Throughout the history of Pop music, there were future artists who have had an impact on popular culture that could even be compared to that of Madonna. Now, as her recording career nears its final days, Way Back Wednesday will highlight her contributions to the music industry.
As a songwriter, live performer and visual entertainer, Madonna has proven herself to be one of the most important artists of our time, and her work has inspired generations of artists, including Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Beyonce and of course, Lady Gaga. Indeed, her creativity and influence is equalled by only a select few.
Watch some of Madonna’s best videos and performances below:
‘Die Another Day’
‘Like a Prayer’
‘Like a Virgin’
‘Ray of Light’
‘Take a Bow (with Babyface)’
Madonna may not be the best singer or even a complete original – let’s not pretend that the similarities between some of her work and Michael Jackson’s pieces weren’t obvious – but she is a force of nature. In fact, if she didn’t exist then the industry as we know it today would be completely different, especially for women who have been able enjoy increased freedoms as a result of her many feminist statements.
Still, as we look to the future, it is clear that Madonna’s recording career is on its last leg. Her music has become redundant and out of touch, and she only gets attention through her extreme onstage antics or via political aggression. Perhaps, she should focus her efforts on touring similar to what Tina Turner did into her 70s because we all know that nobody can sell out a stadium faster than Madonna.
What are you favourite Madonna songs? What is the best tune from those listed above? Vote in our Way Back Wednesday poll and share your opinion!