1985: Material Girl By Madonna

Composed by Peter Brown and Robert Rans. Recorded by Madonna for her second studio album, Like A Virgin. The lyrics identify with materialism, with Madonna asking for a rich and affluent life rather than romance and relationships. The music video was inspired by Madonna’s admiration of Marilyn Monroe and mimicked Marilyn’s performance of Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. When asked about the song during an interview in 1986, Madonna said that although she did not write or create the song, the lyrical meaning and concept did apply to her situation at that point of time. When asked about Material Girl and another of her songs (Like a Virgin) in 2009, she responded “I liked them both because they were ironic and provocative at the same time but also unlike me. I am not a materialistic person and I certainly wasn’t a virgin, and, by the way, how can you be like a virgin? I liked the play on words, I thought they were clever.” Genre: Dance-Pop.

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.

Weekly Chart History (1985)Peak Position
Australia4
Austria8
Belgium4
Canada4
France47
Germany (West)13
Iceland5
Ireland3
Japan2
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart7
Netherlands Top 100 Singles Chart7
New Zealand6
Spain10
Switzerland15
United Kingdom3
USA Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart1
USA Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Songs Chart49
USA Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart2
Year-End Charts (1985)Final Position
Canada46
Netherlands Top 100 Singles Chart 57
USA Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart 58
Chart History (2015)Peak Position
Poland91