But I have to admit, she had a string of hits in the 80s and early 90s that still hold up to this day. Songs such as ‘Borderline,’ ‘Like a Prayer,’ ‘Open Your Heart’ and this one, ‘Papa Don’t Preach.’ This was back when Madonna was sexy without desperately trying to be sexy and, if you ask me, she’s still coasting today on the extraordinary success she had in those years.
I have two things to say about this video. The first is that it’s an exceptionally made short film with much better production values than most of what you saw on MTV at the time. Right from the opening montage, with those quick cuts of New York City life, you can tell a lot of time and care went into it. And of course there’s the presence of talented actor Danny Aiello in the role of the father (and Debi Mazar playing a friend). Even Madonna, hardly an actress of any merit, acquits herself well. The video was directed by James Foley, who went on to direct Madonna’s future husband in At Close Range and also helmed Glengary Glen Ross.
Second, I must mention the famous nipple slip that takes place 1:40 into this video. I remember repeatedly pausing and rewinding our VCR in an effort to precisely freeze frame the moment. Certainly Madonna, ever in search of controversy, left it in there deliberately, and God bless her for it.