Madonna released her third remix album Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones this week. The album marks the singer reaching fifty #1 in the United States Billboard Tableau Dance Club Songs, more than any other artist in history. Two versions of the remix album will be released – an abridged 16-track edition on June 24 and the full 50-track edition on August 19.
While everyone is busy celebrating Madge’s American Dance Number 1s, we thought it would be fun to look back at her various Number 2s. Scroll down for all of Madonna’s No. 2 hits at that time Billboard The Hot 100 and US Dance charts ranked…
8. “Material Girl” (1984)
While it may be one of her signature songs today, when first released in 1984, “Material Girl” failed to reach No. 1 on the chart. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #2 spot. Damn, damn. It did, however, top the Dance chart, selling nearly 350,000 copies and a further 450,000 copies overseas. Not the worst consolation prize, if you ask us.
7. “A Mile Away” (2008)
Let’s move on to the Dance chart for a moment, the third and final single from hard candy managed to reach #2 after failing to appear anywhere on the Billboard Hot 100. It might have done better if it had received proper promotion and a music video that wasn’t just a bunch of low-res concert footage clips put together, but Madonna was going through a lot at the time, OK ? ! She had just turned 50 and she was breaking up with Guy Ritchie.
6. “Cherish” (1989)
This playful, feel-good bop was the third single from Like a prayer. He enjoyed two weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 but was ultimately denied the top spot by Janet’s “Miss You Much”. Perhaps this was the catalyst for their personal rivalry that has been going on for decades and is still unresolved?
5. “Causing a Stir” (1987)
The second single from Who is this girl spent three weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 but was ultimately blocked from pole position by Michael Jackson’s “Bad” and Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now,” which sounds a bit homophobic TBH. In 2022, Madonna reissued the song as a maxi-single on limited edition vinyl for Record Store Day.
4. “Human Nature” (1995)
Returning to the Dance chart for a second, the fourth and final single from bedtime stories narrowly missed out on the top spot when it peaked at No. 2 in 1995. (Unfortunately, it only reached No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100.) Since then, however, the elegant R&B groove has become a staple of Madonna’s concerts and is one of the few songs from her criminally underrated sixth studio album that she has ever performed live.
3. “The Snow Queen” (1999)
The first single from Ray of light was a major moment in Madge’s career, with the pop icon once again reinventing herself, this time with producer William Orbit. The dark and brooding ballad reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and put the singer firmly back on the map after taking several years away from music. Last year, a trap remix of Canadian DJ Sickick’s song went viral on TikTok. In response, Madonna released an official remix video in March 2022.
2. “I Will Remember” (1994)
Arguably one of his best ballads, “I’ll Remember” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It probably would have been No. 1 if All-4-One’s “I Swear” hadn’t gotten in the way. The song did, however, reach No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary charts and sold over a million copies worldwide, so we’re guessing Madonna wasn’t too upset about that. Honestly, she probably doesn’t even remember.
1. “Express Yourself” (1989)
Now we know what you’re probably thinking. ” What ? ! how this song not hit #1?!” We don’t know. But it wasn’t. The second single from like a prayer spent two weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 before moving down the chart. Even after a $5 million music video, the most expensive ever made at the time, he couldn’t land that top spot. The dance board was another story, however. He spent three weeks at #1 there.