September 29, 2009

Celebrating Madonna



10 Thoughts About Madonna's new Hits Collection

1 Best image in the booklet (2-disc version only; 1 disc = useless!): shown above

2 Wonkiest lyric: From What It Feels Like For A Girl: "Hands that rest on jutting hips, repenting." No Madonna, the image of hands on hips - arms akimbo? - suggests defiance, not repentance.

3 Sharpest lyric: From Don't Tell Me: "Tell the bed not to lay like the open mouth of a grave / Not to star up at me like a calf down on its knees." Lines most likely written by her brother-in-law, Joe Henry.

4 Track that has aged better than expected: the weird, sensual Justify My Love

5 Song that does not deserve to be here: The shiteous new Lil Wayne "feature" Revolver

6 Most missed song: sweet pop Angel or rare disco gem Gambler or soul lifter Nothing Fails

7 Most unexpected song, but a good choice: Dress You Up

8 Version of Madonna missing from the video collection: Herky Jerky Geisha Madonna from Nothing Really Matters

9 Video I could have lived without: Love Profusion

10 Celebration? Get back to me in a year to say whether it's just fine or great.
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XO's Top Ten Plus One Madonna Songs, in no order...

Vogue
Like A Prayer
Live To Tell
Into The Groove
Erotica
Get Together
Jump
Borderline
Papa Don't Preach
Angel
Frozen

13 comments:

countpopula said...

While she really needed this, I can't help but feel that too many songs were still left out, and although I know This Used to be My Playground isn't a favorite of many, it was a #1 song. It's weird so much from Erotica is missing--Deeper & Deeper, Rain, Bad Girl, with singles from the same period: Playground, I'll Remember, and You'll See or anything Evita-esque getting shafted. Glad to have most of the early stuff, although a single edit of Holiday would have been preferable. I was really hoping for American Life without the rap, but one can dream.

My top ten +1:
Frozen
Ray of Light
Music
Hung Up
Into the Groove
Express Yourself
Like a Prayer
Till Death Do Us Part
Sorry
Impressive Instant
Sky Fits Heaven

Anybody who has this many solid tracks to choose from really deserves a much longer list, huh?

Paul said...

Yeah it's a shame in particular that Angel and Gambler didn't make the list - however limiting to a 2 disc set was always going to mean it never pleased everyone and was just tempting to the casual passer by Madonna fan (if you know what I mean - buying it for their sister because they see it on the shelf whilst in the queue at Tesco).

My top ten +1?
Like A Prayer
Vogue
Take a Bow
True Blue
Cherish
Erotica
Hung Up
Borderline
Papa Don't Preach
Gambler
Supernatural

John said...

Overall, it seems like they did a good job with a situation that would never please every fan.

Top 10 +1:
Frozen
Love Don't Live Here Anymore
Keep It Together
Cherish
Til Death Do Us Part
Burning Up
Rescue Me
Don't Tell Me
Miles Away
Dress You Up
Sorry

Aaron said...

Ooh - I'm a fan of the Love Profusion video, and I don't remember that image - but OK! I think a "for the fans" third disc edition would have been nice.

My top 10 + 1 is probably:

Sorry
Love Profusion
Nobody Knows Me
Don't Tell Me
The Power Of Goodbye
Beautiful Stranger
Die Another Day
Celebration
Incredible
Rain
Frozen (Or Spotlight)

xolondon said...

Why did I put Jump in? Til Death Do Us Part probably trumps that!

Jason said...

I'll throw my hat into the ring. My top ten +2(in no particular order):

Live to Tell
Like a Prayer
Oh Father
Hung Up
The Look of Love
X-Static Process
Into the Groove
Sky Fits Heaven
You'll See
Burning Up
Ray of Light
Frozen

joe*to*hell said...

yeah you can never please everyone....everyone is yammering about angel being left out....but its a small freaking miracle we got WTG and DYU. you can tell she clearly insisted that two tracks from each of her last few albums be on it.... miles away and hollywood should have stayed home (and i love hollywood!)

as for the videos, i dunno why itunes isnt selling all 47 as a package, just like the DVD. seems dumb.

Dan said...

Nah - Jump is a great song that deserves inclusion.

The song that I have rediscovered lately that is not on Celebration is "Keep It Together". I always forget how good that song is. Sure, as the 4th single with no video it is probably the most forgettable of all the LAP singles, but it has a sentiment that still rings true today.

And I would give "Miles Away" the boot and replace it with "I'll Remember".

My top 10+1
Borderline
Don't Tell Me
Into The Groove
Jump
Like A Prayer
Over & Over
I'll Remember
Frozen
Secret
Oh Father
+Secret Garden

zen~ said...

My top ten of M constantly changes, but for now would include:

Burning Up
Everybody
Frozen
Paradise (Not For Me)
Drowned World/Substitute For Love
Open Your Heart
Borderline
Miles Away (really)
Bedtime Story
I Deserve It
+1

To Have And Not To Hold

+2

Liquid Love (both versions)

Yuяi said...

Here's my list:

Express Yourself
Vogue
Like a Prayer
Take a Bow
Open Your Heart
True Blue
Borderline
Don't Tell Me
I'll Remember
Secret Garden
+Forbidden Love (COAD version)

Of course, this list can change with any given day. lol

Shane Percy said...

Wherefore art "Deeper And Deeper" on the audio CD? What a mis-step! And we get Hollywood? Jeezus, come on.

davidlim said...

I, too, could've lived without the 'Love Profusion' video - happily have 'Nothing Really Matters' any day. What a symbolic and arty video.

Ian Peel said...

http://phonograffika.blogspot.com/2009/10/madonna-made-of-records.html