Her Madgesty is celebrating her 60th birthday this month so we’re dedicating August to the Queen of Pop. We will be picking our A to Z of Madonna singles each day this month as well as asking you to vote for your favourite Madonna album.
Today is brought to you by the letter E.
E is for Express Yourself. This female empowerment anthem was the second release from Madonna’s 1989 album Like A Prayer and reached no.5 on the UK singles chart. Notable homages have been paid to both the song (Lady Gaga’s Born This Way) and the video (Christina Aguilera’s Not Myself Tonight) which has stood the test of time remarkably well and is still particularly poignant in today’s climate.
- The video was inspired by the 1927 film Metropolis and was the most expensive music video ever made at the time (it’s still the third most expensive)
- Speaking of the video, it was directed by David Fincher who went on to become an acclaimed movie director with credits including Seven and Gone Girl as well as a whole host of music videos including a further three for Madonna
- Express Yourself was the 20th biggest selling single of 1989 in the UK
There were only a few choices for Madonna singles for the letter E, but even if there were 100s we’re sure Express Yourself would’ve still been our pick. It’s such a classic track. One of the other contenders will be popping up a little later in our A to Z (it’ll all make sense!) but a notable mention to Everybody which was Madonna’s debut US single in 1982 and gave her a top 3 Dance chart hit.
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See our other choices (updated daily) in our Madonna A to Z of singles.