Vogue (5:18)

Cover of The Immaculate Collection

From The Immaculate Collection and 37 other releases

“Vogue” is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her soundtrack album I’m Breathless (Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy) and was released on March 20, 1990, by Sire Records. Madonna was inspired by vogue dancers and choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem “House Ball” community, the origin of the dance Vogue, and they introduced “Vogueing” to her at the New York City club “Sound Factory”. Jose Xtravaganza is featured in the Historic Art Documentary How Do I Look, directed by Wolfgang Busch. The song also appears on the 1990 greatest hits compilation The Immaculate Collection and Madonna’s third greatest hits album, Celebration. “Vogue” is an upbeat dance-pop and house song. Noted to contain influences of deep house, it is a contemporary track which followed the trends of dance music in the 1990s; nevertheless, it has strong influences of 1970s disco within its composition. The song also contains a spoken section, in which the singer namechecks various golden era Hollywood celebrities. Lyrically, the song is about enjoying oneself on the dance floor no matter who one is, and it contains a theme of escapism. Critically, “Vogue” has been met with appreciation ever since its release; reviewers have praised its anthemic nature, calling it a funky and catchy song, and listed it as one of the singer’s musical highlights. Critics also noticed that the song, which bears strong resemblances to classic disco music, was still successful despite the genre’s commercial death several years before.

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