104 SCORE: 7.515 2015 PLACEMENT: DOWN 10 - 95 of 210 (7.304) HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 4 (@matthew. @Andrew.L @BreatheBox @scottdisick94) LOWEST SCORE: 3 x 1 (@unnameable) MY SCORE: 7.5/10 Oof, now this is how you send someone packing. Acting as the sixth and final single from Erotica, "Bye Bye Baby" never received a video as Madonna was deep into The Girlie Show tour dates by then, but let's also dwell on that for a moment. The sixth single for an album that caused a backlash so severe even Madonna herself thought that her career was over at certain points. SIX SINGLES from a career-rocking relative bomb. Some of these girls can barely get a second single out during successful campaigns without giving up! Who ELSE was giving it to you like this? "Bye Bye Baby" is just... so slick. The treatment Madonna's voice gets so that it sounds like she's simply picked up the phone to tell this guy to go fuck himself - and not even turned up in person - is just such a great, fun detail in a song already amazingly produced. Shep Pettibone once again making what sounds like empty bottles rolling around an alleyway SLAP. I also like that it can read to be about S&M as well, although I think that's a reach when the reality is that it's just a swaggering kiss-off to a deadbeat. It also samples LL Cool J's "Jingling Baby", although ironically it's not that bit where the production actually jingles. The Girlie Show performance is where things get interesting though. The genderbendery of it all. Madonna and her backing singers dressed in traditionally masculine tuxedos as they objectify the flapper-girl-style dancers while performing this track is not only a bit hot, but also a great commentary on double standards and misogyny in general. It's also really, really fucking gay, but that should be expected at this point. As it never got a video, I'm afraid we have to make do with the performance from The Girlie Show, and the 1993 VMAs. And yes, they had the VMAs back then.