Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time

The fiercest albums that female musicians have given the world

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Madonna, 'Like a Prayer'

18. Madonna, 'Like a Prayer'

Sire, 1989

Such a nice quiet Catholic girl, at least for the first 30 seconds. Then she starts getting out of hand. Madonna’s best album has her brightest pop along with her most cathartic confessions.

Essential moment: The title song, when she gets down on her knees to feel the power in the midnight hour. 

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