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Madonna: The Discography Rate - COMPLETE

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by RJF, Apr 19, 2020.

  1. RJF




    SCORE: 8.033

    2015 PLACEMENT: DOWN 7 - 64 of 210 (7.854)
    HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 31 (@nikkysan @funkyg @No hay banda @eatyourself @JMRGBY @Remyky22 @Cutlery @Suburbia @matthew. @soratami @Phonetics Boy @Jonathan27 @elear @Andy French @godspeed @Dreampopboy @Skyline @BreatheBox @Daniel_O @Sideout @RetroPhysical @Xanax @Bleu Noir @Pop Life @wintersleep @Remorque @acl @ufint @Ramalama @nametag @japanbonustrack)
    LOWEST SCORE: 2 x 1 (@gezza76)
    MY SCORE: 9/10

    Mmm I love this track; probably one of my top favourites from Bedtime Stories as a whole; "Sanctuary" is the first of two parts where the album's M.O. of slinky, warm RnB starts to get a little... distorted. There's just this disorientating sense of something not being quite right. The smile is a little too wide. The gaze is being held for too long... Mother, what big teeth you have. It's love, but it's teetering on obsession, and it's on that razor's edge that "Sanctuary" finds its sweet spot. It's like a song two serial killers would sing about loving each other. Which is why I frequently find myself serenading @Laura Vanderbooben with it while I wonder if I could just crawl into her rib cage and curl up for a wee nap after I removed her innards. She's probably thinking likewise, if the knife at my throat is anything to go by.

    The additional edge of "Sanctuary" is of course that idea of sanctuary in love to begin with, and how the song's entire mood and slightly morbid lyrics play with the idea that that same sanctuary of someone's arms can become a tomb. Who needs all the things that are bright and good in this world when you're offering me sweet oblivion? But yes, it's easily the crown jewel of Bedtime Stories for me. The electronic flourishes really make you stand up and take notice after the album has largely veered around them for most of its run, the Walt Whitman quote sums up everything I've spoken about perfectly - devotion to the point of sacrificing autonomy - and it generally just carries a threat so well. Madonna even sounds a little spooky here; like a siren luring you into the deep, watery nothing of her embrace. Yas.

    The song has sadly never been performed live as Bedtime Stories is actually the only Madonna album outside the debut to not have been toured. Still though, it has pride of place in fan circles thanks to the role it has in segueing beautifully into the title track, where the world of Bedtime Stories really goes into the upside down.

    And that is your Top 70.

  2. Is something from Confessions about to exit?... Sounds like a reference to the Sorry interlude...
  3. Anyone who rated Sanctuary lower than, like, 8 can go to HELL.

    "Who needs the sun when the rain's so full of life?" is one of my favorite opening lines of hers ever. Same, sis.
  4. RJF


    TOP 70

    Lucky Star
    Burning Up

    Material Girl
    Like A Virgin
    Dress You Up

    Papa Don't Preach
    Open Your Heart
    Live To Tell
    La Isla Bonita

    Like A Prayer
    Express Yourself
    Till Death Do Us Part
    Oh Father


    Deeper And Deeper
    Bad Girl
    Thief Of Hearts

    Human Nature
    Bedtime Story
    Take A Bow

    Drowned World/Substitute For Love
    Ray Of Light
    Nothing Really Matters
    Sky Fits Heaven
    The Power Of Goodbye
    To Have And Not To Hold
    Mer Girl

    Impressive Instant
    Don't Tell Me
    What It Feels Like For A Girl
    Paradise (Not For Me)

    American Life
    Love Profusion
    Nothing Fails
    X-Static Process
    Die Another Day
    Easy Ride

    Hung Up
    Get Together
    Future Lovers
    Forbidden Love

    Give It 2 Me
    Miles Away

    Devil Pray

    Medellín (Feat. Maluma)
    God Control
    Crave (Feat. Swae Lee)

    Into The Groove
    Crazy For You
    Justify My Love
    Rescue Me
    Beautiful Stranger​
  5. ff that write-up was gory. Madame @RJF is a horror auteur.
  6. RJF


    There is literally one bad song in this Top 70. Well done, everyone.
  7. Nothing left is bad, but I'm ready for Devil Pray and Miles Away to vacate next. Beautiful Stranger can stick around until the Top 50.

    Secret Garden and Bitch I'm Madonna should also both still be here, but whatever.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2020
  8. But you hate Material Girl AND Love Profusion.
  9. R27


    This is definitely my biggest loss so far. Sanctuary is so dark and sensual and segues perfectly into Bedtime Story. What a 1-2 punch combo. Hopefully you all did that track better than this...
  10. RJF


    I... can appreciate "Material Girl", especially in terms of what it was to her career, and the production is still pristine.

    "Love Profusion" is honestly revolting.
  11. R27


    I wouldn't say there are any bad songs, but I am not particularly fond of Like A Virgin, even though I understand why it's still here.
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  12. matthew.

    matthew. Staff Member

    Don’t worry! It’s still not permanent! Allegedly coming back once clubs can freely operate again!
  13. Express Yourself can go now.
  14. Ugh everything is gonna hurt from here on out, I want Like A Virgin, Material Girl, Take A Bow and Love Profusion out next but the former three are gonna stick around for a while longer.
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  15. Sis.
  16. Material Girl is honestly so iconic. Like obviously it’s iconic but it’s iconic.
  17. [​IMG]
  18. @RJF's write-ups becoming more excellent, as the songs they are about do, too.
    Thank you!

    What a Top 70 (seven-ty!!). Phew.
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  19. We're at the Top 70! It's time to start making the tough calls.
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  20. Why are you like this?
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