“Celebration”: Madonna’s Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection

Madonna's Celebration album comes full circle - from Keith Haring's era to Mr. Brainwash

Madonna's Celebration album comes full circle - from Keith Haring's era to Mr. Brainwash

Fittingly, Madonna‘s final album to fulfill her record contract with Warner Brothers is “Celebration,” a monster double-CD, double-DVD extravaganza of goodies spanning her incredible career since 1982. After all, who would be that excited about a third greatest hits collection drawing from her last three lackluster albums (“American Life,” “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” and “Hard Candy”)?

A relentless cultural force, Madonna has maintained her popularity by being the ultimate coolhunter. The cover of her album was designed by street pop artist Mr. Brainwash. One of her new tracks features Lil Wayne. I’m guessing it was between him and Akon and Rihanna.

As to the album, I would have preferred the songs in chronological order, similar to “The Immaculate Collection” and “GHV2,” but I am THRILLED to see “Dress You Up” and “Burning Up” – two of my absolute favorite songs – in addition to “Into the Groove,” the song from her film “Desperately Seeking Susan.”

I’ve the starred songs appearing in a Madonna greatest hits collection for the first time.

CD1

  1. “Hung Up”*
  2. “Music”
  3. “Vogue”
  4. “4 Minutes”*
  5. “Holiday”
  6. “Everybody”*
  7. “Like a Virgin”
  8. “Into the Groove”
  9. “Like a Prayer”
  10. “Ray of Light”
  11. “Sorry”*
  12. “Express Yourself”
  13. “Open Your Heart”
  14. “Borderline”
  15. “Secret”
  16. “Erotica”
  17. “Justify My Love”
  18. “Revolver”* (NEW SONG)

CD2

  1. “Dress You Up”*
  2. “Material Girl”
  3. “La Isla Bonita”
  4. “Papa Don’t Preach”
  5. “Lucky Star”
  6. “Burning Up”*
  7. “Crazy For You”
  8. “Who’s That Girl”
  9. “Frozen”
  10. “Miles Away”*
  11. “Take a Bow”
  12. “Live to Tell”
  13. “Beautiful Stranger”
  14. “Hollywood”*
  15. “Die Another Day”*
  16. “Don’t Tell Me”
  17. “Cherish”
  18. “Celebration”* (NEW SONG)

Since I have nearly all of these songs already, what I’m MOST excited about is the double-DVD of her fantastic videos.

  1. “Burning Up”
  2. “Lucky Star”
  3. “Borderline”
  4. “Like a Virgin”
  5. “Material Girl”
  6. “Crazy For You”
  7. “Into the Groove”
  8. “Live to Tell”
  9. “Papa Don’t Preach”
  10. “True Blue”
  11. “Open Your Heart”
  12. “La Isla Bonita”
  13. “Who’s That Girl”
  14. “Like a Prayer”
  15. “Express Yourself”
  16. “Cherish”
  17. “Vogue”
  18. “Justify My Love”
  19. “Erotica”
  20. “Deeper and Deeper”
  21. “Rain”
  22. “I’ll Remember”
  23. “Secret”
  24. “Take A Bow”
  25. “Bedtime Story”
  26. “Human Nature”
  27. “I Want You”
  28. “You’ll See”
  29. “Frozen”
  30. “Ray of Light”
  31. “The Power of Good-Bye”
  32. “Beautiful Stranger”
  33. “American Pie”
  34. “Music”
  35. “Don’t Tell Me”
  36. “What It Feels Like for a Girl”
  37. “Die Another Day”
  38. “Hollywood”
  39. “Love Profusion”
  40. “Hung Up”
  41. “Sorry”
  42. “Get Together”
  43. “Jump”
  44. “4 Minutes”
  45. “Give It 2 Me”
  46. “Miles Away”
  47. “Celebration”

While it’s supposed to be every video EVER, many have noticed that it’s not the case. There are omissions of many videos from her “madonna: 93:99” video collection – “Bad Girl,” “Fever,” “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “Drowned World/Substitute for Love,” “Nothing Really Matters”:

“Everybody” very amateur but charming nightclub video – male back-up dancers were part of her act from the start!

I couldn’t find the “official” video available on YouTube right now but found a video claiming that this is her first performance of the song:

“Oh Father” from the “Like a Prayer” album, made by “Fight Club” director David Fincher (available on the “Immaculate” VHS)

“Dear Jessie” a sweet children’s song from the “Like a Prayer” album

“This Used to Be My Playground” from the film “A League of Their Own”

“Evita” songs

“American Life,” her most overtly political video

For more Madonna video overload, visit MadonnaVideos24’s Youtube page.

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