Today in Madonna History: January 16, 1999

On January 16 1999, The Power of Good-Bye spent its sixteenth and final week on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart at #75. The song had peaked at #26 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart during the week of November 28, 1998.

3 responses

  1. The Power of Goodbye-one of the best and saddest ballads Madonna has committed in a performance! She is so sad that her heart breaks and her tears fall in her sadness! One doesn’t analyze the feeling and emotion-it’s just there for the world to hear! As long as her music is heard, Madonna will never let go of her sadness-it’s a beautiful thing!

  2. So true, Rabbit Bunny! This is such a sad song — but at the same time, very self-empowering — and a song that I have returned to periodically over the years to draw strength and wisdom from. “There’s no greater power than the power of goodbye.”

  3. It is a great lyric and a great song in general. I forget which interview it was, but I remember Madonna mentioning around the time of the album’s release that she considers Frozen, The Power Of Good-Bye and To Have And Not To Hold to be a trilogy within the album, as all three represent an alternate reflection on the same basic concept. Wouldn’t it be great if she were to perform the three songs together on tour? I’d really love to hear To Have And Not To Hold live. And since TPOG was always a challenge for her to sing live, maybe she could perform a stripped down acoustic version, which from a vocal perspective, would allow her to return to the more restrained and emotional vocal style of the demo version. She would have a much easier time pulling that off than trying to recreate the more powerful vocal delivery she used on the album and in past performances of the song. And I think it’s an interesting contrast to use a subdued and emotional vocal on a song that is about strength and self-empowerment.

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