BBC Radio 2 causes a commotion with a celebration of Madonna’s music

Madonna is getting the spotlight on her music at BBC Radio 2 as the station searches for the Ultimate Madonna Song.

A three-hour show will air on New Year’s Day, after the festive holiday, featuring the Top 40 favourite and most cherished songs as voted for by Radio 2 listeners, as well as a new Madonna Collection in BBC Sounds.

The vote was launched on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show this morning and will close on Friday 8 December at 4pm.

Listeners can vote for up to five of their favourite tracks from Madonna’s 61 Top Ten UK hits listed below. The list just gets deeper and deeper the more you look at it.

Scott Mills will host the Top 40 countdown which will feature extraordinary facts, stats and behind the scenes insights in archive interview clips with the beautiful stranger herself alongside collaborators including Nile Rodgers and William Orbit.

Plus famous fans such as Alesha Dixon, Gabrielle, Louise, Vicky McClure, Mark Owen, Faye Tozer open their hearts and describe their love for her.

You’ll see Your Ultimate Madonna Song available on BBC Sounds from Boxing Day too.

Scott says: “Madonna has been an incomparable trailblazer since she first donned her lace fingerless gloves in 1983 and burst into the UK charts. What a dream for me to be able to spend three hours counting down Radio 2 listeners’ favourite tracks so please cast your votes now!”

Jeff Smith, Radio 2’s Head of Music, says: “We have all been listening to Madonna songs for the past 40 years, so it’s only right that in the year she performs in the UK to thousands of fans, she is celebrated on Radio 2 for her incredible catalogue of hits that make her a pop icon.”

Two further specials will be broadcast on Radio 2 on New Year’s Day and will be available on BBC Sounds in the Madonna Collection from Boxing Day:

In previous years following Radio 2 listener votes, Careless Whisper was voted the fan’s favourite George Michael song (2022) and Never Forget was revealed as Radio 2 listeners’ favourite Take That song (2023).

Get into the groove and click here to vote.

The Madonna song choices to vote for are:

  • 4 Minutes/ No. 1 in March 2008 – Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake
  • American Life/ No. 2 in April 2003 – Madonna
  • American Pie/ No. 1 in March 2000 – Madonna
  • Angel/ No. 5 in September 1985 – Madonna
  • Another Suitcase In Another Hall/ No. 7 in March 1997 – Madonna
  • Bad Girl/ No. 10 in March 1993 Madonna
  • Beautiful Stranger/ No. 2 in June 1999 – Madonna
  • Bedtime Story/ No. 4 in February 1995 – Madonna
  • Borderline/ No. 2 in January 1986 – Madonna
  • Causing A Commotion/ No. 4 in September 1987 – Madonna
  • Celebration/ No.3 in September 2009 – Madonna
  • Cherish/ No. 3 in September 1989 – Madonna
  • Crazy For You/ No. 2 in June 1985 – Madonna
  • Dear Jessie/ No. 5 in December 1989 – Madonna
  • Deeper And Deeper/ No. 6 in December 1992 – Madonna
  • Die Another Day/ No. 3 in November 2002 – Madonna
  • Don’t Cry For Me Argentina/ No. 3 in December 1996 – Madonna
  • Don’t Tell Me/ No.4 in December 2000 – Madonna
  • Dress You Up/ No. 5 in December 1985 – Madonna
  • Drowned World (Substitute For Love)/ No. 10 in September 1998 – Madonna
  • Erotica/ No. 3 October 1992 – Madonna
  • Express Yourself/ No. 5 in June 1989 – Madonna
  • Fever/ No. 6 in April 1993 – Madonna
  • Frozen/ No. 1 in March 1998 – Madonna
  • Gambler/ No. 4 in October 1985 – Madonna
  • Get Together/ No. 7 in July 2006 – Madonna
  • Give It 2 Me/ No. 7 in May 2008 – Madonna
  • Hanky Panky/ No. 2 in July 1990 – Madonna
  • Holiday/ No. 6 in January 1984 – Madonna
  • Hollywood/ No. 2 in July 2003 – Madonna
  • Human Nature/ No. 8 in August 1995 – Madonna
  • Hung Up/ No. 1 in November 2005 – Madonna
  • I’ll Remember/ No. 7 in April 1994 – Madonna
  • Into The Groove/ No. 1 in July 1985 – Madonna
  • Jump / No.9 November 2006 – Madonna
  • Justify My Love/ No. 2 in December 1990 – Madonna
  • La Isla Bonita/ No. 1 in April 1987 – Madonna
  • Like A Prayer/ No. 1 in March 1989 – Madonna
  • Like A Virgin/ No. 3 in November 1984 – Madonna
  • Little Star/ No. 6 in December 1998 – Madonna
  • Live To Tell/ No. 2 in April 1986 – Madonna
  • The Look Of Love/ No. 9 in December 1987 – Madonna
  • Material Girl/ No. 3 in March 1985 – Madonna
  • Me Against The Music/ No. 2 in November 2003 – Britney Spears ft. Madonna
  • Music/ No. 1 in September 2000 – Madonna
  • Nothing Really Matters/ No. 7 in March 1999 – Madonna
  • Open Your Heart/ No. 4 in December 1986 – Madonna
  • Papa Don’t Preach/ No. 1 in June 1986 – Madonna
  • The Power Of Good-Bye/ No. 6 in December 1998 – Madonna
  • Rain/ No. 7 in July 1993 – Madonna
  • Ray Of Light/ No. 2 in May 1998 – Madonna
  • Rescue Me/ No. 3 in March 1991 – Madonna
  • Secret/ No. 5 in October 1994 – Madonna
  • Sorry/ No. 1 in March 2006 – Madonna
  • This Used To Be My Playground/ No.3 in July 1992 – Madonna
  • True Blue/ No. 1 in October 1986 – Madonna
  • Vogue/ No. 1 in April 1990 – Madonna
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl/ No. 7 in April 2001 – Madonna
  • Who’s That Girl/ No.1 in July 1987 – Madonna
  • You Must Love me/ No. 10 in November 1996 – Madonna
  • You’ll See/ No. 5 in November 1995 – Madonna

 

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