Song of the Day, April 18: Like A Prayer by Madonna

MadonnaLikePrayerToday’s song is one of a pop diva’s finest moments. By 1989, Madonna was omnipresent. Her first three albums were progressively bigger hits and she had begun to appear in films. With her sidetrack soundtrack album Who’s That Girl, she was starting to look overexposed. As she has done many times, she defied expectations.

Like A Prayer — her fourth proper album — is a strong, mature work that builds on all the performer’s strengths. Featuring some of her finest and darkest writing, it maintains the varied dance textures while exploring more aspects of pop music. The title track is a mini-masterpiece. A gospel-tinged ode to the power of love, it features one of Madonna’s best vocal performances over a smart, sophisticated dance groove. The result was another #1 hit (her seventh of 12 so far), a “scandalous” video that kept her in the public eye, and a clear sign that this star was in charge.

Enjoy this big hit today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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