Are the World” is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie (with arrangements by Michael Omartian) and produced by Quincy Jones for the album We Are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold at least 10 million copies worldwide.

Following Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” project in the UK, an idea for the creation of an American benefit single for African famine relief came from activist Harry Belafonte, who, along with fundraiser Ken Kragen, was instrumental in bringing the vision to reality. Several musicians were contacted by the pair, before Jackson and Richie were assigned the task of writing the song. The duo completed the writing of “We Are the World” seven weeks after the release of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, and one night before the song’s first recording session, on January 21, 1985. The historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.

The song was released on March 7, 1985, as the only single from the album. A worldwide commercial success, it topped music charts throughout the world and became the fastest-selling American pop single in history. The first ever single to be certified multi-platinum, “We Are the World” received a Quadruple Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Awarded numerous honors—including three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, and a People’s Choice Award—the song was promoted with a critically received music video, a home video, a special edition magazine, a simulcast, and several books, posters, and shirts. The promotion and merchandise aided the success of “We Are the World” and raised over $63 million (equivalent to $136 million today) for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US.

Following the devastation caused by the magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, a remake of the song by another all-star cast of singers was recorded on February 1, 2010. Entitled “We Are the World 25 for Haiti”, it was released as a single on February 12, 2010, and proceeds from the record aided survivors in the impoverished country.

One More Night (Phil Collins song)

“One More Night” is the first single in the United States and second in the United Kingdom from Phil Collins’ third album, the Diamond-certified No Jacket Required.[5] “One More Night” was Phil Collins’ second U.S. No. 1 single,[6] following “Against All Odds”, and was his fourth single to reach the top ten in the UK, peaking at No. 4 on the singles chart. The single was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry.[1] It was also his first No. 1 on the U.S. Adult contemporary chart.

The soft rock ballad remained for two weeks at the top in the U.S. in early 1985, until it was surpassed by “We Are the World” on 13 April 1985.[7] It has also been released as the eleventh track on the 1998 compilation album, Hits, as well as the third track on the 2004 compilation album, Love Songs: A Compilation… Old and New.

Can’t Fight This Feeling

“Can’t Fight This Feeling” is a power ballad[3] performed by the American rock band REO Speedwagon, the single remained three consecutive weeks at the number one position at the U.S. Hot 100 chart from March 9 to March 23, 1985.[4]

The song is about a man falling in love with a girl with whom he has been friends for a long time. The song first appeared on REO Speedwagon’s 1984 album Wheels Are Turnin’. It was the group’s second number-one hit on the U.S. charts (the first being 1981’s “Keep on Loving You”, also written by Kevin Cronin) and reached number sixteen in the UK.[5] “Can’t Fight This Feeling” has appeared on dozens of ‘various artists’ compilation albums, as well as several REO Speedwagon greatest hits albums.[6]

REO Speedwagon performed the song at the 1985 Live Aid concert, they were introduced by Chevy Chase, mentioning that the song was a number one single at the moment in the United States.

Careless Whisper

“Careless Whisper” is a 1984 single by George Michael (Sometimes credited to “Wham! featuring George Michael” in Japan, Canada and the United States), released by Epic Records in the United Kingdom, Japan, and other countries; and by Columbia Records in North America. The song was George Michael’s first solo single although he was still performing in Wham! at the time (the song is included on Wham!’s album Make It Big). The song features a prominent saxophone riff, and has been covered by a number of artists since its first release. It was released as a single and became a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic and on both sides of the Pacific. It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about six million copies worldwide.[1]

I Want to Know What Love Is

“I Want to Know What Love Is” is a power ballad by the British-American rock band Foreigner. It was released in November 1984 as the lead single from their album, Agent Provocateur. The song hit number-one in both the United Kingdom and the United States and is the group’s biggest hit to date. It remains one of the band’s best known songs and most enduring radio hits charting in the top 25 in 2000, 2001, and 2002 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents chart. “I Want to Know What Love Is” has continued to garner critical acclaim, and is listed as one of the Rolling Stone magazine’s greatest songs of all time at #479. The song is also featured in the films Show Me Love, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Good Luck Chuck, Lost Islands,, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Hot Tub Time Machine, The D Train, The Boss, and Bad Moms.

Like a Virgin (song)

“Like a Virgin” is a song by American singer Madonna. It is the title track from her second studio album Like a Virgin (1984), and was released on November 6, 1984, by Sire Records as the first single from the album. The song appears on the greatest hits compilation albums The Immaculate Collection (1990) and Celebration (2009). It was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly and produced by Nile Rodgers; Steinberg said that the song was inspired by his personal experiences of romance. “Like a Virgin” was chosen for Madonna by Michael Ostin of Warner Bros. Records after listening to a demo sung by Kelly. However, Rodgers initially felt that the song did not have a sufficient hook and was not suitable for Madonna, but subsequently changed his opinion after the hook was stuck in his mind.

Musically “Like a Virgin” is a dance-oriented song, composed of two hooks. Madonna’s voice is heard in a high register while a continuous arrangement of drums are heard along the bassline. The lyrics of the song are ambiguous and consist of hidden innuendo. In sexual terms, the lyrics can be interpreted in different ways for different people. “Like a Virgin” received positive reviews from contemporary as well as old critics, who frequently called it as one of the defining songs for Madonna. It became her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, while reaching the top of the charts in Australia, Canada, and Japan, and the top-ten of the other countries.

The music video portrayed Madonna sailing down the canals of Venice in a gondola, as well as roaming around a palace wearing a white wedding dress. With the video, scholars noted Madonna’s portrayal of a sexually independent woman, the symbolism of the appearance of a man with lion’s mask to that of Saint Mark, and the link between the eroticism of the video and the vitality of the city of Venice. Madonna has performed the song in six of her concert tours, most recent being the Rebel Heart Tour in 2015. Most of the time, her performances of “Like a Virgin” were associated with strong reaction and uproar from the media.

“Like a Virgin” has been covered by a number of artists and has appeared in or been referenced in feature films such as Reservoir Dogs, Moulin Rouge! and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Family groups sought to ban it as they believed the song promoted sex without marriage. On the other hand, Madonna’s public persona of an indomitable, sexually unashamed, supremely confident woman was widely accepted by the younger generation who emulated her style and fashion. Scholars have credited “Like a Virgin” as the song which cemented her position as a pop culture icon.

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