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Madonna: The Discography Rate - COMPLETE

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

  1. RJF

    RJF

    Our last cut...


















































    The song that only just didn't get in before the door to the Top 40 shut...















































































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    41

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    SCORE: 8.533


    2015 PLACEMENT: UP 24 - 65 of 210 (7.853)
    HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 46 (@RJF @nikkysan @Vasilios @aux @No hay banda @djmakemewet @discoteca @Angeleyes @Cutlery @Suburbia @GimmeWork @Endothelium @Mirwais Ahmadzaï @relby @Jonathan27 @elear @Andy French @fatyoshi @theelusivechanteuse @Dreampopboy @Skyline @BreatheBox @Modeblock @Coochi @muddleddreams @scottdisick94 @Fortune @RetroPhysical @Zdarlight @joeee @aaronhansome @BEST FICTION @Mister_G @Sleepycat @clowezra @eliminathan @MrMannacroix @acl @LTG @nametag @Mvnl @Markus1981 @Music Is Life @FrozenNight @Weslicious @Maki)
    LOWEST SCORE: 4 x 1 (@happiestgirl)
    MY SCORE: 10/10

    Madonna is a hard worker. The evidence?

    *gestures wildly in the direction of the forty songs left and the two hundred songs gone*

    She decided at a very young age that she was going to have anything she wanted, because she was simply ready to do whatever it took to get it. I think this is something that is frequently left out of the Madonna legend to kind of backhand compliment her as cunning or calculating; like everything she has was simply down to her playing odds well, or luck, or piggybacking off the success or talent of someone else, which is bullshit. I don't see anyone else's name on the writing credits of the songs she kept on her on cassette at all times in case an opportunity arose to make someone listen, and I don't see anyone else still commanding the pop culture cache she does, albeit diminished from her peak, forty years in. And none of that would be happening if she hadn't worked for it.

    Basically, what I'm saying is that Madonna's motto from day one has been that if you work hard enough, you can make anything happen for yourself. And on an album that is at least partially about her disillusionment with her home country, a song that, in a roundabout way, references the pillars of The American Dream feels appropriate as an end point. Whether or not this is the intention of "Easy Ride", I honestly don't know, but listening to it in 2020 feels a little revolutionary. Verses all about wanting to work hard for a nice life so you can pass on everything you learned to your children, but an outro all about being trapped in a never-ending, self-perpetuating cycle where you toil and toil to simply keep your head above water, never climbing the class ladder, is kind of staggering to listen to in an age where the wealth gap is a yawning chasm, Americans are filing for unemployment at a record rate, and their administration is hanging them out to dry for their own gain. And all of this is illustrated by the masterful use of a glitching, twitching loop. Round and round and round we go.

    I think Madonna's slightly mournful tone in the chorus only compounds all of the above, along with the drama of the string-laden production, which ends an album that is frequently about happy things on such a dread-inducing note. I would actually say it's the most succinct and subtle commentary on America at the turn of the century, and now. I... also don't think that Madonna intended for the song to be about any of the above, but I do think she would appreciate that reading in 2020. She seems to be more switched on to these things, these days.

    Tears Of A Clown is, again, the site of the only outing of "Easy Ride", but given most of the album was inspired by Rocco, it makes sense that a show all about him took its cues from there.

    And thus, your Top 40 is revealed.

     
  2. I think a few more should have left before this...
     
  3. I swear.

    To fucking.

    GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. RJF

    RJF

    Thank you to everyone who has been in this thread every single fucking day for the last three months, commenting on eliminations, commenting on questionable scores, and commenting on the greatest popstar of all time. This is our final milestone; the beginning of the end, and the last portion of our journey together through the most incomparable discography in pop. I present to you the The Madonna Discography Rate Top 40, as voted for by... well, you.

    Good job, mostly.
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    41. Easy Ride - 8.533
    42. Intervention - 8.521
    43. Burning Up - 8.518
    43. Hollywood - 8.518
    45. Crazy For You - 8.5
    46. Rescue Me - 8.467
    47. Impressive Instant - 8.464
    48. Take A Bow - 8.461
    49. Future Lovers - 8.452
    50. Bad Girl - 8.439
    51. Cherish - 8.424
    52. Like A Virgin - 8.389
    53. Ghosttown - 8.379
    53. Medellín (Feat. Maluma) - 8.379
    55. Paradise (Not For Me) - 8.358
    56. Lucky Star - 8.355
    56. Forbidden Love - 8.355
    58. Swim - 8.336
    59. Thief Of Hearts - 8.276
    60. Crave (Feat. Swae Lee) - 8.252
    61. To Have And Not To Hold - 8.248
    61. Isaac - 8.248
    63. Miles Away - 8.239
    64. Gone - 8.23
    65. Love Profusion - 8.221
    66. Give It 2 Me - 8.185
    67. Material Girl - 8.167
    68. Mer Girl - 8.148
    69. Devil Pray - 8.085
    70. Waiting - 8.048
    71. Sanctuary - 8.033
    72. I Don't Search I Find - 8.012
    73. True Blue - 7.994
    74. I Deserve It - 7.988
    75. Nobody Knows Me - 7.985
    76. Living For Love - 7.976
    77. You'll See - 7.973
    78. Devil Wouldn't Recognize You - 7.952
    79. Promise To Try - 7.945
    80. Rebel Heart - 7.942
    81. Words - 7.93
    82. Bitch I'm Madonna (Feat. Nicki Minaj) - 7.912
    83. I Want You (With Massive Attack) - 7.906
    84. Mother And Father - 7.903
    85. Let It Will Be - 7.894
    86. Spanish Eyes - 7.888
    87. Who's That Girl - 7.86
    88. I'll Remember - 7.833
    89. Time Stood Still - 7.785
    90. Celebration - 7.748
    91. Has To Be - 7.727
    92. Causing A Commotion - 7.715
    93. Joan Of Arc - 7.685
    94. Keep It Together - 7.661
    95. Inside Of Me - 7.636
    96. Angel - 7.63
    96. Like It Or Not - 7.63
    98. Survival - 7.597
    99. Amazing - 7.579
    100. White Heat - 7.567
    101. Secret Garden - 7.555
    102. In This Life - 7.542
    103. Love Spent - 7.521
    104. Bye Bye Baby - 7.515
    105. Runaway Lover - 7.512
    106. Where Life Begins - 7.494
    107. How High - 7.47
    108. Fever - 7.464
    109. Love Tried To Welcome Me - 7.455
    110. Candy Perfume Girl - 7.452
    111. Forbidden Love (1994) - 7.427
    111. Faz Gostoso (Feat. Anitta) - 7.427
    113. Little Star - 7.421
    113. Come Alive - 7.421
    115. Everybody - 7.406
    116. Dark Ballet - 7.394
    117. Don't Cry For Me Argentina - 7.382
    118. I Rise - 7.367
    119. 4 Minutes (Feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland) - 7.345
    120. She's Not Me - 7.315
    121. Physical Attraction - 7.309
    121. Why's It So Hard - 7.309
    121. This Used To Be My Playground - 7.309
    124. Dear Jessie - 7.3
    125. Heartbeat - 7.285
    126. Inside Out - 7.239
    127. Where's The Party - 7.188
    128. Falling Free - 7.179
    129. Crazy - 7.173
    130. Nobody's Perfect - 7.139
    131. I'm So Stupid - 7.127
    132. Push - 7.112
    132. I'm Addicted - 7.112
    134. Masterpiece - 7.091
    135. American Pie - 7.085
    136. Body Shop - 7.061
    137. Unapologetic Bitch - 7.058
    137. Extreme Occident - 7.058
    139. Looking For Mercy - 7.042
    140. You Must Love Me - 7.024
    141. Goodbye To Innocence - 7.009
    142. Gang Bang - 6.939
    143. Holy Water - 6.915
    144. Gambler - 6.912
    145. Think Of Me - 6.906
    146. Beat Goes On (Feat. Kanye West) - 6.894
    147. Beautiful Killer - 6.884
    148. Hold Tight - 6.873
    149. The Look Of Love - 6.824
    150. Future (Feat. Quavo) - 6.8
    151. Batuka - 6.791
    152. Voices - 6.785
    153. Best Night - 6.755
    154. Veni Vidi Vici (Feat. Nas) - 6.752
    154. Broken (I'm Sorry) - 6.752
    156. Shanti / Ashtangi - 6.73
    157. Addicted - 6.712
    158. Iconic (Feat. Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson) - 6.702
    158. Ciao Bella - 6.702
    160. Spotlight - 6.694
    161. I Love New York - 6.652
    162. Messiah - 6.639
    163. Love Song - 6.621
    163. I'd Rather Be Your Lover - 6.621
    165. Supernatural - 6.615
    166. Candy Shop - 6.588
    167. Wash All Over Me - 6.561
    168. HeartBreakCity - 6.558
    169. Bitch I'm Loca (Feat. Maluma) - 6.548
    170. Your Honesty - 6.524
    171. Beautiful Scars - 6.461
    172. Something To Remember - 6.458
    173. Love Don't Live Here Anymore - 6.448
    174. Over And Over - 6.433
    175. Another Suitcase In Another Hall - 6.409
    176. Stay - 6.367
    177. Don't Stop - 6.339
    178. Girl Gone Wild - 6.324
    179. I Know It - 6.267
    180. Act Of Contrition - 6.245
    181. Fighting Spirit - 6.227
    182. I Don't Give A (Feat. Nicki Minaj) - 6.203
    183. It's So Cool - 6.191
    184. Illuminati - 6.167
    185. Funana - 6.161
    186. Dance 2Night - 6.152
    187. Borrowed Time - 6.118
    187. History - 6.118
    189. Sooner Or Later - 6.109
    189. One More Chance - 6.109
    191. Back That Up To The Beat - 6.076
    192. Let Down Your Guard - 6.036
    193. Killers Who Are Partying - 6.015
    194. I'm A Sinner - 6.012
    195. I Fucked Up - 5.964
    196 - Some Girls - 5.933
    197. He's A Man - 5.924
    198. Give Me All Your Luvin' (Feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.) - 5.921
    199. Buenos Aires - 5.894
    200. Super Pop - 5.848
    201. Revolver (Feat. Lil Wayne) - 5.827
    202. Can't Stop - 5.776
    203. Ain't No Big Deal - 5.736
    204. Turn Up The Radio - 5.727
    205. Best Friend - 5.721
    206. Graffiti Heart - 5.697
    207. Hanky Panky - 5.691
    208. Love Makes The World Go Round - 5.679
    209. Back In Business - 5.67
    210. Pretender - 5.661
    211. Lament - 5.615
    212. Cyber-Raga - 5.603
    213. Incredible - 5.545
    214. Jimmy Jimmy - 5.521
    215. Now I'm Following You - 5.497
    216. Ring My Bell - 5.424
    217. S.E.X. - 5.373
    218. Spanish Lesson - 4.997
    219. Shoo-Bee-Doo - 4.948
    220. More - 4.852
    221. What Can You Lose - 4.436
    222. Superstar - 4.391
    223. Auto-Tune Baby - 4.121
    224. Cry Baby - 3.367
    225. I'm Going Bananas - 3.327
    226. B-Day Song (Feat. M.I.A.) - 3.000
    227. Hey You - 2.976
     
  5. This is not okay.
     
  6. Ray of Light could use a cull.
     
  7. X-Static Process should have left way before Intervention and Easy Ride, but all in all it's a strong Top40!
     
  8. This is the worst possible scenario out of the potential high scores I could be losing...
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    "Easy Ride" is my favourite song from "American Life" and one of her best album tracks in general.
    You should be ashamed that it missed the top 40.
     
  9. Die Another Day is the only song that I dislike in the Top 40. Good job everybody.
     
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  10. The power that that top 40 has. There are just a couple of songs left I'm not a huge fan of, but I recognise they deserve their spot.

    It's really going to get (even more) painful from now on.
     
    Womanizer, Maki, Pop Life and 2 others like this.
  11. What's Dress You Up still doing here?
     
  12. The sheer power displayed in this graphic.
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  13. aux

    aux

    The top forty is pretty perfect, there's really not a single bad song left which mean things are really only going to get nastier from here on out and every elimination will hurt.

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    "Easy Ride" crashing out just before the top forty is homophobic.

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    Also, @RJF, that top forty graphic slaps. The way that Madonna's eras are all visually distinct and iconic that something as simple as a font makes it easily distinguishable. If only I could say the same about my other faves...

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  14. Waiting for its rightful place in the top 10. x
     
  15. And I'm confused by "X-Static Process" being the longest lasting "American Life" non-single, since it feels a bit too acoustic-y in the same way "Nobody Knows Me" feels too electronic compared to the rest of the songs and therefore doesn't completely fit the record sonically. I thought "Intervention" had that title on lock, at least based on the previous rate.

    Ironically, "X-Static Process" is my second lowest score from that album (after "Nobody Knows Me"), but it still got a 7. It's such a pleasant song, but I can't see it going much further at all.
     
  16. Being awesome.
     
    tommylander and FridayNight like this.
  17. 2014

    2014 Staff Member

    A top 40. Oh Father, Skin and American Life would be my next 3 to go.
     
  18. Me looking for a single bad or even average song in that top 40.
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