Best Madonna Albums

The Top Ten

1 Ray of Light Ray of Light Product Image

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...

This album is just so perfect, all the songs on it are just so calm, her and William orbit are an awesome collaboration. Not one song is boring, and it holds my attention all the way through. Madonna was in a period of introspection when working on this album, from the birth of her first child, vocal lessons from evita, her conversion to Kabbala, and her study of Hinduism and Buddhism. She has never really created a masterpiece like this since. Her and orbit really put a lot of effort into it and it shows.

When I was six, my mom was always listening this album in the car, on the way to school. Substitute For Love, Ray Of Light and Frozen were my favorite songs. Years passed, and I listened other pop music. But recently, I re-discovered it and I just love these beautiful and meaningful, more than our ordinary and simple pop-tech today songs.

2 Like a Prayer Like a Prayer Product Image

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

Its her second best album (after ROL) its just astonishing!

The raw emotion, the great songs/lyrics and production it's the best!

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

It's 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

Like a prayer no2 is not exaggerated. This album couldn't be moe perfect and I really appreciate the fact that Madonna took over control her music, because she knew what she wanted at that time and this is what make her what she is today. Till death do us part is definitely one of my favourite tracks on the album. I listen to it everyday.

Nearly perfect album. The only song I don't care for is "Love Song." This was the game changer for Madonna, when she started telling us her story as well as making us rejoice in the music. Very confessional and very well executed both musically and lyrically.

3 Madonna Madonna Product Image

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

Fresh, edgy and youthful, it's full of optimism and an 80s vibe that holds the test of time. It's a Madonna that is wide-eyed sans gimmicks that seem to mark many of her albums that followed. It's an album that defined 80s female pop music and broke ground for many others to follow.

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.

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.

4 Confessions on a Dance Floor Confessions on a Dance Floor Product Image

The only Madonna album that I don’t skip a certain songs on the album because all of the songs are perfect pop songs and the album is also a nearly perfect pop record! This album is one of Madonna timeless and iconic pop album

Marvelous music experience. All of the songs are linked together by their beautiful mutual sound, therefore no pauses between songs exist. Whilst listening to the whole record, it feels like a stunning music show. One of my 3 favourite albums of Queen of Pop: Ray of Light and Bedtime Stories being the other ones

Confession what an album, I was around 16 when this came out and I was just like ohh my Gosh who is this. This was the time I fallen in love with Madonna, I was use=se to her other hits but was not a fan so far. The confession tour just confirm my opinion, this lady is just awesome and music couldn't be more perfect than this.

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.

5 True Blue True Blue Product Image

Dear god I heartly praise that you created Madonna, the best album ever, I think this was the revelation for Madonna and also the album which makes other male and female artists fear this diva. They new this lady was fierce, I do think Michael Jackson regret the fact that he rejected Isla Bonita, because this is considered as one of Madonna signature songs.

This Album makes me a Madonna Fan. I just searched "Papa don't Preach" on Itunes and after that I recognize there are many Songs that I knew like "La Isla Bonita" or "Open Your Heart".My favourite Song is "White Heat" I don't why many people did not like it

More number 1's on this album than any other, as well as the singles, both White heat and Where's the party are pop perfection. It's just such a feel good album, melodically and harmonically it's very advanced and clever compared to her 90's and 00's output

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

6 Erotica Erotica Product Image

In my opinion, this is Madonna's best album because (1) she didn't use so much voice effects as she did in other of her works (e.g., Music, Ray of Light, MDNA...), (2) her voice was very clear and (3) the message of the album was very important at the moment it was released.

This is my favorite along with ray of light, confessions on the dance floor, music, hard candy, mdna, rebel heart, madame x and bedtime stories

Erotica is definitely my favourite Madonna album and it's one of favourite albums of all time. For the 1st time, in my opinion, a Madonna album feels like a cohesive all. Moreover, it's so daring from a lyrical and musical point of view. I particularly like songs like "Where life begins" and "Waiting". I just love this album ;-)

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.

7 Music Music Product Image

This has to be her best. I like all her albums but this one just Stands out so much. It's a more mature version of ray of light, and it's just incredible. She fuses three genres together (dance, electronic, and acoustic) to make the best album of her career. Every song is awesome but I'd have to say impressive instant, I deserve it, nobody's perfect, don't tell me, paradise, and gone are the best on this album

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.

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 showes that Madonna could give you all types of music in one cd. I just can't understand why what it feels like for a girl wasnt shot as the original album version video. That song was probly her most poetic ever.

8 Bedtime Stories Bedtime Stories Product Image

Bedtime stories is underrated
Secret and human nature are good songs
Bedtime stories deserves better
Secret and human nature are one of my favourite Madonna songs

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.

I love to sit with a cigarette, a good book or Wattpad story on my balcony and just listen to the charming songs of this album. One of my personal favourites, along masterpieces such as Kylie's Impossible Princess, Cher's Living Proof and Lana's Paradise.

This isn't her best but it's a very mature album for anyone born in the 90's like me this is a great album for our decade, I listen to this album all the time, so anyone who doesn't have it should get it.

9 American Life American Life Product Image

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.

Just perfection in every way. This album is just the best. Every song resonated with me. I love the video for love profusion. Where Madonna makes a marks and Spencer dress look amazing. Fave songs are American life,mother and father, intervention, x-static process and nothing fails which I plagiarised for my sister's wedding

This es the second best disc from Madonna. Some songs can make you dream, literally, two examples could be "intervention" and "nothing fails". The problem with the album could be that the best songs were not suitable for discos.

10 MDNA MDNA Product Image

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.

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.

I hope people start realizing the brilliance of this album soon. It seems like with most of her albums, they get overlooked at first and it isn't until years later that people start to realize the impact of them (that has happened with many Madonna albums, including Erotica and American Life). Love this album.

Madonna newest edtion to the long line of top ten hit albums through the decades some say that she is now boring yet I still expect many more albums by Madonna, all in all I believe and know that this album is pretty good for a comeback, lastly it has awesome songs like
Gimme all your luvin
Love spent
Girl gone wild
So if you can't see why I like this album listen to these beutiful songs

The Contenders

11 Like a Virgin Like a Virgin Product Image

This album was huge! I know she has made many great albums but I really would have thought this would be #1. I personally would rate this #2, just barely ahead of True Blue. Without a drought, Madonna, the first album was the best. I'm a big rough and tumble kind of a guy and I'm sure many people would be surprised to know, I wore the grooves out of that record listening to it after school on my brothers record player 😊

I certainly think this is by far her best and most sexy album( but could that be because I was a teenage lad when it was released? ) still love Madonna now, and lady gaga will agree madge set the trend for her success.

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.

12 Hard Candy Hard Candy Product Image

Hard candy is a great album, its one of my favourite album, the problem why people dislike this album is because of the producers, but for me it is a great move, because Madonna has always revolution her music and this was a great masterpiece.

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!

I relay love this album, I listen to it very often. The producer from timbaland, timberlake, kanye, phraell they made a very good job. I just love it I probably put this album in the top 5.

This album is good she's just trying to have fun and she had a big hit

13 Rebel Heart Rebel Heart Product Image

It might not be a cohesive album totally, but Madonna really tries various styles in this album, and many songs really stood out of the pop music nowadays. Living for Love is an empowering song. Ghosttown could be her best ballad in a decade. The emotions behing the song Joan of Arc could make your tears fall down while listening to it. Borrowed time is a song which shares beautiful message about love. The title track reviews her rebelious life so far and actually has a potential to be a hit...Ghosttown and Illuminati make me think of the messing world we live in right now. Body shop and Holy Water remind me of her Erotica era. Joan of Arc, Wash All Over Me and Messiah make me think of her Like a Prayer era. It certaily gets a few filler like S.E.X., but it's overall a strong effort from her. In conclusion, as for musical direction, I think it's her best since Confessions on a Dancefloor. However as for the concept of the album, it's REALLY her best since the iconic Ray of Light.

This album is probably the biggest underrated Madonna album, it was more underrated than American Life, this is because of ageism in our society and the prejudice of radio companies worldwide. Singles like Ghosttown and Living for Love are better than most of the #1 hits last 2015.

Rebel Heart has so many amazing songs, Ghosttown, Joan Of Arc, Living For Love, Inside Out, Wash All Over Me, the title track, Messiah, Hold Tight, even with the demos such as Queen, Freedom, Tragic Girl and Alone With You. This is Madonna's best album since Confessions.

Rebel heart is the best album because Madonna express her self with the romance that she has and the rebel and al the songs led to something like heartbreakcity that explain her feeling of her break up withh her boyfriend. and rebel heart that explain her rebeldi

14 I'm Breathless I'm Breathless Product Image

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

Vogue is one of her best songs

This album is underrated, this album proves that Madonna is a vers singer. I love the concept and character of "Madonna showgirl personality with broadway vocal"

15 Madame X Madame X Product Image

Are you serious? Madame X is easily one of her greatest works. The way she mixes different genres and beats is so exciting. Its concept is great. Yes, modern-day people hate listening to the TRUTH. They prefer brainless music from puppets like Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Britney, Beyonce, Katy, Minaj...
Madonna made REAL music with this album. BRAVO!

It's her best album since Confessions we have to be honest.

Madame X should definitely be in the top half (top 7)

Madame X is an under-rated bop.

16 Something to Remember Something to Remember Product Image

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!

What's there to say? A meaningful record, made of ballads from her previous albums (although she's also recorded some new ones for this occasion). A true virtue.

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

I'm a bit mad she didn't include Bad Girl and The Look of Love to this romantic compilation but yes, it was a great album

17 You Can Dance You Can Dance  Product Image

if I play this , my whole family will be on their feet and groovin'!

Hi Madonna my name is scotty masters I love songs of you can dance on radio stations
I hope Madonna playing it for me allways love you

Love the uptempo songs with distinct melodies. Danceable.

18 The Immaculate Collection The Immaculate Collection Product Image

The best ever by Madonna, ever.

I love the songs on here!

19 Evita Evita Product Image
20 Celebration Celebration Product Image

my birthday is a celebration for me , I'm playing this on my day!

21 Miles Away Miles Away Product Image

I like the passports.

22 Who's That Girl Who's That Girl  Product Image

her spanish is cute <3

23 I'm Going To Tell You a Secret I'm Going To Tell You a Secret Product Image
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25 The Confessions Tour The Confessions Tour Product Image

WHY IS THIS SO LOW! This should be HIGHER! In the Top at least.

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