A mere two years separated 2003’s American Life and Madonna’s tenth studio album, Confessions On A Dance Floor, but a lot had changed in that time. If the former tackled consumerism and the American Dream, rumours began to circulate, in early October 2005, that the lead single from its follow-up would be inspired by ABBA. When Hung Up appeared, on 17 October, sampling the Swedish pop legends’ Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), it felt like a smart mash-up, not just a sample.
Instantly recognisable and iconic, Hung Up was one of Madonna’s most radio- and club-friendly songs to date, leaving fans wondering if it could, in fact, be her strongest single since Ray Of Light – or even Like A Virgin. The song rocketed to the top of the charts in 41 countries, and its music video is currently edging towards 300 million views on YouTube. Returning Madonna back to the best in her field, Hung Up was a blueprint for the album that followed.