The standout club track of 1994’s Bedtime Stories album, Bedtime Story wowed the critics but put a brief halt on the “Queen Of Pop”’s run of US Top 40 singles. It’s promo video helped create a long-lasting statement, but was the world ready for a new type of Madonna song?
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Who wrote Bedtime Story for Madonna?
Writing credits on Madonna’s albums had, by the 90s, usually been shared between the singer and the co-producer responsible for the lion’s share of each record. Bedtime Stories took a different turn, with Dallas Austin, Babyface, Dave Hall and Nellee Hooper dividing principal production credits between them.
Released as the album’s third single, Bedtime Story had an even more unusual pedigree, with writing credits shared between Marius De Vries (who would later contribute to Madonna’s 1998 album, Ray Of Light), Hooper and Björk. The Icelandic singer had enjoyed a chart breakthrough of her own the previous year, with her first international solo collection, Debut. The two artists had never met at the time of Bedtime Story’s recording, and Björk would later go on to issue an interpretation of her original song, titled Let’s Get Unconscious in demo form, as Sweet Intuition.