Writers: Madonna, Patrick Leonard
Producers: Madonna, Leonard
Released: March '89, Sire
16 weeks; No. 1
In a voice full of Catholic angst and disco thunder, Madonna turned 30 and closed the book on her first marriage. "I didn’t have the censors on me in terms of emotions or music," Madonna said. "I did take a lot more chances with this one, but obviously success gives you the confidence to do those things." The obligatory controversial video featured burning crosses, black lingerie and masturbation in church.
Appears on: Like a Prayer (Warner Bros.)