Song of the Day, May 19: Borderline by Madonna

MadonnaBorderlineToday’s song is the first Top Ten by a chart powerhouse. When Madonna hooked up with producer Reggie Lucas for her debut album, she brought in three of her own compositions. Lucas helped her track down a few other songs and offered her one of his own, Borderline. They recorded it, but Madonna was never happy with Lucas’ arrangement of the track, finding it cluttered. Lucas left the project, and Madonna asked her boyfriend, Jellybean Benitez, to re-mix the song.

Despite the rough start, the result is amazing. A powerful song of romantic frustration, it features one of the singer’s best vocals. Musically more complex than the rest of the album, Borderline introduced the smart, rich dance music that Madonna pioneered. The second Hot 100 single from the album, it peaked at #10 in an impressive 30-week run, breaking the singer into the Top 10, a place she would remain for her next 17 singles.

Enjoy this dance-pop masterpiece today.

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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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