While there have been a number of great discussions here about Madonna, I was surprised to find that there hasn't been an album-by-album thread yet. Madonna is one of the greatest pop artists of all-time, with a rich and varied discography, and I thought it would be great to have a place where we could discuss all of her albums at length. My goal is to cover an album a week. While the primary focus will be her studio albums, I'd also like to spend some time on each of her compilations, as they all contain either new material and/or non-album singles. I'm not sure whether to make the occasional detour for releases like the Who's That Girl soundtrack or save them for the end. I guess we can figure it out as we go. Without further ado, on to Madonna's self-titled debut... Madonna Release date: July 27, 1983 Billboard 200 Chart Peak: No. 8 Track list: 1. Lucky Star (Madonna) 2. Borderline (Lucas) 3. Burning Up (Madonna) 4. I Know It (Madonna) 5. Holiday (Hudson/Stevens) 6. Think of Me (Madonna) 7. Physical Attraction (Lucas) 8. Everybody (Madonna) Note: Original vinyl pressings included a different mix of "Burning Up" clocking in at 4:48 with production similar to the version released on the 12" single that preceded the album. The cassette, CD and subsequent vinyl pressings contained the more commonly known version used in the song's video. Known outtake(s): "Ain't No Big Deal" (initially released on the various artists compilation Revenge of the Killer B's Vol. 2 compilation, then later as the b-side of either "Papa Don't Preach" or "True Blue" in different markets) Singles (in order of US release): 1. Everybody (US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: No. 7; US Dance: No. 3) 2. Burning Up (US Dance: No. 3) 3. Holiday (Billboard Hot 100: No. 16; US Dance: No. 1) 4. Borderline (Billboard Hot 100: No. 10, US Dance: No. 2) 5. Lucky Star (Billboard Hot 100: No. 4; US Dance: No. 1) My memories of Madonna's first three albums are somewhat intertwined, as they were cornerstones of much of my childhood listening. Like a Virgin was the first one I owned, followed shortly after by this album, and seemingly not long after, True Blue. While Like a Virgin and True Blue were more polished and ambitious, with the latter in particular showing Madonna's growth as an artist, when I want to revisit Madonna's earlier material these days, this is the album I usually gravitate to. I find this record has a certain charm and infectiousness that the other two can't match. "Holiday", "Borderline" and "Lucky Star" are rightfully regarded as classics, but I would say that "Burning Up", "Everybody" and "Physical Attraction" are all essential as well. Even the lesser tracks here ("I Know It" and "Think of Me") are enjoyable enough and don't wear out their welcome; that can't always be said of the filler on some of Madonna's later albums. A few questions: Where does this album rank for you among Madonna's discography? When did you first hear it and has your impression of it changed over time? Any other thoughts or remembrances about this album?