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 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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