1989: Like A Prayer By Madonna

Composed by Patrick Leonard and Madonna for her fourth studio album, Like A Prayer. The song tells of a passionate young girl who is in love with God, who becomes the only male figure in her life. The music video portrays Madonna as a witness to the murder of a girl by white supremacists, whilst a black man is arrested for the murder. Madonna hides in a church for safety, seeking the strength to go forth as a witness. The Vatican condemned the video and family and religious groups protested against its broadcast. They boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi which had used the song in its commercial. The company cancelled its sponsorship contract with Madonna but allowed her to retain the fee. There was also alot of praise for the song. Music critic Jim Farber from Entertainment Weekly  said ” this gospel-infused title track demonstrates that Madonna’s writing and performing has been raised to heavenly new heights”. Another music critic (Gavin Edwards) said “The song sounds glorious, it is the most transgressive and the most irresistible song of Madonna’s career.” Genres: Gospel, Pop Rock.

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 (1989)Peak Position
Australia1
Austria2
Belgium1
Canada1
Denmark1
Finland1
France2
Germany2
Iceland1
Ireland1
Italy1
Japan1
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart2
Netherlands Single Top 100 Chart1
Norway1
New Zealand1
Poland1
Portugal1
Spain1
Sweden1
Switzerland1
United Kingdom1
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart1
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart3
USA Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart1
USA Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Songs Chart20