Today in Madonna History: August 10, 1985

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On August 10 1985, Into The Groove spent the first of four weeks in the #1 position on the UK Singles Chart. It was Madonna’s first chart-topping single in the UK, where she has collected a total of thirteen #1 hits to date.

As an added validation, Into the Groove was Madonna’s first self-produced release (co-produced with Stephen Bray). While artists co-producing their own work is common today, it was relatively unusual at the time, particularly for female artists. The immense success of the single undoubtedly helped convince the powers at Sire/Warner to grant Madonna the artistic freedom to co-produce her next album, True Blue, together with her collaborators Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard.

11 responses

  1. Yep, if I had to narrow down my single most favorite track from Madonna’s staggering catalogue, it would still be “Into The Groove” for me. It was the song that turned a 16-year-old kid from a casual Madonna fan into a lifelong worshipper at the altar of the Queen.

  2. While pop stars now get all the songs in an album to chart, Into the Groove was not eligible to chart in the US. What a wasted chance. It would’ve been one of her biggest chart hits across the pond as well.

    • Agreed! I don’t even understand the new chart crap. It’s all nonsense and not very reliable IMO. I know kiddos stream songs all day to get them charted…what a boring life.

      • Billboard should just put up a streaming chart. Or at least separate the records of, say, Madonna and Drake. It’s unfair to have him overtake M’s 38 Top 10s (and others in the list) with streaming and collaborations. I’m all for moving forward and embracing the times, but it’s equitable to have apples and oranges in one list. It’s misleading.

    • @AJ Billboard has allowed fucking Drake to take over the singles charts with streaming and collabs? That is absolute bullshit. Not “Equitable” at all.

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