1998: The Power of Goodbye By Madonna

Composed by Madonna and Rick Nowels for Madonna’s seventh studio album, Ray of Light. The song is about how free and empowering saying good-bye or ending a relationship can feel. The music video was filmed at Silvertop House in Los Angeles and on Malibu Beach, USA, with the scenes of the singer walking along the beach actually being shot whilst she was walking on a treadmill. Madonna’s lover in the video is played by Croatian actor Goran Višnjić, who was selected by the singer after she saw him in the film Welcome to Sarajevo. She described him as “the sexiest male working today”. The scenes showing Madonna walking alone on the beach were a homage to actress Joan Crawford in the 1946 film Humoresque.

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 (1998)Peak Position
Australia33
Austria4
Belgium Ultratop 50 Flanders Region Chart31
Belgium Ultratop 50 Wallonia Region Chart 20
Canada Adult Contemporary Chart19
Canada Top 100 Singles Chart16
Finland4
France21
Germany4
Hungary6
Iceland2
Ireland23
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart6
Netherlands Top 100 Singles Chart7
New Zealand25
Scotland5
Spain2
Sweden3
UK Dance Chart39
UK Singles Chart (released with Little Star)6
UK Singles Chart (released on its own) 91
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart14
USA Billboard Adult Top 40 Chart 40
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart 11
USA Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Chart18
Year-End Chart (1998)Final Position
Canada Adult Contemporary Chart99
Germany79
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart 89
Sweden43
Year-End Chart (1999)Final Position
Canada Adult Contemporary Chart 100
Germany89