The Queen of Pop Madonna, turns 60 years old today!
by Christopher Smith
She’s sold over 220 million albums and 120 million singles worldwide, more than any other female artist in recording history. She is Madonna. Queen of music. And today she celebrates her 60th birthday!
So as a ‘celebration'(!) here are her biggest selling hits of all time, in reverse order of course, looking back over the best of the last 36 years.
10. Music (2000)
The title track from her ninth studio album reached No.1 in 17 countries, selling 1.1 million copies in the US and 415,000 in the UK as well as a further 900,000 copies across the rest of the world.
9. Material Girl (1984)
The second single lifted from her second studio album “Like A Virgin” reached No.2 in the US selling 1.2 million copies and No.3 in the UK selling 380,000 copies, together with a further 900,000 globally.
8. Papa Don’t Preach (1986)
The lead single from her third album “True Blue” topped the chart in 11 countries worldwide including The US, where it sold a million copies and The UK, where it has sold over 600,000 copies, together with a further 800,000 copies worldwide.
7. Into The Groove (1985)
The fourth single to be lifted from “Like A Virgin” reached No.1 in ten countries including the UK where it has sold 800,000 copies. It has also sold a million in the US and a further 900,000 across the rest of the world.
6. Crazy For You (1985)
Madonna’s song from the film ‘Vision Quest’ topped the chart in three countries including the US where it has sold over a million copies. It reached No.2 in the UK on two separate occasions (1985 and 1991) and has sold 780,000 there, with a further 950,000 in other territories.
5. Like A Virgin (1984)
The lead single from her second studio album of the same name topped the chart in four countries including the US where it has sold 1.9 million copies. It reached No.3 in the UK and has sold 800,000, as well as a further 750,000 across the rest of the world.
4. Like A Prayer (1989)
The title track and lead single from Madonna’s fourth studio album reached No.1 in 20 countries across the globe including the US where it has sold two million copies and the UK where it sold 610,000 copies and a further 1.5 million elsewhere.
3. Vogue (1990)
Madonna’s trend-setting entry into the 1990’s topped the chart in 17 countries including the US where it sold 2.3 million copies and the UK where it has sold 540,000 copies, as well as a further 1.8 million copies throughout the rest of the world.
2. 4 Minutes (2008)
Madonna’s ‘duet’ with Justin Timberlake was the lead single from her 2008 album “Hard Candy” and topped the chart in 22 countries worldwide including the US where it has sold 3.1 million copies and the UK where it has shifted 570,000 copies, together with a further two million copies across the rest of the world.
1. Hung Up (2005)
Sampling ABBA’s “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme”, the lead single from 2005’s “Confessions On A Dancefloor” topped the chart in a whopping 41 countries globally including the US where is has sold 1.4 million copies and the UK where sales exceed 620,000 copies. To date it has sold over nine million copies worldwide!
And if it’s a birthday concert you crave, then look no further. Here’s the very best of Madonna live, as voted for by you, the fans. Sit back and enjoy!
Happy birthday your ‘Madge-esty’!