Song of the Day #4,786: ‘Live To Tell’ – Madonna

Most iconic artists have the one album that cemented their status, breaking sales records and establishing their chokehold on the culture.

Michael Jackson had Thriller. U2 had The Joshua Tree. Prince had Purple Rain.

Madonna, arguably, had two such albums. Two years after Like a Virgin became a global smash and the top-selling album by a woman, she dropped True Blue in 1986 and managed to top herself.

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Song of the Day #2,389: ‘True Blue (The Color Mix)’ – Madonna

madonna_true_blueI’ve never been the biggest Madonna fan. I’ve always considered her a better self-marketer than a singer, songwriter or performer.

But it’s hard to deny the pop appeal of a song like ‘True Blue,’ even in this overlong “Color Mix,” which adds nothing worthwhile to the original.

Looking at Madonna’s early output — those undeniable hits that helped launch MTV — you can trace a line to Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen and a handful of other modern hitmakers who owe more than a little of their success to Ms. Ciccone.

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