It's official: Madonna is The Queen of the Dance Floor! With the release of her smash hit single "Celebration", the Material Girl grabbed the number one spot on the Billboard Dance Charts for the fortieth time in her career. Her nearest competitor for this title is Mariah Carey-she hit number one eighteen times. That margin between the two is huge. Here's another staggering fact: in the United Kingdom, Madonna's success at debuting in the number one spot is now tied with Elvis Presley and surpassed only by The Beatles. There's no doubt that she is a worldwide phenomenon and a musical icon. Some may wonder if Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone had any idea just how high her star trajectory would be way back in 1982 when she released her first single "Everybody"; I'll bet she probably did. Even in her early years she was a very strong woman who knew no boundaries and played the fame game to perfection. Remember, this is the lady who had the "Blond Ambition Tour" and has basically re-invented herself every few years, yet still looks super hot and sexy. She calls the shots and is still a trendsetter.
This deluxe collection features 36 songs in total, including "Celebration" (produced by the legendary DJ/Producer Paul Oakenfold) and another new track, "Revolver", with Lil Wayne, which is also a hot song that has 'hit' written all over it. Lately it seems like Lil Wayne could pass wind in the studio and it would be on the Top 40! The song sequence on this 2 CD set isn't in chronological order (like some other greatest hits packages) so you get a good blend of Madonna's song styles over the years. We get the pleasure of hearing "Sorry" right after "Ray of Light", "Vogue" just before "4 Minutes" and "Take a Bow" right after "Miles Away". Career flashbacks come courtesy of "Material Girl", "Lucky Star", "Open Your Heart" and "Live To Tell". Suffice it to say that there's not enough space here to mention every single song, and even though this is actually Madonna's third 'standard' greatest hits compilation, this one is the best and the inclusion of the two new songs are just the icing on the cake. Some of Madonna's detractors consider her the 51-year-old poster girl for 'cougars' and her dating a 23-year-old male model doesn't do much to dissuade her detractors; why does she do it? Because she can. How does she manage to stay at the pinnacle of pop success, year after year? The answer is in these two CD's. She is awesome, truly awesome.