Get into the grooves... her great­est hits

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1 Hol­i­day (1983) Child­like synth-pop, so catchy that it goes down a treat in con­cert. And Madonna knows it: she has per­formed it more than any other song. 2 Border­line (1984) Swing­ing dance-pop with a Mo­town vibe and a video that sums up the young Madonna: squeaky, love­able and look­ing as if she’s just bought ev­ery­thing in the thrift store. 3 Like A Vir­gin (1984) A defin­ing mo­ment, with a gleam­ing pro­duc­tion by Nile Rodgers, rid­ing high af­ter Bowie’s Let’s Dance. 4 Into The Groove (1985) Her most Madonna-ish hit: ‘Only when I’m danc­ing,’ she trills, ‘can I feel this free.’ Her first No.1 in the UK. 5 Papa Don’t Preach (1986) Madonna takes on the pa­tri­archy, and wins. 6 Like A Prayer (1989) A peach of a tune, and a con­tro­ver­sial video, about white su­prem­a­cists, which got Madonna ad­mon­ished by the Vatican and dropped from a Pepsi ad. 7 Vogue (1990) In a good year, Madonna picks up on what’s play­ing in the clubs, finds a hot pro­ducer and makes that sound her own. In 1990 she did it with Shep Pet­ti­bone, and the re­sult was a disco-house clas­sic. 8 You Must Love Me (1996) Be­fore star­ring in the movie ver­sion of the mu­si­cal Evita, Madonna took singing lessons. They paid off on this touch­ing bal­lad, writ­ten spe­cially for the film by Tim Rice and An­drew Lloyd Web­ber. 9 Ray Of Light (1998) When a pop star dis­cov­ers spir­i­tu­al­ity, any­thing can hap­pen. For Madonna it meant hir­ing the pro­ducer Wil­liam Or­bit and writ­ing some of her strongest songs, mix­ing elec­tron­ica with psychedelia. 10 Hung Up (2005) A rous­ing floor-filler, and a trib­ute to her pow­ers of per­sua­sion, as she coaxed Benny and Björn from Abba into let­ting her sam­ple Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man Af­ter Mid­night). ‘She has got guts and has been around for 21 years,’ said Benny. ‘That’s not bad go­ing.’

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