Ray of Light's 20th Anniversary

March 03, 2018

Happy 20th Anniversary to Madonna’s Ray of Light album, which was released worldwide on March 3rd, 1998!

Which song from the album is your favorite and why? Tell us in the comments for a chance to win a signed copy and get ready for more Ray of Light goodies to be unveiled throughout the month! http://spoti.fi/1SEt107 #RayofLight20

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August 16, 2018 posted by CorrieNichols23
Favorite Ray of Light Song
My favorite is The Power of Goodbye!
August 06, 2018 posted by maximdudin56
Max
I am from Russia, 20 years ago I have heard songs from this album, I can not name my favorite, I will stop at «Nothing Really Matters»
August 01, 2018 posted by MaryAnnLeonowicz
Wow- time flies, does the heart really e
My fave track is The Power of Goodbye. I saw my father die of lung cancer in 1990 and oddly I have had a difficult time with relationships ever since, which include a failed marriage and a couple longterm loves. My step dad died in 2016 of lung cancer as well. I have dealt as best I could with abandonment issues. I was able to say goodbye to all but my step dad. Yet I am at peace. I have learned to be happy on my own learning these are all lessons I too had to learn, just as the song illustrates. Nothing left to lose. Oddly, maybe not, I have dealt with my own heart battles being diagnosed with a rare disease and have had 5 heart attacks. Life goes on. I cherish every morning that I am here, living day by day. God bless you for bringing such music and love into the world. You are one of a kind.
July 25, 2018 posted by Alan_Foy
alanfoy69
Has to be Frozen, this was the year i left home to study for my Hons Degree in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee. I was blown away with the collaborations of sounds and then completely amazed be the video which at the time i remember a rumour about some graphics being created by the art school i was going to. It was a big year for me, going to uni and I came out, and of course i embraced my fully committed Madonna Fan status. All the memories have the Ray of Light Album as their backing track in my mind. Thanks for the memories. Alan x
July 17, 2018 posted by sinobyte69
My favorite track
Frozen is my favorite track from the Ray of light record. At this point in time , Madonna had started studying the Kabbalah and had also just given birth to Lola. I think she felt a kind of healing had happened . Helping her to free herself from a lot of past trauma. Frozen is the recipe on how to do just that. How heal yourself and get a sense of happiness from life. Madonna is simply sharing what worked for her thru her medium as an artist. Music. Thanks for your consideration PS she looked amazing in the video as the mystical goddess of the desert!!
June 26, 2018 posted by KiKiGinger
Frozen
Frozen is my favorite because it encompassed everything I needed to say to a man who crushed my heart and soul in a relationship I thought we shared together. It devastated me that he destroyed a beautiful thing we had within a blink of an eye. Without a tear in his eye. In a heartbeat it was done and he left me alone to deal with it all. It was a death to me and he felt nothing. How could I have read it so wrong. Thank you Madonna. That song said it all from me to him.
June 22, 2018 posted by ditadays
Nothng really matters...
For ,me its this bloody fantastic gem....and even after all this time is STILL IS...Orbits' electro tones are stunning...the songs itself is sung beautifully...you can listen to it in a upbeat mode...or chilled out vibe too....presented superbly in a breathtaking video to top it all off......so basically Madonna...orbit...leonard...De Vries....YOU GOT THE LOVE !!!!!!! - Kamran (UK)
June 19, 2018 posted by gonzaloserreth11
Sky feats heaven
because is a new borne new way to make betters things,is powerful,addicted,glamorous,iconic
June 11, 2018 posted by Sylvain21
Power of godbay
Sublime chanson d'amour ... Je trouve cette album le meilleur de tout les temps , ont retrouve la perfection , cette album est à l'image de notre créateur dieu Jesus
June 10, 2018 posted by Maverikman
Ray of Light
Ray of Light is not just my favourite track on this album, it's my favourite track, period. Beginning by strumming on the soul and awakening the listener's inner chakras like a new dawn after a thousand year sleep, Ray of Light progresses to fuelling the body as it pumps energy through every vein with the speed-of-light beat which pummels through the melody like a runaway train. The gentle crisp vocals begin with "Zephyr in the sky I wonder.." and the trance begins. After the music prepares you for the experience, Madonna's perfect vocals take you to a higher plane and the song consumes your body. By the time the song almost hits the one minute mark, it elevates everything to a new level of ecstasy as the tempo changes and Madonna reminds of what we're here for - to FEEL! Her voice launches into "And I feel" and as if it were a command, our bodies obey, hearts beating at break-neck speed, bodies pulsating, head taken to a different universe as the electronic magic releases the same endorphins that escape when in a club, when in love, when giving birth and when faced with renewed life. Madonna takes us deeper into the cosmos and when she says "Got herself a universe" we soar to new galaxies, quicker than a ray of light and as the crescendo builds and every enlightened note of "And I feeeeeel" just takes you higher, consumes you and brings you into the light so no matter how bad a day you've had, how low you're feeling or even if you feel like there's no hope left, she restores your faith in hope, in the belief of a new dawn, of something better and takes us on a trip to a brighter, electric place simply through her voice and the music. I have devoured this song at times of depression and it has lifted me to a higher plane. Ray of Light is a perfect song, timeless because it is beyond any restrictions, just like emotions. And in that, Madonna does what she always does and does best: reminds us to be free and celebrates that freedom to be ourselves. I love this song and I am grateful for the impact it has on me every time I listen to it. THANK YOU
June 05, 2018 posted by jonty14
SKIN
Skin is my favourite Ray Of Light track, I adore it when I'm driving the car on the open road and I can just open her up and this song helps me go faster
June 02, 2018 posted by Angelioss
Memories captured
I was 23 when this came out and bought it on sight at the then virgin Mega Store in Vancouver. To this day when I see the cover I start humming Substitute for Love .... I cant put together what it is but it always comes to mind .... " I traded fame for love Without a second thought It all became a silly a game Some things cannot be bought I got exactly what I asked for Wanted it so badly Running, rushing back for more I suffered fools so gladly And now I find I've changed my mind"
May 31, 2018 posted by Nuvem
Power of Goodbye
I was 18 when I first heard this song and I was paralyzed because one thing I still had to learn it is to say goodbye to people and stuff that were stopping me from being who I am. This song reached my soul in such a speed and with such a light, that at first it made me cry. „Freedom comes when you learn to let go Creation comes when you learn to say no“ A punch in the stomach for someone like me that always used to say yes, even if that meant to hurt me. I am greatful, for now I created and recreated myself, still do a lot of ahit, but hey, that’s my shit now. That’s my world, that’s my goodbye.
May 28, 2018 posted by britthartmannsrensen
Favorite song
My favorite song is: Drowned World/Substitute for Love. I think i shows a new beginning for Madonna as a performer and the private person who just become a mom. Just love that song and 20 years later it's still one of my all time favortsongs by M.
May 19, 2018 posted by filiuslunae
FROZEN
Why do I like Frozen the most? Easy, because this song makes you travel to a magical, mystic and full of fantasy world, to me it is a powerful ballad with relaxing and yet modern rhythms, when I listen to it I feel like I am in a completely abandoned place, but without feeling any sadness or regret at all but pleasure and satisfaction instead in an endless search of my own being , who I feel the song is describing. Love Madonna!
May 18, 2018 posted by behzadhadjibashi
Definitely Frozen
That was 1998..Frozen just came out and it changed everything...I was at a friend's party...We simply pushed "Repeat" button to listen to "frozen" over and over while I was dancing with a girl....never forget that :)
May 10, 2018 posted by osua
el poder del adios
me despedi con esta cancion del gran amor de mi vida, ya que despues de muchisimos años nos reencontramos ya a esta edad y recordamos tantos momentos que vivimos juntos y que por muchas circunstancias no pudimos seguir y nos vimos en persona para despedirse de mi , ya que desafortunadamente estaba muy grave y fallecio y quedamos que jamas en esta vida me olvidaria de ella . lo siento me hizo llorar de nuevo hace un años ya de su partida
May 10, 2018 posted by paulcoker
Frozen
Just a great song
May 07, 2018 posted by MTank
I remember Frozen
I remember as a High School student who was already creating and releasing independent music, I was enjoying the Frozen maxi-single in a Calistoga springs bath. While my body was warm ... the concept of the track was about frozen hearts, the artistic dichotomy resounded to the inner self and at times this track reminds one to unfreeze the dislikes and negative forces which can at times, become frozen within each of us. I'd like to thank Madonna for creating thoughtful works of musical art.
May 07, 2018 posted by jovanking
POWER OF GOODBYE
I would have to say Power Of Goodbye for so many reasons. Firstly, I was 20 when the Drowned World Tour was announced and at this point in my life I was riddled with homeless-ness and abandonment due to coming out as gay, I took grasp of my life at 18 and got my first apartment as an adult and was able to maintain a job. Ray of Light in it's entirety really helped me get through this rough patch in my life. When the Drowned World tour dates were released through my Icon Membership I FREAKED! I was too young to go to The Girlie show which to me, at 13, was INSANELY GENIUS! I saved an insane amount of money and jetted off to Los Angeles, alone, My FIRST trip on a plane to a City that I have never been on Sept 7th, I stayed in a Hotel near Downtown Los Angeles for 5 days. I cannot even describe the feelings I felt during the entire show, Let's just say that the couple next to me in the 12th row had to console me the ENTIRE SHOW. My flight was to depart on the 11th of Sept on 2001. 9/11 at 11 am. I was called by the Hotel and stated that my flight was cancelled due to 9/11 and that all flights cancelled could be taken by first cross to a shelter. I ended up in Inglewood at the Red Cross shelter until I was able to Depart on the 14th of September. The entire trip would have every emotion imagined. Love, Sadness, Confusion, Disgust a bit of hate and an entire lifetime if memories. Power of Goodbye has really been my favorite off of the album as I was saying goodbye to my very horrible past and saying Hello to a very bright future. Ray of Light forever. Power of Goodbye to all the sadness to all.
May 06, 2018 posted by reneenm
Little Star
Happy 20th Anniversary to the Ray of Light Album! A beautiful song that brought truth and clarity to my broken heart was Little Star. Once the tranquil-forgiving vibe is tuned with the beat of your heart you begin to hear Madonna singing in your ear, a gift has been given to us all. Her gift to me was opening my heart to accept myself as I am and the Little Star is my neice and all her inner beauty that she will soon grow into. I was born not to be fruitful and multiply and this song always brings tears to my eyes.
May 03, 2018 posted by EVAROSS
The power of the power
The power of goodbye - It's the kind of song you can listen to 100 times in a row and never get tired. 20 years old and still incredibly present, if it was released today, it would still reach nr 1 in no time. It's about acceptance, admitting failure, turning pages and going on. All beautifully expressed in an unbelievable and delicate melody that gently creeps into one's mind and never leaves.
May 01, 2018 posted by FutureLover77
Ray Of Light #20th #Anniversary!!!!!!!!
I THINK SKIN IS THE BEST SONG ON RAY OF LIGHT!! I LOVE THE WRITING, PRODUCTION, BACKGROUND VOCALS, EFFECTS, AND INSTRUMENTS. IT PAINTS A PICTURE OF HOW SURREAL RAY OF LIGHT THE ALBUM TRULY IS! NOT TO MENTION IT IS SEXY AS HELL AND HAUNTING! I WILL NEVER FORGET WHERE I WAS THE FIRST TIME I HEARD RAY OF LIGHT. WHAT A BRILLIANT ALBUM ONE OF MADONNA'S BEST ALBUMS FOR SURE! ANY REAL MADONNA FAN WILL AGREE! HAPPY TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY RAY OF LIGHT!
April 28, 2018 posted by NVD
Ray of light
Simple..it is the light can allow us to grow and follow our dreams.
April 24, 2018 posted by diegonicolatoffanello
A first love, remained under your "SKIN"
When the album came out, was a magic moment! I was in Paris, and the day when it came out, I went to a virgin mega store, there were photos and posters everywhere, people waiting in line for the headphones to listen the new CD of MADONNA. While I was in line, a cute boy approaches me and we begin to talk about what was our expectations, the sounds, instrumentation, of how it would be. We listened the cd together, sharing the headphones and we stopped at track n°5! We decided to buy the cd, and with the smile upon the face he said: come with me, we listen up on my house! That day, was the day I fell in love with him. "SKIN" is the song that even after 20 years reminds me of that moment! Dy
April 20, 2018 posted by SOTEXTIM
Drowned World - Substitute for Love
This song opened my eyes and gave me an insight and understanding to the difficulties of being an icon/star and learning to accept the responsibilities associated with your life choices.
April 20, 2018 posted by louishb
Sky Fits Heaven
It's so hard to pick one but I have to say Sky Fits Heaven is my favorite song on Ray of Light. I was a DJ in LA and Chicago for many years and EVERYTHING Madonna was essential for the club. I remember finding the Victor Calderone remixes to Sky Fits Heaven. The crowds would dance through the roof for this one! I play it on my training runs to this day! It's a classic song on a legendary CD.
April 19, 2018 posted by pipster
Drowned World/Substitute for Love
Drowned World/Substitute for Love has to be my favourite song on this CD. I remember so vividly going into Dublin city center TWENTY years ago to buy it, I was in the record store with my second best friend and they were playing the CD in the store. We were both all 'wowsers' at this song and thought the style of it was so revolutionary from the ordinary sound of that time. I quickly snapped it up, put it in my shopping trolly and was racing home to play it on my CD player. This is still the song that reminds me of that time and place, the excitement of the moment and the newness of the sound!
April 19, 2018 posted by steveclemo
Sky fits heaven !!! "travelin down thei
sky fits heaven, is not only the greatest title, but also the catchiest little jem.. Its my jam. No matter where or when, I often sing it in my head to myself, which everyone seems to appreciate is not out loud.
April 04, 2018 posted by bg
Ray of Light Message from another Dimens
SKIN! SKIN! SKIN! and MER GIRL! There are no more perfect songs in the universe and out! The album was released on my birthday date -03.03. and I find this very symbolic! Madonna, thank you for your guidance!
April 03, 2018 posted by mickeksson
Sky fits heaven
It was a favourite of mine since I heared it the first time, but what really made it one of my favourites of all time is when I was on the Drowned world tour premiere in Barcelona. When Madonna jumped out from the tree and when you stood a couple of meters from the stage it felt basically like she was about to jump right at me. Man, there are alot of ways that are worse to die on than having Ninja-Madge killing you of! :)
April 03, 2018 posted by bg
The album that is coming from another di
I realized 'Ray of Light' hit the shelves on the 03.03.1998. I was born on the 03.03.1988. Isn't it amazing and symbolic? I rediscovered the album recently and fell deeply in love, especially with the songs 'Skin' and ' Mer Girl'. Before this discovery, I listened the Power of Good-Bye and the title song but didn't paid attention much to the other songs. It was a mistake. I can listen 'Skin' 20 times in a row without getting tired or so. This album gave me so much light in my life. In 1998 I was 10, unaware of much of the music, a promised painter with an art exhibition on the way in my native village. I participated in many art contests and won many. I love art to this day. And music. Now, 20 years later I am still the same dreamer. I write, I draw, I listen Madonna awesome catalogue of music. She is the woman who inspires me the most and who was giving me hope and courage through my ups and downs, good and bad. Thank you, MADONNA 4 everything! #RayofLight-a message from another dimension Plamen, Bulgaria
April 01, 2018 posted by tintine
Mer Girl
My father died at 39 when I was 6. From my experience I can understand the feelings behind this song a little bit more. At least, I feel like I do.
March 31, 2018 posted by nodrog99
Drowned World/Substitute for Love
Couldn't pick a favourite as they are all fantastic off this album, as always, but Drowned World/ Substitute for Love just seems to speak volumes to me. 1998 was the year my son was born and it was then that I realised what true love was and however much you try and fill your life with things that make us 'happy', there is no substitute for the love we crave to give and receive. It is the unconditional love that means so much, and how many of us are blessed with it but don't see it?
March 30, 2018 posted by pedrofelipen
Swim
'Swim' is my favorite song! When i'm sad or thinking about life i listen to swim. Then i'll go to somewhere where there's no pain, no judgment, just the water... Thank you, Madonna. Ray of life changed my life... all the songs are important to me.
March 29, 2018 posted by pvcmga
My Favorite Ray Of Light Track, Nothing
It's difficult to pick just one song from this album as my favorite since it's such a solid piece of work with many good options. Over the past 20 years my favorite has fluctuated according to my mood and life experiences at the time, varying from "Drowned World" to "The Power Of Good-Bye" to "Sky Fits Heaven." If I had to pick just one I'd go with "Nothing Really Matters" because it's overall message resonates the strongest with me at this particular time, both in my personal life and the current state of the world around us. The song speaks about awakening from a stage of selfishness to learning what's truly important in life ("when I was very young nothing really mattered to me, I lived so selfishly/now that I am grown everything's changed...") and how the best way to achieve satisfaction is to give rather than receive. The way we treat others, the positivity we put out into the world and all the good deeds we do becomes it's own reward ("nothing really matters, love is all we need/everything I give you all comes back to me"). I think this message of loving others and using positive energy to create change rather than strictly trying to meet our own selfish desires is an important life lesson, I know personally that growing from my early 20's when the album was released to now being in my 40's that my priorities have certainly expanded! There's too much ego, destruction and craziness in the world right now and we all need to focus more on treating one another with respect, love, compassion and understanding ("nothing makes the darkness go like the light"). Let's all work together to make the world a better place, and THANK YOU Madonna for all the inspiration, insight and entertainment you've given us over the years! :) <3
March 28, 2018 posted by humanfly
Little star
My favorite song is little star because my dogs name is Star and he is my baby
March 23, 2018 posted by craigpb
Ray Of Light creates wonderful memories
I love Ray of Light, it is my favorite single from the iconic album. This song creates not just beautiful memories but also evokes passion and inspiration. When I feel down, I play this song to lift my spirits. I even have considered the song to be my legacy song when I die, quicker than a ray of light then gone for some one else shall be there through the endless years.
March 23, 2018 posted by tut_golf
Sky fits Heaven
I remember back in the day when I got my first Vw golf gti and took my dad out for a spin. I was blasting this tune and he didn’t seem to be very impressed with the thumping base so I think he was pleased to get out. But you don’t forget these little things and 1 day I will meet him in heaven for another re-spin
March 21, 2018 posted by Denae
“My life, my soul. You make my spirit wh
To pick a “favorite song” is very hard as the album and lyrics resonated differently to me as a teenager in high school then vs. a mother of a beautiful 2-year old boy now. “Little star” was always such a beautiful ballad that provided all of us into a glimpse into how becoming a mother changes a person and makes you reevaluate and look at life differently. I understood it on a superficial level then, but now I truly understand it’s meaning fully. Ray of light helped me through the heartache of breakups then and now the deeper appreciation of life and motherhood now. “My life, my soul. You make my spirit whole.” Thank you #Madonna ❤️ #RayofLight20
March 21, 2018 posted by saraelizabeth
The Power of Goodbye
Freedom comes from learning to let go. Love the lyrics, the beat, and her voice.
March 20, 2018 posted by jb81
Mer Girl
‘Mer Girl’ is the thirteenth and final song on the standard edition of Madonna’s seventh studio album, Ray Of Light. This song has similar quality to another of my favorite Madonna songs “Falling Free” from MDNA. Somehow sometimes Madonna ends her albums with very reflective songs. It’s like one of the actual messages in her albums. Choosing Mer Girl as my favorite from the Ray of Light album is a difficult one because there are many good songs in that album. And I agree with what most people have written about their favorite songs here. I learned a lot from this album. The whole album feels spiritual to me because there are many great messages and the sound is very diverse and dreamy. Lyrically speaking, the song is a surreal meditation on mortality and the death of Madonna’s mother. The only one who knows Madonna’s story is Madonna. Madonna discussed the inspiration for Mer Girl shortly before performing it at her Tears Of A Clown concert (10 March, 2016). Just want to share it with you all! Madonna: I went to visit my father in Michigan. […] It was a hot summer day, and I decided to go for a run, and it started to rain. I didn’t know where I was going, I just ran in front of farms, and vineyards, and I just ran, and ran, and ran. The sky opened up, I was soaking wet, and I found myself in the cemetery where my mother was buried. Somehow, recklessly, I found my mother’s grave. It was grown over, it looked like it hadn’t been visited in a while. Anyway, I spent some time there, and then I ran back home, and I wrote this song. Keep shining and inspiring everyday! One of the many Ray of Lights, Andy
March 20, 2018 posted by Yschbak
MerGirl
I ran and keep on running. Looking for love, looking for myself. I ran so I could get stronger. I ran so I could escape.... On the way, I found love and loved to love, and also had to cope with how much it hurts. On the way I lost love (partners, my mother) and there again I loved loss and had to cope with how much hurts. ... Life's a never ending race. ... Ups and downs on such a fast trajectory. ... You never stop learning. ... You never stop knowing who you are. ... Until and beyond each and every ending. ... So now you understand how and why I do relate to this song (... do you?)
March 18, 2018 posted by rabbitbunny
Has to Be-track 14
Has to Be-very powerful, moving and Heartfelt-the best song Madonna wrote with her friend Patrick! Her sad and beautiful voice is fraught with emotion, feeling and tears! I LOVE YOU MADONNA!-Rabbitbunny from outside of Baltimore!
March 17, 2018 posted by sfrice80
Ray of Light 20th Anniversary
Candy Perfume Girl, because no one but Madonna can sing it live like her in concert. Still rings in my mind each time I play that song each day.
March 17, 2018 posted by ManuelIsidro
Nothing really matters
Es mi canción favorita del álbum porque cuando somos jóvenes solemos ser egoístas y dar una mayor importancia a las cosas materiales, pero un día llega alguien a demostrarnos que el amor es lo único verdaderamente indispensable y capaz de cambiar nuestra vida para siempre. :)
March 17, 2018 posted by BRNDAVDWLSH
My own little star was my Ray of Light
Ray of Light is my favourite album full stop so it is so hard to pick just one song but for me it has to be Ray of Light. A few months before Ray of Light was released, my wife suffered a miscarriage. Ray of Light meant so much to me upon it’s a release and the title track gave us hope. In 1999 my wife fell pregnant again and one day, as bump was getting bigger, we played Ray of Light and the bump reacted with its own little dance. That little bump turned 18 on Christmas Eve and I will forever have in memory the vision of her reacting to Ray of Light before she was even born. X
March 17, 2018 posted by andrianivanov
Happy 20th Anniversary to Madonna’s Ray
Album is incrinebal! Every one song have your story. #Skin is my favorite! I love from first time wen I play Ray of Light
March 14, 2018 posted by sul8323
Nothing Really Matters
My favorite Ray of Light song is Nothing Really Matters.  I love this song because it is both deeply anthemic and authentically personal.  While many fans and critics consider the album overall to be a reinvention, I view it, especially Nothing Really Matters, to be much more.  In fact, Nothing Really Matters is less of a beginning and more of a continuation of Madonna's fundamental message of "Living for Love"... NRM offers us a blueprint of her next level and what a beautiful place that is.  There are echoes of Madonna's earliest material found throughout the song from Everybody to Open Your Heart to Love Makes the World Go Round.  Honestly, I wanna "get up, dance and do [my] thing" every time that I hear the anthem of 1998 but the song, for me,  also remains a manifesto to lift others up…. To accept people where they are but to refuse to let them languish and suffer there.  Truly the song was "woke" before we knew what "woke" was.  Madonna has always been a provocateur but a provocateur with purpose.  Madonna proved with Nothing Really Matters, that once again, she was and remains a true maverick.  Madonna's essence is unlocked within this song and openly shared with all who will justly listen.  Rebelling against the status quo...  finding genuine love... abandoning one's missteps....  and bathing in light and peace.   "Nothing takes the past away, like the future" is my all-time favorite Madonna lyric.  Madonna is her most honest when her music "makes the people come together" and Nothing Really Matters accomplishes that feat by offering both an invitation to the dance and a deeper call to action.  The song is a deep love song, pressing us to both offer and accept love.  The song is not only gorgeous and poignant but truly inspires cohesiveness and hope.  For these reasons, Nothing Really Matters is my favorite offering on the Ray of Light album.
March 14, 2018 posted by boy0304
To Have And Not To Hold
Ray Of Light is the Album from a capital letter A. It is A true Masterpiece and for me, it is extremely hard to choose only one song out of this milestone. But lyrically, musically and on emotional and spiritual level THANTH is The Song I am channeling to! I was only 9 when the album was released, but in some years later being in my first relationship I definitely got the true meaning of the song and the fragileness a couple can have and how it is important to be careful, tender and dedicated to the true feeling both of you have. Thank you, Madonna, for such a great lesson! - Sergey Pascko
March 14, 2018 posted by nipitthai
Mer girl
Made me miss my dad that passed away when i was7
March 14, 2018 posted by leo_louise
Ray of Light
The way I felt the first time I heard "Ray of Light" is the way I feel to this day each and every time I hear it!! It holds a special place in my heart, since I too was going thru major life changes at this time. I was going thru a divorce, finding my true self, and falling in love with my soul mate all while raising my charming son. Ray of Light is so uplifting, energizing and inspiring - it reaches my soul!! Madonna never looked so amazing as she did with this album, as she discovered herself all over again and enjoyed the joy of becoming a mother for the first time with Lola. This was also my first tour seeing Madonna, and I will truly never forget the experience. I've been to every tour in Miami ever since!! Thank you Madonna for being a #RayofLight20!! XO Cristina Louise
March 14, 2018 posted by MARK2012
Sky Fits Heaven
It has to be Sky Fits Heaven for me. I remember attending a listening party for this album in London and it was the song off the album that had me totally drawn in hook, line and sinker. For me to just choose one song off this album is kind of impossible as the whole concept was so relevant upon release and now 20 years later it is still ahead of it's time. Also where have those 20 years gone too?
March 14, 2018 posted by francobr
Ray Of Light
Most beautiful album of Madonna. The song Ray of Light is the light of expression and life human.
March 14, 2018 posted by Itzmeruben
Love is all we need..
It’s so hard to pick just one song from this album, they all hold a special place in my heart for very different reasons. But the song that has stayed with me everyday since it’s release has been Nothing Really Matters. I first loved it for its sheer musicality, at 18 that’s all I could relate to it took the past 20 years for me to really grow into the lyrics!! lol Having lived a bit more and having grown as a person when I listen to NRM now I’m like, “Yeah, I get it now!” It still makes me want to dance, only now when I dance to it, it’s with a deeper understanding of life and Love. It’s also a song that I think could be dropped into any of the albums that have come out after Ray of Light and still feel right at home. It’s just timeless!!
March 14, 2018 posted by yieshk
The Power of Good-bye
I was a Madonna fan the day I was born (I was born the day Papa Don't Preach sat at Number One in the US and Australia...). Madonna has been the soundtrack to my life and I rushed out on March 3rd 1998 to grab my copy of Ray Of Light - I skipped school, and used my lunch money I had been saving. I had literally starved myself for Madonna! All 13 tracks on the album were flawless magic, and I remember an interview where Madonna said she chose 13 because it is an unfinished mystical number... I was born on 13th August and also turned 13 on Friday 13th, the last one of the century and the only one that year - talk about mystical! 'The Power of Good-bye' was my immediate favorite, coming straight after the epic beauty of 'Frozen'. I used to listen to 'The Power of Good-bye' non-stop, until my mother begged me to play something else, then I moved on to 'Swim'. As I was only 11, the concept of saying good-bye to a relationship was absolutely foreign for me. Nevertheless I was simply mesmerized by the melody and the emotion in Madonna's beautiful vocal delivery. The signature trip-hop trance beats from William Orbit and the haunting merge of the acoustic guitar, sweeping strings and deep bass amount to nothing short of breath-taking. Flash forward 18 years and I would find solace in this song when I was in a emotionally draining, violent and tumultuous relationship. I found myself in dangerous situations, and doing things that would scar me for the rest of my adult life. "Your heart is not open, so I must go..." the lyrics would ring true. As Madonna had sang, "You were my lesson, I had to learn... Pain is a warning that something's wrong... There's no more heart to bruise...". Life does indeed imitate art. There is power and freedom in saying good-bye and walking away. It may feel like giving up and failing, but actually it is a sign of strength and courage. Listening to Madonna's true and wise lyrics, ultimately may have saved my life. I don't feel sad when listening to 'The Power of Good-bye", which at it's core is a bittersweet love song; I feel empowered. Thank you Madonna, with all my heart. x
March 14, 2018 posted by johnnyuk
Nothing Really Matters
My mother died when I was 11 and my father remarried about a year later. He was sad and felt alone. The woman he married was abusive to my sister and me and eventually my father divorced. A couple of years after that my father remarried again to a lovely lady. Everything was going great until I started struggling with my sexuality. I wasn’t ready to come out and as a result we fell out. It was a really difficult time and I just went in on myself and just kept myself to myself. Eventually things got sorted out and although I couldn’t see it at the time my stepmother just loved me and wanted the best for me. When Ray Of Light came out, Nothing Really Matters struck a chord within me. I shared it with my stepmother and it became our song. She always claims that she doesn’t really like Madonna but funnily enough she has Ray Of Light and a couple of other M albums in her cd collection! Barbara has been my step mother far longer than my own mother was in my life and I love her very much. Having said that, other than my Aunt and my Sister, Madonna is the longest constant female in my life.
March 13, 2018 posted by xxwill40xx
Nothing Really Matters/the whole album
I've been a hardcore Madonna fan for the past 5 years and from the beginning, this album spoke to me the most. So ahead of its time and yet still sounds so fresh today, it showed me different genres of music, art, and, culture. Its remained my favorite Madonna album and my favorite album of all time. I love it so much that the other day on March 3rd i got the Ray Of Light symbol tattooed on my arm to celebrate. The whole album flows beautifully and takes you on a spiritual journey through electronic beats. The whole era together was a masterpiece from the videos to the photo shoots to just seeing how happy Madonna was. I'm so glad she is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album with us. But if I had to choose one song it would definitely be Nothing Really Matters which is by far my favorite song and video from her. I would love to see her perform it at least once in the near future. This album means so much to me and it would be a blessing to win this contest :) Quicker Than a Ray Of Light!! - Will Gibson xxwill40xx@gmail.com
March 12, 2018 posted by mador1977
Mer Girl
Because it's the deepest and most emotional song on the album. I listen to it a lot at the moment. In my car, on my way to visit my mother, who is very old and ill now. The song helps me to get through this difficult time. By the way: the entire album is a masterpiece!
March 12, 2018 posted by sync
to have and not to hold
the whole album, a true piece of art. 'You're to have, not to hold'- TRUE-PURE-CLASSY.
March 12, 2018 posted by yanicastagnola
#rayoflight20
#RayOfLight20 wow how difficult to pick one from this perfect album... the most spiritual, creative and experimental album ! I love it .... well let’s say drowned World/substitute for love and Mer Girl, I think you can see her soul... her heart in these songs ( nerver that open ) you can feel her, it’s like a real connexion with the artist and the person. Thanks for this piece of art #rayoflight20 I love u Madonna Frozen it’s another moving song and intense one ! Fuck this album is perfect !!!! And the music video
March 11, 2018 posted by Roy_Rosenberg
The perfect song
What makes a song perfect? That's a tough question, a song can be fun if you dance with it on the dance floor. A song can be good if you know the lyrics by heart, a song is great if it brings you back to a period in life, to the exact place and time you almost forgot. If a song gives you the cold in the middle of the summer or makes you tear during a comedy show. When I think of such songs a very few brought to my head, like sweet dreams by Eurythmic or Erotica by the queen, those songs are immaculate! Frozen is one of them. Frozen is a song I still here on the radio and it sounds like a new single. When hearing it a sudden cold washes my body and brings me back to the cold time on March 1998. To a different time and to a different person. As an 18 years old boy starting his way, a lifetime!
March 11, 2018 posted by roscoe
Sky Fits Heaven
Amazing travelling song! Reminds me of when I travelled on a double decker bus from Tanzania to Malawi over Christmas in 1998 to work as a nurse at a clinic in one of the villages near lake Malawi. I had the track on loop as we ambled through the countryside. An amazing track for an amazing adventure. Thanks M!
March 11, 2018 posted by fanniifrr
My favorite song
Ray of Light, because we heard this song in many different versions at the concerts and I love them all! When all your fans are jumping together. This song is an energy bomb!♥️ This song was the centre of the Sticky and Sweet tour and the Confessions tour. These versions were my favorite♥️
March 11, 2018 posted by LICHIAHUNG
Happy 20th Anniversary to Madonna’s Ray
My favorite’s song from "Ray of Light" album is "Ray of Light". Because my name in the lyrics. And I feel like I just "GA-HONG" And I feel….. And I feel like I just "GA-HONG" And I feel…… Just kidding ........... Happy 20th Anniversary to Madonna’s Ray of Light album I hear you call my name, And it feels like "HONG"……. Whoops, I did that again………
March 10, 2018 posted by bfcuk
Frozen
A totally heart moving song that can distract me from any other thoughts like no other. The Key to many moments in my life.
March 09, 2018 posted by IconPhilly
Drowned World / Substitute for Love
I use this song to "get into the zone" before I begin long distance runs or intense workouts. The song slowly builds and builds until the last main verse. Then for the song to open the tour made it that much more special for me since it was my first Madge concert. I now have seen her 14 times :) but "my first" is always my favorite. For that show I won tickets through the fan contest and saw her July 26, 2001 at the "Garden." Blew my mind away. Famous faces, far off places Trinkets I can buy No handsome stranger, heady danger Drug that I can try No ferris wheel, no heart to steal No laughter in the dark No one-night stand, no far-off land No fire that I can spark
March 09, 2018 posted by camanix
Ray of Light Contest
FROZEN has always stood out to me. While I think RAY OF LIGHT was her best album since LIKE A PRAYER and there wasn't a weak track on the album, FROZEN introduced the the world to a new Madonna. Not just a reinvention of her persona. The album in its entirety was so personal to her and where she was at that point in her life. Just knocked EVITA out of the park and became a mother for the first time. RoL was almost like a personal diary entery turned into song and in FROZEN she sings of one being frozen if their heart isn't open. It was a song to stop being selfish and not dwelling on the past. I feel that FROZEN and every track on RoL was a love letter to he family and her fans. What we get on that album was not Madonna the entertainer, it was Madonna the person.
March 08, 2018 posted by brianw
Drowned World/Substitute for Love
The entire Ray of Light album is a tour de force, but I am picking Drowned World because it is the first track on the project, and signals the sonic and cosmic shift that has taken place for Madonna. Instantly before she even begins to sing you know Madonna has yet again reinvented herself musically - and the opening line immediately conveys that Madonna is being raw, honest and human. She indicates that "she traded fame for love, without a second thought, it all became a silly game, some things cannot be bought." Did the once so called "Material Girl" just tell us that some things are not for sale? She announces almost immediately after admitting suffering fools: "But now I find, I changed my mind." She is telling us that she has come to a spiritual awakening, and that her life has gone in a new direction, and is inviting us, her fans, to join her on this new journey filled with self-reflection, growth and maturity. This is a new Madonna - that values love and family above all else - and who has cultivated a spiritual side. And who is human enough to admit that she has made mistakes in the past. The idea that Madonna's life had transformed because of the birth of her daughter, her yoga practice and her Kabbalistic learnings is infused throughout the Ray of Light project -- and perfectly encapsulated in the opening track. She had found her new "religion" and wanted to share it with us all. Twenty years later this album is still fresh and powerful - and it's hard to believe two decades have passed like a ray of light. Thank you Madonna for continuing to share your musical gifts with us - and looking forward to the next twenty years together!! Much love and respect, Brian
March 08, 2018 posted by fokky
The Power of Good-bye
#RayofLight20 Ray of Light was released during my childhood, when I was a real ladykiller. I would always have a girlfriend, however, the relationships would never last. As I broke up more, I realised I didn’t really like them. This is how I found out I liked boys more. When I listen to The Power of Good-bye, I think of how I left my straight life behind which gave me a positive and powerful life back.
March 08, 2018 posted by MichelScherer13
SKY FITS HEAVEN
For me the album RAY OF LIGHT works as a guide to the state of existing in harmony between self love and shared love. It taught me about keeping an eye on signs of existence, keeping my steps in the light, and being able to fly. It also showed me that listening to the inner voice of the heart during moments of doubt is to hear the voice of God. Before I knew this album, I did not fully understand life and even fear. Madonna has since been for me that angel guide, divine and inspiring light. <3
March 08, 2018 posted by MichelScherer13
SKY FITS HEAVEN
For me the album RAY OF LIGHT works as a guide to the state of existing in harmony between self love and shared love. It taught me about keeping an eye on signs of existence, keeping my steps in the light, and being able to fly. It also showed me that listening to the inner voice of the heart during moments of doubt is to hear the voice of God. Before I knew this album, I did not fully understand life and even fear. Madonna has since been for me that angel guide, divine and inspiring light. <3 LOV YOU
March 08, 2018 posted by fabant
Ray of Love
I met my partner Antonio exactly 20 years ago. Our love grows with the love for "Ray of Light" album! Do I know you from somewhere?... That was our feeling when we met. So many beatiful songs, so much love and light and beauty and energy... We need "Ray of Light" in this world of darkness, we deserve it. Thank you Madonna for realizing this masterpiece! Fabio
March 07, 2018 posted by budita
RADIANT MADONNA!
IN MY HONEST AND MODEST OPINION, I THINK ' RAY OF LIGHT' IS THE BEST OF MADONNA'S MUSICAL ENDEVOUR EVER! IT'S HER OPUS! HER ULTRA MADONNA! HER MASTERPIECE! IT'S NOT MY FAVOURITE MADONNA RECORD (IT'S EROTICA, JUST 25 Y.O.) BUT MY THIRD ONE FAVOURITE BEHIND 'EROTICA' AND 'BEDITME STORIES' I MUST SAY 'NOTHING REALLY MATTERS' HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAV TRACK FROM THE ALBUM BECAUSE OF ITS REINVENTION MESSAGE TO LET THE PAST BEHIND AND THE AVANT GARD VIDEO WRAPPED IN GAULTIER. BUT I MUST BE HONEST I FIND 'HAS TO BE' AS THE GREATEST POTENTIAL TRACK OF THE ERA, IT WAS FEATURED IN THE 'RAY OF LIGHT' SINGLE AS THE B SIDE, ALSO FEATURED IN THE JAPANESE EDITION OF THE RECORD. I SIMPLY BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART THERE MUST BE SOMEONE WAITING FOR ME TOO, IT HAS TO BE. LOVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MATTER IN LIFE, WE HAVE TO LEARN TO BE COMPLETE BY OURSELVES FIRST BUT FINDING SOMEONE TO LOVE AND BEING LOVED IN RETURN IS THE MOST VALUABLE POSSESION IN LIFE. PÁSALO! THANK YOU MADONNA FOR EVERYTHING. LOVE. CARLOS.
March 07, 2018 posted by hungupboi85
The Power of Goodbye
The Power of Goodbye has meant different things to me over the last 20 years as I have gone from my teens, into my twenties and thirties and each time I have had a significant event which made me reevaluate things this song still seems so relevant... I often look at this song differently when I think about past friendships or people I was close to who I am no longer close to. I have always connected strongly with the Ray of Light album this song will always be in my top 5 songs forever. Please keep releasing ballads Madonna because you do them well <3 #Rayoflight20
March 06, 2018 posted by jlahair1
The Power of Goodbye
‘The Power of Goodbye’ - being in a relationship - romantic or as friends - that ending that connection between two individuals is not easy. Letting go of the one you love — especially after whatever time you were together experiencing the ups and downs that any relationship is wrought with builds character. You may not realize that when it happens, and you say your goodbyes. but a good dose of self reflection and this song provides a sense of self confidence and empowerment. 20 years later, this and many songs off Ray of Light continue to be the soundtrack of myself and so many others. - John LaHair
March 06, 2018 posted by comtecristo
My Ray of Light’s touching song : Power
Ray of light is the album that has most profoundly touched and affected me. I fell in love instantly , from the very first notes , like we were meant to be ! This masterpiece was the soundtrack of very challenging & and uplifting years. It was born when I decided to leave a dreadful past & take on the world, as a woman , on my own. It is the Ray of Light where I took flight. I truly believe I would not be the same quality of woman today without it. We were just meant to meet and travel together ! Power of goodbye still stands today as a companion through heartaches, challenges & pivotal moments. I think I have learned it's underlying lessons, but it is still there as a heartwarming ( & tear-jerking) reminder. This album from beginning to end, with powerful lyrics & enthralling melodies still acts as a form of therapy and wether there is melancholy, joy, hopes & victories, Ray of Light heals ! Even though more than a handful of Madonna songs helped me greatly to grow & evolve , strengthen & mirror core values, I will always share a deeper bond with Ray of Light for it has been there through hardship , growing pains & the most challenging of relationships : with myself ! A simple thank you will never cut it , this one is "heartcharged" ! Thank you & Bless You ! Your fan for life , Valérie
March 06, 2018 posted by cjfinley
My fave Ray Of Light track...
Ray Of Light has been my favourite album of all-time since it's release (I have the logo tattooed on my wrist), so choosing a favourite track is incredibly difficult. However, "Nothing Really Matters" speaks to me the most - the lyrics remind me what's important in life and it's a damn fine track to dance to! "Nothing really matters, love is all we need..." <3
March 06, 2018 posted by paulcorry1987
Frozen...love is a bird she needs to fly
You only see what your eyes want to see... Frozen is my best track from the album and is one of my all time favourite songs.This stunning ballad really makes you feel connected in a spiritual sense. As a new mother and with a new found love of Kabbalah this song really reflected the time period in Madonna's life which totally intrigued me as a young listener. I was only 11 when this track was released and it brings back so many memories of my childhood. I used to go crazy when it was played on the radio and when I finally got the tape I would play it over and over. The orchestration really shines in the song as it sort of twirls around Madonna's almost haunting singing. I love when Madonna performs this song live. It literally gives me goosebumps and takes me back to being a young child. The lyrics are so thought provoking and is Madonna at her best! Happy Anniversay Ray of Light Album!Thank you for giving me Frozen and the memories.
March 06, 2018 posted by MarcoGP
The Power of Good-Bye
Love this song since the first time I listened, always remembers me my first love, my first good-bye, it is such a powerful ballad so joyful and at the same time so melancholic, There's no greater power than the power of good-bye.
March 06, 2018 posted by jordivigar
PATRICK!!!
The great songs on this album are the ones written with Patrick Leonard, as always...HE is the genius, William orbit is a great producer....but THAT'S it. MADONNA PLEASE DO WORK WITH PATRICK AGAIN!!! He is willing! check his instagram! Please!!!
March 05, 2018 posted by chema
My favorite ray of light song
I could say that I have lots of favorites The power of good bye Frozen Ray of light Sky fits heaven Drowned world/substitute for love But i’m gonna choose frozen When I was 18 years old I was really sad about the meaning of life, but when I heard frozen it got into my vains, I felt something changed forever, I open up my heart and I left sadness behind, I decided to be happy and accept myself in the way I am today, I realized that I was in this world for a reason, so I started living and working to become a better person by loving others learning to love myself Thank you Madonna
March 05, 2018 posted by RJT
Favorite Track...hmmm?
I have to pick two: Nothing Really Matters because I love the message, especially line "Nothing takes the past away like the future. Nothing makes the darkness go like the light". Getting that tattooed SOMEwhere soon. But then I LOOOOOOVVE Mer Girl; it's so simple and beautifully haunting and honest. The vocal is raw and vulnerable and I've always just loved it so much.
March 05, 2018 posted by rbbb33
Ray of Light
My favorite song on the album is Ray Of Light because this song has renewed me as a human being in a bad moment of my life. This song made me aware that I could look at the world with frankness and deep spiritual perspectives that I did not understand before. The song "Ray of Light" provoked a 15-year-old personality release as fast as a ray of light to suit each concept, each parameter and seek the answers in each line of his lyrics the sonority that led me to along the way toward a human identity with an emphasis on bringing out the best within me giving me peace of mind and a better view of the modern world.
March 05, 2018 posted by alberth
Drowned world / Substitute for love
This disc shows the sensitivity of Madonna with the arrival of Lola. She brought the light ...
March 05, 2018 posted by AkiQuiche
Nothing Really Matters
This song dig deep into my heart soul, "LOVE is ALL WE NEED" I love singing to the song, dance to it, or just chill listening to it and how much comfort the song feed my heart and soul. Educate me to LOVE. Thank you Madonna, Thank you God for delivering Madonna to sing the song for us. Nothing really matters Love is all we need Everything I give you All comes back to me Looking at my life It's very clear to me I lived so selfishly I was the only one I realize That nobody wins Something is ending And something begins Nothing takes the past away Like the future Nothing makes the darkness go Like the light You're shelter from the storm Give me comfort in your arms
March 05, 2018 posted by rickyv
Drowned World/Substitute for Love is a m
No matter how many times I've listened to it, I always feel transported to another world whenever I hear the opening strains of Drowned World/Substitute for Love. It's a sad song, but it's inexplicably consoling and comforting. That's why this is my favorite song from the album.
March 04, 2018 posted by desperatemadonna611
#RayofLight20
My most favorite song from the album and video #Frozen. The best lyrics and music. The tune is still relevant after 20 years. I was 8 years old when I first heard this amazing song about love. mmm if i could melt your heart
March 04, 2018 posted by jlsin
Frozen
It is a song that hit home. I felt what the song was saying spoke to me personally. When you see yourself in a song it can be cathartic and make you feel that you are not alone.
March 04, 2018 posted by seanppokemon
RoL 20Th
candy perfume girl, it stands the test of time?
March 04, 2018 posted by alphar
favorite in ray of light
for me this is of course "frozen". first i listened this song, i was as "frozen" and the only thing i remembered was lyrics. love is a bird she needs to fly. so, tel us fly with your songs forever.... love u:)
March 04, 2018 posted by Ceffyl
Mer Girl - Ray of Light's 20th Anniversa
I love this album so much! The energy, amazing music and mix of tempo's. There are so many great tracks, but I connected to Mer Girl. It's so haunting with such a powerful ending. At the time I had moved to London and lost my dad. Madonna's music was a great comfort to me, I found it hard to express my feelings and felt trapped inside a bubble since the day he died. Madonna's always been so good at describing emotions and taking me on a journey with her, I'd lay on my bed and turn all the lights out and listen to Mer Girl, over and over through my headphones, the strange textures of sound and music and Madonna's words are so descriptive I felt like I was holding her hand and she was leading me somewhere safe. Losing my father is something I'll never forget, It's always there I just learn't to tune it out. The song was like a key and I would cry and cry and cry. It's so beautiful and honest in it's approach it just made me feel like everything was going to be OK. I've been a fan of Madonna's music for over 35 years! She helped me laugh, cry and a few other things along the way! I can't imagine life without her sounds, she just has a way of bringing emotions to life and makes you feel every word, such a talented artist, Frida Kahlo, painted her emotions, Madonna sings hers! Love always xx
March 04, 2018 posted by lespattes
My new light
When the album was released, I was coming from a difficult period and thank to a friend of mine i started to read books like the Celestine Vision. Of course, any new Madonna album was a surprise (no internet leaks back then) and I stille remember that when I listened to Drowned World, that voice and those sounds moved me so much that I cried of happiness... I don't know, it was like something had been unlocked and I was feeling more light. So to me, Drowned World is the one ❤️
March 04, 2018 posted by matster
Sunshine
An album that always cheers me up when im feeling down Every song has a meaning & lyrics that take you on a story A masterpiece A breakthrough A ray of light x
March 04, 2018 posted by abraham_76
Sky Fits Heaven
Sky Fits Heaven is tho most powerful song of the album, with strong basement put me loud... #RayofLight20
March 04, 2018 posted by claudinho
NRM
Nothing Really Matters. The strong message about love and it’s power to change everything. Both the song and the video which is breathtaking brings me a lot of joy. It’s impressive to see how coherent and cohesive Ray of Light is. I love it! ❤️⚡️❤️
March 04, 2018 posted by melinda70
Substitute for Love
I can identify so strongly with the lyrics to this song. . . Dysfunctional childhood, looking in all the wrong places for love. Meeting men who use and abuse me because of my beauty. Never got the chance to show them how beautiful I am inside. . . So many things has been my Substitute for love through my life. Still looking for the real thing. Love the music. Especially the drums in the beginning of the song. So powerful it gives me goosebumps everytime I listen to it. Madonna's voice is so beautiful and fragile. . .
March 04, 2018 posted by diesel6888
Nothing Really Matters
Look into her eyes, oh they never see what matters And look at these dreams, so beaten and so battered Then I play Ray Of Light and Nothing Really matters, And my heart got shattered, that's all that matters!
March 04, 2018 posted by maxicon
My fav ROL song: Swim
My fav song on ROL is Swim... To me this one's all about hope, new beginnings, not having to regret your choices in life. Every day is a new day with new chances and opportunities, so don’t you worry, you'll always have a second chance. --- Let the water wash over you. Wash it all over you. Swim to the ocean floor. So that we can begin again --- Also, I think this song captures the essence of the ROL album and era. Besides the amazingly well written lyrics the dreamy feel and sound of this song still thrills me after twenty years. (Gosh... has it really been twenty years...!?!) Marc Nijenhuis (Maxicon)
March 04, 2018 posted by mydonna
Ray of Light
How can you choose a favourite track of this world class album it's like saying which is your favourite child.
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