Thirty years ago today, the world met the future Queen of Pop, as 24-year-old Ms. Madonna Louise Ciccone -- Madonna, to you -- released her self-titled debut album.
It was July 27, 1983, when the eight-track album arrived, but initially, it didn't have much of an impact. The first two singles -- "Everybody" and "Burnin' Up" -- didn't even make the Billboard Hot 100, though they did appear on the dance charts. In its original review, Rolling Stone slammed Madonna as having a voice that was "irritating as hell," even while admitting that the future superstar "writes good tunes," and offers an "irresistible invitation to the dance."
Eventually, though, the album gained some traction, especially when the video for "Burnin' Up" started being played on MTV. The next single, "Holiday," became Madonna's first top 20 hit, and "Lucky Star" and "Borderline" also scored, thanks to their now-iconic videos, which cemented the singer's punk-inspired "Boy Toy" style in the public's imagination.
But as usual, Madonna was ahead of everybody else. While initially dismissed by some critics as a trifle created by a future one-hit wonder, Madonna -- which took a year and a half to even go gold -- is now hailed as a dance-pop classic that influenced several generations of female artists. Rolling Stone has also included it on its list of the Top 100 Albums of the '80s.
Madonna, who still occasionally performs songs from the album in concert, told Rolling Stone, "I think it stands up well. It just took a long time for people to pay attention to me -- and I thank God they did!"
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