Madonna released her self-titled debut album on July 27, 1983. From that day forth, the pop world was never the same, and that’s not hyperbole.
Madonna introduced a new energy, style and sound into the culture with her debut. It was both liberating and unapologetically feminine, with an undercurrent of toughness. Just looking at the cover of the album makes you realize this woman was a unique force all her own.
It’s remarkable looking back at how good this album is knowing what was to come from Madonna. Just think of the different genre elements she would explore and the many reinventions over the decades she would deliver. Thinking about it all is dizzying.
Madonna has sold 10 million copies worldwide, with five million selling in the United States. It’s considered one of the best debut albums of all time, and it’s easy to see why. Madonna only had eight tracks, but five of those tracks were released as singles. Trying to rank those singles is incredibly difficult, because they’re all truly iconic songs. Alas, we’re going to put on our jelly bracelets, sunglasses and lace gloves and give it a go. Here are the five singles from Madonna ranked.