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I tried doing it like that, Whoopie, but I didn't like the result, so fuck it! haha

1. Erotica (Perfect from begining to end)

2. Ray Of Light

3. Confessions On A Dance Floor

------- (That's my ultimate top 3) -------

4. MDNA (It might take COADF's place with time)

5. Like A Prayer

6. Bedtime Stories

7. Like A Virgin

8. American Life

9. Music

10. Hard Candy

11. True Blue

12. Madonna (Love every song, but when I listen to it, doesn't really feel like an album, more like a compilation of great songs. Same for TB, I guess)

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1. Erotica

2. Like a Prayer

3. Ray of Light

4. Confessions on a Dance Floor

5. Music

6. MDNA

7. Madonna*

8. Like a Virgin

9. True Blue

10. Bedtime Stories

11. American Life

Hard Candy failed to make the list. I like to pretend that poor excuse of an album never happened.

* Even though her debut clearly isn't her strongest album, I absolutely adore it and it's probably the album I enjoy the most. It's so carefree and bad ass. Madonna had nothing to prove to anyone so she just did whatever the fuck she wanted.

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Sorry, had to dig this one up.

I was thinking, If I were to rank M's albums from the top of my head, the top 5 would look something like this:

-Erotica

-Ray of Light

-MDNA

-Music

-Confessions

However, after listening to LAP this morning, I thought that if I had ranked each track from each album, then tally up the scores to create an accurate and overall percentage ranking for each album, LAP (which is solid album) could possibly move up to the top, along with other albums.

So I did this, I listened to each album today, and gave each song a rating out 10. Then added the songs together for each album, then divided that number by the total possible points

This is what I got:

(Albums that were tied were decided by how many times the albums been played on iTunes)

I was shocked. Erotica, which was always my favorite album, moved down to #5. And LAP didn't even move at all, in fact, it moved down! It seems as though the 80's albums get no love from, which is not true! Oh well.

I think this goes to show just how much of what you think is a great album actually lives in your head and your memories... And how it's almost impossible to always *just* be talking about the songs when talking about the albums. For example, Music has quite a few of my favorite songs from Madge ever, but I simply don't think of it when i think of my favorite albums.

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It's how the albums plays out. The whole era is what counts the most. The magazines, the album artwork, the photoshoots, the videos, the live performances, tours, etc..

That's what is usually added up when deciding favorite albums.

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1. Ray of Light

2. American Life

3. Confessions On A Dance Floor

4. Madonna

5. MDNA

6. Music

7. Bedtime Stories

8. Like a Prayer

9. Erotica

10. True Blue

11. Like A Virgin

Hard Candy didn't make it. Sorry.

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1. Erotica (always will be.... well this year anyway)

2. Madonna

3. Like A Prayer

4. Confessions On A Dancefloor

5. Bedtime Stories

6. Ray Of Light

7. True Blue

8. MDNA

9. Music

10. LIke A Virgin

11. Hard Candy

12. American Life

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So I did this, I listened to each album today, and gave each song a rating out 10. Then added the songs together for each album, then divided that number by the total possible points

I just did the same, resulting in this ranking:

1. MDNA

2. Hard Candy

3. Ray of Light

4. Confessions on a Dance Floor

5. Music

6. American Life

7. Like a Prayer

8. True Blue

9. Erotica

10. Madonna

11. Bedtime Stories

12. I'm Breathless

13. Like a Virgin

I always thought Like a Prayer would be in my overall top 3 - but I guess that has something to do with "Like a Prayer" being my all-time favourite Madonna songs.

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What would you usually consider as your #1?

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What would you usually consider as your #1?

Tie between MDNA and Ray of Light

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On a generous day, this is how high MDNA can get on my list (still the same star rating of 3.5/5, but pretty high considering everything above it is 4/5 or higher):

Like a Prayer

Erotica

Ray of Light

Music

I'm Breathless

Confessions on a Dance Floor

Bedtime Stories

Madonna

MDNA

True Blue

American Life

Hard Candy

Like a Virgin

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1. Ray of Light (it was meant to be listened as a whole, it flows)

2. Like A Prayer (LAP>EY>TDDUP>PTT>Cherish>DJ>OF>KIT>SE)

3. Madonna (Lucky Star>Borderline>Burning Up>Holiday>Physical Attraction>Everybody)

4. Confessions On A Dancefloor

5. MDNA

6. Bedtime Stories

7. Music

8. True Blue

9. I'm Breathless

10. Erotica

11. Hard Candy

12. Like A Virgin

13. American Life

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01 Like a Prayer

02 Ray of Light

03 True Blue

04 Hard Candy

05 Like a Virgin

06 Madonna

07 Music

08 MDNA

09 Confessions on a Dance Floor

10 American Life

11 I'm Breathless

12 Erotica

13 Bedtime Stories

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  1. Erotica
  2. Madonna
  3. Like A Virgin
  4. Hard Candy
  5. Bedtime Stories
  6. Like A Prayer
  7. True Blue
  8. MDNA (will need another year or so before I can truly decide)
  9. Confessions On A Dancefloor
  10. Music
  11. Ray of Light
  12. I'm Breathless
  13. American Life

The early stuff ranks high with me as I was there pretty much from the start so it's a part of my history. I think it's harder for people who came late to identify with stuff before they were fans. Also, I prefer the club / dance / pop stuff to the more earnest acoustic output of the last 15 years.

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I'm sorry, I just can't be friends with people who give Erotica such a low score.

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I'm sorry, I just can't be friends with people who give Erotica such a low score.

We should throw their names into a BANNING lottery. :wow:

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....and hard candy so high.....

That'll be me then. Oh well!

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MDNA has become my #1. and i mean it. it really is a wonderful diverse record. i'm loving the images. the vibes. the tour. the smiles she is giving... i'm happy with all of it. honestly.

FIRST SINGLE "Masterpiece" released back in november.

SECOND: "LOVE SPENT" lead single

THIRD: "TURN UP THE RADIO"

FOURTH "GIVE ME ALL YOUR LOVE"

FIFTH "GANG BANG"

(i could go on....) but that is what i would've done. <3 MDNA

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MDNA

EROTICA

RAY OF LIGHT

LIKE A PRAYER

CONFESSIONS

MADONNA

HARD CANDY

BEDTIME STORY

MUSIC

TRUE BLUE

LIKE A VIRGIN

AMERICAN LIFE

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Ray of Light

Confessions

American Life

Like a Prayer

Music

MDNA

Erotica

True Blue

Madonna

Bedtime Story

Like a Virgin

Hard Candy

(I think...this is hard guys! All I know is hard candy comes last)

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1. Ray of Light

2. Like a Prayer

3. Confessions on a Dance Floor

4. Madonna

5. True Blue

6. MDNA

7. Bedtime Stories

8. Hard Candy

9. Erotica

10. Music

11. American Life

12. Like a Virgin

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1. Erotica

2. Ray Of Light

3. Confessions On A Dance Floor

4. Like A Virgin

5. Madonna

6. Like A Prayer

7. Bedtime Stories

8. Hard Candy

9. American Life

10. Music

11. MDNA

12. True Blue

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  1. Confessions on a Dance Floor
  2. True Blue
  3. Ray of Light
  4. American Life
  5. Like a Prayer
  6. Madonna
  7. Bedtime Stories
  8. Music
  9. MDNA
  10. Hard Candy
  11. Erotica
  12. Like a Virgin

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it is really hard job to do. i cant do it properly. but if i must choose...it would look like this. and it is based on my taste...not maybe reall objective quality but..

Ray of Light

American Life

Bedtime Stories

True Blue

MDNA

Confessions on a Dance Floor

Music

Erotica

Like a Prayer

Like a Virgin

Madonna

Hard Candy

last 3 i never listen

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1) Ray Of Light (Shanti,Drowned World/Substitute for Love, Nothing Really Matters)

2) Music (Paradise (Not For Me), Impressive Instant, Don't Tell Me)

3) Erotica (Secret Garden, Why's it so Hard, Rain)

4) Like A Prayer (Keep It Together, Like A Prayer, Spanish Eyes)

5) Confessions on a Dance Floor (Isaac, Future Lovers, Hung Up)

6) American Life (Nothing Fails, Intervention, X-static Process)

7) Madonna (Borderline, Physical Attraction, Lucky Star)

8) MDNA (I'm Addicted, Love Spent, Falling Free)

9) Like a Virgin (Shoo-Bee-Doo, Like a Virgin, Angel)

10) Hard Candy (Voices, Beat Goes On, She's Not Me)

11) Bedtime Stories (Take A Bow, Secret, Bedtime Story)

12) True Blue (Papa Don't Preach, La Isla Bonita)

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1. Like A Prayer

2. Ray of Light

3. Confessions

4. Like a Virgin

5. Music

6. MDNA

7. Erotica

8. Madonna

9. Bedtime Stories

10. True Blue

11. American Life

12. Hard Candy

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My favorite Madonna album is 'Confessions On A Dancefloor.' That is consistently my "go to" answer. It blew me away from Day One and listen to it back-to-back.

2. Ray Of Light (Also listen from start to finish)

3. Like A Prayer

4. Music

These albums had the best REMIXES, and this is how I truly listen to & judge Madonna albums:

American Life

Music

Hard Candy

Confessions on a Dance Floor

Bedtime Stories

Erotica

Like a Prayer (I consider Vogue & Rescue Me from "that era sorta")

Ray of Light

Based on Overall Era (album, remixes, videos, singles, her "reinvention"). This is really hard to do; don't take as gospel—

Like a Prayer

Music

True Blue

Ray of Light

Erotica

Confessions on a Dance Floor (lousy vids, so it's placed lower)

American Life

Bedtime Stories

Hard Candy

MDNA

I didn't really become a fan until 'True Blue" so can't rank these in terms of "era"

Madonna

Like a Virgin

The Reality Of The Situation. Madonna's Top 2 Albums (It's impossible to rank beyond that):

Like a Prayer

Ray of Light

A note about 'Hard Candy," I am REALLY starting to love "Devil Wouldn't Recognize You," which is odd cuz I generally hate ballads. Lovely song, quite powerful.

The "Most Fun" Madonna era of all?? MDNA. Superbowl, Reductive-gate. Oh the drama of it all makes up for the crappy singles.

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Ray of Light

Erotica

Confessions on a Dance Floor

MDNA

I'm Breathless

Bedtime Stories

Madonna

Like a Prayer

American Life

Like a Virgin

Hard Candy

True Blue

Music

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  • Ray of Light
  • Erotica
  • Music
  • American Life
  • Like a Prayer
  • True Blue
  • Coadf
  • Bedtime Stories
  • madonna
  • Like a Virgin
  • MDNA
  • Hard Candy

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