The “Queen Of Pop” has battled critics and routinely conquered the chart competition for close to four decades, and there still seems little sign of any creative slowdown. Across 14 studio albums, countless soundtracks and one iconic compilation – the latter of which is among the planet’s biggest-ever sellers – Madonna’s lengthy discography has delivered it all: out-there experimentation, zeitgeist-defining pop and, yes, the occasional left turn that has raised eyebrows and served to provoke even further reaction. Job done, then! Here we rank the best Madonna albums in order to deliver the verdict on her greatest-ever work.
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16: ‘Rebel Heart’ (2015)
Madonna’s 13th studio album saw her work with a merry-go-round of contemporary songwriting talent, such as producer Diplo and the late Avicii, resulting in solid songs, among them the accomplished ballad Ghosttown and the riffy Devil Pray. An early leak of some of the album’s tracks threatened to scupper her usually carefully orchestrated release campaign, but Rebel Heart still peaked at No.2 on both sides of the Atlantic. Lead single Living For Love continued Madonna’s run at the top of the US Dance charts, while Bitch, I’m Madonna saw her reunite with Nicki Minaj for further stateside impact.
Must hear: Ghosttown