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YMMV: Madonna
  • Awesome Music:
    • Her hit singles are this. Notable songs include "Like a Prayer", "Love Profusion", "Music", Like a Virgin", "Vogue", "Deeper and Deeper", "Frozen", and "4 Minutes".
    • Certain album songs equal the quality of her hit singles including "Impressive Instant", "Paradise (Not for Me)", and "Love Spent".
    • Album-wise, Like a Prayer, Ray of Light, and Confessions on a Dance Floor are considered her finest pieces of work.
      • Bedtime Stories received much deserved critical acclaim.
      • As did Music.
  • Broken Base: Those who like Madonna doing dance music or more traditional ballad stuff, also every single era.
    • Erotica is something of a broken base, as the album has a lot of defenders who like to point out how the album got overshadowed by the title track controversy and Madonna's Creator Breakdown.
  • Crazy Awesome: Seriously, Madonna is trope personified.
  • Critical Backlash: Erotica and American Life. Both albums also qualifies for Critical Dissonance.
  • Ear Worm: Considering that she's the Queen of Pop, catchy hooks are expected.
    • Quien es esa nina, who's that girl? Senorita, mas fina, who's that girl?
    • Strike a pose!
    • Like a virgin, touched for the first time~
    • Bang, bang, shot you down!
    • Hey-ey-ey-yey-yey-yey-yey, like a girl gone wild! A good girl gone wild!
    • Music makes the people come together!
    • When you call my name, it's like a little prayer. I'm down on my knees. I wanna take you there! (etc.)
    • Every little thing that you say or do, I'm hung up! I'm hung up on you!
    • Quicker than a ray of light!
    • Holiday! Celebrate!
    • You know that we are living in a material world, and I am a material girl...
    • I can't help falling in love, I fall deeper and deeper the further I go~
    • You got to- get into the groove! Boy, you got to prove! Your love to me~! Yeah!
  • Ensemble Darksong:
    • "Gang Bang" gained popularity due to its Refuge in Audacity violent nature.
    • The last three songs on the standard edition of MDNA ("Love Spent", "Masterpiece", and "Falling Free") were the most critically-acclaimed songs on the album. It helps that they were produced by William Orbit, who also produced Ray of Light.
    • "Impressive Instant", which almost because the fourth single for Music.
  • Epic Riff/Throw It In: The opening riff from "Like A Prayer" was performed by Prince, who literally made it up on the spot.
  • Fetish Retardant: The video for "Human Nature". Also, the video for "Die Another Day".
  • Growing the Beard: "Live To Tell" is generally considered the turning point in Madonna's career, as it was the song that had her go from a mall rat teenybopper that critics loathed, to a young adult who was capable of singing soulful ballads about serious issues of human survival and courage.
  • He Really Can Act: Maybe this trope's title is taking it too far, but even the most virulent critics of her acting would agree that she's done a decent job in a few of her movies—Desperately Seeking Susan, A League of Their Own, Dick Tracy, Evita. To the point where she won a Golden Globe and there was serious buzz about the possibility of an Oscar nomination.
    • "Who's That Girl" is an interesting case in that despite being a bomb and critical failure, her comedic timing was one of the few things praised.
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: The page quote is even a song which Robbie Williams wrote after talking with Guy Ritchie's ex-girlfriend, stating that he left her by saying "Look, you know I really love you, but she's Madonna."
  • Misaimed Fandom: "Material Girl" is actually a Stealth Parody.
  • Never Live It Down: Her baffling attempt to take on a British accent during her marriage to Guy Ritchie, as if people would just forget she was an extremely famous American.
  • Nightmare Face/Uncanny Valley: The "Nobody Knows Me" interlude in the MDNA Tour. It's essentially Madonna with snippets of people's faces superimposed onto her own, in addition to scribbles that make Madonna's face look skull-like. The results are unsettling, to say the least.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The video for "Bedtime Story", which is also a Surreal Music Video. Most notably, a scene near the end that features Madonna with mouths for eyes (think The Corinthian) and an eye where her mouth should be.
    • "Gang Bang". Madonna singing in a low pitch voice? Check. Dark, ominous electro thumping music? Check. Lyrics about murdering one's lover? Check. Terrifying dubstep breakdown? Check. Madonna shouting "Die, bitch!" several times? Check. Is there a Nightmare Fuel jackpot?
    • "Mer Girl". It's an extremely creepy track at the end of Rayof Light with sinister minimal instrumentation and equally sinister lyrics. It was said that there was an eerie silence after Madonna recorded the vocals for the song.
    And I smelt her burning flesh, her rotting bones, her decay. I ran and I ran. I'm still running away...
    • "Till Death Do Us Part" is a relatively upbeat song about an abusive relationship. The song details toward the end how the woman in the song says she'll leave the relationship even though she knows she'll return with the chorus lyrics at first both being sung by Madonna in a higher voice while she also speaks the lines in a lower monotone voice. When she gets to the bit about not actually leaving her husband the signing and instrumentation completely drops out with Madonna uttering the title in the creepiest way possible.
  • Sampled Up:
    • The Lenny Kravitz-penned "Justify My Love" was based around a sample of Public Enemy's interlude "Security of the First World". A reviewer believed that Insane Clown Posse sampled the Madonna song in ICP's "Bowling Balls", rather than the Public Enemy interlude.
    • "Hung Up" samples a riff from ABBA's "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man after Midnight)" — a rare honor from a band not known for allowing other artists to use their work.
  • Signature Song: A lot of candidates, including "Like a Virgin", "Material Girl", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Ray of Light", and "Music". She ranks among the few musical artists and bands who are famous on their own and not solely as "the guys who did that one song", though.
  • Squick: Certain things from the Sex book - like say, the image of Madonna being fondled by an unattractive and elderly man. Also, the book features analingus.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: True Blue.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Amazing" and "I'm a Sinner" have been criticized for being too similar to "Beautiful Stranger".
    • "Has To Be", a B-side to the "Ray Of Light" single, sounds similar to Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" but at a slower tempo.
    • "Material Girl"'s synthesizer melody is based on the vocal melody of "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis.
  • Tear Jerker: "Oh Father", "This Used To Be My Playground", "Live To Tell", "Take A Bow", and "Promise to Try".
    • "Falling Free" made many a fan cry. Especially near the end, when she sounds like she's on the verge of tears.
    • "I Fucked Up" has a sad and bitter vibe. Especially the part where she listens how things could have been.
    • And now, with the death of the last actress on the "Vogue" list (Lauren Bacall, August 12, 2014), you'll never listen to that song in the same way again.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Subverted in that Madonna is an artist who has made her career on successfully reinventing her image and sound over and over again.

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