1986: Live To Tell By Madonna

Composed by Madonna and Patrick Leonard. Recorded by Madonna for her third studio album, True Blue. Originally composed by Patrick Leonard for the score of the film Fire with Fire, the instrumental was shown to Madonna who decided to use it for then-husband Sean Penn’s film At Close Range. Madonna wrote all the lyrics, co-composed the melodies, and co-produced it with Patrick Leonard. In an interview in 1986, Madonna said that the mood of the song was inspired by a different facet of her image makeover and her desire to focus on something different. Madonna’s look for the video was inspired by Marilyn Monroe.

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
Australia7
Belgium3
Canada Adult Contemporary Chart1
Canada Top 100 Singles Chart1
France6
Germany (West)12
Iceland3
Ireland2
Italy1
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart3
Netherlands Single Top 100 Chart3
New Zealand6
Norway2
Sweden11
Switzerland4
United Kingdom2
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart1
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart1
Year-End Charts (1986)Final Position
Australia59
Belgium35
Canada Top 100 Singles Chart2
Germany (West)74
Italy5
Netherlands Single Top 100 Chart22
New Zealand31
Switzerland11
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart 12
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart 35