Monday, October 24, 2016

"Borderline" by Madonna

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  1828
Date:  03/10/1984
Debut:  76
Peak:  10
Weeks:  30
Genre:  Synthpop, Dance

Pop Bits:  Madonna first established herself on the Pop chart with "Holiday" (#16 Pop/#1 Dance). Taken from her self-titled debut, the single was a solid introduction and soon folks were buzzin' about this new pop sensation. The hype paid off when this follow-up song became Madonna's first to reach the Pop Top 10. This song and every Madonna single released through to 1987 would reach the Top 10. It was an impressive streak that quickly made her into an international superstar.

ReduxReview:  This is actually one of Madonna's sweetest sounding songs. It's so effervescent with Madonna turning in a good vocal that matches the feeling of the song. It also helped that the video was just as breezy and showed even more of what would become her signature fashion style at the time. It all added up to something that was easy to listen to and like. The tune also sounded quite innocent (which wasn't going to be the case by the time fall of '84 rolled around). The single didn't necessarily sail into the Top 10, but it finally got there.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Double shot!  1) This was a delayed hit in the UK. When first issued in 1984, the song could only get to #56. Later on when Madonna mania was in full swing, the single got reissued. On its second chart run in 1986 the song got to #2.  2)  You might have noticed above that the single was on the Pop chart for a whopping 30 weeks, which at the time was lengthy even for a #1 song. It would be Madonna's longest charting single and would remain so until 1995 when her song "Take a Bow" would tie that mark. It would also be her eleventh #1.


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