Mmm... It's bedtime. SCORE: 9.161 11 x 1 @BreatheBox 2015 PLACEMENT: UP 2 - 22 of 210 (8.81) HIGHEST SCORE: 10 x 63 (@Andreas @Tigerlily @cheida @Raichu @No hay banda @dodoriazarbon @eatyourself @nanafan @djmakemewet @discoteca @rdp @maverick_79 @tylerc904 @rav4boy @OSHi @DJHazey @soratami @GimmeWork @Mirwais Ahmadzaï @Mjg0806 @relby @Jonathan27 @elear @paullypaul @fatyoshi @Up Down Suite @godspeed @CasperFan @torontodj @theelusivechanteuse @1991 @Dreampopboy @NightmareBoy @Modeblock @Daniel_O @DominoDancing @Hurricane Drunk @scottdisick94 @Drew @Sideout @MilesAngel @RetroPhysical @joeee @Xanax @TrueBeliever @DinahLee @Jimmyandroid @Crisp X @Pop Life @clowezra @Rogue @wintersleep @evilsin @TheChoirgirlHotel @Remorque @Digital Ghost @LTG @nametag @Markus1981 @Music Is Life @Bangers&Bops @Weslicious @Maki) LOWEST SCORE: 5 x 1 (@gezza76)MY SCORE: 8.5/10 To sleep, perchance to dream. Bedtime Stories departs the 2020 Discography Rate at the exact same place it did in 2015, only with a different song. Spooky! This time around it was the lead single rather than the fourth single that the voters rose up to the top of the album's tracklisting. They swapped places in five years, actually. "Secret" departs with a handsome score increase and a coveted spot in the Top 20. Not bad for a girl with no controversy. I feel like it's important to note that, while "Secret" received a handful less 10/10s than we've seen recently, that 5/10 lowest score is the only score it received that was lower than a 7/10. It just scored remarkably consistently. For me, "Secret" is less of a testament to Madonna's reinvention skills and more a testament to her survival instincts. Her reputation and career wounded after the Erotica backlash, she did what any injured animal does. She hid a bit, she camouflaged herself, she melted into the backdrop. And nothing really sums that up more than "Secret", which effortlessly blends her into the popular genres of the time. It's quiet, unassuming, but still rock solid with just a dash of that Madonna magic that people were maybe starting to become immune to. Originally starting life in the hands of Shep Pettibone and titled "Something's Coming Over Me", the song changed direction when Madonna went and hunted down Babyface and, in the case of this track, Dallas Austin, in search of ways back into the Top 10 on the Hot 100. And it worked. The song was certified Gold in the US and peaked at #3. It's not really hard to see why; while the track is typically Madonna in the sense that the secret she's talking about could be anything with the way she coyly plays it (and it's at this time I remember @push the button saying something along the lines of "something's coming over me... yeah, Dennis Rhodman." BYE!) it also sounds robust and contemporary; you could release "Secret" now and probably have a hit with it across several formats. Madonna slinks about in her lower range for most of it, introducing us to her soon-to-be-iconic humming, and Dallas Austin provides production that is warmer than Madonna's fur at the end of the video. Oh, and speaking of the video, it's... a bit Sometimes, things don't really age that well. What maybe seemed artistic in 1994 seems a little... "I am so into black people right now." in 2020. I mean, yes, Bedtime Stories overall takes cues from RnB and is literally produced by black people who were making hits for black artists, but I don't imagine a video like this from a white artist would be warmly received these days. It's just a bit like culture... tourism, if not appropriation. But I'm not really in a position to make these judgements. "Secret" was performed as part of Drowned World, and popped up once on the Rebel Heart Tour as part of the acoustic section where Madonna essentially put a bunch of her songs on a roulette wheel and picked one at random to perform. It was also performed on Wetten Dass in a fierce wig as part of the Bedtime Stories promo tour in Europe. It's all below for you to peruse at your leisure. Sound off in the comments below: what's your secret? Naughty reacts only haha ;) Bedtime Stories OUT.