Madonna Scores 13th UK No. 1

Usually, I’d try and look past the song that ousted Estelle from Britain’s No. 1 spot. But today, I’m trying not to be a hater here. Congrats to Madonna on her 13th No. 1 single in the UK. Here’s the complete list of her British No. 1s:

“Into the Groove”
“Papa Don’t Preach”
“True Blue”
“La Isla Bonita”
“Who’s That Girl?”
“Like a Prayer”
“Vogue”
“Frozen”
“American Pie”
“Music”
“Hung Up”
“Sorry”
“4 Minutes”

Conversely, here are Madonna’s 12 No. 1 singles in the U.S.:

“Like a Virgin”
“Crazy For You”
“Live To Tell”
“Papa Don’t Preach”
“Open Your Heart”
“Who’s That Girl?”
“Like a Prayer”
“Vogue”
“Justify My Love”
“This Used To Be My Playground”
“Take a Bow”
“Music”

I think we Yanks have the better taste in Madonna music, don’t you? We tend to like her ballads a bit more, and she’s done some really excellent ones. (“Live To Tell” is a fave.) The Brits prefer dance-y Madonna, which is all well and good. But Madge doesn’t seem to connect emotionally to her pop songs anymore; her voice is little more than another knob for her technically skilled producers to twist. That’s great for the Euro dancefloors, not so great for the U.S. airwaves.

I mean, you Brits thought that awful remake of Don McLean‘s “American Pie” was worthy of No. 1, but didn’t even deign to give the brilliant “Take A Bow” – her last truly great song – a Top 10 berth? A pox on all of your houses.

Meanwhile, The Last Shadow Puppets, which consists of Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane from The Rascals, debuts at No. 8 on this week’s UK pop singles chart. Many commenters over on YouTube are calling their new single, “The Age of the Understatement,” a blatant rip-off of Muse’s 2006 hit, “Knights of Cydonia.” I think it sounds a bit more like this.

1. Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake – 4Minutes
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2. Estelle ft. Kanye West – AmericanBoy
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3. Sam Sparro – Black & Gold
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4. Flo Rida ft. T-Pain – Low
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5. September – Cry For You
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6. Usher ft. Young Jeezy – Love InThis Club
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7. Mariah Carey – Touch My Body
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8. Duffy – Mercy
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9. The Last Shadow Puppets – The Ageof the Understatement
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10. The Kooks – Always Where I Need ToBe
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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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