Madonna has held a vice-like grip on the charts for more than three decades. This chronological list of all Madonna’s US and UK No.1 singles illustrates why she remains the indisputable “Queen Of Pop”.
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Like A Virgin (US No1. from ‘Like A Virgin’, 1984)
Taking Madonna to the top of the Billboard charts for the very first time, Like A Virgin launched the album of the same name and crowned the singer’s breakthrough year by becoming 1984’s US Christmas No.1. The success of Madonna’s self-titled debut album and its attendant singles meant the release of this Nile Rodgers-produced cut was delayed in order to allow Lucky Star to start its descent, but the reshaped timing worked out: Madonna was able to premiere the track at the first MTV Video Music Awards. The US was shocked yet thrilled at her performance and, when the Mary Lambert-directed video hit playlists, the single – the first in an incredible run of 20 Madonna No.1s – sprinted to the top spot in just five weeks. A star had been born at the most appropriate time of the year.