Material Girl

(30 Nov 1984)

Hot 100 Singles Chart Peak: 2
Weeks On Chart: 17

While certainly intended as a send-up of mid-80s commercialism and greed, the single was (of course) misinterpreted and wo15{a with her most well-worn nickname. The bass-heavy affair was produced by Nile Rodgers and quickly flew up the charts around the world, hitting No. 2 in the U.S. and top five status internationally. At one point during "Material Girl's" U.S. chart run, it was joined by "Crazy For You" in the U.S. top five, a rarity in the chart world. "Material Girl's" music video was almost as notorious as the song itself. Mary Lambert directed the clip -- inspired heavily by Marilyn Monroe's performance of "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" - that would prove inescapable on MTV in the spring of 1985. The video garnered Madonna her first best female video nomination at the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards.


Produced by Nile Rodgers. Remix Engineer: Michael Hutchinson. Assistant Engineer: Melanie West.
* Remix by John Jellybean Benitez.


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Summaries written by Keith Caulfield

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