Into the Groove

Composed by Madonna / Stephen Bray

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Several disparate elements combined to make Madonna's "Into the Groove" a song that would receive more air play than almost any other unreleased single in pop music history. Her charismatic performance in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan vaulted what was a supporting role into show-stealing prominence. The rising popularity of MTV helped promote the song, which was the only one by Madonna on the film's soundtrack, with a video that amounted to little more than highlights from the film set to music. After earning considerable buzz, the song was finally released at a B-side to "Angel," which helped propel that song to the Top Five in the summer of 1985. That single was the continuation of several lives that the song would live, appearing as a bonus track on European versions of "Like a Virgin" and being released as a dance single (in an extended mix) her 1987 remix album You Can Dance. Like her other songs of the time, "Into the Groove" was an infectious, fluffy dance-pop confection that drew legions of fans, as well as considerable backlash from those supposedly too sophisticated to be able to enjoy her music. In 1988, New York art punks Sonic Youth recorded a version of "Into the Groove" titled "Into the Groove(y)," which was featured on a Madonna "tribute" album entitled The Whitey Album -- a work that seemed to be half parody and half guilty-pleasure fandom.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Like a Virgin 1984 Atlantic / Elektra / Rhino / Warner Bros. / Warner Music
Into the Groove 1984 WEA International
Crazy for You 1985 6:56
You Can Dance 1987 Sire / Warner Bros. 8:27
Angel 1990 WEA International
The Immaculate Collection 1990 Warner Bros. 4:09
Material Girl 1990 Import 4:45
No Image 1990 Sire
No Image 1991 Warner Bros.
Immaculate Collection/Something to Remember 2001 WEA International 4:09
Celebration 2009 Warner Bros. 4:45
Now! That's What I Call Music: 30 Years 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:44
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:02
Now That's What I Call Legends 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:38
Bits n' Bobs 2016 Zip City 5:17
No Image Phantom Import Distribution / WEA International
The  Party's Right Here Goldfish 5:25
The Very Best of Madonna 4:08
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