Best Madonna Albums

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1
Ray of Light
Frozen alone could make "Ray of Light" stand out as her very best, fusing classical music, with world music drums and strings, and low key ambient electronic beats. In this project, she channeled everything from her life in the past few years, her spiritual journey, her Asian studies, and on top giving birth to her daughter, and incorporated all of these experiences into a gorgeous album. Not only was it her biggest departure from her norm, but is also credited with bringing electronic music into the mainstream. It brilliantly combines her pop and dance music past with new age electronic and computer-generated samples, in the absence of any live bands for the albums recording sessions, which actually produced an album wise beyond its years. Well done, Madonna.
I was only 10 when she released this album, but I can remember it... One of my first music experience, I mean, real music experience... I will never forget what I felt when I saw the video clip of Frozen. And then, I forgot it, like every child, I guess... And I discovered this album some years later: I've never stopped loving it since then. Every song is a great musical moment.
For me, it's the most powerful, brilliant album of all time (and I'm not talking about Madonna's albums only)... A real masterpiece. It makes me fly, brings back so many memories...
The Touch of William Orbit is exquisite. Her Best album so far. and I hate when I hear that Lady Gaga is the new Queen. Her album is a masterpiece of all time. My fav' tracks are Nothing Really Matters, Frozen, the power of goodbye, to have and not to hold
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2Like a Prayer
This is her 2nd best album, Ray of light being 1st.

This album was the best album of the 80's for me. Yes other huge albums came from that era but this was no1

Reasons for this:

Packed with hits
Songs that were not released were still amazing
Its personal
Its emotional
So many different feelings
Many ways to interpret and its serious

Love this album and I love madonna.

I think it was underrated! The controversy from videos helped singles but I don't feel she needed the controversy. This could have been her best seller
Over 15 million copies sold worldwide, full of hits and some of the greatest masterpieces of pop music including Like A Prayer, Express Yourself, Cherish, Oh Father, Keep It Together and Promise To Try... An Absolute Madonna.
Its her second best album (after ROL) its just astonishing!

The raw emotion, the great songs/lyrics and production its the best!

I always loved Madonna and this is one of the major reasons.

Its the best album of the 80's (for me).

Don't get me wrong thriller is awesome but this for me is better because the vocals are great, the songs are amazing, the videos are iconic, the look is legendary.

Also, MJ can never create a serious song like madonna could. He always done the predictable pop/rock song with no real meaning.

<3 madonna
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3Confessions on a Dance Floor
This was the album that made me fall in love with Madonna. Before this there were tracks she had prior that I loved but never was curious enough to purchase an album.
Now I have started my Madonna collection and consider myself a fan.

Jump, I Love New York, Sorry, Let It Will Be... All of these tracks are solid and beautiful. Full of rich dance tracks. This is my favorite dance album and of course Madonna album. While I do believe Ray of Light is brilliant this is just utterly amazing.
BEST Madonna ALUM EVER! Hung up is catchy (even though she coped abba! ) Sorry is nice, lets get together and love this song and Confessions on the bdance is a alum to buy!
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4True Blue
With global sales of over 30 million this is one of the best selling albums of all time, and probably the Queen's best. It's my favorite album too. I LOVE IT!
It was the first Madonna album I bought and I fell in love with her as soon as possible. I love the whole track list. 'La Isla Bonita' and 'Papa Don't Preach' are my 2 all-time favorite songs by Madge

Irina2932

SO MANY HITS... AND THE SONG - LIVE TO TELL- IS SIMPLY A MASTERPIECE. THE WHOLE ALBUM IS A COLLECTION OF HITS BY THE WAY. HER BEST IN MY OPINION.
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5Erotica
This is her only true concept album. I don't think there's been any other time in her career where her objective has been achieved so fully. Her book, her image, her style, and the music all came together seamlessly. I wish mainstream pop music was still encompassing this quality.
Are you all insane?! EROTICA is sublime! The Perfect Madonna Album.
By far her most talented album. Madonna shows more depth here than any of the others. Words, Deeper and Deeper, Bad Girl! Simply the BEST!
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6American Life
A massively underrated album by Madonna, although there are one or two lesser tracks, the rest of the album is amazing. It takes a little while to get used to and then WOW!

"American Life" takes risks and surprisingly, works better than her general Pop/Dance Style. Actually, Madonna's best work is out of the dance genre with "Ray Of Light", "Bedtime Stories and "American Life" being my favourite of all her albums - or the only ones I'd buy.

I wasn't a Madonna fan but decided to preview her songs on I-tunes. THIS LITTLE GEM SHONE THROUGH! And now I have a new respect for her.
Madonna's American Life was a genuinely heartfelt album. Most reviewers commented that the lyrics were to simple and was not the best. Every single song on this album has a personal meaning to not only her but me as well. The best songs are X-Static Process, Intervention, Nothing Fails and Nobody Knows Me. I feel this album wasn't given the chance it deserved.
This album will go down in history as one of the most overlooked albums of all time. It's Madonna's truest work, besides Ray of Light. Beautifully written songs, amazing electronic beats, and hard to forget guitar rifts.
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7MDNA
I have never been disappointed with a Madonna album, but this one might just take the crown. It was brilliant as a "break-up" album, as it covers all the different stages of a break-up: anger, sadness, revenge, new-found freedom, regret, reflection, the new loves/crushes, independence, etc. Brilliant in the way she was able to do that.
Madonnas comeback in music! The best album since "Ray of Light" was released in 1998. Gang Bang is just sheer brilliant!
It is difficult for me to pick a favorite, but I might have to choose MDNA. I think this is the Madonna album with which I have directly connected the most. I feel like its brilliance is being severly under-rated. I have a feeling that this album, just like American Life and Erotica, do not receive their due credit at the time of release, and then years later people finally catch up and realize what a masterpiece it was.
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8Music
not only my favorite madonna album, but my favorite album of all time! My fav tracks:Music.. Amazing.. Nobody's Perfect.. Paradise (Not For Me) and Don't Tell me
This album includes the massive dance/club track Music, and some other songs include interesting electronic beats mixed in with some acoustics. My personal favorites are I Deserve It, Amazing, and Gone. Paradise Not For Me & Nobody's Perfect are also very cool.
Better then american life still has the very meaningful tracks yet this album is just so mush better
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9Bedtime Stories
The lyrics and beats are incredible! Classic mid 90's rnb! Madonna's 90's music is when she was at her best, all 3 albums from this decade are excellent!
This is CLEARLY Madonna's best album. Just listen to those sexy beats, those emotive cooings, and dark reflections on live. On Bedtime Stories, Madonna challenges herself as an artist to create a brooding masterpiece.
all my favourite songs are on this album my best is human nature go bedtime stories
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10Hard Candy
Her latest, and her best!
I do not have any of Madonna's albums, (bar celebration)
But heard songs from this album and I quite liked the songs,
I love 4 minutes because it's featuring justin timberlake
Its a good album!
Best album madonna at her best!
4 minutes… That's all.

The Contenders

11Like a Virgin
Every song has an innocent naughtiness behind it. LOVE this album. Like A Virgin, Material Girl, Into The Groove - these songs are LEGENDARY! Love You, Madonna!
This is the most successful and best album of all her albums. I also love the first album as well. This is also when she looked beautiful, the best in her life I think.
The album that started it all... In my opinoun not only the best Madonna album... But definitely one of the best albums of all time.
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12Madonna
This album is a dance masterpiece, the story, the songs, the beats, her unique voice and the unreleased singles are amazing. Eight songs that I will never forget. I love all twelve of her albums but this will always be my favorite Madonna album and favorite album of all time. I can listen to this album every day
The Queen Of Pop's first album... It's one of my favorite albums ever. Holiday, Lucky Star, Borderline, Everybody, Burning Up... I love all those songs! Should be in the Top 10.
Awesome album from the 1980s. It may not be Madonna's best but I'm voting for it because it at least deserves to be in the top 10. Lucky Star, Borderline, Holiday, Burning Up - such wonderful classics.

13Something to Remember
One of the best Madonna albums of the 90's. Nice collection of her powerful ballads plus only here you can find such tracks like "You'll See", "This Used To Be My Playground", "I Want You" and "I'll Remember". Even the album cover is so great
A Must Have Album!

Irina2932

The best compilation album of all time. Such beautiful and meaningful ballads... There's no other artist in music like Madonna.

14The Immaculate Collection

15You Can Dance

16Celebration

17I'm Breathless
Madonna fans underrate this beautiful and creative album. Not every pop artist would be as great as Madge on Jazz territory. It was new Madonna with fresh & unique sound. "I'm Breathless" includes many awesome tracks - "Hanky Panky", "Sooner or Later", "I'm Going Bananas", "Cry Baby", "Back In Business", pop superhit "Vogue" etc

Irina2932


18Miles Away

19I'm Going To Tell You a Secret

20Who's That Girl

21Evita

22GHV2

23Maximum Madonna

24Remixed & Revisited
This is a good album actually. American life is remixed for the drowned world tour which is one of her best live performances. Her remix of Hollywood lead to the fantastically infamous vma performance. I also like the feel of love profusion. Also the remix of into the Hollywood groove works as a really cool mashup in the gap advert!

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