75 SCORE: 7.985 2015 PLACEMENT: UP 5 - 80 of 210 (7.618) 11 x 1 @eatyourself HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 18 (@AshtrayHeart @Dangerous Maknae @tylerc904 @JMRGBY @GimmeWork @elear @Andy French @torontodj @theelusivechanteuse @BreatheBox @Daniel_O @muddleddreams @Zdarlight @BEST FICTION @TheChoirgirlHotel @KingBruno @acl @ufint) LOWEST SCORE: 3 x 1 (@Phonetics Boy) MY SCORE: 9/10 Oh, this is a marvellous track. If Madonna's legacy is defined by anything, it's surely her ability to re-invent, as loathe as she is to admit it. That ability to have a fluid identity in the eyes of the public has probably been the thing that has allowed her to achieve such longevity; no one really has properly concrete preconceived notions of her to trap her in because she keeps these reference points brief. It works two-fold; not only as a tactic to remain fresh in the public eye, but as... deception as well. A tactic to put distance between her and anyone who attempts to get close. And this should speak to a lot of us. The vast majority of a queer person's life is a deception; hiding and shielding large parts of yourself and only showing your hand when absolutely necessary or when absolutely sure of safety or victory. It's just self-preservation: who can you trust with yourself? Who won't punish you for your truth? And we do this dance multiple times a day, every day. Think about it: who in your life gets 100% of you? There are things inside of me that I know will always be mine, but do I stunt the relationships in my life by hoarding them? I'm safe, but is that really a life? So yes, I feel an affinity to this track, which seems to see-saw between pride that no one has you figured out, and... a kind of sadness too. Even the production acts as an additional wall to any kind intimacy as Madonna's smooth, metallic vocals robotically intone just how much we don't know about her. And there's power in that position, but also loneliness. It's a cold, frosty track on one of her warmest albums, a weird little outlier in her discography in general, and easily one of the highlights of the 00s period of her career. It just balances so many extremes so well. It's a great Madonna song and a fantastic pop record to boot. Let me pass over to @eatyourself, who gave this their 11/10: "This may not be the most iconic or remembered song by Madonna, but my 11 goes to it both for personal and "logical" reasons. I mean, for a song released in 2003 it still sounds like next millenium pop. The lyrics are so true about her and about me, and even though I've never seen me and Madonna as similars, this is the song I can identify the most with. It's strong, furious, but also fragile in its honesty. Even kind of sad how "nobody knows me like you know me" is said, you could interpret it as a declaration of love but I see it more like "well at least there's one person who gets me!". The live versions are marvelous, and it was a most pleasing moment in my career when she used it for an interlude at the tour. I think it's to show how much this song "showcases" the idea of Madonna the popstar going personal. It's robotic, high-frequency, futuristic folk music and I can't help but consciously bop." "Nobody Knows Me" was performed magnificently as part of the Re-Invention Tour, before surprisingly resurfacing on the MDNA Tour as an interlude. As a bonus, I've also included the b-roll footage that leaked from the day that interlude was recorded. If you want to watch Madonna serve face for half an hour, then I can't think of a better video for it. It's yet another reminder of her seismic star power. Those eyes. Enjoy!