On March 20, 1990 Madonna released “Vogue.”
The song, inspired by the style of dance Madonna was introduced to at the New York City club Sound Factory, is about enjoying oneself on the dance floor, regardless of what others are thinking. “Vogue” was originally part of the “Dick Tracy” film soundtrack (which Madonna starred in), with the song later included in future Madonna albums.
The video, infamously shot in black and white, features Madonna and her dancers “voguing” in various styles, while paying homage to various actress of Hollywood’s golden era. Some of the actress named checked during Madonna’s rap verse include Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Marlene Deitrich, Grace Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Katherine Hepburn, and Bette Davis. The video is constantly ranked as one of the greatest videos ever made.
Music video for “Vogue”:
The song reached number one in over 30 countries, and has sold over six million copies worldwide (arguably becoming Madonna’s biggest and signature hit). Like the video, the song was well received by critics, and often ranks as one of the greatest songs to have been recorded by media publications.