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#HyliaRANKS: Madonna's Albums


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I'm strictly doing her studio albums only, soundtracks and what not aren't included. I'm keeping the descriptions brief for the time being, but I may get more into my thoughts if I do more of these blogs.

 

1. Ray of Light

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Ray of Light, like Kylie's Impossible Princess and Janet's The Velvet Rope, was both an artistic and musical breakthrough. I would've liked to have witnessed that whole era of music first hand. oprah2 Ray of Light just sounds so beachy, and at times icy to me and it really relaxes me. Great album for road trips, night time, or basically whenever you wanna listen to talent!

 

2. Music

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Music is kinda like Ray of Light's sister that moved to the Wild West and proceeded to beat up every misogynistic man she encountered in the local saloon. When I first got into Madonna about 6 years ago I didn't really like Music, but the more I listened to it the more I fell in love with it. Music was truly ahead of its time, and in my opinion, would still sound fresh if released today.

 

3. Bedtime Stories

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I grew up listening to a lot of R&B artists/groups from the 90s, like Aaliyah, Brandy, Monica, TLC, Destiny's Child etc so this album hit the spot for me right from the first listen. When I listen to Bedrime Stories I feel like I'm in a super luxurious hotel watching Madonna play in a large ballroom. This album truly has no fillers, in my opinion.

 

4. Erotica

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Erotica is surprisingly tame when you look at the title and compare it with her SEX book. She perfectly juggled being both provocative and classy with the lyrics on Erotica and even threw in some fun samples like Vogue in Deeper and Deeper, Justify My Love in Waiting, etc. Fot a long time, Erotica was my favorite by her, but it presently being lower than before doesn't mean I like it any less.

 

5. American Life

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As a lover of both folk and electronic music, I absolutely adore this album. Musically and lyrically, this album is a major triumph, especially after having to live up to Ray of Light and Music. The political lyrics mesh well with the more personal lyrics to create what is, in my opinion, one of her rawest albums to date.

 

6. Confessions on a Dancefloor

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Like Music, this album took a long time to grow on me, except Confessions took MUCH longer. When listened to all the way through, Confessions is a fun and adventurous musical experience but I sometimes have a hard time listening to some of the tracks individually. Like Music, I truly believe this album would sound fresh if released today.

 

7. Rebel Heart

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I've given Rebel Heart a lot of flack, but over time I've come to really like it. At times, it has some of her rawest lyrics since American Life, but also some pretty cringey lyrics, which I can overlook in cases like Bitch I'm Madonna and Holy Water, since I shamelessly bop to both of those. It does unfortunately have two of my least favorite Madonna songs, which are S.E.X. and Best Night (the latter of which is the definition of filler) but the S.E.X. demo at least bops so oh well!

 

8. MDNA

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I know I'm gonna get flack for putting MDNA anywhere that isn't last place, but like Turn Up the Radio on the Hot 100, my fucks to give simply aren't there! MDNA was released close to a vacation my family took that year and it was also the first album she released after I became a fan, so it holds a lot of great memories for me. MDNA has several bops and while it's not boundary pushing like her previous releases, I still find it to be a fun listen.

 

9. Hard Candy

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Hard Candy, like MDNA, gets a lot of hate. Also like MDNA, anyone wanting to challenge me over the position of this album can have a seat in the waiting room! My intern @Sylk will take care of you. Hard Candy was the end of a streak of marvelous albums for Madonna but I still enjoy it nonetheless.

 

10. True Blue

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True Blue is a wonderful 80s pop album, with some of her biggest moments in her career like Open Your Heart and Papa Don't Preach. True Blue contains one of my all time favorite Madonna ballads by her, which is Live to Tell, and also has many songs rife with that gay 80s pop sound that ruled basically the entire decade.

 

11. Madonna

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I don't really have much to say here. Madonna is a good debut album, albeit a bit fillerish.

 

12. Like a Prayer

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Like a Prayer has spectacular lyrics, but I just can't get into it that much musically. I really want this one to grow on me.

 

13. Like a Virgin

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Trash.

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Iconic review as always alex1 

 

 

Musicsus and GOdtime Stories are both full of bops since track #1 alex1 

 

drag LAV! alex1 

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I yelped when I got to the end and just saw "Trash" lmfao1

Anyway I agrih with most of this jj2 Your top 5 is pretty flawless - Except I'd maybe switch Erotica with Confessions. But I'm kind of biased there as I hadn't really used Erotica when I used to stan Madonna. Whereas Confessions was the album where I started to stan!

Nice ranking cry7

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Her debut and Like a Prayer are her best albums except maybe the 90s ones and everything after Confessions is much worse than Like a Virgin but OK. 

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impeccable taste and zero lies till #6!

I agree with MDNA too, its a good alberm iO6caga.gif

 

 

But, rotten candy higher than True God, Like a Bible, Like a Vishnu and Godonna? wait a min now...I'd like to step down from my intern position for a sec..oprah12

 

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Iconic. This rankings is sort of similar to mine rav2 Our top 2 is the exact same, and our top 5 contains the same albums, but switched around some. 

 

Drag Like a Virgin though! 

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i agree with most of it, but I'd have put Like A Prayer in position ~6

 

Hope some pressed soul don't come here though rav2

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1 hour ago, Saiga said:

i agree with most of it, but I'd have put Like A Prayer in position ~6

 

Hope some pressed soul don't come here though rav2

I just finished listening to it to see if it had grown on me and it hasn't rav2 

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Lap is overrated but not bad and worse than mdna like girl jj4

Bdts is boring also id knock it down low but otherwise i agree jj2

 

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Saw ROL first and was ready to drag your ass, thinking you were doing it in reverse order jj2 Perfect #1. Let me go read what you have to say about the rest nat1

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Okay I've read it all and I love this oprah7 I don't necessarily agree with everything but your ranking is refreshing and I think a lot of your reasoning is spot on. I wanna do my own version now (#HyliaINSPIRES) but I only have the albums from BS onwards. At least it's reassuring to see you rank the 80s albums lowest sia2

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I guess you don't like her 80s works, but it is a sin to rank it so low, especially Like A Prayer and True Blue.

The worst part is Hard Candy being "better" than her 80s albums. eve1  The rest is pretty much OK, the quality is being appreciated. lj1 

I am glad RH has a nice spot. S.E.X. is a disaster, and yes, the demo is a bop. lj1 Best Night is a little bit boring, but it isn't a filler IMO, since there are far worse songs lyrically and musically. 

It is hard to rank her albums, especially choosing the best one.  I planned to do my version too, which will be the correct and flawless one. nat2 I am going to do this for other artists too. gaga13 

 

BTW Nice Sailor Moon artwork. oprah2

 

 

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12 hours ago, Hunty Bear said:

was thinking of doing something like this for Kylie's albums jj2 

Same jj2 maybe the Rhat too

5 hours ago, Mint said:

Lap is overrated but not bad and worse than mdna like girl jj4

Bdts is boring also id knock it down low but otherwise i agree jj2

 

Lyrically LAP is definitely superior, but musically I can't get into it for some reason

3 hours ago, Shiver said:

Okay I've read it all and I love this oprah7 I don't necessarily agree with everything but your ranking is refreshing and I think a lot of your reasoning is spot on. I wanna do my own version now (#HyliaINSPIRES) but I only have the albums from BS onwards. At least it's reassuring to see you rank the 80s albums lowest sia2

Thanks! Her 80s albums aren't bad in my opinion, but I feel like she majorly improved in the 90s onwards

18 minutes ago, Nocturn said:

I guess you don't like her 80s works, but it is a sin to rank it so low, especially Like A Prayer and True Blue.

The worst part is Hard Candy being "better" than her 80s albums. eve1  The rest is pretty much OK, the quality is being appreciated. lj1 

I am glad RH had a nice spot. S.E.X. is a disaster, and yes, the demo is a bop. lj1 Best Night is a little bit boring, but it isn't a filler IMO, since there are far worse songs lyrically and musically. 

It is hard to rank her albums, especially choosing the best one.  I planned to do my version too, which will be the correct and flawless one. nat2 I am going to do this for other artists too. gaga13 

 

BTW Nice Sailor Moon artwork. oprah2

 

 

True Blue has been slaying me a lot lately, maybe I'll do some revisions soon. nat2 I wanna do one for Tori but I feel like most people here don't check for her orangu1 I'll probably do it anyway.

 

Thank you! oprah2 

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2 minutes ago, Hylia said:

I wanna do one for Tori but I feel like most people here don't check for her orangu1 I'll probably do it anyway.

 

That would be interesting.

There is no Tori's album I stan as a whole piece. eve1  On some album I like a few songs, on some more than that.

 

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3 hours ago, Nocturn said:

That would be interesting.

There is no Tori's album I stan as a whole piece. eve1  On some album I like a few songs, on some more than that.

 

She's my top fave orangu1 you should do Kate jj2 

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Bedtime Stories and American Life getting the love they deserve antm1

You should give Like a Prayer another chance though, it might grow on you wendy2

I agree with Like a Virgin, its her worst 80s album by far wendy2

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6 hours ago, Skyline said:

Bedtime Stories and American Life getting the love they deserve antm1

You should give Like a Prayer another chance though, it might grow on you wendy2

I agree with Like a Virgin, its her worst 80s album by far wendy2

I've been trying to let her in a bit more but it hasn't worked yet fall3 

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