Released two years after the Erotica album and Sex book, perhaps the most controversial era of Madonna's career, Bedtime Stories may have been a chance to soften Madonna's image, but she didn't really change. She was still a fighter ("Human Nature") and the music was still as strong as ever. Working with producers Nellee Hooper, Dallas Austin, Dave "Jam" Hall and Babyface, Madonna went into a more R&B direction. "Secret" and "Take a Bow" became two of Madonna's biggest hits in the '90s; "Take a Bow" became Madonna's longest-running #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 (although inexplicably only hit #16 on the UK charts). "Human Nature" (a not-so-subtle response to the critics of her Sex book) and "Bedtime Story" (co-written by Bjork) were the first singles to break Madonna's incredible run of Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (but both songs hit the top 10 in the UK). There are many strong album tracks on Bedtime Stories. The opening track, Survival, started the album with a bang; Madonna summing up the previous two years that she'll never be an angel and that, after all the attacks and criticisms. she was a survivor. Along with "Human Nature" (which Madonna still performs in concert), "Survival" remains a defining anthem in Madonna's career as she continues to be attacked viciously by the press and public. She's still a survivor. These two songs are resonant as ever. The album has some gorgeous ballads in addition to the smash "Take a Bow". "Inside of Me", "Love Tried to Welcome Me" and "Forbidden Love" (which was included on Madonna's Something to Remember compilation a year later) are lush and intimate, and some of Madonna's most personal songs. Madonna still couldn't resist pleas to the dancefloor ("Don't Stop") and even some funk ("I'd Rather Be Your Lover"). The transition from "Sanctuary" to "Bedtime Story" is sublime and one of the great Madonna listening experiences (and the electronica was an early indication of the sound of Madonna's next studio album, Ray of Light, in 1998). A great album, with a lush, bass-heavy soundscape, Bedtime Stories still sounds fresh and modern 25 years later. And those videos. "Human Nature" was a classic Madonna video with brilliant choreography and tongue-in-cheek Madonna humour, or the stunning (and expensive) "Bedtime Story" or the gorgeous black-and-white video for "Secret". The videos for this era remain top-tier Madonna. Some of the best music videos ever made if I may say so. "Let's get unconscious..." What are your memories of this classic album? What's your favourite cover: Up(side down suite) or Down?