Top 10 Madonna Love Songs
When it comes to creating deep and moving love songs, few artists stand out as much as Madonna. With a career that spans over two decades, the iconic pop vocalist has become known for her superior songwriting when it comes to subjects of the heart. Having dealt with heartache time and time again, including two highly publicized divorces, Madonna's songs are heartfelt, personal and easily translatable for audiences. Check out PopCrush's Top 10 Madonna love songs and let us know if we missed any of your favorites.
10. 'True Blue'
Madonna co-wrote this pop-dance track in 1986 as a tribute to her then-husband, actor Sean Penn. The expression 'True Blue' was one of Penn's favorite idioms, and Madonna dedicated the song to his true blue concept of love.
9. 'Into the Groove'
This Madonna love song, which was released in 1985, was written in a stairwell as she stared at a handsome guy and thought about dating him. The song's lyrics also draw from Madonna's passion for dance.
8. 'Justify My Love'
In 1990, singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz approached Madonna to record 'Justify My Love,' which he penned after being inspired by a poem written by Prince protege, Ingrid Chavez. The sexy love song's lyrics center around Madonna's longing for a certain man to be her lover.
Madonna wrote this 1984 love song for her debut self-titled album. The mid-tempo tune features piping vocals and an upbeat tune as Madonna sings about the ups and downs of being in a relationship.
This energetic track, which was featured on Madonna's 1989 'Like a Prayer' album, is all about giving thanks for the person you love. Madonna sings, "Cherish the thought / of always having you here by my side / (Oh baby I) cherish the joy / You keep bringing it into my life."
5. 'Lucky Star'
This fun synth and percussion-driven song, originally from 1983, tells the story about a young Madonna being in awe of the man she likes to call her 'Lucky Star.'
4. 'Like a Virgin'
This 1984 hit has become one of the most well-known and signature pop songs to ever be recorded. The sexually suggestive dance-pop song speaks about a fresh, new relationship and the feelings of excitement that come along with it.
3. 'Open Your Heart'
The heavy percussion and high-pitched vocals from Madonna on this frenetic dance song took this 1986 tune to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The lyrics to the song are about the innocent and desirable emotions that are simultaneously present when lovers first meet.
2. 'La Isla Bonita'
Madonna wrote 'La Isla Bonita' as a tribute to the beauty of Latinos. The romantic-sound of the love song has both classic pop elements and Spanish-influences, derived from the use of instruments like maracas and Spanish guitars.
1. 'Crazy for You'
This love song is quite different for Madonna, as it was one of the first ballad-style songs she ever recorded. 'Crazy for You' is definitely one of Madonna's most heartfelt love tunes, with honest and pure lyrics like, "I never wanted anyone like this / It's all brand new, you'll feel it in my kiss / I'm crazy for you, crazy for you."