Oh Father - Madonna (1989)
With so many watermark moments in her storied career, it may seem strange that I pick this painful ballad from her greatest album, Like A Prayer. It only made it to #20 on the billboard charts, becoming her first single since "Holiday" not to make it into the top ten. However, on an album filled with gems, this stands out for me like no other work in her Catalog. This is Madonna at her most confessional, describing why she became the "Material Girl" in the first place. Singer/songwriters have a hard time being this honest, and she does it without simile and metaphor. In a body of work that shines with trends, style and glitter, this symbolizes the make-up being washed away. Miss Ciccone stands before us, letting us into her memory, if only for the briefest of moments. Monumental, to say the least.
Madonna - Oh Father
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