43 SCORE: 8.518 2015 PLACEMENT: UP 1 - 44 of 210 (8.189) 11 x 1 @GimmeWork HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 37 (@Tigerlily @Vasilios @cheida @dodoriazarbon @eatyourself @m_dimitrov @Dangerous Maknae @tylerc904 @DJHazey @Phonetics Boy @dylanaber @Mjg0806 @Jonathan27 @elear @Andy French @WoW73 @torontodj @dancingwithmyself @Fuchsia @NightmareBoy @Hurricane Drunk @joeee @DinahLee @Jimmyandroid @Candy Perfume Girl @paperboyfriendd @Miss Lange @Mister_G @Sleepycat @Pop Life @clowezra @Remorque @Digital Ghost @Verandi @nametag @Music Is Life @Beautiful Child 2) LOWEST SCORE: 4 x 1 (@Filippa) MY SCORE: 8/10 Madonna Louise Ciconne was born in Michigan in 1958, but Madonna was born in the middle of some fucking road in 1983, lip-syncing for her life and the life of every other human being with a sex drive. This is the one, isn't it, girls? Other singles have loftier titles; the first ever single, the first No.1, the first blah blah blah. But this feels like the first one you can see the personality that would go on to conquer the world for the next four decades. The moment she locks eyes with the camera and crawls towards us in seduction rather than surrender, it's over. She has us, and instead of her gaze turning us to stone it turns us into gold and light. We're burning up, ladies. And never has immolation felt more like benediction. "Burning Up" is a better rock song that most of the ones all those dead or soon-to-be-dead men made, and that's the tea. From the moment that guitar starts licking away like a flame, it's over for those other hoes. It's also one of the songs that Madonna carried around all of New York City when she was trying to make someone take a chance on her, which is most likely why it acted as the second single of the debut. Reggie Lucas was originally charged with reproducing a lot of Madonna's original demos and, like I have said in pretty much every single debut elimination, Jellybean was drafted in to give it a few more ticks when Madonna decided she wasn't satisfied with the final product. I think the final production manages to balance things nicely between the original's rockier, messier treatment (which I'll post at the bottom of this page) and the poppier direction the label wanted Madonna to take. It smooths out a lot of the amateurish choices while also letting it soar and flourish with that scruffy grime that makes it so addictive. It's an underrated hero of a single from the early days, teebs. I probably underscored it; I would have happily seen it go Top 40 for the FUCKING BASSLINE alone. Thankfully, someone was on hand to give more than full marks to make up for my blunder. @GimmeWork reveals their 11/10, and explains to us how they came to deciding it: "Drunk college games lead to me being dared to do my best striptease. Of course I picked my favorite thirsty bop for my “number”. Well ladies I got too excited doing my best “Madonna writhing seductively on the floor” impression and now have a rug burn scar on my leg as a life-long reminder that I have about as much business stripping as a bowl of potato salad. So, it's an absolute classic worth my 11 based on it’s own musical merit but I gave it mine because it gave me a scar." A permanent scar? Sis, ferociously where your legs rubbing on the floor? We've all had our Madonna moment in our solitude, but nearly starting a damn fire with the friction from your floor humping is dedication. Burning up indeed. Like I said above: the video is the genesis of all that we would become to adore. You can now see why "Lucky Star" couldn't even afford good lighting, because they blew it all here. The props, mama. The different setups, mother. The early 80s video effects, madame. When there's a door that Madonna can't open when she sings the lyric, "You're always closing the door." I felt that. And of course, the aforementioned road writhing, which is legitimately, classic-sense-of-the-word iconic. The video is also the first hint we get of Madonna fucking with the patriarchy, a habit that would become a full blown addiction as the decade went on. The song repeatedly finds her at the mercy of this love, only for the video to ultimately invert that in the end and reveal that she has been in control this entire time, and merely playing up the damsel in distress for a lil bit of fun. A dom top from the beginning, folks. The track was also performed on The Virgin Tour, Re-Invention, and Rebel Heart. It slapped every single time. I can't find an official cut of The Virgin Tour, so enjoy one filmed by a fan (!!!) back in 1985, which must have been done on a camera the size of a cruise liner. Enjoy!