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Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin (1984, see 1984 in music) was a hit album and song by Madonna. The album was #1 on Billboard Music Chart[?]'s pop albums chart and #10 on the hip hop/R&B charts.

"Like a Virgin" was Madonna's biggest hit prior to "Vogue" and her biggest hit of the 1980s. It was written by Billy Steinberg[?] and Tom Kelly[?], and remained the #1 hit single on the Billboard pop singles charts (US) for six straight weeks. "Like a Virgin" and "Material Girl", both from this album, are two of Madonna's most well-known and enduring songs.

Madonna has reinvented the song by singing it with different arrangements on her Blond Ambition[?] tour and The Girlie Show[?]. Madonna wears a wedding gown in the video, which was directed by Mary Lambert[?].

"Like A Virgin" was honored by Rolling Stone and MTV in 2000 as the #4 song on their list of the "100 Greatest Pop Songs".

Track Listing

  1. Material Girl (Brown/Rans) - 4:01
  2. Angel (Bray/Madonna) - 3:55
  3. Like a Virgin (Kelly/Steinberg) - 3:39
  4. Over and Over (Bray/Madonna) - 4:12
  5. Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Gregory) - 4:50 (Rose Royce[?] cover)
  6. Into the Groove (From the film Desperately Seeking Susan[?]) (Bray/Madonna) - 4:43
  7. Dress You Up (LaRusso/Stanziale) - 4:01
  8. Shoo-Bee-Doo (Madonna) - 5:17
  9. Pretender (Madonna) - 4:30
  10. Stay (Madonna) - 4:06

Billboard Chart singles ranking:

 1984	Like A Virgin	The Billboard Hot 100	                     No. 1
 1984	Like A Virgin	Hot Dance Music/Club Play	             No. 1
 1985	Angel	Adult Contemporary	                             No. 5
 1985	Like A Virgin	Adult Contemporary	                     No. 29
 1985	Angel	The Billboard Hot 100	                             No. 5
 1985	Dress You Up	The Billboard Hot 100	                     No. 5
 1985	Material Girl	The Billboard Hot 100	                     No. 2
 1985	Angel	Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks	             No. 71
 1985	Dress You Up	Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks	     No. 64
 1985	Like A Virgin	Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks	     No. 9
 1985	Material Girl	Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks	     No. 49
 1985	Angel/Into The Groove	Hot Dance Music/Club Play	     No. 1
 1985	Dress You Up (Remix)	Hot Dance Music/Club Play	     No. 3
 1985	Material Girl (Remix)	Hot Dance Music/Club Play	     No. 1
 1985	Angel/Into The Groove	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales   No. 1
 1985	Dress You Up (Remix)	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales   No. 1
 1985	Material Girl (Remix)	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales   No. 2

Personnel

  • Bernard Edwards - Bass guitar
  • Nile Rodgers - Guitar, Producer, Synclavier
  • Jimmy Bralower - Programming, Drum Programming
  • Stephen Bray - Producer
  • Madonna - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
  • Jason Corsaro - Engineer
  • Brenda King - Vocals (bckgr)
  • Curtis King
  • Lenny Pickett - Saxophone
  • Robert Sabino - Synthesizer
  • Frank Simms - Vocals (bckgr)
  • George Simms - Vocals (bckgr)
  • Budd Tunick - Production Manager
  • Jeri McManus - Design
  • Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff - Art Direction
  • Jeffrey Kent Ayer - Design
  • Steven Meisel - Photography
  • Tony Thompson - Drums



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