|My Madonna Albums List WORST to BEST|
A long time ago, Madonna was one of the most acclaimed and controversial artists in America. From her wacko stage persona to her mix of popular genres of music in her albums, Madonna became an enduring enigma in US Pop for two decades and continues to release albums even now. Here is my list of her albums from Worst to Best.
Oh God. This was an atrocity like no other. Madonna was no stranger to radically changing her image and genre, but Music was done in such a rushed and emotionless manner that it is hard to not cringe at every tune. Possibly one of the worst Madonna albums by far.
Hard Candy tried way to hard to reach Madonna's glory days in music. The problem was that this isn't 1984 anymore, and music ideas and tastes have changed. Even then I could still give it a pass if it didn't seem like Madonna had forgotten what made her early music so popular in the first place. The tunes were boring, the production was lazy, and it just seemed like Madonna had no idea what she wanted to do anymore.
Confessions on a Dancefloor
Madonna's 2005 record emphasizes her desire for an early 70's Dance-pop vibe. It barely succeeds in many regards, with Stuart Price's production failing to capture the essence of that particular era of dance music. To be frank, the album spent so much time with modern effects and ideas that it felt less like a throwback and more like a tribute.
Madonna's Folk era had always been controversial for all the wrong reasons. American Life was her way of applying it in a more raw format and attacking American greed and commercialism. Problem is, the album feels more like a self-fellating album than a protest album, with the lyrics bordering on pretentious and the ideas losing their touch halfway through the album.
Despite the influence this album has on a lot of modern Pop albums today, Bedtime Stories was largely a "good" affair. Or, at least about as "good" as it was going to get. In toning down the sexual promiscuity, her songs began to lose their charm and, in turn, the energy of the album died. However, there are great aspects to the album, with its lyrics becoming more complex and its production lavish when compared to her works before it.
Rebel Heart is underrated as far as I am concerned. As a general Pop record, it was one of Madonna's strongest records, featuring heavy production and a grandiose sense of power. The way it fluctuated in energy from heavy to soft left it with a great consistency. The problem, however, lay in the fact that too many cooks spoil the soup. In fact the outrageous number of producers left the album feeling unnecessarily manufactured.
EDM will always be loved and villified for as long as the sky is blue. How you enjoy this album really depends on how you view EDM as a genre. For me, I don't mind it as much, but I don't think it is the best genre ever made. That opinion summarises my opinion of this album as well. It was well made and a great return to form for Madonna, but it still doesn't compare to her best works in any sense.
Ray of Light
Ray of Light wasn't just a radical change in imagery and style, but also a change in emotion and understanding for Madonna. For her, the birth of her child created a new perspective and she changed her ideas accordingly. Ray of Light is hopeful, beautiful, and serene. It was a huge departure that many felt would alienate Madonna fans, but it didn't; because it was done well.
Like a Virgin
This album might not have aged as well as other early Madonna albums, but Like a Virgin still stands out as one of her most important and acclaimed albums. Her single "Material Girl" has become an iconic Pop tune and a symbol of early 1980's excess and pop culture. Like a Virgin was a sophomore album that tried to show that Madonna was anything but a one-hit wonder, and she proved that.
Like a Prayer
In many ways, Like a Prayer is the anti-thesis to Like a Virgin. In contrast to the abstract selfishness of Like a Virgin; Like a Prayer applied more emotional and introspective lyrics with a production that was more varied. With genres ranging from Funk to Gospel, Like a Prayer drew from Madonna being honest with herself, and resulted in one of her best records.
True Blue was one of the biggest artistic endeavors of Madonna's career at the time. Utilizing multiple abstract genres alien to pop like acoustic guitars. This didn't stop the album from becoming a runaway success, and resulting in one of her finest hours. True Blue is fascinating, breathtaking, and endlessly imaginative. That alone, makes this album more than worthy of being one Madonna's best albums.
Her debut remains one of the most innovative and important albums in Dance-Pop. Not only did this album pave the way for many female Pop artists afterwards, but it laid the groundwork for the Dance revolution in the 1980's. It's savage production and flirtatious promiscuity set Madonna apart from many of her contemporaries at the time, and presented a new and unique take on 80's Pop; one that would be remembered for decades to come.
There's no question in my mind. Erotica is Madonna's greatest record, and one of the best Dance-Pop albums of all time. From its idiosyncratic production, to its odd vocal intensity, to its deeply personal lyrics. Erotica remains a standout record that defines the sheer creative talent that was within Madonna, and showed just how imaginative she could be. Her career would begin to decline after this, but for a brief moment, we were given the pinnacle of Dance-Pop, one that wouldn't be replicated of competed with for a long time.