On March 27 1993, Bad Girl peaked at #20 on the Canadian Top 100 Singles chart (RPM).
Although the single fared better in Canada than it did south of the border (it peaked at #36 on the Hot 100), Bad Girl nevertheless earned the undesirable distinction of being Madonna’s lowest charting Canadian single since Borderline at the time, which had peaked at #25 in September, 1984.
The Bad Girl single was backed with the album version of Fever in North America (both songs were released separately in Europe), while the Bad Girl maxi-single focused primarily on remixes of Fever along with an extended version of Bad Girl. Strangely, a music video for Fever was produced only after the single had run its course on the European charts, set to a remix that was not issued was not included on the North American maxi-single of Bad Girl or the Fever 12-inch promo set that was serviced to DJ’s in the U.S.
Despite the unusual promotion, Fever managed to top the U.S. Club chart and the video was put into regular rotation on MTV and MuchMusic in Canada.
Bad Girl is one of her most underrated songs. I’ve always wanted more mixes of it but I think that the single and the extended version are just perfect as they are. Hit # 32 in Aus
Bad Girl-one of M’s saddest, overlooked and beautiful ballads!
“Bad Girl” is perhaps my favorite Madonna ballad EVER!!! And of all the remixes of “Fever,” I DEFINITELY prefer the video version most (the same arrangement used in the “Girlie Show”).