Like a Prayer

Sire/Warner Bros.
Release date
13 Sep 2005
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Like a Prayer 5:40 522,968
2 Express Yourself 4:39 200,897
3 Love Song (Album Vesion) 4:52 1,533
4 Till Death Do Us Part 5:18 34,197
5 Promise To Try (Album Vesion) 3:38 1,617
6 Cherish 5:03 150,375
7 Dear Jessie (Album Vesion) 4:21 1,656
8 Oh Father 4:58 56,948
9 Keep It Together 5:03 31,177
10 Pray For Spanish Eyes 5:17 11,363
11 Act of Contrition 2:19 28,477

About this album

Like a Prayer is the fourth studio album by Madonna, released on March 21, by Sire Records. The RIAA certified it Gold, Platinum & Double Platinum on May 23rd 1989 & Quadruple Platinum on July 16th , recognizing four million shipments in the U.S. - making it her seventh best-selling album there. Worldwide, it has sold more than fifteen million copies.

Like a Prayer incorporates , , , , and elements into the album. Rolling Stone magazine hailed it “as close to art as pop music gets”. It was recorded in 1988 with collaborators Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray, and also includes a duet with R&B pop singer Prince. It featured the first of several songs throughout her career in which she talked openly about her mother’s death, Promise to Try; Madonna even dedicated the album to “my mother who taught me to pray”. She also addresses the end of her marriage to actor Sean Penn in the song Till Death Do Us Part.

Before the commercial release of the first single and title track, Pepsi decided to use the song as part of their soft drink commercial featuring Madonna. In addition to this, the company had also struck a deal to sponsor her Blond Ambition Tour. The commercial was aired twice before the release of the music video on MTV. Pepsi had no idea about the controversial content depicted in the video; Madonna witnesses a murder, kisses a black saint, displays stigmata after cutting her palms on a knife, and dances in a field of burning crosses.

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