1986: Papa Don’t Preach By Madonna

Composed by Madonna and Brian Elliot for Madonna’s third studio album, True Blue. The song brought about Madonna’s first conflict with the Vatican in Rome. She dedicated it to Pope John Paul II. His response was to urge Italian fans to boycott her concerts during the Who’s That Girl world tour in 1987. Shortly after its release, the song caused heated discussions about its lyrical content. Women’s organizations and others in the family planning field criticised Madonna for encouraging teenage pregnancy, while groups opposed to abortion saw the song as having a positive pro-life message. Composer Brian Elliot described Papa Don’t Preach “as a love song, maybe framed a little differently”. The song is based on teen gossip Brian heard outside his recording studio, which had a large front window that doubled as a mirror where schoolgirls from North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles regularly stopped to fix their hair and chat.

As well as being a talented music artist, Madonna is also a philanthropist through her Ray of Light charity. Find out more here: http://www.rayoflight.org.

Chart History (1986)Peak Position
Australia1
Austria4
Belgium1
Canada1
France3
Germany (West)2
Iceland2
Ireland1
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart2
Netherlands Single Top 100 Chart1
New Zealand3
Norway1
Poland2
Spain4
Sweden6
Switzerland2
United Kingdom1
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart16
USA Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart4
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart1
Year-End Charts (1986)Final Position
Australia9
Austria21
Belgium6
Canada13
Germany (West)18
Netherlands Single Top 100 Chart13
New Zealand13
Switzerland14
United Kingdom8
USA Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart29
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart29