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|
|Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart||2|
|Netherlands Single Top 100 Chart||1|
|USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart||1|
|USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart||3|
|USA Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart||1|
|USA Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Songs Chart||20|