So why is Madonna’s Confessions on a Dance Floor on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?
My wife and I traveled to New Zealand around 15 years ago, and I could not recommend it more*.
* As luck (fate?) has it, we’re about to head down (under) to Australia, so for those of you following along, I’ll be taking a bit of a break from regular best 1,000 albums ever publishing for a few weeks. But fear not, I’ll be back at it soon enough. Getting ever so much closer to the halfway mark now!
We toured the country by way of a “hop on, hop off” tour guide company, which worked out rather well. For half the trip we were joined by good friends of ours who were living in Auckland (and by the way: man, what a great city) at the time, and then we went off on our own to the south island for the second part of the trip.
After traveling for 10 days or so, things tend to get a little loose and loopy. One night, we were staying in a small town, and specifically at an inn that was populated mostly by other fellow travelers. That night, they set up a little karaoke event, and somehow I found myself on “stage” to sing… Madonna’s “Hung Up,” off of Confessions on a Dance Floor.
I’m not a veteran karaoke singer or performer by any means, but I dearly loved the song and felt like I could have fun with it. Much like Brother Meat, a local upstate New York band that I revered during my college years, I felt as though I could replicate “The Brother’s” (note: it’s a whole thing) method of belting out cover songs, such as Pat Benetar’s “Heartbreaker,” and dominating the stage via sheer exuberance and comedic-level bravado.
And, I must say, I think I acquitted myself quite well in paying homage to perhaps what is Madonna’s greatest 21st Century hit.
This is all to say that I’m absolutely still hung up on “Hung Up.” It brilliantly samples ABBA’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight),” leveraging that song’s great disco hook and then ramps up the tempo and adds an ecstatic driving beat that never fails to thrill me.
I’m honestly not in love with the music video, which takes nothing away from the overall quality of the song, of course. But I wish it was a little bit more in the style of the exquisitely executed “Ray of Light” video.
“Like It or Not” is a lush, slower number that has some of the feel of Bedtime Stories’ (#745 of best 1,000 albums ever) production style while still maintaining a snappy beat.
I’m always a sucker for songs about New York, and so therefore I must advocate for the fun, frenzied “I Love New York,” which itself has a vibe and feel that it could have fit in well on the Ray of Light album (#634 of best 1,000 albums ever).
I should add that there’s kind of a sing-y/spoken section in the middle that makes me laugh. It includes lyrics like:
If you don’t like my attitude
Then you can F off
Just go to Texas
Isn’t that where they golf?
Some stats & info about Madonna – Confessions on a Dance Floor
- What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Pop Music, Dance Music, Adult Contemporary
- Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
- All Music’s rating – 3.5 out of 5 stars
- When was Confessions on a Dance Floor released? 2005
- My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #588 out of 1,000
Madonna’s Confessions on a Dance Floor on Spotify
A lyrical snippet from Madonna’s Confessions on a Dance Floor that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe
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