Like a Virgin

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Like a Virgin (1984, see 1984 in music) was a hit album and song by Madonna. The album was #1 on Billboard Music Chart's pop albums chart and #10 on the hip hop/R&B charts.

"Like a Virgin" was Madonna's biggest hit prior to "Vogue" and her biggest hit of the 1980s. It was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, and remained the #1 hit single on the Billboard pop singles charts (US) for six straight weeks. "Like a Virgin" and "Material Girl", both from this album, are two of Madonna's most enduring and well-known songs.

Madonna has reinvented the song by singing it with different arrangements on her Blond Ambition tour and The Girlie Show. Madonna wears a wedding gown in the music video, which was directed by Mary Lambert.

The song was the subject of a famous exegesis in the opening scene of Quentin Tarantino's film, Reservoir Dogs. It was also the subject of a parody by Weird Al Yankovic, "Like a Surgeon", and was performed by Jim Broadbent in the film Moulin Rouge! (2001) as a comic piece.

"Like A Virgin" was honored by Rolling Stone and MTV in 2000 as the #4 song on their list of the "100 Greatest Pop Songs".

Track listing

  1. "Material Girl" (Brown/Rans) - 4:01
  2. "Angel" (Bray/Madonna) - 3:55
  3. "Like a Virgin" (Kelly/Steinberg) - 3:39
  4. "Over and Over" (Bray/Madonna) - 4:12
  5. "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (Gregory) - 4:50 (Rose Royce cover)
  6. "Into the Groove" (From the film Desperately Seeking Susan) (Bray/Madonna) - 4:43
  7. "Dress You Up" (LaRusso/Stanziale) - 4:01
  8. "Shoo-Bee-Doo" (Madonna) - 5:17
  9. "Pretender" (Madonna) - 4:30
  10. "Stay" (Madonna) - 4:06

Billboard Chart singles ranking:

1984   Like A Virgin           The Billboard Hot 10                 No. 1
1984	Like A Virgin           Hot Dance Music/Club Play	     No. 1
1985	Angel	                Adult Contemporary	             No. 5
1985	Like A Virgin           Adult Contemporary	             No. 29
1985	Angel	                The Billboard Hot 100	             No. 5
1985	Dress You Up	        The Billboard Hot 100	             No. 5
1985	Material Girl	        The Billboard Hot 100	             No. 2
1985	Angel	                Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks     No. 71
1985	Dress You Up            Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks     No. 64
1985	Like A Virgin	        Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks     No. 9
1985	Material Girl	        Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks     No. 49
1985	Angel/Into The Groove	Hot Dance Music/Club Play	     No. 1
1985	Dress You Up (Remix)	Hot Dance Music/Club Play	     No. 3
1985	Material Girl (Remix)	Hot Dance Music/Club Play	     No. 1
1985	Angel/Into The Groove	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales   No. 1
1985	Dress You Up (Remix)	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales   No. 1
1985	Material Girl (Remix)	Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales   No. 2

Personnel

  • Bernard Edwards - Bass guitar
  • Nile Rodgers - Guitar, Producer, Synclavier
  • Jimmy Bralower - Programming, Drum Programming
  • Stephen Bray - Producer
  • Madonna - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer
  • Jason Corsaro - Engineer
  • Brenda King - Vocals (bckgr)
  • Curtis King
  • Lenny Pickett - Saxophone
  • Robert Sabino - Synthesizer
  • Frank Simms - Vocals (bckgr)
  • George Simms - Vocals (bckgr)
  • Budd Tunick - Production Manager
  • Jeri McManus - Design
  • Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff - Art Direction
  • Jeffrey Kent Ayer - Design
  • Steven Meisel - Photography
  • Tony Thompson - Drums