Song 25 Madonna

Madonna - Into the Groove, 1985

Okay, I knew I couldn't get through an 80s countdown without at least one Madonna song, but I'd been avoiding it up until now, and here's why: I never liked her! At first this was because I wasn't supposed to - as a young feminist, I listened when experts said the bimbo image was bad for girls (good thing that trend never resurfaced) and that a female musician shouldn't have to shove her boobs in people's faces to get noticed. Later on I realised this was silly - of course women should feel free to shove their boobs wherever - but I never quite warmed to Madonna, always got the feeling she was the sort of person who would cut ahead of you in line and then step on your foot with heels on. Still, she had a lot of great songs. I chose this one for several reasons: it's a good example of one those 80s 'music videos' that were really just ads for films, I liked it enough at the time to buy the 45, and in the background of the club scene you can actually see a guy with Flock of Seagulls hair. I'm not kidding. Now dance!

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